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Heat Exhaustion

Greenville Chiropractor

During the summer, there are a couple of things that we need to worry about that aren't really an issue during any other season of the year. While I wish that I could just say extreme temperatures, we know that this isn't true. After all, the winter can have some pretty nasty numbers, only on the other end of the spectrum. While winter presents its own issues in regards to health and keeping your body temperature in the right area, many people argue that winter is easier to deal with due to the ability to bundle up more. In the summer, however, there is only so much that you can take off and that doesn't always solve the issue.
Heat exhaustion is a serious medical issue that many people experience every year. Those who are more at risk include children and the elderly, as their bodies don't regulate temperature as well as those who are of a moderate age. Also, depending upon other health issues, some people may be more susceptible. If you are a caretaker to someone who is non-verbal or who has a mental health or developmental disorder which prevents their ability to voice problems, you should also keep close watch for heat exhaustion. Here are some of the symptoms that you may see.
- Muscle Cramps and Aches
- Fatigue
- Excessive Thirst
- Dizziness
- Nausea
- Headache
- Fainting
- Agitation
- Cold Sweats
- Slow or Weak Heartbeat
- Anxiety
- Confusion
While not all of these symptoms will present themselves in each person, it is still extremely important to remember them until you know how someone does react to excessive heat. If you believe that someone may be developing heat exhaustion, you should immediately get fluids into them as well as getting them to a cooler area. Also, getting them medical attention is absolutely imperative. Heat illnesses are nothing to mess around with or delay getting them help regarding.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we do have chiropractic doctors but at the end of the day, we are still a doctor's office. What we really care about is your health. While we may have a focus in muscles and joints, we still understand that certain things are worth mentioning or reminding people about each year when the issue comes around. Heat exhaustion is one of those things. Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Take Home Message of The Week

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I wanted to focus on some of the questions we hear on an almost daily basis. There is still a lot of concern about chiropractic care among many people, both in and out of the medical community. We always do our best to get rid of those fears, but it can be difficult to battle with the false information that people often find on the internet or by talking to friends who read incorrect articles or articles that spin the truth.
For example, last year there was an unfortunate incident where a Playboy model ended up passing away after receiving chiropractic care. She had a stroke which was blamed upon the spinal manipulation she had undergone. This caused many news agencies and magazines to put out headlines which stated that she died due to receiving chiropractic care. While it is true that the stroke was caused by the sharp movement, it was also likely that the woman had a pre-existing vascular issue. The likelihood of this occurring in anyone is extremely rare, with the absolute highest risk being labeled around one in every 100,000 person, which is relatively similar to the risk of someone who is not receiving chiropractic care having a stroke. Other studies show that serious injuries being connected to chiropractic care are closer to one in every four million people seen.
While we do encourage every person to do their own research about medical treatment they are thinking of undergoing, we do want to stress the importance of going to reputable sources for this information. Medical journals or official websites such as the ACA are going to be much more reliable than sources like People Magazine. While we are sure the reporters who work there are wonderful people, they don't have to have their information vetted in the same way medical reporters do. Always remember to look for a few legitimate sources before drawing a conclusion about something.
If you are still concerned and would prefer to talk face to face with someone, then come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. We will do everything in our power to put you at ease in regards to your future medical care and will talk you through everything that we want to do. Never feel uneasy asking what we are doing or what our opinions are about your care. Let us help you in every way that we can!

Traveling Healthy and Pain Free

Greenville Chiropractor

Now that the summer is here, many of you will likely be thinking about vacations. Whether this means driving around, taking a bus, or flying to a distant location, you may want to think about how to make it easy on yourself. After all, traveling can be very uncomfortable depending on how it is done. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you arrive to your destination without feeling like you want to sleep the rest of your vacation away.
1. Stretch. Stretching is one of the most important things that you can do in almost any situation. While it may be difficult depending on your travel method, you should always at least make an attempt to stretch before you start on your journey. If you are driving, make a couple of stops along the way to stretch and get out of the car. You can also stretch your toes and other muscles while you are driving to help prevent cramping. Always make sure that you have stretched before and after you travel.
2. Be Comfortable. One of the most dangerous things that you can do to your body while traveling is not be comfortable. If you are the one driving, make sure that your seat is in the right position before you set out. Move your hand position on the steering wheel so that your arms do not get fatigued. If you are flying, make sure that you have a little bit of room so that you can get into a good position. Always try and get a pillow or rolled up blanket to rest in the small of your back no matter how you are traveling to keep your posture correct.
3. Bag Weight. Make sure that all of your bags are light enough for you to easily carry. If you are flying, it is suggested that you check any bags more than ten percent of your body weight. If you are driving, make sure that you will be able to easily lift and carry them once you get to your destination. Having a couple extra bags will be worth the comfort once you get there.
We want you to have fun, but we also want you to be safe. Come into Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, before you go so that you can feel refreshed after a spinal adjustment.

Specialized Frequently Asked Questions

Greenville Chiropractor

Sometimes, we receive questions that are very specific to the needs and concerns of our individual patients. While we always do our best to put each and every fear to rest, there are some questions that we hear often that are more specific to certain types of patients that may come through our doors. We wanted to address a couple of these here for you so that you can be more at ease when you walk in.
1. Can I Bring My Child In For Treatment? Yes, most definitely! Here at Wirth we love children, so you can definitely bring in kids of all ages for treatment. We have heard concerns before about having a doctor work on a developing child's skeletal system, but we can assure you that this is something you can rest easy about. If anything, bringing your child in will help them grow correctly, as chiropractic treatment can help keep the natural proper alignment of a skeleton. There is no basic age limit for children to receive chiropractic care and has in fact been used to benefit infants having trouble breast feeding.
2. I Have Arthritis and Shouldn't Crack My Joints, Should I See A Chiropractor? It is a common misconception that if you have developed arthritis you should not crack your knuckles. It is also false that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. If you have been diagnosed with arthritis of any kind, you should definitely come in and see a chiropractor. Many people find that having chiropractic treatment actually reduces their pain levels that they attribute to arthritis. Definitely come in and see what we can do to help you.
3. I Take Drugs (legal or illegal), Can I Still Have Chiropractic Care? Although chiropractic doctors do not prescribe medication, they do understand that in some cases they may be required. You most certainly are able to have chiropractic care no matter what your drug use history looks like. If you are concerned, however, it is always a good idea to let your doctor know what you have taken over the past couple of days so that they have a better idea of how to treat you.
We hope that these questions have helped to ease some of your concerns. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see just how much of a difference chiropractic treatment can make in your life.

Non-Invasive Treatment Means No Knives!

Greenville Chiropractor

I don't know about you, but I've always been pretty scared about going under the knife. I have personally only had surgery a couple of times, but each time has terrified me. It's not that I didn't have faith in my doctors or surgeons, I just don't like the idea of someone cutting into me with a sharpened knife and taking something out. I am not a fan of needles, even though I am a regular blood donor, and I am even less of a fan of not having control of my body while under the appropriate medications needed for surgery. If you are anything like me, then chiropractic care may just be what you've been looking for your whole life.
Chiropractic care does not believe in using surgery or shots as a first resort for any injury. While there are obviously some exceptions, we will try to deal with almost any injury dealing with your muscular-skeletal system without any type of invasive procedure or medication. I will write a disclaimer though, if you come into our office with a broken bone, we will send you right to the E.R. Trust me, I've seen someone walk into a chiropractic office and ask if they could fix their broken arm. That is something you need to go to the hospital for.
If you are not too keen on getting a shot of painkillers or getting opened up for something, however, we are your ideal stop. We will do everything we can to make sure that your pain is taken care of. We know how much it stinks to be in constant pain, especially in an area like the back or neck. This means that we will use all kinds of manipulation techniques on those areas to put them back into place in an attempt to make the pain go away.
If you are concerned or have other questions about what we can do to help you, come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see what we have to say in a consultation. We want you to feel better about your life and your body, and that's difficult if you are in constant pain. Let us see what we can do to better your quality of life, and you can thank us later for the fact that you won't have any scars to show for it.

Backpacks and Chiropractic Care

Greenville Chiropractor

Although the school year is over for most people, the pain is just beginning. For many kids and teens in America, the fact of heavy backpacks is an everyday event. It is never a good deal of fun to carry around large amounts of books, but as someone who has worked both at a library and who was somewhat recently a student, I can tell you that I prefer lugging around boxes of dictionaries than I did carrying around my textbooks in a bag.
We are noticing more and more that students are complaining of back pain. When asked if they have a book bag, the answer is almost always yes. Sometimes when asked to bring them in, the students do and we find that they are difficult for us to lift, let alone walk around with. While students don't normally have these bags on their backs all day, the amount of time for the weight they are causes enough damage. This is especially true when you factor in that so many of these kids are jostled around in the hallways due to overcrowded schools and buses. There are a couple of ways that you can help your student with their bags.
First, make sure they have a bag with two straps. Having a large amount of weight on one shoulder will only increase the amount of pain the student is in. Recommendations say that a book bag should be no heavier than ten percent of your student's body weight. While we know that this isn't always an option due to school restrictions, you should at least attempt to remind your child to reduce the weight if possible. Also, make sure that the straps are correctly positioned. Any bag lower than four inches under the waist will tend to pull back on the shoulders which often causes students to lean forward and can strain the muscles in their back and chest. This is especially a problem in students who are still growing. Also, make sure the straps are padded so they do not cut into the child's skin.
Backpacks are a necessity in most schools, but they can cause quite a bit of harm. Try and talk to your student and their teachers to see if you can work out a system that doesn't harm the child's body.

Chiropractic Care and Breastfeeding

Greenville Chiropractor

We all know that children are supposed to be breastfed. It is recommended for the first six months exclusively and that children should be breastfed along with age acceptable food up to two years of age. However, as most women will attest, breastfeeding is not always such an easy answer. Many things can prevent women from being able to breastfeed a baby, from medications they are on to stress that they are under. Sometimes, children just will not seem to nurse as they should. Such was the case with a four week old infant in 2015.
The child was seemingly unable to latch onto her mother's left breast, both in the traditional cradle position and any other which was tried. The mother was, understandably, concerned and contacted a lactation specialist. The specialist then suggested chiropractic care for the infant and so the woman brought her baby in to see if it would help.
It was noted that the child had no noticeable abnormalities in her neurological or orthopedic tests. When the mother was able to bring her baby girl in, the chiropractor found that she indeed did have several misalignments. These were found in her sacrum, middle back, neck, and cranium. He also found several tight muscles and muscle groups in the infant's middle back, left neck, and right jaw joint. Imagine the woman's surprise when the other doctors had told her that there were no problems with her young baby's body and alignment.
The chiropractor began an adjustment system which was meant to help the infant with the issues mentioned above. They also used an infant toggle head piece to assist the alignment issue even when the child was not receiving the care. They slowly worked out the issues from the bottom of the infant's spine to her jaw and it was observed that she not only had better range of motion, but her muscles had loosened.
Once the mother returned home, she began to attempt breastfeeding immediately. Indeed, the infant fed from the left breast and did so uninterrupted for a full half hour. The mother had been scheduled to come in twice a week with the child until the issue was resolved, which is was within a single week.

Asthma and Chiropractic Care

Greenville Chiropractor

Many of us suffer from upper respiratory issues such as Asthma or other allergies. For those of us who do, or have loved ones who do, know just how damaging they can be. Some cases are so severe that the person cannot even enjoy a normal life. I had a friend growing up who was so allergic to so many things that she had to be home schooled, was on at least six different medications, and had to be cleared by a doctor to travel anywhere, even in the car to a family member's house. I remember how miserable she was and always felt terrible for her and her family.
While the subject of this study wasn't quite so bad, he was certainly one of the worse cases we hear of. This seven year old boy had been diagnosed with asthma at five months and also suffered from severe allergies and chronic colds. He would miss at least a day or two of school every month due to his illnesses and would have to take monthly trips to the doctor. He was also on a once a day dose of prescription Alavert for his allergies and Albuterol for asthma. As an adult, I am on one medication a day and that is bad enough. I cannot imagine how this poor boy must have felt.
His parents brought him into the chiropractor and he received care for misalignments in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine. Within two weeks, his parents decided that he no longer needed to take his allergy or asthma medications. Within five months of continued treatment, he was receiving only wellness checks with his doctor. Within the year which this study was written, he was able to go to school every single day and did not miss one due to illness.
To me, this is simply amazing. While we will never suggest that you should receive chiropractic care instead of taking your prescribed medication, this boy and his parents decided that the care he received was so effective he could get off of his and would still be okay. In fact, it seems he was much better without the medication and with the substitution of chiropractic care. There is nothing wrong with taking medication, but I think it's wonderful this little boy didn't need to worry about it again.