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Sleeping is one of those mysterious things that humans do that scientists can’t fully figure out. While most studies say that we should be able to get away with little to no sleep if we take certain supplements, the same studies say that it just can’t happen for some reason. The human body isn’t meant to go for long without sleep and even those of us who can last for longer on shorter sleep schedules will still fall victim to a nap attack sooner or later. So what can you do to make sure that your sleep is as restorative as you can make it?

                  One of the important things for you to do before going to bed is to make sure that your sleeping accommodations are a comfortable temperature. Most scientists suggest making it a little cooler in your bedroom than you may like while you are awake because our bodies don’t need to work so hard during sleep. This means that the cooler temperatures can help put you into a state of relaxation and trick your body into conserving energy. This means you are less likely to sweat and wake up all sticky and gross like you would in the summer. This is much easier to do at this time of the year, but just make sure you don’t make it too cold or you’ll start shivering!

                  Another thing that you can do is make sure that your mattress and pillows are all effective. I can remember staying at my grandmother’s and sleeping on a mattress that had no more stuffing so I could always feel the springs no matter where I laid down. This is the kind of thing you want to avoid. If your pillow is too flat or your mattress is too lumpy, it may be time to start looking into a new one. Mattresses may be expensive, but they are something you need to have a good start to each day.

                  Something else that you can do to help your sleep habit is come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Studies have been done which show that a spinal adjustment may help with sleeping problems that are due to pain. Try it out for a month and see how much of a difference we can make in your life.

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This week I wanted to talk to you about ways to exercise in the winter. We all gain those couple of extra pesky pounds and often we don't want to go out and do anything about it because it's so cold. Trust me, I am right there with you. There are a few things that you can do that don't really feel like exercise, though, that can be really fun to do around the holidays. Here are a few of them.
1. Take A Walk. One of the best things about this time of the year is all of the decorations that different homes and businesses have up. Even if you don't want to walk around outside, you can go to a local mall or similar indoor area and check out what they have up. I normally like to walk around the malls just because there are so many kids all dressed up to meet Santa and they're so cute. It is also a great way to find that perfect gift for that hard to buy for person on your list!
2. Dance With Family. Having your family and friends over for the holidays can be stressful, so why not put on some music and dance? If you aren't good at freestyling, you may want to get a couple of video games that allow you to dance along with them and make a friendly competition out of it!
3. Go Out To Shop. Now that shopping can be done online, I hardly seem to get out of my house some days. During the holidays, however, I force myself to get out of the house and walk around instead of clicking away on my computer to find the perfect gift. While some things do require the internet due to the lack of stock near you, it is always better to go out and get the things you can. After all, it saves on those pesky shipping and handling charges!
Exercising during the winter is something that none of us really want to do but is also one of those really important things. While you're out, come on by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see how much better you'll feel after an appointment with us!

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This week I really wanted to focus on walking. Walking is one of the best exercises that you can do at any age. If you are able to walk, it really is something you should take at least a half hour out of your day to do every day if possible. Getting into the habit of getting up and out of the house every day to get some fresh air is also a good thing for you to do. There are a few things that you need to remember before you go out for a long walk, though. Here are some of them.
1. Proper Shoes. If you do not have the proper footwear to walk for an extended period of time each day, you may be doing more damage to your body than you would be by just sitting at home watching television. Having a good pair of walking shoes is imperative if you are trying to exercise. If you are unsure about what is a good walking shoe, then ask your doctor or go into your local store and ask for a recommendation.
2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings. It is extremely important that you make sure that you stay safe while you are walking. If you need to cross any streets, be sure that you look both ways and stay alert while you do so. It is also always better to walk with someone else for safety reasons. If someone seems suspicious, then always trust your gut and leave to a safe place as quickly as you can. Always make sure to have your cell phone on you in case of emergencies as well. Keep an eye on the ground while you walk as well, you never know when you'll find a hole of some sort that could cause some serious damage.
Walking is one of the best low impact exercises that you can do to help your body stay healthy. If you are able to get up and walk around, even just for a little bit every day, we really suggest doing so. You never know, you may be able to work your way up to a half hour every day with some determination and work. Come into Wirth Chiropractic today and we can help set up an exercise plan that works for you.

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As I am sitting here writing this, even in my heated house, I can feel the pain that often accompanies the winter settling into my bones. I have spent the past few minutes trying to stretch my right hand out because I can both hear and feel the crepitus in my joints. Crepitus is the term that is used to describe a grating or crinkling feeling that you can get under the skin. I normally like to explain it as what it feels like when you try to open a creaky door and it moves, but it doesn't want to. This often occurs when air has found its way into your joints or it can be a sign of damage to the joints such as you would see with sufferers of arthritis. If this sounds like something you experience, please know that you are not alone.
There are many ways that people deal with arthritis pain or other types of pain that seem to show up more during the winter. While over the counter pain killers are most often used, you may want to try and find something that doesn't eat away at your liver quite so much. Chiropractic care tries to treat these types of issues without pills or surgery, although we know there is more than enough use for them in certain circumstances. Although chiropractors are most known for their work on necks and backs, technically the study is in the musculoskeletal system which means that any area with a joint in it, such as the hands and feet, can be treated by a chiropractor.
If you have noticed an increase in your pain level recently, even if you have stayed inside away from the cold, you may have a chronic pain disorder such as arthritis. Only a doctor can tell you for sure and get you on a pain treatment system that will work for you and fit your specific lifestyle. If you think you may have arthritis or something similar, come into Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, and see how much better you can feel after an adjustment. We can talk about treatment options and see what works best for you. Just remember, it doesn't matter how much pain you are in, you are not alone.

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A lot of times, we hear about people that have a lot of questions about chiropractors and their work that are too worried to ask one face to face. Sometimes this is because the person doesn't want to seem ignorant. Other times they are worried about offending the person they are talking to. Well here at Wirth, we LOVE questions! We always enjoy when a patient comes in and wants to know more about what we do or how we do it. This means that you are taking a vested interest in your health and nothing makes us happier than knowing that you feel comfortable enough around us to ask just about anything. Well, that and seeing you without any pain!
One of the most commonly asked questions that we hear is whether or not a chiropractor is an actual doctor. This is normally because of the more natural way that chiropractors try to deal with pain in our patients. You can rest assured, though. A chiropractor is most definitely a real doctor who went to a real medical school and got a real degree. Most even have them posted in their office so you can see them.
Another question we get a lot is whether or not your insurance will cover a chiropractic visit. While each insurance company is different, most will cover a visit to Wirth at least partially without a referral from your primary care doctor. We do always suggest that you call your provider before coming in, though, just in case something is different about yours than most that we deal with.
Another common question is whether or not someone is too old or too young to get a visit with us. Here at Wirth, we love people of all ages and welcome them to experience the difference that chiropractic care can make in their lives. It doesn't matter if you are just a few months old or a few months shy of 100, we are more than happy to have you in our office.
If you have other questions, don't worry about looking silly. Come on in to Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and we will answer any question about chiropractic care that you have. You never know, you may just find something that will change your life.

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This week, I want to talk to you about healthy eating tips. With the holidays coming up, some people will indulge and this can become dangerous depending on how long you continue to indulge for. There may also be other medical reasons that someone should be watching what they eat, especially around this time of year when there are so many good treats out. Here are some foods that you shouldn't eat no matter how good they sound for you.
1. Fat-Free Salad Dressing. While it sounds like a good thing to be fat free, take a closer look at the ingredients and you will see that most of them have large levels of sugar or sugar water. If you are watching what you eat enough to eat a salad, do yourself a favor and double check the ingredients of the dressing instead of just seeing fat free and thinking it's okay.
2. Sandwich/Bread Thins. We all know that bread isn't good for us to eat a lot of. This often means that we will try and do well with our diet by eating sandwich thins that you can purchase in the store. Unfortunately, processed bread of any thickness doesn't help you lose weight due to the large amount of added ingredients. Try making your own bread instead. This way, you can control what is put in it and it generally comes out cheaper to make than to buy. Any leftovers that you may want to put on a sandwich will be better on something that hasn't been created in a factory.
3. Margarine. Many people use margarine because they believe it to be healthier than regular butter, but this simply isn't true. Originally, trans fat was used in margarine which is one of the worst things you can put into your body. While now most margarines have taken these out, there are still many processed fats that you generally won't find in natural butter. If you're cooking, try using coconut oil instead as many people swear by the taste and health benefits.
These are only a couple of dangers that can be hiding in your kitchen. If you are cooking or eating things that you don't often this season, always be sure to check the ingredients and make sure that what you are putting into your food is healthy to eat. There are many alternatives for fatty foods and they are only a web search away.

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Many people think that chiropractors are only glorified bone crackers. Nothing can be farther from the truth. As a chiropractor, yes, we do pop a lot of joints. However, there are dozens of other services we can provide. You should remember that a chiropractor is a doctor just like anyone else who graduated from medical school and so we are able and certified to do many things that extend beyond what you may think of when you hear the word chiropractor.
For example, your chiropractor can give you guidance about your dietary habits. If you come to us stating that you want to lose weight, we can give you some ideas of how to eat correctly to accomplish what it is that you want. Although we may not have the word "dietician" on the top of our business cards, we are still fully capable of letting you know what you should try and change when it comes to food.
Another thing that we are always happy to do is create a personalized workout regimen for you. One main cause of pain in the joints, especially the hips, knees, and ankles is extra weight. While there may be other factors such as arthritis or bone spurs, reducing your weight may also help to reduce the pressure that is placed upon your joints. It is true that muscle weighs more than fat, but the thing that really does matter is your personal fat content and the measurements of your body. If you feel like you are at an unhealthy weight or have been told by your doctors that you need to lose weight, we can help you work out a system that will help you achieve the weight that is ideal for your age and height.
There are so many ways that we can help you beyond just cracking a couple of the bones in your back. We are dedicated to your entire body's health and want you to know that. We will do everything we can to help you be the best you and will be with you every step of the way. If you aren't sure if we can help you with something, all you need to do is ask. Come into Wirth today and see how much we can help you.

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This week, I want to talk about different exercises that you can do as you continue to age. As we get older, we slowly realize that there are some things that we just can't do anymore. This is true of many things, including how we keep our bodies healthy. Just because you are aging, however, does not mean that it is okay for your healthy lifestyle to fade away. Here are some low impact exercises that you can do to keep yourself fit.
1. Walk. Walking is one of the best things for you to do at any age. If you are still mobile, then walking is going to be the best workout tool in your arsenal. Even just walking for ten minutes a day can help you feel great and stay healthy.
2. Swim. Swimming and moving around in the water is a great way to exercise as you grow older. Due to the low impact that swimming has on our joints, it is wonderful for mobility and weight loss as well as cooling off during the heat of the summer.
3. Riding A Bike. Although it may seem like a lot of work, riding a bike is actually a relatively low impact exercise that has incredible health benefits. Not only does it take a good amount of energy, but it is something many people also use to reduce their weight. Cycling also helps to keep the knees and hips nice and mobile, which are both problem areas as we age.
4. Yoga and Stretching. If you have been reading these articles for any amount of time, you have probably realized I am a huge lover of stretching. Stretching is by far one of the best things that you can do for your body no matter what your mobility is. Making stretching or yoga a part of your daily routine and see how much you can benefit.
5. Garden. Getting out in the garden is great because not only does it work certain muscles, but it means you're getting some fresh air as well. Just be sure to monitor your water intake as you can easily overheat.
Just because we are getting older doesn't mean that we can just sit and let it happen. Make sure to get out there and keep yourself healthy to the best of your ability! Thanks for reading and come in to Wirth Chiropractic and pay us a visit!