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What Can Chiropractors Do?

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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.

Exercising Techinques as We Age

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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!

Sports Injuries

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If you are anything like me, you have been watching the NFL since the start of the season. One thing that you can always rely on is that unfortunately people will get hurt. Football is a very punishing sport and that does not change the closer to professional you get. In fact, just this past week there were six injuries in a game which caused the players to be pulled. At least one of them is a season ending injury to the ankle and the rest from the game are still mostly questionable. If you watch football, you know that this is not abnormal. If you or someone you know plays football, you know it all the better. So what happens when you do eventually get hurt?
Almost anyone who plays any sort of sport will end up getting hurt at least once. When this happens it normally means a trip to the doctor, maybe some x-rays and an MRI, and then some recovery time. Other times it will require physical therapy to get the injured part back to a normal functioning level. Unfortunately sometimes there is nothing to do for the injury other than surgery. This is one of the worst case scenarios for sports injuries, as it often means that players don't come back to the level they were beforehand.
While chiropractors can't really help with the surgery and we can't prescribe medication to help someone deal with the pain, there are a couple of things we can do to help. Although chiropractors are mostly known for their work on spines and necks, here at Wirth we can also work on just about any other joint you have. This means shoulders, knees, ankles, elbows, fingers, toes, and anything else that may have been messed up while you were running around on the field or dancing across the stage.
If you have suffered from a sport injury, then come into Wirth today. We will treat anyone of any age, so even if your peewee football player got hurt you can bring them right in. We want to do our best to treat as many people as possible, so tell your whole team that they are always welcome at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Come on in and see just how much of a difference we can make to your sports injury.

Workouts and Pools

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This week, I want to focus on things that you can do to improve your health while in a pool. While we know that not everyone has access to a pool, they really are invaluable in regards to the health benefits that they provide us with. This means that you can say that your doctor told you to get a pool. That's how insurance works, right? Well, even though it isn't, it certainly is a good justification to your spouse!
One of the great things about getting into a pool is no matter what your swimming skill level is, you can almost certainly walk around. If nothing else, simply walking in water will help to build up some of your muscles due to the resistance the water provides while still managing to be low impact for the same reason. Even if you are only in the water up to your waist, you are still feeling those benefits. In waist deep water, you are only carrying around about half of your weight while building up those awesome legs of yours. So keep walking!
One of the things I like to do in a pool is what my friends refer to as my "water ballet". This means I stand in the pool or hold onto the edge and stretch my legs out to the side and behind me. Sometimes I crouch down and do this again. It is much easier to do in a pool than on dry land, so I am able to feel like I'm actually accomplishing something. Even just holding onto the side of a pool and kicking your legs out behind you can be a great workout, so try doing that if you aren't too confident in your swimming ability.
Another thing that you can do in the water is toss a ball back and forth. While this seems odd, it helps to work out your arms while you are quickly moving back and forth through the water to make sure that you catch the ball. This helps to work out both halves of your body at the same time without you having to swim. They even make balls specifically made for use in a pool, so you can have a great deal of fun with the water-filled sphere that is coming toward you. Whatever you decide, come into Wirth Chiropractic in ,Greenville NC, and see how much better it can feel!

Slip and Fall

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With the larger than average amount of hurricanes that we have had this season, there is also something else that we have had a lot of and that's rain. In fact, where I am it is raining right now. I went to grab some groceries earlier and my car slid a little as I pulled into my driveway. This is because the road was slick and I didn't have much grip in my tires. Sometimes this happens while I am walking as well, especially if it has been raining out. I'm sure that most of us have been there and I know that it is never fun.
If you happen to slip and fall due to wet conditions, you can get seriously hurt. Although sometimes the only thing that gets hurt is your pride, other times it can be extremely dangerous and you may end up having to have surgery or other corrective procedures due to a broken bone or dislocated joint. These things are never fun and often cause chronic pain that may continue through the rest of your life. You never know when or if this will happen, so it is always good to be careful by wearing the appropriate shoes and going an appropriate speed for the conditions. You're much more likely to fall if you are going quickly than if you are at a steady walking pace.
Falling may be caused by something as simple as stepping on a manhole cover in the rain that you didn't happen to see. Perhaps there was a branch and you rolled your ankle on it. I cannot tell you the amount of times that I have accidentally stepped off of the sidewalk and hurt myself. You never know what might cause some serious damage so it is always important to do all you can to keep yourself safe.
If you have had a fall, then come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Although you may not have hurt your back, you never know when a spinal adjustment could be just what the doctor ordered. Also, chiropractors can work on any part of the body, not just backs and necks. If you have hurt your knee or hip, we might just be able to help you feel better as well. Come in and see what we can do for you.

Repetitive Stress

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Take a moment right now to think about how you are sitting and reading this. Are you in a computer chair reading this from a desktop? Are you stretched out on the couch reading this on a laptop? Maybe you are reading this on your smartphone with your head bent over and your back slouched. Whatever the way you are reading this, you are probably doing damage to your body. Unfortunately, it is extremely easy to do this and we normally don't even notice it. This is the most dangerous part of the problem.
Repetitive stress disorders are often seen in people who work in an office setting, however more and more people are developing them. These are things like carpel tunnel and other problems caused by typing constantly or having your smartphone down on your lap as you look through it. Having your neck constantly bent or your back often slouched or even your wrists not positioned correctly when you are typing can have some serious repercussions later in life. These often interrupt your ability to work and even your day to day life. It can cause pain, muscle cramping, soreness, and many other things that you generally want to avoid if you can.
Now naturally we aren't going to tell you that you need to quit your job if you work at a desk or that you need to stop using your cell phone. We do, however, want you to realize that the way you sit or position yourself may be doing some damage. Look into the equipment you use as well. Many women end up with repetitive stress injuries due to the fact that most office equipment was designed for use by men, including computer mice, keyboards, and chairs. Changing one of these things can make a world of difference.
Another great thing for you to do is come into Wirth Chiropractic in, Greenville NC, for a spinal adjustment. We can help monitor your back, neck, and other joints to make sure that if you do end up with a repetitive stress injury, it is caught early. These issues are nothing to mess around with and wait on, so the sooner they are caught the better recovery you will likely have. Come in today and see what we can do for you to help make work just a little more comfortable.

Halloween! The Good and Bad

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I don't know about you, but I love Halloween. It's my favorite holiday. There's something about the cooling weather, the turned leaves, and the excitement in the air that just makes me happy every time it rolls around. Although I am dreading the snow and cold that I know will come soon, Halloween has always been my favorite time of year. Pumpkins are out and ghost stories can be found everywhere. Besides, you can go out and find free candy if you're younger (or have young children) and the day after Halloween, the candy that you've been craving for a month by now goes half price! Honestly, there doesn't seem to be much better than being able to dress up and pretend to be something you're not for a night, forget your responsibilities, and either get candy or give candy out to kids who you know are going to be ecstatic and sugar high for the next week at least.
While this is a wonderful time, we must also remember that not everything is great all at once. This is especially true of the candy that you either collect or are left with at the end of the night. It is always so tempting to eat as much of it as possible, but as we know that will likely make you sick. If you portion out your candy, at least, it will last longer. Now you may be asking, "Why are you telling me how to eat my candy? You fix backs." This is true, but chiropractors can also give you diet tips and help you figure out what a good and balanced meal for you would be. This means that yes, we are qualified to tell you that you shouldn't eat that fourth snickers bar, even if it is the fun size. We know there's nothing fun about less candy for anyone but your dentist, but it will help you in the long run. While Halloween may bring out your inner child, it unfortunately won't bring out your inner child's metabolism and that's where the problem may arise.
Come in to Wirth Chiropractic and see what we can do for you. We can help you with any back or neck pain, but we also may be able to help you see what damage eating too much candy can do. Don't worry though, we won't tell if you sneak a KitKat out of your kid's bag.

Pedestrian Safety

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Although you may not think of a chiropractic office when you think about treatment after a car accident, we are certainly equipped to handle a lot of the pain management that you may need. While any car accident can be potentially deadly, it is arguably worse for people who are walking when they are struck. Their bodies take the brunt of the impact instead of another surface with safety mechanisms. These types of accidents are almost always traumatic, especially if the car was doing anything over 25 MPH. Here are a couple of things you can do as a pedestrian to make sure that you are safer when crossing streets.
1. Look Both Ways. We all learned this in school, but it does bear repeating. It is important to always look both ways before crossing a street. It doesn't matter if it is a one way street or if you have the right of way while crossing. Looking both ways is one of the best ways to help prevent accidents as you should be able to see if someone will stop or not while driving where you are meaning to cross.
2. Don't Be Distracted. We all lead busy lives, but when you are walking around traffic you should focus your full attention on that. There is already a big enough problem with people being on their phones, especially texting, while driving. If you are trying to cross anything, even a parking lot, keep the phone in your pocket or purse and don't read that text until you get to some place that is safe.
3. Know The Laws. Knowing the laws in your town and state are extremely important. While many states have laws that say that the pedestrian has the right of way in crosswalks, not all of them do. It is important to know these things not just for safety but to avoid possibly being ticketed.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, we always want to make sure that our patients are safe and healthy. Car accidents with pedestrians are often horrific and we want to make sure that you have done everything you can to prevent yourself from being another statistic. Follow these three rules and always be careful when you are walking around traffic. You never know when someone else isn't paying attention.