Now that it is almost Halloween, there are a few things that many of us start thinking about. One of those things for me is when that bulk candy is going to go on sale. I know that I shouldn't, but I just have such a weakness for Kit-Kat bars, you know? We all have that one treat that we just can't say no to, but unfortunately those treats can turn on us. As with anything, moderation is key and these big bags of candy are not different. If you have poor self-control around Halloween, here are a couple of tips that you may want to follow to avoid any tricks.
1. Buy For Others. One thing I have found that works for me is I only buy candy that I don't like. Things like malted milk balls and caramel candies are my least favorite so that is what I buy the most of. That means that I am not really tempted to eat any of the candy as it sits their waiting for the kids that will drive their parents nuts all night on their sugar high. Sometimes I will buy a small bag of things I like, but the majority of candy is not for me. Granted this only helps if there is candy you aren't a fan of.
2. Buy Late. Although it may be a little bit more expensive, it may be in your best interest to buy the majority of your Halloween candy a day or two before so that it isn't sitting in your house and tempting you the entire time. This not only helps you to cut back on your own intake, but also makes sure that you will have enough for all of the kids that may show up. Not much is worse than running out of candy half way through the night and knowing that there are still kids out there looking for some.
Here at Wirth, we love candy as much as the next person. However, we also know that the last few months of the year are often rough for a lot of people when it comes to keeping a healthy diet. We want to do all we can to help you stay healthy through the entire year and these tips for Halloween are just the beginning.
This week I want to talk to you about outside activities. Getting outside and breathing in some fresh air is one of the best things that most people can do for their health. This is especially true if it means they get a bit of exercise while they are outside. Although the weather is getting a bit cooler there are still dozens of things that you can do outside. Here are just a few of them.
1. Apple Picking. October is widely known as the best month to pick apples. Getting outside and climbing some trees if you're able is great exercise and often takes us back to when we were young and even healthier. Besides, then you get to eat the apples you pick which is always a good thing! Add some fruit to your day by going apple picking with your friends and family.
2. Pumpkin Picking. Much like apple picking, pumpkin picking is something that most people love to do in October. The great thing about going to a pumpkin patch is that often there is apple cider or other goodies to snack on. Just make sure you do that in moderation. Many patches also have other things to do such as hay rides and corn mazes for hours of entertainment.
3. Raking Leaves. While this activity isn't quite as fun as the previous two, it is something that normally needs to be done at least once a year. The good thing about waiting until the end of the season to do this is that you can jump in the huge piles of leaves like you did as a kid! Even if you can't jump into the mound, you'll probably bring quite a bit of joy to the little ones in your family or maybe your pets if they like to be outside.
Although October means that the weather is cooling down for us, it doesn't mean you need to stay inside until spring. There are tons of things that you can do in the fall that get you out of the house and active. It is always better to be out and about when it comes to your health, so come on out to Wirth Chiropractic and get a spinal adjustment in preparation for all of that raking and pumpkin lifting you are going to do soon.
This week, I really wanted to focus on writing about the seniors in our lives. Making sure that those we love who are getting older are staying healthy is something that we really need to keep in mind. Often, those from the older generations will tend to be stubborn and not let us know when something is wrong or worry less about their health than they should. This means that you need to make sure that all of your loved ones are staying healthy, even if you think they are old enough to take care of themselves.
Something that needs to be remembered is that seniors cannot keep acting like they would when they were younger. While we fully support having a great attitude, sometimes the body just does not want to work the same as it used to. This is a horrible situation to be in, but it is a fact that many of us have to face. Keeping yourself healthy as you age is something that should be at the top of your priority list and you should encourage your older loved ones to do the same thing. Spending some time with them doing these activities is always a good idea, and will be beneficial to the both of you.
Bringing your elderly family and friends out and about is something that you should talk to them about doing. Even setting up a single day a week or a month may make a world of difference to their mental and physical health. If they can still get around on their own, then encourage them to spend some time with you if possible. It has been proven that having a buddy to work out with helps to motivate you so that you can do your best every time you are out.
Even if working out or walking around isn't something you can do, then there are other options for you and those you love. Bring your elderly family and friends into Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, and see just how much it can help their mobility and overall health. It has been proven that chiropractic care helps people with very few side effects, so there is nothing to lose. Come on in and see just how much better your senior loved ones feel after a spinal adjustment.
This week I want to talk about ways that you can try and reduce your pain levels without medication. While some of these will not work for everyone, there is nothing wrong with trying to do what you can. Pain is never fun to live with, so we wanted to give you a couple of options to try the next time you are hurting.
1. Stretch. Stretching may seem like the last thing you want to do if you are in pain, but it really does help a lot of people. If your muscles are sore, it may be because they are tight. Stretching helps to loosen your muscles and releases chemicals in your brain which will help you feel better. Try some gentle stretching the next time you start to feel a bit achy.
2. Shower or Bath. Getting in some water can really help your joints and muscles when you are having a bad day. If you don't like sinking down into a bath, or can't for medical reasons, then there is nothing wrong with getting into the shower and spending time with the water coming down onto you. If you want to spend a longer period of time in the shower, you can always try and get a chair that fits and sit there while enjoying the nice warm water as it relaxes you. Maybe try some candles or a diffuser to relax you even further through scent.
3. Nap. Although normally people will tell you to get up and work through whatever pain you are in, the truth is you may not always be able to. Only you know how you feel. If you are in too much pain to get up and move around, then don't. Take a few hours and lay down in a spot that is comfortable and maybe get a little more sleep. Hopefully you will wake up feeling a lot better.
4. Hydrate. One of the biggest problems that I personally have is not drinking enough water. Staying hydrated can help reduce the pain you feel and means that you can focus on other things that you need to do.
While these four things aren't cures to your pain, they certainly won't hurt you to try. Give them a shot and then come into Wirth Chiropractic to see just how much better we can make you feel.
A few years ago, a study was completed which found possible ties between spinal health and the vitamin D levels that are found in the human body. At the Washington University of St. Louis, a study was done involving 313 patients who were getting ready to undergo spinal fusion surgery. This is obviously not a small surgery to get, as anything in or near the spine is going to be dangerous. The thing that was most concerning to researchers is that fifty seven percent of patients had low enough levels of vitamin D to be considered deficient. The spinal fusion surgery requires the body to create new bone. Without appropriate levels of vitamin D, this may be difficult or nearly impossible to do.
When the study was presented in early 2015, there was some retaliation from the larger medical community for the results. They claimed that the 313 patients may have not been a large enough study group and that the fifty seven percent of people found to have this deficiency may have been a unique and special group. While we fully accept that this is a possibility, we also want our patients to have as much information at their disposal as possible. Many people come into chiropractic offices like Wirth because they do not want to risk surgery or medication. While we aren't saying we can prevent that from happening in one hundred percent of cases, we do want to always do our best to give you the most recent information so that you can do what you want with it.
With this new finding about vitamin D deficiency in people having to undergo a spinal fusion surgery, some doctors are calling for testing to be done in their patients that would be suggested for this procedure. Some chiropractors argue that appropriate levels of vitamin D may preempt the need for invasive surgeries, as it helps to promote healthy bone growth and many other wonderful things.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we can't do bloodwork for you but we can certainly help you out in other ways. If you are suffering from back and neck pain but don't want to jump right to the thought of surgery, then come on in and see just how much a simple spinal adjustment can help you.
This week I wanted to talk about ways to keep yourself healthy that you may not think about in regards to chiropractic care. Many things can contribute to the wellbeing of your body and even though not all of them have to do with your joints or muscles, they are still extremely important. Here are a few things to think about when you are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle.
1. Volumes. Listening to music or the television at loud levels can be extremely dangerous to your body. This is true no matter how you listen as well. If you have a stereo system you should keep it down to a comfortable level. The closer the source of the sound gets to your ears, the more important this is. If you are listening with headphones, you should make sure that the volume is not too high. The most important time to think about the volume levels of whatever you are listening to is if you are using earbuds. These go inside the ears and can actually damage the hairs which help you to not only hear, but balance as well. The same goes for when you are around loud sounds such as power tools. Always be sure to have the proper ear protection for the volume levels you are around.
2. Diet. This one is always a biggie and is often the most difficult part of a healthy lifestyle to follow. Personally I know it is the hardest for me, as I love all things dairy. You can still enjoy most things you already like, but portion control is probably the hardest part of any diet. When you find food that tastes good, you want to eat as much of it as possible. However, this is only harming yourself in the long run. Cutting back on things like dairy, sweets, and carbs to make room for fruits and vegetables is something you should work towards.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, we want all of you to be healthy. While our practice does focus on joints and muscles and bones, we know that those are only parts of the whole. Come into our office and we can discuss a lifestyle plan that works for you to keep you nice and healthy. It never hurts to be on the safe side when it comes to your health.
If you are anything like me, you have been in quite a bit of pain over the last couple of weeks. Due to the pressure changes from the two large hurricanes that have been rolling in, my joints have certainly been arguing with me quite a bit lately. My pain normally starts in my right knee since that is the one that has the worst arthritis, however it has recently morphed into a full body ache, including pain in my head. If you have been experiencing this, know that you are not alone in the struggle. In fact, you are far from it.
Many of us who have chronic disorders are more sensitive to changes in weather than others. For example, my mother who just recently had two knee replacements has been commenting on how her knees no longer hurt when it is supposed to rain, but her shoulder still does. It is confusing her, as most of her life she had severe arthritis in her knees and was honestly more reliable about rain forecasts than the local meteorologists were. I recently have been taking over that role, but it is certainly one that I did not want.
While scientists haven't actually figured out why exactly some of us can tell the weather by the amount of pain or type of pain we are in, they know that it has something to do with the pressure. It changes outside and somehow our joints reflect that difference. It really would be wonderful if we could figure out what exactly causes it, not just to help correct the pain, but to give more accurate weather forecasts. I don't know about you, but my knees have been right more times than the weather on television a few days out.
Experiencing that pain that we relate to rain is never a fun thing. It is tiring and can be frustrating, especially when large storms like these hurricanes have been rolling in. It can sometimes be incapacitating and that is definitely not a good thing. If you are in the path of one of these storms, it becomes even more dangerous. Here at Wirth, we wish everyone the best and hope all of your loved ones are safe in the wake of these horrific storms.
This week, I really wanted to focus on heat related issues. I don't know about you, but I have been sweating my skin off this week and wanted to remind everyone that there are some serious issues that can arise from ignoring what your body is telling you when it is super hot out. Having your body tell you that your temperature is too high is not something that you should mess around with, as heat related illnesses can be deadly. Sadly, there are too many instances where people try to tough out the heat for whatever reason and end up passing away because the human body can only take so much.
If you are a caregiver to someone who is very young or someone who is elderly, you need to pay special attention to these types of symptoms during the summer especially. Children often won't be able to tell you that something is wrong and the elderly often don't realize that they are at a higher risk. I know that my mother is a high risk for heat illnesses and she is extremely stubborn so she will very rarely complain about not feeling well. With people like this, you need to learn to read the signs so that they don't put themselves at a higher risk than they already are. This is also something that you need to pay attention to with people who are non-verbal or who have developmental disorders which may prevent them from letting you know when something is wrong.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are both terrifying disorders that need immediate medical attention. Making sure that you and those you care for are appropriately hydrated is something that you should always take extremely seriously. Many people forget about drinking more than usual during the summer and this can quickly turn into a serious medical issue if you aren't careful. Always pay attention to any sensation that is not normal and keep an eye on how much water you are drinking. It is suggested that you increase your liquid intake by at least twenty five percent during the summer and there is nothing wrong with making sure that you keep to that. Just be careful not to overhydrate, as that is also a serious medical issue that can occur. Listen to your body and you should be fine. Here at Wirth Chiropractic, we just want you to be safe!