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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.