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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.

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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.

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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!

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This week I want to talk about doing the little things. Sometimes the little things can add up to the point where you are so overwhelmed you just want to stay in bed and take a nap instead. This is something that almost all of us go through and is nothing to be ashamed of. We just want you to know that there are ways to get past this and here are some of our favorites.
1. Make A List. Making a list may seem counterproductive because then you see the enormous amount of things that need to get done. Some people color code things to make it seem a little better. For example, all of the things that can be done in less than half an hour can be in blue. The things that need to get done quickly should be in red. Things that can be done on your way home from work can be put in green. Check off or cross out items once they are done and even give yourself a little treat once a whole color block is done. Having a list is actually extremely helpful.
2. Motivation Techniques. One of my favorite tactics is using motivational techniques. For example, there is a documentary on Netflix that I really want to watch but won't let myself until my work for the day is done. Using small things to reward yourself is actually one of the best ways to make sure things are done. Just be careful about using food or sweets as a reward, especially if you are trying to get yourself to go to the gym.
3. Talk It Out. Talking about how overwhelmed you are to a friend or family member is something that many people do but don't think about it as a helpful tool. Sometimes just explaining why you are so stressed can help. You should never keep things in if they really bother you and this is no exception.
Another thing that helps is just getting out of bed in the morning. That is always the first step and if that's all you can accomplish for the day then at least you know that you tried. If you can get to Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, though, perhaps an adjustment may give you the pain relief and motivation you need to start tackling that list. Come in and give it a try!

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This week I really want to talk about mental health. There have been multiple studies done which show that mental health and physical health are very connected, so here at Wirth we always try and keep our options open to help you with both. While there is no single cure to mental health issues, there are a couple of things that you can try which might help. Here are a few of them.
1. Take Some Time. Most doctors will tell you that you can beat mental health issues by getting up and getting out there, exercising, eating better, and all of the other things that many mental health issues prevent you from wanting to do. As such, we say that you shouldn't feel bad about taking some time away from everyone and everything else and just doing whatever it is that you need to do. If you need to drive somewhere and scream until you're exhausted, then go ahead. If you need to sit in your room and listen to music, you do that! As long as your activity is not hurting yourself or someone around you, you should never feel bad about taking some time to yourself.
2. Escape. Whatever this means to you, feel free to do it. If that means you need to take a day trip into the woods, go ahead. If you escape by reading corny fantasy books, you do just that. If you need to sit there and play some video games for a little while to get away from whatever is bothering you in the real world, then more power to you! Sometimes we all need a little escape.
3. Baby Steps. If your mental health has prevented you from doing things around the house and you feel overwhelmed, remember that Rome wasn't built in a day. Even if all you can manage today is washing one dish or folding a couple of clothes, then that's fine. Taking baby steps until everything is done is the perfect way of making sure that you don't have a relapse.
Although we are not mental health professionals, we do often see people who have mental health issues come through our office. Here at Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, we know that there is no shame in needing help and we will do everything we can to make you feel like yourself again.

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Although Irma is now forecasted to hit Florida instead of North Carolina, there is still some debate as to where it will go after hitting land. While some models have it continuing west, others say that it will travel up the coast and end up hitting here anyway, albeit much lighter than it could have. Here at Wirth, we want to make sure that you have done everything you can to make sure that you are safe whether you stay here or if you go further inland to avoid any damage that may be done. Here are some tips to help you get through a hurricane safely.

1.     Stock Up. While we all know about stocking up on food and other perishables, one thing that many people forget about is medication. If you are close to needing a refill, then please by all means go out and get it before the storm hits. If something occurs which prevents you from leaving the house for a few days then it is always good to have a stock of meds that you need daily.

2.     Move Things Away From Windows. As a kid on the coast, I can remember whenever a big storm would roll in working with my mother to make sure all of our furniture was in the center of the room. This would be in case a window would break so that not everything would have glass all over it and cleanup would be much easier. In this vein, make sure that you have tarps and tape to seal off any openings that may be created due to broken windows or other debris.

3.     Have An Evac/Emergency Plan. If something turns nasty and you need to leave, make sure that you are able to do so. If that isn't an option, make sure that you have some other emergency plan ready. Be sure to include others living in your home, even your pets. We saw during Harvey that not everyone had planned for that and the pictures were truly heartbreaking.

The main thing to remember with storms like these is that preparation is key. Here at Wirth, we want to know that all of our patients are safe which is why we are writing this article. Always remember to keep your health and safety at the forefront of your mind. Everything else can be replaced if needed. You can't.

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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!

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This week, I want to talk to you about something that may seem a little boring, but is extremely important especially at this time of the year. We need to have a chat about staying properly hydrated. Hydration is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself throughout the entire year, but especially during the summer. The extra heat of these few months can make you burn through your body's supply of liquid very rapidly, which is not good considering how much we are made up of water. If you are trying to lose weight during the summer, it is especially important to remain hydrated since one of the first things that you will lose is what's called "water weight".
While the summer is known as a time to have fun and be relatively care free, it can be a rather dangerous time if you don't keep up with your health. Making sure that you are healthy should always be at the top of your priority list. While we understand that you have a great deal of responsibility, we also want to remind you that you have a responsibility to yourself and if you don't keep yourself healthy, then you can't do much to help everyone else that you know and love.
If you are in an area that gets humid and hot, you should increase your water intake during the summer months up to fifty percent. The general guideline is at least eight glasses of water a day, but every person's body is different. One good way of checking whether you are adequately hydrated or not is to check the color of your urine. While this may feel strange, it is a good way to see if you need to increase your water and liquid intake. The darker your urine, the more water you need to drink. Doctors recommend that your urine be clear, as anything darker may mean that you're dehydrated and may develop kidney issues from this.
Keeping yourself hydrated is also very important for your joints and general health. Even if you don't like drinking just water, drinking something like a sports drink or lemonade is better than nothing. Remember, soda and alcohol doesn't help you that much, so stick to the clearer liquids as much as possible. Keeping yourself healthy should be your number one goal!