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Dealing With Pain Without Medication

I don't know about you, but I despise having to take pain medication. I'm not sure if it's because of the way I was brought up, a desire not to become dependent upon them, or just my genetics, but I do not enjoy taking pain pills. While I know that sometimes it is unavoidable, I have always preferred to wait it out. Although it may sound hypocritical, I do not suggest this habit to anyone else. If, however, you do not take pain medicine for any number of reasons, there are other ways which you can try and alleviate the pain you may feel.
1. Exercise. Even though it may be extremely difficult to get moving, exercise is one of the best ways to get your joints and muscles loose and help your body reduce the amount of pain it feels. I always start by stretching and then work my way up. Depending upon the day I will either work on the spot that hurts or I will avoid it, it really is a case by case basis. Exercising, however, not only allows you to work out any aches and pains in your muscles but has a tendency to make you feel better in general. The release of endorphins that exercise provides can also help your mental health, which is something that needs attention when it comes to those with chronic conditions.
2. Relax. Sometimes, not much will help pain but sitting down and breathing through it. Although this may seem like a ridiculous bit of advice, sometimes the most simple reaction is all that we have. Try different breathing exercises and see which one works best for you. Meditation has been known to help people immensely as well, so don't be afraid to give it a try.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we hate seeing anyone in pain. While we know that it is an unavoidable fact of life, we still despise knowing that our patients are hurting. That is why we became chiropractors in the first place. If you are someone who lives with pain but also does not like taking medication, then coming into a chiropractor is exactly what you need to do. Come in and see just how much we can help you!

Pain and You

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I really wanted to focus on pain. While this may seem like a rather obvious thing to focus on for a chiropractic office, sometimes I find that we can overlook it. We know that most people who walk through our doors are in pain and so it becomes almost like an unspoken symptom. The truth is, however, pain should never be silent. If you are living with pain, you should be able to talk to someone about it and try to get it resolved. Whether that is with your family doctor or with a chiropractor, or even both, is up to you.
Living a life in pain is really no way to sustain yourself. Even if you are able to power through the pain, it chips away at you and often leaves you physically and mentally exhausted. I personally am very stubborn and don't like admitting when I am in pain, and I know many others are the same way. This may be due to how society perceives your gender, family relations, or a natural instinct. Many of us with invisible disorders have adapted this as a sort of defense to being told we are imagining the pain. After all, why say something when no one will believe you anyway?
The truth is we should do our best to get out of this habit. Being dishonest with ourselves is one way that things get overlooked when we see a doctor. It is common for someone to go into a doctor's appointment, say everything is fine, and then complain about different ailments until the next appointment when they say nothing is wrong once again. Doctors are here to help. That is why they went to school for so many years and why they work in the field they do. Always be truthful with your doctor about what is going on and always be truthful with yourself about how you feel from day to day.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we want people to experience life without pain. While we know that this is an extremely unlikely wish, we also know just how much pain affects those around us each and every day whether we know it or not. Come in today and see how much pain we can help you cope with.

Take Home Message

Greenville Chiropractor

This week I wanted to focus on the problems that affect many of us, even if we don't realize they are common. While it is pretty much standard knowledge that a fair amount of us are not morning people, we don't often find ways to help to combat that other than being told "get more sleep". It can be extremely difficult to follow this advice depending on our home and work lives, so if mornings are a struggle for you like they are for so many of us, don't feel bad if you look for ways to make them easier. I certainly won't judge you for trying to find a life hack that works for you.
The aches and pains that many of us feel over the course of time can really get you down after a while. Even if these pains are caused by us working out and trying to become a healthier person, they can still be troublesome and sometimes discouraging. This is especially true if you suffer from a chronic disease. Try and find a safe and healthy way of dealing with the pain, even if you don't think it's bad. No pain is always better than a little bit of pain.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or seasonal depression, is much more common than you may think. Many people have it but are never diagnosed due to a multitude of reasons, such as a fear of the stigma that mental health has. The truth is, though, that nothing is wrong with needing a little extra help in balancing your brain chemicals. After all, if you don't have all of the ingredients to make pie dough, store bought will substitute nicely. If your brain cannot give you the proper balance of chemicals, then store bought will do fine here as well. Many of us need to ask for a little extra help, especially during the changing of seasons. You don't need to worry about what we may say if you tell us.
Looking for a Chiropractor in Greenville? Coming into our office, at Wirth Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment or for nutrition help or whatever you may seek though our doors is something we always look forward to. We are here for you. We want to help you. Why else would we have gone to medical school at these college rates? We want you to be the best you that you can be and would be honored to help you achieve that. Come in and see what we can do to see that happen.

Car Accidents and Your Care

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This week, we are focusing on car accidents and the damage they can cause. One of the most important things about your life after a severe accident is your own care. This can be physical as well as mental care, as both can be heavily affected by a car crash. Those of us here at Wirth Chiropractic want to make sure that you are healthy in every way, and so here are some tips for dealing with issues after a car accident.
1. See A Doctor! It doesn't matter if your accident was a small fender bender or a life changing crash. You always want to see a medical professional after an accident to get a clean bill of health. This is the most important thing you can do for yourself to help your recovery.
2. Ask For Help. If you have been seriously injured, there is nothing wrong with asking for help with things. If you are out of work or have trouble doing certain activities around the house, reach out to your friends and family to see if they can offer you support. Remember, you still need to eat and rest. Asking someone to help you cook or pick up some things at a store is not a sign of weakness. Those who love you will be more than happy to help, and this can support both your physical recovery and your mental health after an accident. Even asking a neighbor for a ride to the store can help, so don't feel bad doing so.
3. Utilize Your Hobbies. Keeping your mind sharp and off the trauma is something that you should focus on after a severe car accident. Doing a crossword or a search-a-word is a great way to keep your mind working without having to do much physical movement. If you have a hobby that you can partake in after a crash, this is also a good idea. There is nothing wrong with taking a little time for yourself after a traumatic event.
Those of us here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC hope that you never need to use these tips. Unfortunately, we also know that these things do occur at a much higher rate than we like to think about. If you have been hurt, and looking for a Chiropractor in Greenville come into our office and see if a chiropractic adjustment can help to relieve the pain. We will do everything we can to get you feeling like your old self again!

Why Do I Hurt at Night?

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Many of us with either chronic conditions or temporary injuries can attest to the fact that once the sun goes down, our pain levels go up. This can be extremely infuriating when we simply want to relax and settle down to a good night's rest and yet feel that to be an impossibility due to pain. Scientifically, there is support that if you feel this way you are not wrong. There are many reasons that pain levels can increase during the evening hours, and here are a couple of them.
1. Fewer Distractions. At night, we generally are beginning to wind down and let go of our stresses from the day. This means we let our minds wander and are not focused on so many different things all at the same time. Due to this, we are simply more aware of the pain we have been in throughout the rest of the day once the night comes.
2. Colder Temperatures. This is especially true during the fall and spring months. Although temperatures may be higher during the day, once the sun goes down so does the temperature. It has been long established that cold can affect pain levels and this is simply another way to show this fact. Getting more sore at night may be due to something as simple as how cold or warm it is outside.
3. Carbon Dioxide. Carbon Dioxide causes your veins to dilate. This means that when you are breathing slower at night, whether asleep or just relaxing, your veins can constrict and cause your nerves to be more sensitive. This is a particular problem for people who suffer from fibromyalgia and other nerve disorders.
4. Tired. Sometimes, the answer to things is easy. It may be that your body is just tired from all of the things you did throughout the day. Once your muscles and joints are able to relax, it may become apparent that the buildup of lactic acid has certainly done something to your body throughout the day.
If you experience worse pain at night, then you should come on into Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC. Getting an adjustment may be just what you need to release those pockets of gas and liquid in your joints and start sleeping well again.

Why Do I Hurt in The Morning?

Wirth Chiropractic

For those of us who deal with chronic disorders, the morning is often a dreaded time. Not only do many of us get less sleep than we need due to pain, but we hurt a large amount upon finally waking. It can quickly fall into a vicious cycle of lack of sleep and high pain levels. One question that is often asked is simply why. Why does it hurt so much in the morning to wake up? Unfortunately, we cannot give you reasons as to why you despise getting up so much unless you mean from a physical aspect, so that's what we'll focus on.
One simple reason for hurting in the morning is Newton's law. He postulated that an object at rest would stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. If you have been asleep for hours, then you naturally will not want to get up and move around. Having pain in the morning is one way for your body to attempt to keep you in place. We promise you it isn't a dastardly plot that your blankets have developed to keep you in the same spot. Well, at least we're pretty sure it isn't....
Another reason that you may hurt more in the morning is because of your mattress and pillows. If either are older, they may have pressure points that cause you pain during the night. Springs in your mattress or box spring may be pressing into your body and can be a reason for you waking up during the night with localized pain. Try getting a new mattress or a mattress pad to see if your pain has any relief. Pillows should be replaced regularly as well, but be sure to buy ones that actually support your head and neck, as this may be a strong reason for morning pain as well.
If you have a chance after you wake up, come into Wirth Chiropractic and see if a spinal adjustment can help relieve your pain. Sometimes, getting your body realigned can be just what you need. This is especially true if you move around a lot during the night, as you are more likely to hurt yourself if you do so. Come on in and see how much of a difference we can make.

FAQ Part III

Wirth Chiropractic

People always have such wonderful questions about Chiropractic care. We are often stunned, thrilled, and taken aback by the brilliance of the questions we are asked about what we do. Some of these questions we get quite often, but they are generally asked in different ways. To help both of us out, we have started to post some of these frequently asked questions on our blog. Here are some others that we get on a regular basis.
Do I Need A Referral? For most chiropractic procedures, your insurance company will not require a referral from another doctor. Always double check with your insurance company before assuming though, as each one is different. Most, however, will let you simply make an appointment and walk in.
Is Chiropractic Treatment An Ongoing Thing? While you may be able to benefit from a single visit, the fact is that we believe it should be an ongoing treatment. Our methods are very hands on and as such you will benefit more from multiple visits at regular intervals than just coming in once. This is because the muscles and joints in your body go through a lot of abuse from day to day. Between normal movements, abnormal sleeping positions, stress, tension, and other things which can cause pain, you should receive ongoing care from a chiropractor once you begin to visit.
What's That Popping Noise When I Visit? Much like cracking your knuckles in your hand, a chiropractor is trained to release the air pockets in certain joints that you may not be able to get to yourself. This noise is the change in pressure in your joints and can help to release the gas bubbles which cause them to ache. This noise is perfectly normal and nothing to be worried about. In fact, many people feel that it offers them a sense of relief as they know the joint has been cracked when they hear that noise.
We love getting these questions, and always encourage you to ask them. By asking these questions, we know that you are taking an active role in your health and wellbeing which is something we believe every able person should do. If you have any other questions that you haven't seen addressed, come on into Wirth and ask them yourself. We hope to see you soon!

Answering Your Questions

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While most of our dealings with questions happen in the office, we understand that sometimes people have concerns that they don't bring to us directly. This may be from concern of offending us or from embarrassment of not already knowing the answer. While we are big believers in the idea that there are no stupid questions when it comes to your health, we understand these concerns. We have decided to answer some of the common questions, therefore, on here. This way there is no worries and when you come in, you'll be an expert on what we do!
Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe? This is one of the most common questions we hear from people who are new to chiropractic treatment. Unfortunately, many people have heard horror stories about going to the chiropractor and are now convinced that we don't know what we're doing. I can assure you that this simply isn't true. If chiropractic treatment was not safe, we would not be able to practice in the way that we do. We are doctors the same as any other medical professional and our main goal is helping you to feel better. While many people think that chiropractic care is "quack" medicine, the truth is we have a long and upstanding history to back our claims of success. Although we do not use medicine, injections, or surgery to help heal you, we do have our own methods that have proven to be just as useful as some other more mainstream forms of care. You can rest assured that everything we do is one hundred percent approved and safe.
How Old Do I Have To Be? For some reason, many people think that there is an age limit for who can receive chiropractic care. This may mean a minimum or maximum age, but the truth is there isn't one. Anyone of any age can benefit from chiropractic services. Certain chiropractors even specialize in either children or the elderly. If you are concerned about your age, schedule a time to talk with your chiropractor and see what they say about your possible treatment.
There are always many questions that people ask when it comes to chiropractic care. We are thrilled that you want to know so much about your treatment! Come on into Wirth Chiropractic and see what we can answer for you in person!