Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I want to talk to you about stretching. As you may have noticed, I like to talk about how important stretching is to staying healthy. I stretch often due to having arthritis and fibromyalgia and have noticed a great improvement in my daily pain levels from the time I started stretching. When I was first diagnosed, I stopped stretching as often as I had before. When I realized I was getting worse, I began again and immediately noticed how much better I would feel throughout the day if I stretched for even ten minutes in the morning. Here are some of the stretches that I generally do.
1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and breathe deeply and evenly. Reach up towards the ceiling but don't push yourself to go higher. Slowly bend over towards your feet so that your hands are hanging down. Take a deep breath and sigh. You will notice that your hands have now reached lower. Do this a couple of times until you feel like you cannot stretch any lower. Hold this for ten seconds, then slowly roll back up, as if you were building your spine up one vertebrae at a time until your head rests back where it should be.
2. Sit with your legs out in front of you together and reach towards your feet. If you cannot touch your toes, don't worry. Keep reaching until you feel a stretch. Once you do, hold it for ten seconds and then crawl your hands back until you are sitting up again. Do this repeatedly. Over the time I spent stretching, I was able to get my hands from around my ankles until I could hook my wrists over the tops of my toes. It took me a couple of months, but it does work wonderfully.
3. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and breathe deeply and evenly. Pretend that there is a string attached to your head that is pulling you up. Bring your hands up and stretch as close to the sky as possible before pretending to grab a bar. Hold that for ten seconds and then slowly go back to your original stance
Stretching is one of the best tools that you can have to battle pain. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenvile NC for an adjustment and see what other kinds of stretches may be able to help you.

Greenville Chiropractor

Sometimes, we receive questions that are very specific to the needs and concerns of our individual patients. While we always do our best to put each and every fear to rest, there are some questions that we hear often that are more specific to certain types of patients that may come through our doors. We wanted to address a couple of these here for you so that you can be more at ease when you walk in.
1. Can I Bring My Child In For Treatment? Yes, most definitely! Here at Wirth we love children, so you can definitely bring in kids of all ages for treatment. We have heard concerns before about having a doctor work on a developing child's skeletal system, but we can assure you that this is something you can rest easy about. If anything, bringing your child in will help them grow correctly, as chiropractic treatment can help keep the natural proper alignment of a skeleton. There is no basic age limit for children to receive chiropractic care and has in fact been used to benefit infants having trouble breast feeding.
2. I Have Arthritis and Shouldn't Crack My Joints, Should I See A Chiropractor? It is a common misconception that if you have developed arthritis you should not crack your knuckles. It is also false that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. If you have been diagnosed with arthritis of any kind, you should definitely come in and see a chiropractor. Many people find that having chiropractic treatment actually reduces their pain levels that they attribute to arthritis. Definitely come in and see what we can do to help you.
3. I Take Drugs (legal or illegal), Can I Still Have Chiropractic Care? Although chiropractic doctors do not prescribe medication, they do understand that in some cases they may be required. You most certainly are able to have chiropractic care no matter what your drug use history looks like. If you are concerned, however, it is always a good idea to let your doctor know what you have taken over the past couple of days so that they have a better idea of how to treat you.
We hope that these questions have helped to ease some of your concerns. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see just how much of a difference chiropractic treatment can make in your life.

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I really wanted to focus on how much good chiropractic work can be doing for our country as a whole along with you as an individual. We comment a lot about how we are non-invasive and how those who come to us can't expect to receive pain killers and be sent home, but that doesn't always translate to how that is helpful. In light of many things, including the health care plans that are currently being debated by the government, we wanted to remind you just how beneficial some of our treatments can be.
First, I wanted to comment on how we don't use surgery or injections. Many of us, myself included, don't like the idea of going under the knife. While we all know that it is sometimes unavoidable, it is always good to avoid it if we can. There are many more complications that can arise from going under anesthesia than can come from having your neck cracked. You may have a bad reaction to the medication that is injected in you and even though your doctor normally will hold you to make sure that doesn't occur, it can still be terrifying if it does. While we certainly aren't saying that you should never use this as an option, you may want to think about going through other possibilities first.
Secondly, I really wanted to bring up the opioid usage our country is seeing right now. Quite a few people I know have passed from overdosing and even more of those people know others who have passed from this. A large amount of people are battling many different kinds of addictions and drugs are currently one of the most dangerous kinds that we as a country are dealing with. While we know that chiropractic care won't be able to stop drug and opioid addiction and abuse, there is always the hope that we can make even a small amount of difference.
We always want to remind you that you should talk with your general practitioner about the type of treatment you are going to seek. They should be kept up to date with what you are doing medically and this includes with chiropractic treatments. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and let us know how you want us to help you.

Greenville Chiropractor

During the summer, there are a couple of things that we need to worry about that aren't really an issue during any other season of the year. While I wish that I could just say extreme temperatures, we know that this isn't true. After all, the winter can have some pretty nasty numbers, only on the other end of the spectrum. While winter presents its own issues in regards to health and keeping your body temperature in the right area, many people argue that winter is easier to deal with due to the ability to bundle up more. In the summer, however, there is only so much that you can take off and that doesn't always solve the issue.
Heat exhaustion is a serious medical issue that many people experience every year. Those who are more at risk include children and the elderly, as their bodies don't regulate temperature as well as those who are of a moderate age. Also, depending upon other health issues, some people may be more susceptible. If you are a caretaker to someone who is non-verbal or who has a mental health or developmental disorder which prevents their ability to voice problems, you should also keep close watch for heat exhaustion. Here are some of the symptoms that you may see.
- Muscle Cramps and Aches
- Fatigue
- Excessive Thirst
- Dizziness
- Nausea
- Headache
- Fainting
- Agitation
- Cold Sweats
- Slow or Weak Heartbeat
- Anxiety
- Confusion
While not all of these symptoms will present themselves in each person, it is still extremely important to remember them until you know how someone does react to excessive heat. If you believe that someone may be developing heat exhaustion, you should immediately get fluids into them as well as getting them to a cooler area. Also, getting them medical attention is absolutely imperative. Heat illnesses are nothing to mess around with or delay getting them help regarding.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we do have chiropractic doctors but at the end of the day, we are still a doctor's office. What we really care about is your health. While we may have a focus in muscles and joints, we still understand that certain things are worth mentioning or reminding people about each year when the issue comes around. Heat exhaustion is one of those things. Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I wanted to focus on some of the questions we hear on an almost daily basis. There is still a lot of concern about chiropractic care among many people, both in and out of the medical community. We always do our best to get rid of those fears, but it can be difficult to battle with the false information that people often find on the internet or by talking to friends who read incorrect articles or articles that spin the truth.
For example, last year there was an unfortunate incident where a Playboy model ended up passing away after receiving chiropractic care. She had a stroke which was blamed upon the spinal manipulation she had undergone. This caused many news agencies and magazines to put out headlines which stated that she died due to receiving chiropractic care. While it is true that the stroke was caused by the sharp movement, it was also likely that the woman had a pre-existing vascular issue. The likelihood of this occurring in anyone is extremely rare, with the absolute highest risk being labeled around one in every 100,000 person, which is relatively similar to the risk of someone who is not receiving chiropractic care having a stroke. Other studies show that serious injuries being connected to chiropractic care are closer to one in every four million people seen.
While we do encourage every person to do their own research about medical treatment they are thinking of undergoing, we do want to stress the importance of going to reputable sources for this information. Medical journals or official websites such as the ACA are going to be much more reliable than sources like People Magazine. While we are sure the reporters who work there are wonderful people, they don't have to have their information vetted in the same way medical reporters do. Always remember to look for a few legitimate sources before drawing a conclusion about something.
If you are still concerned and would prefer to talk face to face with someone, then come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. We will do everything in our power to put you at ease in regards to your future medical care and will talk you through everything that we want to do. Never feel uneasy asking what we are doing or what our opinions are about your care. Let us help you in every way that we can!

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Now that the summer is here, many of you will likely be thinking about vacations. Whether this means driving around, taking a bus, or flying to a distant location, you may want to think about how to make it easy on yourself. After all, traveling can be very uncomfortable depending on how it is done. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you arrive to your destination without feeling like you want to sleep the rest of your vacation away.
1. Stretch. Stretching is one of the most important things that you can do in almost any situation. While it may be difficult depending on your travel method, you should always at least make an attempt to stretch before you start on your journey. If you are driving, make a couple of stops along the way to stretch and get out of the car. You can also stretch your toes and other muscles while you are driving to help prevent cramping. Always make sure that you have stretched before and after you travel.
2. Be Comfortable. One of the most dangerous things that you can do to your body while traveling is not be comfortable. If you are the one driving, make sure that your seat is in the right position before you set out. Move your hand position on the steering wheel so that your arms do not get fatigued. If you are flying, make sure that you have a little bit of room so that you can get into a good position. Always try and get a pillow or rolled up blanket to rest in the small of your back no matter how you are traveling to keep your posture correct.
3. Bag Weight. Make sure that all of your bags are light enough for you to easily carry. If you are flying, it is suggested that you check any bags more than ten percent of your body weight. If you are driving, make sure that you will be able to easily lift and carry them once you get to your destination. Having a couple extra bags will be worth the comfort once you get there.
We want you to have fun, but we also want you to be safe. Come into Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, before you go so that you can feel refreshed after a spinal adjustment.

Greenville Chiropractor

Sometimes, we receive questions that are very specific to the needs and concerns of our individual patients. While we always do our best to put each and every fear to rest, there are some questions that we hear often that are more specific to certain types of patients that may come through our doors. We wanted to address a couple of these here for you so that you can be more at ease when you walk in.
1. Can I Bring My Child In For Treatment? Yes, most definitely! Here at Wirth we love children, so you can definitely bring in kids of all ages for treatment. We have heard concerns before about having a doctor work on a developing child's skeletal system, but we can assure you that this is something you can rest easy about. If anything, bringing your child in will help them grow correctly, as chiropractic treatment can help keep the natural proper alignment of a skeleton. There is no basic age limit for children to receive chiropractic care and has in fact been used to benefit infants having trouble breast feeding.
2. I Have Arthritis and Shouldn't Crack My Joints, Should I See A Chiropractor? It is a common misconception that if you have developed arthritis you should not crack your knuckles. It is also false that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. If you have been diagnosed with arthritis of any kind, you should definitely come in and see a chiropractor. Many people find that having chiropractic treatment actually reduces their pain levels that they attribute to arthritis. Definitely come in and see what we can do to help you.
3. I Take Drugs (legal or illegal), Can I Still Have Chiropractic Care? Although chiropractic doctors do not prescribe medication, they do understand that in some cases they may be required. You most certainly are able to have chiropractic care no matter what your drug use history looks like. If you are concerned, however, it is always a good idea to let your doctor know what you have taken over the past couple of days so that they have a better idea of how to treat you.
We hope that these questions have helped to ease some of your concerns. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see just how much of a difference chiropractic treatment can make in your life.

Greenville Chiropractor

I don't know about you, but I've always been pretty scared about going under the knife. I have personally only had surgery a couple of times, but each time has terrified me. It's not that I didn't have faith in my doctors or surgeons, I just don't like the idea of someone cutting into me with a sharpened knife and taking something out. I am not a fan of needles, even though I am a regular blood donor, and I am even less of a fan of not having control of my body while under the appropriate medications needed for surgery. If you are anything like me, then chiropractic care may just be what you've been looking for your whole life.
Chiropractic care does not believe in using surgery or shots as a first resort for any injury. While there are obviously some exceptions, we will try to deal with almost any injury dealing with your muscular-skeletal system without any type of invasive procedure or medication. I will write a disclaimer though, if you come into our office with a broken bone, we will send you right to the E.R. Trust me, I've seen someone walk into a chiropractic office and ask if they could fix their broken arm. That is something you need to go to the hospital for.
If you are not too keen on getting a shot of painkillers or getting opened up for something, however, we are your ideal stop. We will do everything we can to make sure that your pain is taken care of. We know how much it stinks to be in constant pain, especially in an area like the back or neck. This means that we will use all kinds of manipulation techniques on those areas to put them back into place in an attempt to make the pain go away.
If you are concerned or have other questions about what we can do to help you, come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see what we have to say in a consultation. We want you to feel better about your life and your body, and that's difficult if you are in constant pain. Let us see what we can do to better your quality of life, and you can thank us later for the fact that you won't have any scars to show for it.