This week, we really wanted to pay attention to concerns that many of our patients, or potential patients, may have. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation circulating around about chiropractic care and quite a bit of it can and does harm our image. Here at Wirth, we are strong believers that knowledge is power. We enjoy getting questions about what we really do as opposed to the possibility that someone is believing the inaccurate information that is put out especially on the internet. Fact checking is extremely important, especially when it comes to your medical wellbeing. We all think that educating yourself is one of the best things you can do, and we are glad to help in any way that we can.
I personally have gone to the chiropractor since I was a child. My mother used to go and take me with her, and by I was around four or five years old, I was getting spinal adjustments as well. Although I don't get to go as often now that I'm an adult as I did as a child, I can certainly feel the difference when I haven't gone for an extended period of time. Even now I know that my back could use a good adjustment. It does wonders for my neck pain and other soreness that can be caused by either my arthritis or fibromyalgia. In fact, it has been shown that chiropractic visits are wonderful for those of us with chronic disorders of this kind. Realigning the spine and neck can help to reduce pain levels and will likely make you feel almost like a new person if received regularly.
Here at Wirth, we want to see every person with no pain. Although we know that this is mostly a pipe dream, we will not stop trying to achieve our goals. We believe that no one should have to suffer with pain and will do all we can to make sure that you have as little as possible. If you deal with pain on a regular basis, we want you to come in. Try out our chiropractic services a couple of times and see just how much of a difference it can make to you. Trust us, it can change your life when you realize just how much better you can feel without the pain!
This week I want to focus on a slightly different form of wellness. While prevention is a major way to remain healthy, this is something you may not have previously thought of in regards to your health. I want to talk about ways to help prevent car accidents. Here are some ways that you can help to keep yourself safe on the road.
1. Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings. This is something that we are taught from a young driving age. We should always make sure that our mirrors are adjusted for optimal viewing and use them to their fullest potential. Continually scanning the road both in front of you and behind you can help you to prevent an accident if you see someone driving recklessly. This is also true of people driving alongside you, especially on the highway when someone may be trying to change lanes. Always do your best to eliminate your blind spots.
2. Watch Your Speed. Although this one seems obvious, it is also one of the main causes of accidents on the roads today. Cars are driving better and smoother than ever before and many of us get into the habit of keeping up with traffic. Always do your best to keep to the speed limit to help reduce the risk of an accident. It is also suggested to stay out of the "fast lane", as you will likely have more ways to escape a crash if you can go either direction. Also, you will be less likely to be pulled over for speeding if you are not in the fast lane and doing the speed limit. It's a double bonus!
3. Don't Be Distracted! Distracted driving is one of the biggest issues facing today's drivers. Although there is a stereotype that only younger people text and drive, this is not the truth. Distracted driving is also more than just texting. It can be talking, fiddling with the radio, yelling at the kids in the backseat, or any number of things. Do your best to reduce distractions and you will be less likely to be in an accident.
If you have been in a car accident, come on into Wirth Chiropractics. Our doctors may be able to help reduce any pain you have due to the impact and get you feeling back to your old self. Come in today and see how much we can help you!
The last article that you likely read was about how much sleep can benefit you while you are awake. The truth of that article is that we barely scratched the surface on how much you need sleep. Here are some more ways that sleep can help you lead a better life.
1. Reduce Inflammation. For anyone with a chronic disorder that deals with the joints, you know just how much it can hurt when you have a flair up. This is also true of temporary injuries that have swollen up. While asleep, blood can flow differently and the body is able to heal in a different way than it can while awake. In a similar way that sleep helps the body get over illnesses that are caused by germs, restorative sleep can also help the effects of chronic illness. By sleeping, you may be able to help your body deal with the symptoms of this kind of disorder.
2. Lose Weight. One of the biggest goals that people in general have is to lose weight. This may be for medical reasons, it may be for superficial reasons, or it may be to help boost self-esteem. A proper amount of sleep may be able to help your body break down food and digest better, which can in fact help you to lose weight. It has also been shown to help boost your metabolism which allows you to break down food faster so that the fatty deposits don't settle into those problem areas that we all try so hard to make smaller.
3. Lower Stress. If you've ever had to go an extended period of time with little to no sleep, you know how stressed it can make you. The smallest things can aggravate you and everything gets to you in the wrong way much easier. By keeping to a regular sleep schedule, you can help to lower your stress levels and approach the world in a much healthier way.
If, for some reason, sleep is not something that seems to come easy to you there is another way to achieve at least two of these three things. That is a trip into Wirth Chiropractic. A spinal adjustment can help you to lower your stress levels and reduce the pain caused by inflammation of the joints. Come in and see how much better you feel after a visit!
We all know that getting sleep is good for us. We hear from a very young age that eight hours of sleep a night is what we should strive for. What we aren't always told is why. With a society that has begun working more hours, drinking more caffeine to stay awake, and having more distractions for our waking hours than ever before, it can seem like an inconvenience to need to sleep. Here are some benefits to getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night.
1. Improved Memory. Sleep studies have shown that having a good night's rest can help you recall more things that you are trying to learn. Through a process called consolidation, the mind actually helps to store things while you are asleep. This is why we were always told to get a good night's rest before a big test.
2. Improved Immune System. Studies have concluded that getting a good amount of sleep can help you fight off sickness. You may have noticed that when you work a lot and your sleep suffers, you get sick easier or more sick than you normally would. By getting a good amount of sleep, you may be able to keep those nasty germs at bay for longer than you would if you streamline caffeine.
3. Avoiding Accidents. Driving while tired is one of the most dangerous things you can do. If you haven't slept in a while, experts say you should not get behind the wheel. Either pull over and take a nap or have someone else drive you. In today's society, this is incredibly easy with services like Lyft and Uber. If you've ever been in the car with a tired person driving, you know how frightening it can be. Always be sure you're well rested before getting behind the wheel.
4. Boost Your Creativity. Sleeping can help to rest parts of the brain that are needed for creative ideas. Harvard studies have shown that sleep can help to improve the emotional responses to memories and may help to spur the creative process.
While there are many reasons that you may not be able to sleep, some of them may be easily fixed with a trip to Wirth Chiropractic. Come in and see if an adjustment can help you get a better night's rest.
There are a lot of times that we hear the same questions over and over again. While it is true that people could search for the answers online, there are problems with that. First, we all know that anyone can post whatever they want on the internet. That means that there is bound to be information that is not accurate. Secondly, it's much more reassuring to have a person face to face when you want answers to an important question. If other questions pop up because of an answer, it is much easier and quicker to have a real life person there to respond. Besides, I don't know about you, but I tend to trust a person faster than I trust Google.
Here at Wirth, we are always impressed with some of the questions patients ask. We are always amazed at the fact that we continue to hear new questions no matter how long we have been practicing chiropractors. It's refreshing when patients ask us about different things, because it's so important to take a progressive stance on your health. When you ask us questions, we know that you are taking an active role in what is happening to you, and that is more important than almost any treatment. It shows us that you have the motivation to take our advice on how best to improve your lifestyle.
The fact of the matter is we don't just crack a couple of bones and send you home. We truly care about each and every one of our patients. If there is something that we think may be able to improve your quality of life, we want to impart that knowledge upon you for your benefit. Having gone though medical school like any other doctor, we can give advice on exercise, diet, and many other things if you want our help. While it is true that we don't provide medication or perform surgery, that doesn't mean we are against it when necessary. We know that there are some things that we cannot cure, and will tell you as such if you need a treatment that we cannot provide. Our main goal is that you live the best life that you are capable of. We want you to be happy and healthy. So come in and ask us some questions. We will always do our best to answer any you may have.
Pregnant women go through a lot. Let's face it, nine months of carrying a tiny human around inside of you can, and does, take quite a toll on the body under the best of circumstances. Even women who have almost textbook pregnancies have pains, especially in their legs and back. It's not surprising when you think about how much weight a woman generally puts on between the growth of their breasts to breastfeed and the fetus inside of them. Although the thought might be worrying at first, many people turn to chiropractic care during pregnancy and feel much better because of it!
Some chiropractors take a special interest in caring for those who are pregnant and those who are post-natal. There are special courses which a chiropractor can take that focus specifically on the extra attention that a human body going through pregnancy needs. For example, if a chiropractor is Webster Certified, that means they are specially trained in making sure the pelvic bone is aligned with the rest of the body which can aide in delivery and ease of pain during pregnancy. Very often they will also show you stretches and exercises that can help you during pregnancy that are safe for both you and the baby.
With all the changes that occur within the body during pregnancy, it's no surprise that the posture or back can change form as well. A trained chiropractor can help put these back into place and again, realign the pelvic bone. This helps to lessen the possibility of a balance issue which may result in less room for the fetus and, if left untreated, may prevent the child from breaching. This can result in the need for a C-section and may be an emergency situation. Pregnancy is stressful enough without having to worry about a misaligned pelvis.
While pregnant, always double check with your chiropractor if they specialize in this type of work. Every doctor must go through basic training in the event of a pregnancy, however some do go through extra schooling to focus on this in the same way some chiropractors focus on children or sports injuries. If you or someone you know is pregnant, bring up chiropractic therapy to them and see if it is something they may be interested in.
If you're like me, you have a tendency to stay up late and not want to get up in the morning. No matter what I do, I can't seem to get to sleep at a decent hour and I certainly can't get up without fighting myself. It takes me ages to finally crash in the evening and sometimes even longer to find my way out from under my blankets. While I would love to abandon my nocturnal habits, the fact of the matter is that an object in motion tends to stay in motion and an object as rest really just wants to stay at rest. In my case this is even if I'm acted upon by an outside force.
Now, while I would love to say that I want to stay in bed because I'm comfortable and want to fall back into dreamland, this just isn't normally true. In fact, when I wake up I would love to start moving, but I'm so sore that I feel like that's just about the worst thing I could do. I tend to sleep on my side, and when I wake up my hip generally throbs and my other joints don't fare much better. In fact, I often wake up during the night because I am in pain. If you also suffer from a chronic disorder, you are likely nodding because you know exactly what I mean. Being stiff and sore is no way to start a good morning.
There are ways to wake up that tend to be easier for those of us who wake up with a level of pain already starting. One that I have found to be useful is slowly moving myself starting with my extremities. I will move my fingers and toes, then move onto my wrists and ankles, and so on until my entire body has begun to warm up. If it is a particularly bad day, I will often force myself to stretch. It hurts when I first do it, but normally it helps the pain to go away instead of following me throughout the day.
Another thing that you can do is head into Wirth Chiropractic and see if a spinal adjustment will help you. I know a trip to the chiropractor always helps me when I wake up in pain. Hopefully it will relieve you as well.
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 winter months. You don't need to worry about what we may say if you tell us.
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.