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Although the school year is over for most people, the pain is just beginning. For many kids and teens in America, the fact of heavy backpacks is an everyday event. It is never a good deal of fun to carry around large amounts of books, but as someone who has worked both at a library and who was somewhat recently a student, I can tell you that I prefer lugging around boxes of dictionaries than I did carrying around my textbooks in a bag.
We are noticing more and more that students are complaining of back pain. When asked if they have a book bag, the answer is almost always yes. Sometimes when asked to bring them in, the students do and we find that they are difficult for us to lift, let alone walk around with. While students don't normally have these bags on their backs all day, the amount of time for the weight they are causes enough damage. This is especially true when you factor in that so many of these kids are jostled around in the hallways due to overcrowded schools and buses. There are a couple of ways that you can help your student with their bags.
First, make sure they have a bag with two straps. Having a large amount of weight on one shoulder will only increase the amount of pain the student is in. Recommendations say that a book bag should be no heavier than ten percent of your student's body weight. While we know that this isn't always an option due to school restrictions, you should at least attempt to remind your child to reduce the weight if possible. Also, make sure that the straps are correctly positioned. Any bag lower than four inches under the waist will tend to pull back on the shoulders which often causes students to lean forward and can strain the muscles in their back and chest. This is especially a problem in students who are still growing. Also, make sure the straps are padded so they do not cut into the child's skin.
Backpacks are a necessity in most schools, but they can cause quite a bit of harm. Try and talk to your student and their teachers to see if you can work out a system that doesn't harm the child's body.

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We all know that children are supposed to be breastfed. It is recommended for the first six months exclusively and that children should be breastfed along with age acceptable food up to two years of age. However, as most women will attest, breastfeeding is not always such an easy answer. Many things can prevent women from being able to breastfeed a baby, from medications they are on to stress that they are under. Sometimes, children just will not seem to nurse as they should. Such was the case with a four week old infant in 2015.
The child was seemingly unable to latch onto her mother's left breast, both in the traditional cradle position and any other which was tried. The mother was, understandably, concerned and contacted a lactation specialist. The specialist then suggested chiropractic care for the infant and so the woman brought her baby in to see if it would help.
It was noted that the child had no noticeable abnormalities in her neurological or orthopedic tests. When the mother was able to bring her baby girl in, the chiropractor found that she indeed did have several misalignments. These were found in her sacrum, middle back, neck, and cranium. He also found several tight muscles and muscle groups in the infant's middle back, left neck, and right jaw joint. Imagine the woman's surprise when the other doctors had told her that there were no problems with her young baby's body and alignment.
The chiropractor began an adjustment system which was meant to help the infant with the issues mentioned above. They also used an infant toggle head piece to assist the alignment issue even when the child was not receiving the care. They slowly worked out the issues from the bottom of the infant's spine to her jaw and it was observed that she not only had better range of motion, but her muscles had loosened.
Once the mother returned home, she began to attempt breastfeeding immediately. Indeed, the infant fed from the left breast and did so uninterrupted for a full half hour. The mother had been scheduled to come in twice a week with the child until the issue was resolved, which is was within a single week.

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Many of us suffer from upper respiratory issues such as Asthma or other allergies. For those of us who do, or have loved ones who do, know just how damaging they can be. Some cases are so severe that the person cannot even enjoy a normal life. I had a friend growing up who was so allergic to so many things that she had to be home schooled, was on at least six different medications, and had to be cleared by a doctor to travel anywhere, even in the car to a family member's house. I remember how miserable she was and always felt terrible for her and her family.
While the subject of this study wasn't quite so bad, he was certainly one of the worse cases we hear of. This seven year old boy had been diagnosed with asthma at five months and also suffered from severe allergies and chronic colds. He would miss at least a day or two of school every month due to his illnesses and would have to take monthly trips to the doctor. He was also on a once a day dose of prescription Alavert for his allergies and Albuterol for asthma. As an adult, I am on one medication a day and that is bad enough. I cannot imagine how this poor boy must have felt.
His parents brought him into the chiropractor and he received care for misalignments in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine. Within two weeks, his parents decided that he no longer needed to take his allergy or asthma medications. Within five months of continued treatment, he was receiving only wellness checks with his doctor. Within the year which this study was written, he was able to go to school every single day and did not miss one due to illness.
To me, this is simply amazing. While we will never suggest that you should receive chiropractic care instead of taking your prescribed medication, this boy and his parents decided that the care he received was so effective he could get off of his and would still be okay. In fact, it seems he was much better without the medication and with the substitution of chiropractic care. There is nothing wrong with taking medication, but I think it's wonderful this little boy didn't need to worry about it again.

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This week, I wanted to focus again on studies that have been done which show the truth behind chiropractic care. We read two wonderful articles about what chiropractic care can do for two completely different kinds of disorders, but both are chronic and can be life altering. In fact, both have the capability to keep the sufferer inside for most of their lives. Here at Wirth, we never want you to feel like you need to stay home and we will do everything we can to get you healthy again. Here is a recap of what we learned this week.
The first article was about Crohn's Disease and other similar disorders. As I said, I have grown up with most of my family suffering from these and was amazed to hear about the study of over fifty patients who were used to find a strong link between these digestive disorders and chiropractic care. It was found that most people who have Crohn's Disease or something like it have misalignments in their lower backs and it was postulated that this may be a cause and effect situation, as those who received treatment for those issues in their spines showed decreased symptoms of the disorder.
The second article was about a seven year old boy who suffered from allergies and asthma as well as chronic colds that were so severe he had to make monthly trips to the doctor, would miss at least a day or two of school every month, and had to take two medications every day plus his nebulizer. I don't know about you, but getting my ten year old nephews to take medication when they're sick is difficult enough, but this boy had been diagnosed at five months and had been suffering ever since. However, through chiropractic care, he was able to stop his need for the medication within two weeks and didn't need to miss a day of school due to sickness all year with continued treatment.
Once again, I read these studies in awe. I may know just how much chiropractic care can change someone's life, but sometimes I forget just how different those lives are. Someone who is five months old and suffering, and continues to suffer for years, until they finally find the thing that helps is saddening. I am simply so happy that they were able to find what worked for them through chiropractic care.

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This week we really focused on being around other people. Whether you are around family, friends, your neighbors, your children, your friend's kids, or someone completely different, it is important that you get to know those around you. With the summer coming up, many of us will be spending more time outdoors and I don't know about you but I always think that having someone to invite over and chat with outside is a nice option. This is especially true if you both have children, so that way the kids can get there energy out and you can talk to a grown up again. Both are truly wonderful feelings.
My main point this week is that many of us unfortunately spend more time at work or wrapped up in our own busy lives than anything else. While there is normally a very good reason for doing so, you need to reach out and have human contact as well. We are, by nature, social creatures. My guess is that if you are reading this blog, you're likely not a hermit and you probably wouldn't like to be. Sure, you might be an introvert but that doesn't mean that you never want to be around people. Everyone gets lonely sometimes and having someone to talk to can really do wonders for you both.
Getting outside during the spring and summer is something that is so important to your health. It is always easier if there is someone else that will be willing to go outside with you and join you on whatever adventure you are taking that day, even if it's just to your favorite tree at the park so that you can breathe in and relax a little after your super stressful work week. Being able to have a friend that you can unwind with is invaluable and I cannot say enough how good it is for you.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we hope every one of you has a friend like that. We hope that you can pick up the phone and have someone with you whenever you need them, someone that is up for anything. Who knows, maybe you two can even come in to Wirth together and see how much you enjoy getting an adjustment. After all, if you're both adventuring together, you should also stay healthy together.

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This week, we really wanted to focus on the range in ages that we can treat here at Wirth Chiropractic. We know that many people find it crazy to think that we will treat literally anyone we can, but we say "Why not". After all, we have seen firsthand for years how beneficial this treatment is for just about every single person who walks through our doors. Why would we not want to spread this as wide as possible? We want to shatter as many misconceptions about chiropractic care as we can, and age is a good way to start.
Personally, I have been going to the chiropractor since I was around two years old. My mother has severe arthritis and went weekly when I was younger, so I always tagged along. Due to different medical disorders that have been genetically passed down through the family, she decided that I should probably get spinal adjustments periodically as well. I continued to get them until I went to college out of the state. I can tell you first hand that my body could certainly tell the difference between when I was getting regular adjustments to when I wasn't. My pain levels were much higher and the amount that my fibromyalgia impacted my life was severely increased.
My mother's arthritis has gotten much worse over the years and she recently had a double knee replacement. Once she was given the all clear from her surgeon, she went to the chiropractor and was once again amazed at the difference the treatment made. She also had surgery for a pinched nerve in her neck which was caused by her Rheumatoid arthritis and has been slowly recovering from that as well with chiropractic treatment.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we want everyone to feel their best. We refuse to write someone off due to their age or other medical disorders. We know just how much better someone can feel with a little bit of medical attention that gets to the root of the problem instead of just dealing with the effects of the pain. You deserve more than that. You deserve to feel as good as you ever did. We will do everything within our power to make that happen.

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Although chiropractic care generally focuses on the bones and muscles in the neck and spine, sometimes we see a study come forth from a scientific journal which gives us cause to think about the other things that this practice may be able to treat. Such was the case in 2008 when an Australian chiropractic journal released documentation of a study that was conducted on one patient with abdominal pain. While it should be noted that this was only one patient and there has not been another study done to my knowledge, it is always worth a thought to see what may have worked for someone.
In 2008, a study was ready which described the case of a nine year old girl who had complained of abdominal problems which were affecting her school and gymnastic lessons. She had been put on medications to relieve the discomfort, including Mylanta, which did not help the situation. The girl described the pain as "burning" in her left upper abdominal area and there was a severe increase in flatulence that was observed as well. She was tested, but they found no food intolerance or allergy that would have caused the sudden change in the girl. There was also no reported trauma which would have resulted in the pain.
For seven weeks, the girl was dealing with this before she was brought into a chiropractor who immediately began to give her full spinal adjustments. The doctor used the Activator Technique and there was reportedly an immediate relief felt by the girl. The doctor then had her come back for six more visits, during which the girl received these full spinal adjustments. After these, she was released from care and had a reported decrease in abdominal pain and other symptoms until they were finally gone.
Although it may very well be that this treatment was only helpful for this one little girl, at least that means that one less little girl is in pain. We here at Wirth are extremely thankful that her guardians allowed a chiropractor to try and help her with wonderful results. We are not saying that this will help with any other person who comes in with these symptoms, but we personally think it is always worth a try.

Greenville Chiropractor

This week we really focused on being around other people. Whether you are around family, friends, your neighbors, your children, your friend's kids, or someone completely different, it is important that you get to know those around you. With the summer coming up, many of us will be spending more time outdoors and I don't know about you but I always think that having someone to invite over and chat with outside is a nice option. This is especially true if you both have children, so that way the kids can get there energy out and you can talk to a grown up again. Both are truly wonderful feelings.
My main point this week is that many of us unfortunately spend more time at work or wrapped up in our own busy lives than anything else. While there is normally a very good reason for doing so, you need to reach out and have human contact as well. We are, by nature, social creatures. My guess is that if you are reading this blog, you're likely not a hermit and you probably wouldn't like to be. Sure, you might be an introvert but that doesn't mean that you never want to be around people. Everyone gets lonely sometimes and having someone to talk to can really do wonders for you both.
Getting outside during the spring and summer is something that is so important to your health. It is always easier if there is someone else that will be willing to go outside with you and join you on whatever adventure you are taking that day, even if it's just to your favorite tree at the park so that you can breathe in and relax a little after your super stressful work week. Being able to have a friend that you can unwind with is invaluable and I cannot say enough how good it is for you.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, we hope every one of you has a friend like that. We hope that you can pick up the phone and have someone with you whenever you need them, someone that is up for anything. Who knows, maybe you two can even come in to Wirth together and see how much you enjoy getting an adjustment. After all, if you're both adventuring together, you should also stay healthy together.