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This week I want to focus on diet. Between all of the chocolate on sale and the fact that it is still rather cold outside means that most diets are already on the rocks. It also doesn’t help that by February, most New Year’s resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. If we’re fully honest with ourselves, most of them haven’t even started yet. The truth is that temptation is everywhere when it comes to cheating on our diets. I mean, food just tastes so darn good! I know that this is my problem, at least.
                  The great thing is that a diet doesn’t have to feel like a diet. You don’t have to quit everything cold turkey and eat nothing but greens and egg whites for the rest of your life. In fact, there are some entire websites that are dedicated to healthy recipes that don’t taste like you expect healthy food to taste. One of the newer trends is using cauliflower as a substitute for everything ranging from mashed potatoes to chicken wings. Although I haven’t personally tried it, a friend of mine who recently started eating vegetarian said that she missed chicken wings the most. After trying a specific cauliflower recipe, she said she couldn’t even really tell the difference with the spices and sauce.
                  One of my personal winter pitfalls is soup. There’s nothing like a nice bowl of soup or chowder when it’s cold out. The problem with soup is that it normally doesn’t have much in the way of nutrition. Canned soup is normally very high in sodium and can have some nasty chemicals and preservatives. It is always better to make homemade soup if you can, this way you can put more vegetables in the soup and can pick and choose what you use as ingredients. Low fat cream to thicken it or all-natural meat stock may not seem to be much different, but it can mean a much healthier meal that still hits the spot.
                  If you are unsure how to start a healthy but still fulfilling diet, come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for a personalized plan. While we mostly deal with spinal adjustments, we can also give advice on exercise and food habits if you’re interested. After all, every little bit helps to get to a healthier you!
 

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Do you ever have those days where you wake up and everything seems to creak and crack? Those days can seem eternal, especially before you are able to finally get up out of bed. Sometimes you just have to lay there until you get up enough energy and mental strength to push yourself out of bed because you know it's going to hurt. Let's be blunt: those days suck. It is never fun waking up, hoping to feel refreshed, only to have your body betray you. So why does this happen? Well, there are a few reasons.
First, you may have just had a really bad night. Sometimes we don't sleep well for any number of reasons. Always make sure that you have a good mattress and pillow supporting your body, as this is a leading reason for pain upon waking. Sometimes we toss and turn a lot during the night and this can cause severe discomfort when you wake up. If your mattress and pillow are okay, try setting your thermostat to around sixty or sixty five degrees. Cooler temperatures help a lot of people sleep more soundly. If you are someone who has chronic sleep problems or nightmares, talk to a doctor and see what options you may have open to get a better night's rest.
While all of this is well and good, it doesn't help when you wake up in pain. One of the best things that you can do in this situation is lay in bed for a little while before slowly starting to move your joints to loosen them up. If you have the time to do so, stretching out your muscles while you're still laying down can really help to get you ready for the day. Also, getting into a nice warm shower or bath can help to relax your muscles so always try to do that if you wake up stiff and sore.
If this is a common problem for you, then come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see what we can do for you. Many people report that with consistent chiropractic care, their pain upon waking either reduces or disappears altogether. We believe that you should be able to live without constant pain and will do everything within our power to make that happen. Come in today and let us help.

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This week, pain was my main focus. I also wanted to highlight that physical pain isn't the only kind of pain that you should pay attention to. Mental health is very important. After all, your brain is what controls the rest of your body, so if that isn't healthy, how can you expect the rest of you to be? Never feel worried or judged that you may need to ask for help from a mental perspective. We have all been there, and there is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.
While we here at Wirth can't do much of anything about mental health problems, we certainly can help with physical pain. Sometimes pain is a physical manifestation of mental health issues, but whatever the cause, we can certainly attempt to make the pain stop. This is true of any joint or muscle pain. While chiropractors have a stereotype of dealing with the neck and back, we can actually work on any part of the body as long as there is a joint. This means that arms, legs, hands, and feet are all within our realm of capabilities.
It doesn't matter what age you are, pain can strike anyone at any time. We know this is true, and we know that some disorders don't have a definite diagnosis yet. This means that we understand that just because you don't have a name to put to your pain doesn't mean you don't have it. Too often, people in the medical community disregard reports of pain if there is not an obvious reason for it. Here at Wirth, we understand that pain can sometimes be felt and not pinned down. This is common with people who suffer from certain forms of arthritis and fibromyalgia. This is especially true if they are younger, as there is a false belief that these types of disorders are for those who are older. We know that this is not always true.
If you are suffering from pain, aches, stiffness, or any other problems like these, please head into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. We will do everything within our power to make you feel better and send you home pain free. Even just a single spinal adjustment can make a huge difference, although we do recommend coming back on a regular basis. Not only will it help you, but then we get to see you more often. It's a win-win!

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This week, I wanted to focus on different studies that have been done over the past decade that show that chiropractic care does indeed help some people. While not everyone believes in chiropractic care, there is also no proof that shows it as "fake science" or "witch doctor stuff" as I have seen it referred to as. Naturally, we believe that chiropractic care is real care, otherwise we would not suggest it to you. We wouldn't have spent so much time and money going through medical school if we weren't sure that it worked and could be used to benefit everyone.
The first study I read to review this week was one from 2008 in Australia. Now, 2008 in science years is quite old, but I found this to be a fascinating account. My family has a trend I suppose where we will develop issues that the doctors cannot figure out the cause of. Due to this, I felt a kinship to this nine year old who had complained of a burning stomach pain for almost two months and had been given different medications to help, which none of them did. While we aren't entirely sure what caused this pain, we know that after the chiropractic treatment she began to feel better. At the end of the day, isn't that what really matters?
The second study I read was one very dear to me. All of the women in my family have had problems breastfeeding their children and have felt very guilty for that. Part of me wonders if some of these issues may have been helped by chiropractic care in the same way that it allowed the four week old infant to feed from her mother. We are constantly told that all children should be breastfed, and I think that it is wonderful that chiropractic care allowed this to occur for this child.
While most scientific studies are double blind and need a large sample size, this is difficult to accomplish in chiropractic care. This is for a multitude of reasons, however the main thing to remember is there is nothing wrong with trying this out. If it worked for these two little girls and improved their quality of life, then why shouldn't you give it a shot as well?

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Now that we are in a new year, many of us have taken to hitting the gym. New year, new me, right? Quite a few of the members of my family have done so and boy am I hearing about it on Facebook! Now don't get me wrong, I love seeing that so many of my loved ones are attempting to get healthier. I think it's wonderful and wish I could join them. However, I am also seeing with every post they make how much they're hurting from their new exercise regimens. Believe me, that I do not envy them.
If you are finding yourself in quite a bit of pain due to gym activity, remember rice. Now while rice may be yummy, I don't mean to eat. As an acronym, it is a quick way to remember how to help minor aches and pains, such as those you may feel from pushing yourself a little too hard on that bench press. It also works very well in an old (clean!) sock if you put uncooked rice in the microwave to make a hot pack. The acronym is as follows:
R Rest. You need to let your body recuperate before plunging back into working out. This is why many people have "leg day" and "arm day". It's a chance to let other body parts rest.
I Ice. Any swelling that you may have should be iced to bring down the inflammation.
C Compress. If there is a great deal of swelling or pain, you may want to use an ace bandage or a brace to bring down the inflammation.
E Elevate. If there is a certain part of the body that hurts and is swollen, by elevating the area you can reduce the amount of blood flow and therefore bring down the swelling. It's good to do this while you watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix as a reward for working so hard.
The other wonderful thing you can do to help relieve your pain is come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC! We specialize in pain relief with no needles or pills. We use good, old-fashioned joint cracking to help release those air pockets that might be causing you discomfort. We can also help to get you on a good exercise program and the right food. We love to help, so come in and let us do what we do best!

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Welcome to January! January really is a beautiful month, although the weather can be far from predictable. I mean, some weather stations are calling for as much as three feet of snow in Hawaii over the next few days! That's absolutely incredible to me, and I certainly think it falls under the category of unpredictable weather. I have a friend from the northeast area of the country stationed in the Army over there right now, so I will have to update you all on the final count where he is. Although truth be told, he isn't too excited about the taste of home.
This week, I really wanted to touch on the pain that can occur around this time of year. As someone who suffers from both Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia, believe me when I said I feel your pain. If you suffer from any chronic disorder which can be made worse by the cold, I fully understand how much pain you may be in. For the past few days, I have been in a severe amount of pain because the cold has begun to set in where I live and I regretfully had an issue with my normal medication. If you have been dealing with widespread chronic pain, you are not alone. Even as I type this, one of my common fibromyalgia pressure points is aching. Please know that even though it may seem like no one can know what you're going through with these disorders, some of us understand. Although everyone's reaction is different, we understand enough to empathize on a higher level than many others. You are never alone with your disorder.
Here at Wirth, we want you to know that we are always an option. If you suffer from a disorder which causes pain, you never need to hesitate to come on in and see if a spinal adjustment can help you feel better. We want you to feel better and so we will do everything in our power to make sure that you are being helped. We can give you ideas on how to improve your living habits, your sleeping habits, and even your eating habits, although you may not want to take them for the next month. Whatever your pain may be, we will do our best to make sure that it goes away. Come in today and see how much we can help you!

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This week I really wanted to focus on sleep and how important it is to each and every one of us. Now, I love sleep. Really, I do. You wouldn't know it though, considering I never seem to get enough of it. This is due to many reasons, one of them being chronic pain. You see, people who have chronic pain conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia often get fewer hours of sleep than is recommended each night and that can cause irritability, anxiety, depression, and a whole slew of other issues. This is why making sure that you get enough sleep is so important.
First, make sure that your room is nice and dark. If possible, try to use your bedroom only for sleeping as well. It helps to train your brain into going to sleep faster if you don't use this area for anything else. Having black out curtains on the windows help a lot of people who are light sensitive when it comes to sleeping. It is also important to make sure that you don't have your television on or use your cell phone or computer for too long before you are trying to sleep. These electronics produce a type of blue light that naturally keeps us awake. Try to shut everything down about an hour before you want to go to bed so that you can do your nightly routine.
Another good practice to get into is watching what you eat and drink around bedtime. If you are drinking caffeine or anything carbonated, you are more likely to stay up. The same is true with many things that you eat. Have a couple of glasses of water before you go to bed, or some milk if you aren't too fond of drinking plain water. You can decide whether you want to warm up the milk or not, but sometimes it's nice to get that cozy feeling every now and then.
Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we want to make sure that you get a good night's rest. If you are unsure about what else you can do, come in for a spinal adjustment and a chat so we can see if any changes need to be made to your nightly routine. After all, sleep should be something you look forward to!

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This week, I really wanted to focus on chronic, invisible disorders. Issues such as arthritis and fibromyalgia effect more people than many of us realize. You never know just how much pain someone sitting next to you on the bus or grabbing their groceries from the section across from you is feeling. While I don't want this article to turn into one saying that we need to have compassion for everyone, it is meant to remind you that invisible disorders are every bit as real as something you can see. No one has pain that is less valid simply because you can't see what is causing it.
Fibromyalgia is something that still has quite a bit of pushback from people, even in the medical community. It was just recently admitted into the book of diagnosable disorders and unfortunately not everyone agrees that it even exists. For those of us who live with it or know someone else who does, it is very much a real problem and can be enough to incapacitate a person whether they are doing all they can to take care of the symptoms or not. It really is a serious disorder and should always be taken seriously. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, don't worry about coming into Wirth because we know just how severely it can affect you.
Arthritis is one of those disorders that people accept as a fact of life. This becomes more and more true the older you get. The truth is, however, that arthritis does not only show up in the elderly. People of any age can be diagnosed with arthritis and it is just as serious at any point in your life. Although it is more common than fibromyalgia, the end result of both disorders is relatively similar. The sufferer lives in varying levels of pain, and this is something that we want to help.
If you suffer from a chronic disorder, especially an invisible one, we want to remind you that what you feel is valid. We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with these issues and want you to know that you don't have to do this alone. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and we will do all we can to reduce your pain levels. Just make sure to give us feedback as to how the treatments make you feel!