The term “ergonomics” refers to the study of one’s efficiency in the workplace, particularly for the purpose of improving and streamlining the process. Good ergonomics is highly valued, if not sometimes overlooked. Chiropractors highly recommend looking for small ways to improve your daily work tasks. This will help preserve the integrity of your spine, as well as the rest of your body.

Whether you sit in an office cubicle all day or your job requires more manual labor, there are plenty of ways to ensure that your work will not cause undue harm to your body. Below are a few tips to consider improving your workplace ergonomics.

  • For those that sit at a desk for long periods of time, a proper chair is one of the most important investments you can make. Office chairs come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and heights, and many are adjustable to better accommodate its occupant. It’s crucial that you select a chair that will support your back and shoulders. You should strive to maintain good posture at all times, especially for such extended periods of time.
  • Beyond just your chair, your workstation should be organized with ergonomics in mind. Your computer monitor, keyboard, mouse, and trackpad, as well as pens, pencils, documents, and other supplies, should be kept within reach. Your body should not have to repeatedly strain to reach anything. This repetition could ultimately cause serious damage to your fingers, hands, arms, shoulders, and back.
  • In a similar vein, try to set your computer screen as close to eye level as possible. This will minimize any stress on your neck muscles and vertebrae. If possible, consider investing in a standing desk. This will make it easier to walk, stretch, and keep your body in its natural position.
  • For those who perform manual labor, your body is especially prone to injury. Take care of yourself by following precautions and practicing proper techniques. For example, rather than bending at the waist to pick something up, bend your knees and lift with your legs. This will help preserve the muscles in your back from damage.

Workplace ergonomics may not be as highly enforced as certain other procedures and guidelines, but it’s important to recognize where your work can be streamlined for your own health and safety. If you’re feeling the effects of improper ergonomic practices, stop by Wirth Chiropractic. We would love to assist you on your path to holistic wellness. Call our offices and make an appointment today!

Going to a chiropractor can often feel like your biannual visit to the dentist’s office. Much like your teeth can stain and acquire a buildup of plaque, your spine shifts and torques with use (or lack thereof). Neither are the fault of the person. In fact, they both happen naturally over extended periods.

Both require a certain level of maintenance to keep your body running smoothly and efficiently. Just like the health of your teeth depends on how frequently you brush and floss, your spine is also affected by various factors, both internally and externally. Let’s take a look at a few of these now.

  1. First and perhaps most obviously, your chiropractic schedule will have a prominent impact on your health and the recovery of your spine. You should definitely discuss your treatment with a chiropractor and set a schedule that will provide maximal results. This is especially important near the beginning of your treatment, as new patients require frequent consistency to properly begin the correction process.
  2. Your lifestyle is another factor to keep in mind. Are you an active individual with a physically taxing job? Or do you live a more sedentary lifestyle, sitting behind a desk at an office job? Do you walk, run, swim, climb, or otherwise workout on a regular basis? These can all have significant effect on your spine. Other factors include the quality of your diet, as well as the amount of sleep you get each night.
  3. It’s no secret that our bodies’ ability to shift and adapt gradually decreases as we get older. It’s certainly not impossible, but it can make the correction and healing process more difficult. Similarly, your overall health condition can be a major factor in the recovery process when it comes to chiropractic care. Age and health often go hand in hand. Be sure to provide your chiropractor with all the necessary details so they know how best to treat you.

Like going to the dentist or the doctor’s office for a check-up, it’s most important that you keep a consistent schedule for chiropractic adjustments. Don’t wait until you’re in unbearable pain to begin treatment. While chiropractic can be about correction and recovery, it’s also about prevention. Make a choice today to put your health first, and start out on the path to full recovery. If you’re looking for a chiropractic office to call home, we would love to have you here at Wirth Chiropractic. Visit our main website and contact us to make an appointment!

We all know that heating packs and cold compresses or ice packs can be tremendously useful when we sustain an injury. From the bumps and bruises of childhood to the body aches and pains as we get older, the benefits of temperature therapy are instilled in us throughout our lives. It’s such a simple method, but it works! Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know (and remember) when to use which method. What does the hot do that the cold cannot, and vice versa? When should I use them? And what types of injuries will it alleviate? Let’s analyze these and other questions a bit further.

Heat

Heat is best used when the affected area needs to relax. This includes muscles, tendons, and ligaments that have tightened or shortened. Heat can widen the blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the site of application. This will release tension and stiffness, helping the body to relax and stretch. You may also consider applying heat after a chiropractic adjustment to decrease the chance of stiffness and soreness later that day or the next day. It’s been found that humid heat is the best for this type of therapy, so access to a steam room, hot tub, or even a hot shower will greatly improve your results.

It’s important that the application is warm/hot, but be careful not to burn yourself! You should also never apply heat to inflammations, as that could make the injury worse.

Cold

Ice packs or cold compresses are best used on inflamed areas. The cool temperature will decrease blood flow to the site of inflammation, allowing your body time to recoup. Cold application can also slow the progression of any damage to that part of your body while keeping your pain level at a minimum. It’s not always necessary to apply ice directly to the skin, as that can be severely uncomfortable, even painful. As long as the cold can reach the body and is able to numb the site of inflammation, then you could use a washcloth or paper towel to wrap it.

Know Your Temperatures

Sometimes, aches and pains can benefit from a back-and-forth therapy: hot application, then cold application, then back again, until the pain subsides. If you’re experiencing back or neck pain not directly related to a recent severe injury, discuss it with your chiropractor. They would be glad to provide their professional opinion and help you find comfort. Looking for a chiropractor to call home? Contact Wirth Chiropractic and book an appointment today!

Whether through in-person interactions or via online research, you may have noticed the term “subluxation” being thrown around quite a bit. It’s commonly used in reference to chiropractic treatment or maladies of the spine and, by extension, the nervous system. But we often take this knowledge for granted, and sometimes we forget that not everyone is well-versed in the glossary of a chiropractic physician. What does the term subluxation actually mean? How is it officially defined? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean for you, and how can it be treated? Let’s take a look at some of these questions now.

First of all, how can “subluxation” be defined? A subluxation is just a fancy term for a misaligned vertebra. The vertebrae are the bones that make up your spine. They are surrounded by muscles, nerves, and tissue, and they fit together like building blocks. This modularity allows your spine the flexibility to bend, twist, and move. But sometimes, repetitive movement or violent trauma can shift a vertebra from its normal position. Whether it’s bulging outward or twisted at an angle, this unnaturally-shifted state is known as subluxation.

So what does this mean for you? Why should you care if your spine is subluxated? A subluxated vertebra can lead to many health problems. When your spine is misaligned, your nervous system is unable to function with maximum efficiency. Your nervous system is in charge of motor controls, sensations, and involuntary bodily processes. If your nervous system is impeded, then one or all of these processes may suffer as a result. Subluxation can lead to back pain, neck pain, headaches, dizziness, brain fog, and even digestive issues. In other words, subluxation needs to be corrected as soon as possible.

In order to experience a full quality of life, the chiropractor can identify and correct any subluxated vertebrae. How do they do it? Chiropractors use hyper-concentrated, non-intrusive spinal adjustments to manipulate the vertebrae and guide them back into their correct positions. Over time, you will begin to see a gradual improvement in your posture, as well as a decrease in pain, headaches, and other issues related to the nervous system.

If you are experiencing any kind of chronic pain or discomfort, make an appointment with your local chiropractor. You may have a subluxated vertebra causing a pinched nerve. If you’re in the Greenville area, consider making Wirth Chiropractic your physician of choice. Find our contact information on our website and schedule your free consultation today!

Gravity is one of the greatest and strongest forces known to mankind. Thanks to Newton and his apple tree, we now recognize that all things on earth are pulled toward the ground at a constant velocity. It keeps you, your friends, your family, your home, and all your possessions grounded without fear of them floating off into the sky. You can defy gravity with a jump, but it always wins in the end.

Simply put, gravity is a universal constant. It applies to everyone across the earth at all times. Have you ever considered what this might do to your body? Gravity, as well as atmospheric pressure, is putting a great deal of stress on your body. Whether sitting, walking, running, or lying down, the force of gravity is ever present. How does this affect your bones, your joints, and your organs?

The harsh reality is that gravity does indeed have a significant effect on your body. Consider the patients who go to their chiropractor regularly. In most cases, those people are not doing anything particularly damaging or otherwise abnormal that might cause their spine to shift. But the fact is that these patients will always have some form of vertebral shift, whether major subluxation or minor misalignment.

What happens is gravity pushes and pulls on your body at all times, regardless of what you’re doing. Your spine is constructed of a series of vertebrae and cartilaginous intervertebral discs. Fused between each vertebra in the spine, the intervertebral discs give your spine its flexibility while also providing a sort of cushioned shock absorber. This helps to counteract the natural effects of gravity, as well as protect against any violent impacts that may otherwise shatter the vertebrae.

Even so, the relentless pull of gravity causes bones to shift. This, in turn, may lead to subluxation and even herniated discs, both of which cause pinched nerves. Classic symptoms include headaches, back pain, tiredness, and lack of focus. If left unchecked, gravity will continue to ravage your body and your spine will continue to degenerate.

So don’t let gravity win! Spinal health is an important part of overall health. Make an appointment with the nearest chiropractor and get started on the path to wellness. If you happen to live in the area, Wirth Chiropractic would be more than willing to see that your spine is given the care it deserves. Stop by our offices in Greenville, NC, or contact us and make an appointment today!

Chiropractic care is a recommended therapy for everyone: men, women, and children. Keeping one’s spine aligned is a universal concern that is important to overall health. Addressing subluxations and practicing maintenance techniques will ensure that your body is operating at its full potential.

But what about pregnant women? Can they continue chiropractic therapy, even during their pregnancy? The short answer is yes, they can continue with some minor modifications. But is it safe? What are the benefits of continuing chiropractic during pregnancy? We’ll address these and other questions below.

First, it’s important to note that chiropractic is perfectly safe. All chiropractors are specially trained to work alongside and accommodate for pregnant women. Some even specialize in prenatal care, so don’t be afraid to ask. As long as the adjustments avoid putting pressure on the woman’s abdomen, her and her baby should be fine. Even so, there may be some circumstances in which the woman’s physical health is not strong enough to withstand chiropractic. See your doctor for a professional recommendation.

So what are the benefits of chiropractic during pregnancy? What can the chiropractor do for you or a loved one? Consider the amount of stress a woman’s body is placed under during pregnancy. As the baby continues to grow and develop, her center of gravity shifts to accommodate for the extra weight. This puts even more pressure on her spine, affecting her posture and perhaps even causing acute subluxation, which only causes further pain and discomfort. Women who continue chiropractic care during pregnancy typically receive adjustments and stretches that relieve pain and other adverse symptoms.

Not only can chiropractic help the mother, but it can benefit her baby as well. It’s very easy for the body to shift out of alignment when undergoing such drastic change and development. These changes can shift the woman’s pelvis, which often makes for a more difficult birthing process. A chiropractor may help bring your body back into alignment so that your baby will have an optimal birth, making it less painful, less damaging, and less invasive.

Whether or not you continue your chiropractic treatment during pregnancy is entirely up to you. Although the positive benefits are hard to ignore, you may not feel comfortable during that process. Alternatively, if you haven’t started chiropractic care and you find yourself wanting some relief, this is the perfect time to begin! Wirth Chiropractic would love to get you started on your path to wellness. Our offices are located in Greenville, NC. Stop by and make an appointment, or give us a call today!

Chiropractic care prides itself on taking a holistic approach to wellness. A licensed chiropractor will make small, unobtrusive adjustments to the patient’s spine, correcting posture and subluxation. In this way, it may appear that the spine is the primary focus of the chiropractic field. In reality, however, it’s what’s connected to the spine that affects your overall health and well-being.

The nervous system is one of the ten major systems that control bodily operations. It is responsible for carrying information from the brain to the rest of the body in the form of electrical signals or “nerve impulses.” It controls movement, thoughts and speech, involuntary actions such as breathing and digestion, and even your most basic five senses: taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight.

The nervous system is divided into two parts: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system is composed of the brain and the spinal cord. The spinal cord runs the length of your spine, encased and protected within the vertebrae. The peripheral nervous system is composed of nerves that run from the spinal cord to the rest of your body.

Essentially, the human brain can send commands through the spinal cord to any part of the body. This process is completed via a series of neurons, or specialized nerve cells. Neurons are responsible for receiving sensory information, translating it into electrical signals, and passing it back and forth from the brain to the body. In this way, your body can quickly respond to external stimuli. Let’s say, for example, that you touch a hot stove. The neurons will process this information, convert it to electrical impulses, and deliver it to the brain. The brain interprets this information as “pain” and then sends its own set of electrical impulses, instructing the body to remove your hand from the stove.

While it affects your entire body, the nervous system is highly centralized. The central nervous system acts as the information highway for all nerve responses and subsequent bodily functions. If this highway is blocked or jammed in any way, the information may be misinterpreted or simply not reach its destination at all.

This is where the chiropractor comes in. They are responsible for keeping your spine in alignment to prevent aches, pains, and pinched nerves. If you’re looking for a chiropractor to call home, we would love to have you here at Wirth Chiropractic! Our offices are located in Greenville, NC. Stop by or give us a call to make an appointment today!

Spinal health is central to your overall wellbeing. If your vertebrae are misaligned or subluxated, then your body cannot operate at full capacity. The nerves that flow from your brain through your spinal cord to the rest of your body will be impeded. While maintaining overall body health and wellness is important, it should all begin with a dedication to keeping your spine aligned. Below is a list of some of the factors that directly influence spinal health.

  1. Body strength. It’s recommended that all adults engage in at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, including strength, cardio, and endurance. But core muscle strength is particularly beneficial in supporting and protecting your spine. If you are not already doing so, consider starting a consistent exercise routine and strength training regimen.
  2. Sleep position. Depending on your preferred sleeping position, you may be lying in a way that puts unnecessary strain on your spine. If you sleep on your back, make sure you have a flatter pillow that doesn’t push your neck forward. If sleeping on your side, ensure your pillow is thicker so as to hold your head perpendicular to your shoulders.
  3. How many hours per day do you sit for work? Does that chair, and your workstation in general, support your body and its unique shape and size? And how about your shoes? Do they support you when you’re on your feet? Everyone is different, and the tools we use should reflect and support these differences. Such ergonomic considerations should always be kept in mind.
  4. Your posture, whether sitting or standing, is a direct reflection of your spinal health. Maintaining a healthy spine will positivity influence your posture, and maintaining an upright posture will lead to a healthier spine. It’s a positive feedback loop that begins with the conscious decision to focus on adjusting the curvature of your spine.
  5. Chiropractic care. Chiropractic care focuses all its time and energy on correcting your spine. A vertebra out of place can cause blocked or pinched nerves. Through regular appointments and minor adjustments, chiropractors can treat subluxated vertebrae that may have been knocked out of place. Even if you’re feeling well, chiropractic adjustments can be preventative as well as prescriptive.

There are numerous factors that go into maintaining a strong, healthy spine. Living a safe and active lifestyle is a wonderful way to do this. If you’re looking for a chiropractor, Wirth Chiropractic is located in Greenville, NC. Contact us today, or drop by our office and schedule an appointment during our regular operating hours!

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