It's sometimes forgotten that many injuries occur at work, especially back and neck injuries. It doesn't matter if you work in an environment that puts stress on the body regularly or not, there is still the capacity for pain. One particular job we see this happening with recently is in Nurses. Over the course of the pandemic, they were made to do much more work than usual because of the uptick in the amount of people were ill. What this could mean is a lack of rest, more strain on the body per nurse, and more exposure to the sick. Under these conditions, there's no wonder that our nurses are developing injury and sickness, even under precaution.

According to a study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016, nurses ranked highest among other occupations such as agriculture, construction, and manufacturing in terms of illness and injury. We need to care for those that work in healthcare, because they all care for the rest of us during our time of need. So, here are a few ways workplaces can lessen this burden on nurses, and other workers alike.

1.) Ensure the equipment for effective, safe manual handling is available. This will relieve the employee of unnecessary makeshift work.

2.) Employ a "no lift" written policy to cut down on musculoskeletal sprains and strains in the lower back. If it's too heavy, use equipment or get help.

3.) Adequate staffing to account for the increase in patient flow. 

Our nurses have been a blessing throughout the course of COVID, being gracious and vigilant in their hard work. And afterwards, some of these nurses are in pain, so we should recompense them, and show the utmost appreciation for their sacrifice. If you were hurt on the job in any occupation, call on Wirth Chiropractic. You shouldn't be in pain, and even not be able to work because of simply fullfilling your duties. We'll work just as vigilantly as you will, to get you back to feeling yourself.

There are tiny things that we can do in our lives to make them easier and safer. These are things like using a surge protector on your electrical sockets or preparing your food for the week ahead of time can make a lot of difference when something goes wrong and takes up your time. Even things like wearing sunblock or bug spray can help keep you comfortable and healthier in the long run, even if it does take a little bit of extra time at the beginning of the day to take those precautions. If these kinds of things are easy enough to do and can have such positive benefits, then imagine doing an even quicker and easier task that can save your life with no downsides.

While driving is often stressful and dangerous, there is one thing that you can do at the beginning of any trip to make it far less frightening. It only takes a couple of seconds, and yet so many people don't take that extra time. we're talking about wearing your seat belt. While most of us have seen the “Click It Or Ticket” movement which attempts to get people to regularly use their seat belts, there are still large numbers of drivers who don't. While there may be some cars that are still on the road from before seat belts were required by law, there's a reason they aren't made without them anymore.

Some people complain that wearing their seat belts feels uncomfortable. They rub at your skin, and if you're in the car for hours they can really hurt. Thankfully, there are devices that can make the belt more comfortable, such as sleeves that fold around the belt to prevent the cutting sensation that many people complain about. As long as you are wearing your belt, your chances of surviving a crash increase dramatically. That's why it is important to get comfortable wearing your seat belt all the time!

If you were in an accident, come into Wirth Chiropractic today. Whether you had your seat belt on or not, chiropractic care after a car crash can always help. We know that it isn't always easy to keep yourself safe, but if a simple strip of fabric can help save your life, we encourage you to make a conscious decision to wear it responsibly. Give us a call today and see when you can make an appointment to relieve your pain!

When it comes to driving, there are any number of issues that can mess with your standard trip. Even something as small as the position of the sun in relation to your car can really change your drive by impacting your vision. If you've ever had to drive while looking directly into the sun, you know how difficult it is. The sun being out isn't normally a bad thing when you're driving, but if you drive at sunset, it can definitely cause some issues. This is one of the reasons that times like rush hour are so bad in some areas. On top of there already being a higher volume of cars on the road, drivers have to deal with the sun making it difficult to see objects in front or behind your vehicle.

Aside from hindering a driver's vision, sunsets can be distracting because of the picturesque views. Much like many drivers "rubberneck" when they pass an accident, they also are distracted by animals, phones, great roadside views, and many other things. It's important to stay focused on what's ahead, and bring sunglasses with you in the car. If you live in an area with a flatter terrain, you may be more prone to experiencing bright sunlight while driving in the afternoon, because there are less barriers to block the light. It is a good idea to keep a pair of sunglasses in your car at all times so you won't have to remember to bring the same pair everywhere you go.

While having a pair of sunglasses in the car can help, they, along with visors, can only do so much. Try to plan your trip to avoid the times that the sun will be at your eye level. It may seem excessive at the time, but it's better to stay safe, rather than sorry. Many prefer leaving at a different time to avoid being blinded while they're actively driving, and it makes the trip less stressful when you can see clearly. If you can't avoid the sun, try to find another route that repositions the sunlight or has objects to shade you. It is also always good to leave a cushion area between you and other drivers. This gives you more time to see break lights and slow down.

If you were in an accident that was caused by the sun preventing you from seeing well, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. While we can't stop the sun from shining, we can help to stop any pain you may have that was caused by the accident. We know how frustrating it can be to be in an accident where you couldn't see, let alone prevent, so give us a call, and see how we can help you today!

With how fast paced our lives seem to be in this day and age, it can seem impossible to actually get caught up on sleep. Between work, family, friends and actually participating in any hobbies you may have, there never seem to be enough hours in the day. Add factors like stress or anxiety that keep you up at night into the mix, and you may be surprised that you get any sleep at all. When things like this start catching up to you, it can be hard to resist letting your eyes close for a few minutes and taking a short nap. Unfortunately, you aren’t always somewhere safe when you start to fall asleep from pure exhaustion. There's a very real possibility that this happens when you are still behind the wheel, and we've all been there.

If you feel yourself starting to get drowsy while you’re driving, the best thing you can do is pull over in a safe location and take a nap. This definitely beats putting your and other drivers' lives in danger. 328,000 accidents and 6,400 fatalities a year can be attributed to drowsy driving. It is important to do everything you can to get a healthy amount of sleep overnight, but if you don't sleep well for any reason, making sure that you can either easily and comfortably stay awake or get a ride with someone else is a good idea. While things like coffee and energy drinks can help keep you awake and focused, it may not do the trick and can actually make you more tired when you have a "sugar crash". Turning up the music or cold air can also help prevent you from falling asleep. However, we urge anyone not to drive drowsy in the first place. As the saying goes, you snooze, you lose.

If you aren’t sure that you can stay awake while driving, there are many better options. You may be able to ask a friend for a ride or call a rideshare to get you to your destination. You might even be able to catch a few minutes of sleep while you’re in the car if someone else is driving. Sleep deprivation is one of the most dangerous things that you can experience while you’re doing almost anything, and it is a very scary experience, so making sure you don't experience it while driving is important.

If you were in a car accident because someone involved was too tired to be behind the wheel, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. We can't change what happened, but we can have you feeling like yourself again quickly!

Think about your standard week. It is probably only to work and back home, to the store, and maybe you stop off and see local friends or family every now and then. Even with these short distances, accidents are still unfortunately common. It stands to reason that the longer you drive, the more likely you are to get into an accident. This means that long distances can seem especially daunting. While it doesn't bother some people, others can feel intimidated going on big trips. It is summer, after all.

Even if you aren't that concerned about an accident along the way, you may be concerned about other things. Arriving on time is often a source of concern, especially if you left later than you wanted to. Worrying about your car breaking down is another common concern that we hear from drivers before a long trip. There are so many things that can go wrong when you're driving, so it makes sense that people get concerned before they start out on a trip. This is especially true if you are driving by yourself. While there are things that you can do to make sure that you're prepared in case of a problem, there isn't much that you can do to fully prevent one.

It is important to remember that when you're driving, you can only control yourself. There isn't a single other person on the road that you can drive for. While it would be nice, there simply isn't a way to make sure that everyone else is safely observing the rules of the road. You can do everything in your power to make sure you are being safe behind the wheel, and still have someone else do something that exposes you to risk. Driving a long distance will show you that there are bad drivers all over the country, but there is nothing you can do except drive responsibly and be aware of your surroundings while on the road. What this means is getting good sleep prior to getting behind the wheel, driving with a clear mind, and remaining sober.

If you were driving a long distance and got into a crash, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. We know how scary it can be to be injured in a car accident, especially far from home, and we'll do everything we can to help you feel better after the crash. Make an appointment today, and come in to see what we can do for you. You never know just how much of a difference it can make!

When it comes to your daily routine, it can seem hard to find time to do much of anything. Between work and handling everything at home and balancing that with seeing friends and partaking in hobbies, you may not even have a spare moment. There are some things that you can push aside to make time, but others you can't. One such thing that you can't hold off on for too long is eating. You need food to have the energy to keep going, and if you forgo food for too long, it can impact your ability to do everything else. You feel weak, sleepy, can't focus, and makes you feel empty. This is when it can be tempting to eat while you drive.

Drive-thru restaurants can be like a beacon to the hungry traveler. It is often a happy sight when you see that sign after a few hours of driving and listening to your stomach grumble in aggravation at its empty state. When you are driving around for a long period of time, or even when you have a lot of things to do in a single day, a drive-thru can be a great option. The food often isn't the best for you, but it can certainly keep you going when you aren't able to sit down for a full meal. There's only one problem: eating while you're driving can be extremely distracting.

Although you often see people eating and drinking in their cars as they drive, this doesn't mean it's always safe. In fact, it tends to be rather the opposite. When you eat on a normal day, you're able to take your time and enjoy the food. If you're eating in the car, you're likely trying to do so quickly and that can lead to a bit of a mess. Dropped fries, stained shirts, sticky fingers, all things that can be distracting as you're trying to go about your day. When you're trying to drive it can be even worse, as you will probably try to fix the issue on the road.

If you were in a crash that was caused by someone eating while driving, give us a call. Here at Wirth Chiropractic, we know how difficult it can be to recover after an accident and want to help you feel better as quickly as possible. Your well-being is our number one priority, and we want you to know that you have someone in your corner. Call us today, and see how much better we can make you feel!

 

One of the most important parts of driving is your vehicle upkeep. This may seem obvious, but so many people don't seem to take basic care of their vehicles. It may seem like a simple thing to bring it into the shop every now and then, but keeping your car safely on the road isn't always easy. It can be extremely expensive and time-consuming to make sure that everything is in working order. Just paying for gas can be a tall task depending on what your travel habits are, where you live, and what kind of car you drive. When you start to factor in the price of tires and other wear and tear, it can quickly feel like the car costs more than it's worth.

If you have ever had to pay for an oil change, you know how much even routine maintenance can cost. While it's wonderful if you can do it yourself, that isn't always an option. You may live in a place that doesn't let you change your oil, such as an apartment building. Perhaps it's the middle of winter and you can't get under your car safely because of the snow on the ground. Whatever your reasoning, even just this expense can cost a pretty penny. Keeping your car up and running means that you have to do certain things, and an oil change is something that you can't skip if you want it to run smoothly. 

Although there are a lot of little things that can happen that you can generally fix yourself, such as a blown headlight, there are many things that you need a mechanic for. Things like belt or fan issues are typically more intricate. Between the raw cost of the parts and the price of labor, it can feel impossible. The fact that you need a car to make money but need money to fix the car is a cycle that just can't be broken easily.

If you were in an accident that was caused by a malfunctioning car, give us a call. Here at Wirth Chiropractic, we know how frustrating it can be regardless of which car involved was at fault. You always want to keep your car running well to help keep yourself and those around you safe. If something happened to prevent that, give us a call so we can help!

 

Driving around can be a great way to decompress and allow yourself to relax after a long day. Getting out of the mind space that you were in as you worked or ran errands can be cathartic and having a clear road with some of your favorite music is one of the best ways to clear your head as long as you can take the rest of the day off. This relaxing time can quickly turn stressful, however, if you suddenly find that your visibility is poor. Not being able to see where you're driving can be frightening and dangerous, which is the exact opposite of what you want to be behind the wheel.

There are many reasons your visibility can be hindered while driving. Rain, snow, and as we have it here in Eastern North Carolina, a lot of bright sunlight. It's important to remember that, since your vision influences your brain to act, there are some things you should do when you can't see on the road. One of the ways to combat this is by taking another route. Okay, with snow and rain this may help only a little bit, but won't alleviate the problem all together. Taking a route that has more trees or shelter can lessen the amount of presipitation that clutters your windshield, and also helps to shield you from sunlight. While one route can position you looking directly into the sun's beams, other routes may position it from your sides, or behind your car. You won't need to worry about not seeing the car ahead of you, and you can be relieved knowing those behind you can see you as well.

Another way to mitigate visibility issues is by planning ahead, and making sure your vehicle is in proper driving condition. We suggest driving as little as possible when, say, your windsheild wipers or defrost functions aren't working. These parts may not be top of mind most of the time, but when you need them, you sure NEED them. A good pair of sunglasses and use of car visors (you know, that part above your head on the windshield) will benefit your ability to see in bright sunlight, so a pair for your car is always a good thing to have.

Here at Wirth Chiropractic, we know just how stressful driving is when you can't see correctly. We want to remind you that watching your speed is always important, but it is even more so when conditions are poor. Always be sure to be alert and aware of what other cars are doing in this situation as well. If you were in a crash due to poor visibility, give us a call, and see how we can help with your pain. You'll be amazed at the difference we can make!