How to Have a Good Night's Sleep - Greenville Chiropractor

This week I want to talk to you about sleep. We all know that sleep is important to your cognitive abilities and reaction time behind the wheel, but did you know that it's actually one of the main factors in how quickly and effectively you can heal after being injured? Sleep is one of the most important factors to our physical and mental health. Unfortunately, the vast majority of us don’t get enough of it, and it often has a serious negative impact on our lives. Here are a few things that you can do to make sure you get a good night's rest.

1. Have a Cool Room. Multiple scientific studies have been done that show that having a lower temperature in your bedroom can help you stay asleep. This is because your body doesn’t need to do as much while you're just lying there, so you can rest at a lower temperature. Keeping it nice and cool in your sleeping space may mean that you stay cozy and comfortable, so try it and see if it makes a difference for you.

2. Unplug. Staying off of your electronic devices for at least an hour before you go to bed may seem difficult in today's society, but it can make a huge difference in your sleep health. Try plugging your phone out of reach and turning the television off before you go through your night time routine. The blue light that electronics give off has been proven to disrupt a human's natural circadian rhythm, so by getting away from the screens, you should be able to sleep more regularly.

3. Let Your Food Settle. Most of us have been told that we shouldn't eat spicy food before bed, but did you know it’s better not to eat anything for at least an hour before you fall asleep? Digesting food can keep you awake, especially if you have stomach or bowel problems. It may even cause you to gain weight if you lay down too quickly and fall asleep before everything can settle. If you’re hungry you should definitely eat, but do your best to avoid those midnight snacks.

Sleeping is one of the most important things you can do, but it is one that many of us end up neglecting. Try these tips and see how much better you feel between a good night's rest and some chiropractic care at Wirth!

Chronic Injuries - Greenville Chiropractor

This week I wanted to talk to you about old injuries. Many of us have problems that cause pain that are directly connected to old incidents, such as car accidents, that never had proper medical attention. This pain may be the result of treatments that didn't work right, while others are because the original injury was never even looked at by medical professionals. Whatever the reason for the pain, it can stay with you for the rest of your life. This is not an uncommon experience. Whether the issue originated in a lack of insurance or you simply didn't realize you were hurt until it was too late, the result is the same: pain. This often becomes chronic and can flair up at any time.

Old injuries are extremely tricky to try and work with, because your body is good at finding ways to compensate for weakness in a specific area. This may mean dense scar tissue or strengthening muscles around the site of the injury but no rehabilitation to the actual location of the injury. There may be permanent weakness in the area, or any number of other issues. No matter what type of old injury you have, chiropractic care can help to ease some of the pain and damage that had been done.

The biggest problem with old injuries is that they are already “healed”, so they probably won’t get back to the way they were before the incident unless extensive work is done. Many times when you hear of a hospital or doctor re- breaking a bone, this is why. It must be broken a second time to fix it due to the fact that it healed incorrectly the first time. Even if the injury didn't heal right, chiropractic care may be able to help relax the muscles around the area or strengthen the body to help get you back to being able to use it effectively. This can also help to relieve the pain that often accompanies these older injuries, which is often another hurdle with issues like these.

If you have an old injury that never healed quite right, come into Wirth Chiropractic and see how much we can help you. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you are able to be comfortable and pain free, so give us a call and make your first appointment today!

Driving in Snow - Greenville Chiropractor

Although it may not feel it in some parts of the country today, it is still winter. While it may feel like a nice change from the cold weather we've been having, a look into the long term forecast shows lower temperatures once again and the possibility of snow across large swaths of the country. This is often great for kids, and it's pretty to look at as it falls, but having to shovel it or drive in it is almost always dangerous. In fact, snow can be deadly to drive in, especially if you aren't used to it.

While snow isn't the only winter weather condition that is concerning, it is one that many people underestimate for any number of reasons. They may feel confident in their driving abilities or their car, but there are any number of things that can go wrong. When it comes to driving in the winter, it is best if you limit how much you are on the roads if at all possible. This allows the state to treat and salt the roads and as plow as needed. It also means that there are fewer cars traveling, which helps reduce your risk of collision. In places like North Carolina where we don't see a lot of snow, the road conditions can seem much worse than they would to people in northern states, but it is important to remember that it doesn't matter if somewhere else is worse. What matters is that the drivers are used to a certain type of road condition, and it can severely impact the safety of everyone if something comes along to change that.

When it comes to driving in the winter, one of the most important things is speed. If you do need to go out, give yourself lots of extra time. You never want to feel rushed when the roads are bad, so be sure to take your time and drive carefully. It is also a good idea to keep to the main roads as much as possible, as those will be treated quicker. Stay calm and focused on the task at hand, and you should be okay.

If you were in a crash due to winter weather conditions, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. We know just how much it can change your life to be in a car accident, and we won't rest until you feel great again. Make an appointment today and see how we can help you!

Car Maintenance - Greenville Chiropractor

One of the most important parts of driving is your car. 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. This isn't the only thing, either.

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 will can make you wonder why you drive. Between the raw cost of the parts and the price of labor on top of it, 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 whose car had the problem. 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!

Wearing Your Seat Belt - Greenville Chiropractor

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. I am talking about wearing your seat belt. While I'm sure 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 so we can help your pain!

Driving While Tired - Greenville Chiropractor

With the speed at which life seem to go by in today's society, it can feel impossible to catch up on all the sleep you end up having to miss out on. Between your job, your family, your friends, and trying to find time for your hobbies on top of it all, there never seem to be enough hours in the day. This is especially true if you have more than one job or are a caregiver to someone who cannot be independent for one reason or another. Add anything that keeps you up at night such as stress, and it may seem incredible that you get any sleep at all. When sleep deprivation starts catching up to you, it can be difficult to keep your eyes open. Sometimes, all you want to do is take a short nap. While this is often fine if you're home, you aren’t always somewhere that you can do this. For example, sometimes you're behind the wheel when this hits.

If you feel yourself starting to get drowsy while you’re driving, the best thing you can do is pull over somewhere safe and take a short nap. Unfortunately, this isn’t always a possibility. It is always important try and get a good night's sleep, but if you don't get that for whatever reason, you should do what you can to make sure you either stay awake or get a ride with someone else. Things like coffee and energy drinks can be helpful, but they may not be enough. You can always try turning the temperature down in your car to make sure you don't get too cozy or you can turn the radio volume up so that you have something else to focus on besides the quiet hum of the engine.

If you don't know if you're going to be able to stay awake, there are other options. You can call a friend for a ride, or even get a ride share. Sleep deprivation is one of the most difficult things to fight, so if you feel like you might lose the battle, make sure you don't get behind the wheel.

If you were in a car crash because someone fell asleep while driving, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. We know how frightening and painful these events can be, but we can help you out. Make an appointment today and see how much better you can feel today!

Eating on the Road - Greenville Chiropractor

When it comes to your daily routine, it can be difficult to find time to do much of anything. Between work everything at home and balancing that with seeing friends, you probably don't 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 ignore food for too long, it can definitely impact your ability to do anything else. 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 a happy sight when you glimpse 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 if you just have a lot of errands to run in a single day, a drive-thru can be a great option. The food normally isn't the best for you, but it can certainly hit the spot when you aren't able to sit down for a full meal. There's just 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 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, spilled drinks, all of these things can be distracting as you're trying to go about your day. When you're trying to drive, it can be even worse because you're trying to juggle all this with your safety and attention.

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!

Street Parking - Greenville Chiropractor

If there is one thing that almost every driver can agree on, it's that parallel parking is tough. If it was easy, it wouldn't be on a driving test, and we certainly wouldn't have cars that are now designed to parallel park themselves. It can be difficult under the best of circumstances, but add the fact that you often have to do it in traffic or with people who didn't park properly and it can seem like an impossibility. Street parking is a fact of life for many people who work or live somewhere without driveways or parking garages, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Even people who are used to doing it every day can still meet with complications.

Trying to wiggle your way into a parallel parking space in the morning can seem like a cruel test. When you have other cars trying to pass you as you back up against traffic and slide into a space that seems like it might be just a bit too small, it can be downright nerve-wracking. It definitely isn't like riding a bike either. It's a skill you either use often or you lose it. Trying to make sure you're close enough to the curb without hitting it and avoiding the other two cars, all in a short period of time as to not block the road, is not something many of us would qualify as fun. However, it is a necessary evil.

Even if you manage to get your car all the way into a spot and you have parked perfectly, you still aren't out of the proverbial woods yet. You may still be in danger while trying to get out. People tend to drive quickly, and if one person isn't paying attention, getting out of your car can spell disaster. It is important that you always look before you open your door so that you know if it is safe or not. Getting out of the car and onto the sidewalk quickly is the best way to make sure that you don't get hit.

If you were involved in an accident while you were trying to park on the street or leave your vehicle after doing so, call Wirth Chiropractic. We will do everything we can to help you recover after your crash and get back to how you felt before. Street parking is always annoying, but we hope it never causes you to get hurt!