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This week I wanted to talk to you about doing what feels “good” vs doing what feels “right”. There are thousands of online articles and similar media that will tell you what you need to do in order to be healthy. While it isn’t a bad idea to read up on some things, it is important to take them with a grain of salt. After all, not everything that was once condoned as healthy has actually been healthy. Think of the fact that cocaine was once considered perfectly safe or that people used to think that cigarettes were healthy. Not everything that is said to be healthy is necessarily the best thing for you.
When trying to lose weight or lead a healthier life, we often want to do the easiest thing or do something that will give us instant gratification. If there was ever a time we shouldn’t do this, it is in regards to our health. If being healthy was easy, then we would be able to head to the corner store every day and be just fine. We wouldn’t have to check the ingredients list on the back of our food. We wouldn’t have to make time to exercise. Sadly, it isn’t easy and there is no such thing as instant gratification when it comes to our health. We can’t just eat a protein bar and say we are healthy, so why do we convince ourselves we can?
One of the biggest things that we tell people when they are trying to lead healthier lives is to do what feels right and avoid what doesn’t. This doesn’t mean avoid exercising because your muscles hurt afterwards, but if something doesn’t feel right or it like it’s helping, then don’t do it. Exercise a bit of common sense while you are exercising your body and think, “Do I really think that this new fad diet is safe and working like I was told it would?” You might be surprised what you realize when you step back and look at a habit logically.
If you are trying to be healthier, come into Wirth Chiropractic today and sit down with one of our doctors. Not only can you get a spinal adjustment, but you can get some tips to better eating and exercise plans as well. We can guarantee that they will help you feel better than a lot of other internet “hacks” will!

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This week I wanted to really remind everyone how important it is to be aware of your surroundings. This is true in almost any situation. If you are on the road, you need to notice where the other cars are. You need to pay attention to things like road signs, construction, potholes, emergency vehicles, and so much more. If you are at home, you should keep an eye on everyone who lives with you as well as things like strange cars or people in your neighborhood, your elderly neighbor, or even that week old pizza in the back of the fridge. Making sure that you’re paying attention to the world around you can mean the difference between you being healthy and something horrible happening.
Getting into a state of panic over being aware isn’t healthy either, though. It is important to remember that there needs to be a balance between everything. Having a constant fight or flight response on standby is exhausting and can be dangerous to your mental and physical health. In fact, that’s a major symptom of anxiety disorders. If you do suffer from a diagnosed anxiety disorder, it is important that you speak with a doctor to see the best method to handle the disorder for you. Some people benefit from medications, others see more improvement with different types of therapy, and for others it is a combination of the two. The main thing is to be sure that you don’t neglect the balance that needs to be struck.
Paying attention to things around you may seem frivolous, but the truth is that if you don’t you are generally at a higher risk for being hurt. This is why we teach our kids to look both ways before crossing the street or pay close attention to things like addresses and phone numbers of loved ones in case something bad happens. While we could talk extensively about things like the buddy system, we are pretty sure you already know all of this. It doesn’t hurt to have a reminder every now and then, though. With everything else that we have to worry about in our lives, it can be easy to forget the little things. Make sure that you pay attention to things around you and you should be okay. You never know when paying attention may just save your life.

This week, you may have noticed I focused on sleep. As said and supported by the previous articles, sleep is an important part of life and should be treated as such. Humans need sleep to function correctly on a daily basis. Unfortunately, for some of us sleep is rather elusive. Here are some things you can do if you can’t seem to get to sleep.
1. Make Your Room Cool. I do mean this in the temperature sense of the word. Having your bedroom a few degrees cooler than the rest of your home may help you fall asleep. Even using a fan can help to lull you into a good sleep. Having a room around sixty five degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for preparing your body for sleep.
2. Turn Off Electronics. While it may be tempting to keep the television in your bedroom on or scroll through Facebook before you go to sleep, this actually may be what’s keeping you up at night. The blue light that is emitted from electronics, especially handheld ones, may be disrupting your circadian rhythm which is what helps you sleep on a regular schedule. While there are some apps that can filter blue light, it’s a much better idea to put them down so your mind can have a rest after looking at computer screens all day.
3. Utilize White Noise. White noise is something that helps many people get to sleep and stay asleep. This is true especially if you are a light sleeper. By blocking out background noise with a consistent tone, you may be able to focus on that and slip into the dream world easier than you do otherwise.
4. Use Natural Supplements. While you should always ask your doctor before trying anything new, if you are having trouble sleeping and don’t want to use pills to do so, natural supplements may be the way to go. Many locations that provide over the counter medication will have things like melatonin or valerian which can help you sleep. These are natural and have been shown to help most people get a good night’s rest.
Another thing that you can try is coming into Wirth Chiropractic. Getting a spinal adjustment may help you sleep better by releasing the pressure in your joints that may be keeping you awake at night. Come in and see what we can do for your sleep schedule!

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Chiropractic treatment unfortunately often gets a bad wrap in this day and age. We hear a lot of questions and quite a few are reoccuring. Here, we will post some of those questions and their answers in an attempt to help more people understand just how much good chiropractic care can do!
1. Are Chiropractors Actually Doctors? Yes, chiropractors are licensed doctors. A common misconception is that chiropractors don’t have medical training, but this simply isn’t true. In fact, chiropractors go to medical school just like any other practicing doctor and then they go through additional training and schooling to specialize in chiropractic care.
2. Isn’t Chiropractic Care The Same As Cracking My Fingers? Not exactly, no. While chiropractic care does have a focus in aligning the joints back to the way they should be, it isn’t “just cracking joints”. In fact, cracking any joints yourself can be rather dangerous. While almost everyone cracks their fingers and is normally okay other joints, such as those in your neck and back, are much less forgiving if something goes wrong. It is important to always visit a chiropractor if you feel like something in those sensitive areas need to pop.
3. Isn’t It The Same As People Trying To Heal With Crystals? Most definitely not. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and non-medicated way of treating pain and other disorders, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have scientific backing. While it won’t help every issue that every person has, it has been shown through centuries to help millions of people who couldn’t find relief any other way. Just because it doesn’t use many of the more conventional (and expensive) methods of treatment doesn’t mean it isn’t safe and proven effective.
4. Do You Only Crack Necks And Backs? No. While back and neck alignments are what chiropractors are best known for, they can do anything that other doctors can do. They also tend to treat injuries like those from car accidents, sports, and other traumas in all parts of the body.
While there are many more questions that we could go over, these are four of the most common. If you have additional questions, feel free to come in to Wirth Chiropractic and ask them so that we can help to put your concerns to rest. After all, you’ll definitely feel better after an adjustment so you might as well try it out!

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This week I want to talk to you about food. It is important to remember that chiropractors did go through standard medical training so we aren’t just spouting off random information when we tell you what you should and should not eat. Chiropractors have extensive knowledge of most parts of medicine, just like your general practitioner or family doctor would. The staff here at Wirth are more than certified to speak about diet, exercise, and all of the other words that many of us don’t want to hear on a day to day basis.
With things like Valentine’s Day coming up, it is important to remember that just because all of that candy will soon be on sale doesn’t mean you need to buy it. There is nothing wrong with a little chocolate every now and then, but too much is dangerous. The same goes for basically any other type of food, even something that seems healthy like fruits and vegetables. You need to have a balance in regards to what food you eat just like everything else in your life. While this is difficult to do, especially if you have someone buying you sweets, you should remember that a little goes a long way. If you are trying to lose weight that you gained during the winter, it is especially important not to overindulge just because the chocolate will be discounted.
Food is one of those tricky things that we need to sit down and examine our relationship with. Do you find yourself snacking often even though you really don’t feel hungry? If so, then try drinking a glass of water instead. You may simply be slightly dehydrated. If you find yourself struggling to finish everything on your plate, allow yourself smaller portions. You should always eat until you are full but not until you are stuffed. This is a difference that many people don’t realize exists, but being conscious of the change can have incredible results if you are trying to lose weight.
Food is often a touchy subject and is different for every person. It is something that we cannot give a “one size fits all” solution to, so the next time you come in be sure to mention your concerns to us. We will be more than happy to help you achieve your goals of being a healthier person, even if it doesn’t involve chocolate.

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This week I wanted to talk to you about old injuries. Many of us have problems and pain that stem from old incidents that were never correctly treated. This pain may be due to botched treatments, while others are caused by never having the original injury looked at. Whatever the cause of the injury, it can often stay with you for the rest of your life. I can tell you first hand that I had a partially torn meniscus when I was a teen that never got treated. Every now and then it will flair up and hurt, but unfortunately there isn’t much I can do to make it feel better because of how it healed. Far too many people live with this sort of reality.
Old injuries are extremely tricky to try and work with because often the body has found a way to compensate for the weakness or damage that was done. This may be with excessive scar tissue or abnormalities in the bones surrounding the area. There may be permanent weakness in the location, or maybe the muscles and tendons directly around that spot have become tense and cannot be relaxed. No matter what the reality of your old injury is, chiropractic care may help to ease some of the pain or damage that has been done.
With old injuries, they are already healed so they likely won’t ever be back to 100% unless extensive work is done to it. Many times when you hear of a hospital or doctor “re-breaking” a bone, this is why. It must be broken again to fix it correctly because of the way it healed the first time. However, chiropractic care may be able to help relax the muscles around the injury or strengthen the area to get you back to being able to use it almost normally. This can also help to relieve the pain that often accompanies these old injuries which can also help with usage.
If you have an old injury that didn’t heal quite right, come into Wirth Chiropractic and see if we can do anything to help you out. You never know until you try, so even if another doctor has said that nothing can help, it’s worth a shot. Either way, you can get a nice adjustment out of the appointment so it’s going to be a win for you!

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This week I want to talk to you about eating right. It can be difficult when you are coming off of the holidays, but sometimes it needs to be done. There are a bunch of tips that you can follow to make sure that you start cutting back down in the new year, so here are a few of them to help you either lose weight or keep a healthy one while you prepare for swimsuit season.
1. Food Tracker Apps. Since almost everyone has a smartphone these days, this is one of the most popular methods of keeping track of your food intake. These apps are extremely popular and can help people lose weight like you wouldn’t believe! Some apps like My Fitness Pal and FatSecret can track your calories, write out your exercise plan, and even scan in foods to get the nutrition information right from the package. These often help people to not only get the weight off, but keep it off longer.
2. Food Journals. The more “old school” method may be better if you don’t have a smart phone or simply don’t like carrying it around and pulling it out at mealtimes. Having a paper journal has helped people for many years and there’s no reason to mess with a winning system! Talk to your doctor (or chiropractor) and see what the best diet plan and layout is for you.
3. Bring Your Own Plate. This may seem odd when you are heading over to a friend’s house for some food, but bringing your own plate to fill can help you cut down on what you eat. If you are trying to portion correctly, you may want to mark off how much you should take of what food group and this can be easier to do with a plate you already know the size of. It also cuts down on disposable waste, so it can help the environment too!
Losing weight and keeping the weight off is never easy. It is even more difficult when you feel like you have to bulk up to survive the winter! While we know that it can be difficult to cut down on what you eat or eat healthier, we know you can do it. Talk with your doctor to see what the best method to weight loss would be for you and remember that we wish you luck! Come into Wirth Chiropractic today!

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This week I want to talk about how to help your back pain. Most people experience back pain at least a few times in their lives and I know I am no exception. As the weather begins to turn cold, I feel the muscles in my back start to constrict as if trying to hibernate without me. For this reason, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite ways of making sure that my back and I both make it through this season.
1. Stretch. I am a large proponent of stretching for just about any reason. It is one of the least impactful ways that you can get some exercise in and it still helps to loosen up your muscles. Bending down to touch your toes or leaning backwards as far as you can without really pulling something can do wonders for your back when you need to get rid of your pain in a pinch.
2. Heat and Ice. Alternating ice and heat on the spot that hurts is one of the best ways to get your muscles and nerves to relax back to where they should be. Ice helps to reduce inflammation while the heat serves to loosen up your muscles. If you are not sure how you hurt your back, see which one feels better or you can alternate with twenty minutes between each session. If you don’t have a heat back you can either take a shower or make one with some uncooked rice and an old (clean!) sock.
3. Posture. Americans are notorious for our bad posture and this may be a contributing factor to your back pain. If you have noticed that you are slouching or leaning to one side, especially for long periods of time like at work, try to sit up straight for small amounts of time each day increasing them as time goes by. Also, laying down on the ground or a flat and firm surface if possible is a good way to make sure that your back straightens out.
The best way to deal with back pain is to come into Wirth Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment. In the meantime, however, these three tips are going to be a great place to start. Come in and see how much better you feel!