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!

Take Home Message of the Week - 4/19/21

Take Home Message of the Week

 

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 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 was 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 didn't heal quite right, stop by Wirth Chiropractic to see how we can help. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you are able to comfortably recover, so give us a call, and make an appointment today!

Spring is here, and that means we see a lot of rain. Rain brings blossoming flowers and vibrant greenery. It can be relaxing, or can dampen your mood. But one thing is for sure, it doesn't make for ideal driving conditions. Heavy rainfall hinders vision (not to mention the droplets on the windshield) and makes the asphalt slippery, making it harder to stop. It always seems like people drive either way too fast for the wet conditions or far too slow, which poses its own threats. Getting a smooth and uneventful drive in the rain often seems like a miracle, and it is unfortunately common to see an uptick in the amount of car crashes when the weather is less than ideal. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to help reduce your risk of injury.

One of the best things that you can do to keep yourself safe while driving in the rain is turning on your headlights. Most states, including North Carolina, have a law stating that if your wipers are on, your lights must be as well. This can help other drivers on the road see you so that they aren't pulling out in front of you or merging into your lane. Also, it is important to go a responsible speed and make sure to leave ample space between your car and the one you're trailing. If there were to be a reason to put on the breaks, you'll have more time to slow down. Use your turn signals earlier than usual so that the other drivers on the road know what to expect from you. It can also be a good idea to wait a second or two when the stop light ahead of you turns green; there could be drivers increasing their speed to get through the light, and this could cause more serious injury.

If you were injured in a car accident, call Wirth Chiropractic today. We can help you with your pain levels, even if they are the result of old injuries that may not have healed correctly. We know how much a car crash can sideline you, but we are certain we can get you back to feeling great in no time!

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!

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