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Going for a drive can be a very relaxing experience. It can be a time for introspection and problem solving as you watch the world flash by outside of the car. If there is nothing but you, the open road, and some good music, it can do wonders for your stress level and your clarity. Even if you always return to where you started, you may return with a new outlook on your current situation. Although it often has a different end result, driving with some friends can also be great. It does, however, offer its own unique challenges.
When you have even just one other person in the car with you, things change. Even if that person is asleep the whole trip, you will generally be a little more careful if you have a passenger. It can seem like a small difference, and it is always better to be a safer driver, but it can throw off your normal driving groove. This is even more accurate when your passenger is awake and able to talk to you. Having company is often a good thing, but it can also be distracting. Driving is one of those tasks that seems safe and routine until something suddenly happens to make you realize otherwise.
Even though you want to have a good time with your friends, it is important to remember that while you're driving is not the time to be reckless or distracted. It may be tempting to blast music and sing as loud as you can while you drive around, but you never want to be caught off guard while you're behind the wheel. Obviously you don't have to drive in silence, but make sure that you remain aware of what's happening on the road around you as you chat and sing along to the radio.
If you end up in a crash while you have someone else in the car, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. We can help everyone impacted by the accident and can even reduce your pain without medications. We know how scary a car crash can be, but you don't have to go through the recovery alone. Work with your doctor and see what they think the best course of action is to help you get back to your pre-accident activity and pain levels. Call us today and see how much we can help you!

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This week I want to talk to you about safety outdoors. The summer brings its own unique dangers that we don’t have to deal with in almost any other seasons. While this can be said of basically each season, some of the issues are worse this year than usual. There are many things that we need to worry about in regards to the hotter months that we often forget until they roll around again or until the issues happen to us. Here are a couple of the things you need to remember in order to stay healthy.
1. Sunscreen! I cannot stress this one enough! If you are outside for almost any amount of time during the summer, it is a good idea to wear sunscreen. It doesn’t matter if it is overcast or if you expect to be under some kind of shelter for most of the day, you need to have sunscreen on. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. and most cases are completely avoidable. Make sure that you have on sunscreen that is UVA and UVB covered and has an appropriate SPF number. While SPF 30 does cover most of the UVA rays, we suggest finding some that is at least SPF 50, or higher depending on what your doctor says.
2. Bug Spray. If you are spending time outside, especially in the woods or uncut grass, you are going to want bug spray. Ticks are especially bad this year and can carry a slew of diseases that you definitely do not want to get. Find bug spray that has DEET in it and be sure to spray your shoes to have the best chance of avoiding ticks. It also helps to cut down on your chances of getting bit by mosquitos, which have their own issues.
We know that the summer is a time for fun and catching up with friends, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. As long as you protect yourself in the right ways, you can have a great time no matter what you like to do in the warmer months. Just make sure that you do your best to prevent any unnecessary damage to yourself in order to have a great time doing whatever it is that you love! Come in to Wirth Chiropractic today!

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One of the scariest things about driving is contending with the other people on the road. It can be concerning under the best of circumstances, but when another driver may be drunk it can turn deadly. While this is obviously more common around holidays and on the weekends, it can happen at any time and should always be a consideration while you are out and about. Drinking and driving, although highly illegal, does still occur and it is up to all of us to always make the conscious decision to avoid doing it ourselves in order to reduce the risk of accident and injury.
A large amount of us have been directly or indirectly affected by the repercussions of drunk driving. Whether you were in an accident yourself or know someone who was, chances are that you have some sort of connection to the issue. You may even know someone who was killed due to someone’s decision to get behind the wheel while inebriated. While those of us here at Wirth hope that you haven’t had to experience this, we know that statistically it is all too common. That is why we want to remind you of the importance of doing all you can to prevent it from happening.
You often hear about drunk drivers who get into accidents walking away with minimal injuries while any others involved are severely hurt. There are some scientific reasons for this, however it often doesn’t seem fair. It is important to remember that even when there may not seem to be physical pain initially, car crashes can result in injuries that surface later down the road. This means that no matter what your role may have been in a crash involving alcohol, you will likely have pain that needs to be dealt with in the future.
If you were hurt in a drunk driving accident, call Wirth today. Our team can help you with non-invasive and drug free pain management techniques for your whole body. While chiropractors may have a reputation for working on necks and backs, we can do so much more than just that. If you were injured, we can help you with whatever may be bothering you. You only need to be ready to get rid of the pain. Who knows, you may even feel better than you did before the accident. Give us a call and schedule your first appointment today!

This week I want to talk to you about being outside. Given that the weather is warming up now, it is natural for us to want to spend more time outdoors. This is perfectly fine, but you do need to realize how to protect yourself from some of the more dangerous factors in nature. Now don’t get us wrong, fresh air and some sunshine can do wonders for your mental any physical health. However, you need to remember that not everything outside is good for you. Here are some things to remember if you’re going to be spending time in nature.
1. Sunscreen. One of the most dangerous things outside is the sun. Prolonged exposure can not only cause sunburn and pain in the short term, but it may end up resulting in skin cancer later down the road. This is extremely common for people who don’t wear sunscreen and have had sun poisoning in their past. It doesn’t matter if it’s a partly cloudy day either, if you’re going to be out for a long time remember to put on some sunscreen. Also, be sure to reapply as needed, especially if you are swimming or sweating.
2. Bug Spray. If you are outside for any reason, you may want to consider wearing bug spray. While a few mosquito bites may be inconvenient to some, it can be serious in certain cases. Between the diseases that mosquitos can carry and the allergy that some people have to those bites, it is important to remember the bug spray. If you are going into the woods or tall grass, it is even more important to prevent tick bites. Ticks are starting to carry more dangerous diseases as well, so be sure to coat yourself and your shoes in DEET to prevent these issues. A little bit of a bad smell is far better to deal with than the pain that Lyme’s Disease can bring.
Being outside in the summer is great, but it is important to remember to take care of yourself as well. As long as you are responsible, you should be fine while out in the sun or lounging in the grass. After a long day of enjoying the weather, come into Wirth Chiropractic and get an adjustment. You might be amazed at how much better you feel!

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This week I want to talk about some of the misconceptions that we hear about the world of chiropractic care. We get a lot of questions that deal with what we do and what our training was like, so here are some of the most common ones that occur often. It is important for any doctor to be open with their patients and it is something we always strive to do.
1. Are Chiropractors Actual Doctors? Yes, chiropractors are licensed doctors. Many people think that chiropractors don’t have medical training, but that isn’t true. In fact, chiropractors go to medical school just like any other practicing doctor and then go through additional training and schooling to specialize in chiropractic care.
2. Isn’t Chiropractic Care Just Cracking Joints? Not technically, no. While chiropractic care does have a focus in aligning your joints, it isn’t “just cracking joints”. In fact, cracking any joints yourself can be rather dangerous. While almost everyone cracks their fingers and toes and is normally okay, other joints such as those in your neck and back are much most sensitive if something goes wrong. It is important to always visit a chiropractor if you feel like something in those delicate areas need to pop.
3. Isn’t It Just Quack Medicine? Definitely not. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and drug free way of treating pain and related disorders. While it won’t solve every issue that a person may have, it has been shown over 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 effective.
4. Do You Only Crack Necks And Backs? No, we can help align basically anything in your body. 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, including legs, arms, hands, and feet.
While there are dozens more questions that we could give you answers to, these are four of the most common. If you have additional questions, feel free to come in and ask them so that we can help put your concerns to bed. After all, you never know how much better you’ll feel until you are treated here at Wirth!

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This week I want to talk to you about diet. It can be hard to keep a diet through the winter, but it can be even tougher to switch back to one if you failed it during the colder months. If you decided that a diet was not for you when it was snowing outside, then I really can’t blame you but I also know how difficult it can make the summer. Here are a few ways that you can easily slip back into a diet with minimal heartache.
1. Wean Yourself Off. Some foods are just downright addictive. If you have ever tried to take something like cheese away from a group of people, there will probably be at least one who looks like you just told them they can’t have a puppy. If you have a food like that, then try treating it like you would another addiction and slowly reduce the amount that you eat until you don’t have any on a regular basis anymore. This will make it less likely for you to crave a cheat meal with it than if you quit cold turkey.
2. Have A Group. If you have a few friends that want to diet as well, try and keep in close contact with them. You don’t even have to be on the same diet, but having the emotional support of a friend group to help keep you in check can do wonders for your willpower. It also helps to give you some purpose if you are holding someone else accountable for what they eat.
3. Keep A Journal. Although it may be tedious, keeping a journal of what you eat can really help you realize just how much you put into your body. This is especially true if you don’t eat the traditional “three meals a day” and either have one or two big meals or if you snack consistently during the day. Seeing how much and when you eat can help you identify what you need to change and make it easier to do so.
If you are unsure what kind of dieting you should do, come into Wirth Chiropractic. We can help you find what kinds of foods you should stay away from and which ones you should have more of. Hopefully we can have you at your target weight and health in no time!

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This week, I wanted to talk about ways that you can beat the creaking and groaning joints that you may have during these summer storms. It’s been raining for the better part of a week and a half where I live now, and I certainly woke up a bit worse for wear today. I have been cracking my knuckles like crazy and my joints are still feeling stiff even into the evening. If you have this problem as well, I want to give you some of the tips that I use to feel better.
1. Warm Bath/Shower. One of the most common treatments for aching or stiff joints is a warm shower. The heat can help to relax your muscles and loosen up your joints. Another method that you can use is a warm bath with Epsom Salts. They have been used for decades to help soothe the pain felt from arthritis and there’s a reason they are still relatively popular. After all, if the method isn’t broke there’s no need to fix it!
2. Stretching. Although you probably won’t want to do this, it really does help an incredible amount. It may hurt a bit to begin with, but stretching can help to reduce the tension in your muscles and joints by increasing blood flow to the areas you’re focusing on. It might hurt for a little bit, but the results are always great. I normally start with something simple, like touching my toes and then reaching up towards the ceiling. Depending on how much I’m hurting I might stop there or continue on to more complex stretches. Either way, it is part of my daily routine.
3. Pain Relievers. Part of living with pain like this is knowing when to take some medication. Something like Tylenol or Aleve is perfectly fine and sometimes extremely necessary. There’s nothing wrong with taking them, just make sure that you follow the recommended dosage and don’t go over that.
I hope that you are feeling just fine as you read this, but these summer storms can play havoc with some people’s joints. Just remember that there is no shame in sitting down and waiting until the pain subsides to do something. Try coming into Wirth Chiropractic and see if an adjustment helps. We can tell you that almost everyone feels better after chiropractic treatment, so there’s no reason not to at least try!

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This week I wanted to talk to you about stress. Stress is a huge problem in our society and it doesn’t show any signs of getting better. There is no one thing that causes stress, either. Often, it comes from more sources than we can name. Work, family, the news, all of these things are sources of stress for millions of people around the world. Thankfully, there are a few things that we can do to mitigate the stress. Here are some of them.
1. Get A Pet. Animals have been shown time and time again to help people reduce their stress. In fact, studies have shown that owning a cat may reduce the risk of stroke by a third and that the risk of cardiovascular disease also goes down when a pet is involved. Even if you are allergic to animals, the act of petting something soft can help to reduce stress. This can be anything from a piece of fake fur to a stuffed animal. Try a few different things out and see what works best for you.
2. Meditation and Yoga. Both of these things work wonders for many people who find themselves stressed out often. The breathing techniques that are taught can help reduce stress levels by allowing the correct amount of oxygen back into the system. The best thing about meditation is that anyone can do it regardless of any physical disabilities! It may take a little while for you to find what meditation techniques work the best for you, but you’re bound to find something sooner or later.
3. Have A Hobby. Sometimes, the best thing to do when you are stressed is to throw yourself into something else entirely. Some people play video games. Some people sew or bake. Others play music or write to get away from whatever causes them distress. Whatever it is that you like doing, stick with it when you’re feeling overwhelmed and you may be amazed at how much better you feel after a little while.
Handling stress isn’t an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. Some people may not have much time to try and deal with it and other may not know how. Whatever your experience with stress is, always be sure to try and remember to breathe. There are few things that you can’t get through if you try.

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