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.

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!

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