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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!

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Now that it is starting to get dark earlier and staying dark longer into the morning, I think it’s time to talk about driving around in the dark. While many people don’t have a problem driving at night, many find that they at least prefer to drive while the sun is still up. This can be for any number of reasons, but the fact remains that driving in the dark has its own unique challenges and not everyone can deal with them equally. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to driving at night.
First of all, it may not be the darkness that is throwing someone off but rather the headlights from other cars. I know that is a huge problem of mine when I need to drive at night. The super bright LED headlights can really mess with my night vision, especially if they are tinted to be a certain color. Having LED lights in your eyes either from a car coming from the opposite direction or from a car behind you can make it difficult to see the lines on the road or anything in front of you that you need to avoid. If you can get glare resistant glasses or something similar, it may help you when faced with those extra powerful headlights.
Another issue that many people have while driving at night is the fact that it is easier to zone out at night. Going onto a mental autopilot can be dangerous at any point, but especially so when you are driving. Without other drivers on the road, it can be all too easy to let your mind drift from what you should be paying attention to and that can spell disaster if there is something in the road or someone else is driving recklessly. Always be sure to keep alert while you are behind the wheel.
If you were in a car accident and part of the problem was that you were driving at night, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. We know how serious car crashes can be and will do everything we can to get you back up and moving the way you were before the accident. Seeing a chiropractor means that you can get treatment that is non-invasive and doesn’t rely on pills and other medication for results. Give us a call and see how much we can help you!

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Seeing as how the holidays are upon us, we thought we give you some tips on managing stress that can pop up around this time of year. Even though most of us love this time of year, the added importance on things around now can cause anyone a large amount of stress. This can be because of family, planning, work, or any number of other things. Here are some ideas that may help you to make it through the holiday season without wanting to pull the tinsel out of your tree!
1. Healthy Eating. I’m starting with one of the hardest. Eating in a healthy way is never something we want to think about doing around the holidays. After all, it’s a time to relax and have fun with our loved ones! We’re not saying you have to stick to the veggie platter during your holiday party, but maybe you don’t need to eat that third piece of apple pie right now. After all, that’s what plastic wrap is for. You can just ask to take it home!
2. Time Management. There never seems to be enough hours in the day around this time of year. This is even more true if you have kids. There’s always something they need to go to or you need to help them get done. Do your best to delegate your time so that not everything is left to the last moment.
3. Sleep! Even Santa needs his sleep around this time of year! Although it can sometimes seem like the only time you can get things done is when no other creatures are stirring, you need to realize that it isn’t fair to you. You need to take some time to yourself and get a full eight hours of sleep in order to make sure you don’t get put on the naughty list this year for being cranky!
4. Go Easy. Go easy on everything. Be careful how much sugar you eat, how much egg nog you drink, and how long you spend making snowmen. Remember, everything in moderation.
During the holidays, our normal schedules can seem to go out the window. We don’t always take care of ourselves in the same way during this time of year. We, at Wirth Chiropractic, are here to remind you to take some time for yourself. We want you to stay healthy and enjoy this season!

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November is the time of the year when the holiday craze really begins. We are always thinking about the next big day where we have to travel, see family, or get things to present to those we care about. Although this time of the year is meant to be happy and exciting, it often just becomes stressful. Very often, those of us who are stressed will turn to food to make ourselves feel better. This also rarely means good food like fruits and veggies. Generally we will find “comfort food” to deal with that stress and there is never a shortage of that around this time of the year.
When Thanksgiving starts to roll around, we tend to throw all of our hard work out the window in regards to diet and exercise. There is so much to do in such a short amount of time that it’s often easier to heat up those fatty leftovers or grab some fast food on the way between holiday shopping errands. We highly suggest trying to start your holiday preparations early so that you can avoid these issues. My mother always bought a couple of things for everyone each month of the year and started her cards in September so that they were ready and sent well before they needed to be.
While traveling, it is often difficult to have a set meal plan like you can at home. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t feel bad about not eating like you normally would. It happens and there’s nothing wrong with having a couple of days where you don’t follow your diet plan to the letter. The important thing is that you don’t make a habit out of bad eating. Once you get back home, be sure to put yourself back into the routine that you have or maybe even start a better one.
Thanksgiving often brings people anxiety, especially in regards to family and food. Take a deep breath and try to remember that one day doesn’t mean that you aren’t doing well with your diet. After all, cheat days exist for a reason. Just do your best around this time of the year and come into Wirth so we can go over some tips for when you can get back on track. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you soon!

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This week I really wanted to focus on the connection between pain and sleep. If you are in pain, you often can’t sleep well, but if you don’t get enough sleep it often causes you to be in pain. It can be a vicious cycle that can seem impossible to break. So what on Earth can you do to make sure that this doesn’t spiral into a very serious problem?
1. Stretching. Often times, stretching before bed can help to loosen up your muscles and relieve some pain. Do some gentle movement before laying down and even after getting into bed to help your joints relax for the night.
2. Heat Pads. Heating pads or electric blankets can help to relax your muscles and joints so that you can get comfortable and sleep well. They also keep you nice and toasty warm during the winter when your body will naturally curl up to conserve body heat. Make sure that you keep a healthy temperature in your bedroom at night to prevent shivering or sweating, as both will interrupt your sleeping.
3. Warm Bath or Shower. Taking a nice relaxing bath before bed or a warm shower can help you sleep well due to the relaxing of your muscles. If you are into aromatherapy, you can try some lavender candles or extract in or around your bath to further relax your body and help to aid sleep.
4. Correct Pillows and Mattress. You need to make sure that the mattress you are using is right for your body. It can’t be too firm, otherwise you will continue to be in pain. However, you don’t want it to be too soft either, as that will cause your body to not have support while resting. Be sure to replace each when necessary.
5. Change it up! Changing the position you sleep in may be helpful as well. If you sleep on your side, you are putting pressure on your hips and back. Try sleeping on your back and seeing if that helps at all.
We all want to wake up and feel refreshed, but that is almost impossible when we wake up in pain. Try these tips and come into Wirth Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment to see if you start waking up pain free.

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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!