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Something that doesn’t seem to be spoken about enough, yet often goes hand in hand with chronic pain, is mental health. There is a large stigma against having mental health issues but we are slowly working to allow a dialogue to form between people so that we can become more open and accepting in regards to this issue. The reason we bring this up is because very often people who deal with chronic pain tend to have a higher chance of developing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. This is due not only to the heightened pain levels, but also the lack of restorative sleep that comes along with the pain.
                  For some people, the only thing that helps combat mental health issues is medication. If this is true for you, then that’s perfectly fine! We want you to understand that even though we personally don’t prescribe medicine, we still believe in the incredible things it can do when taken responsibly. Sometimes a person’s brain cannot produce enough of certain chemicals just like a diabetic’s body cannot produce insulin correctly. We would never suggest someone with diabetes to come in for chiropractic care under the pretense of them being able to stop taking insulin and so we will not do that for someone with a disorder like depression or anxiety or anything else. If medicine works for you, then at least you have found something that does and we are thrilled to see that you feel better with it.
                  With that said, we will still suggest that you come into Wirth Chiropractic for some treatment. There are literally over 100 years of practice and evidence which shows that our type of non-invasive treatments can severely help people who experience chronic pain. It has also been shown that people who experience chronic pain and then are relieved of that tend to be healthier mentally than those who are still exposed to those heightened levels. This makes a great load of sense, but sometimes people don’t always put two and two together or have tried any number of other methods to find relief and haven’t heard of chiropractic care.
                  If you are suffering from a mental health disorder, we want you to know that you are not alone and that we are not necessarily the doctors to visit for that treatment or diagnosis. However, we can help you to reduce your pain levels which may just help you to feel better mentally as well. Come in to Wirth Chiropractic today and give us a try!
 

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Something that some of our clients do which always seems to help is keep a journal. While some like to journal their feelings or events that happen with their loved ones, others keep a record of what happens related to their health. This is actually a wonderful idea and we always suggest this if someone seems to be suffering from something chronically. Recording each instance of symptoms can help you and your doctors identify certain issues easier and writing them down as they happen are more reliable than just your memory.
                  One suggestion that we always give is to purchase a daily organizer at a discount store, such as a dollar store. If you can find one that has a fair amount of space for each day, that is the best format for recording your symptoms. While just a few words may be helpful to mark down how often these incidents occur, it is better to be as descriptive as possible. This means that you need the extra space in order to remember exactly what was happening. It also helps to write down the time in case you have multiple episodes in a day.
                  Some people use color coding to differentiate between symptoms if they have multiple medical problems. This can also be extremely helpful in picking out what needs to be told to which doctor. Naturally this isn’t something that will work for everyone, but it is a good idea to try and see if this method is for you.
                  If you cannot find a daily planner with enough room for each day, then you may want to jot down a couple of words in it and keep a separate notebook or digital document for more details. When you are first trying to explain symptoms for a diagnosis, keeping detailed records are key and this is a great way to make sure that you won’t forget to mention anything once you get to the doctor.
                  Even for things like back pain that may not seem like they need to be recorded, we suggest trying it before you begin treatment. This means that once you start to see someone for it, like a chiropractor, you will be able to quantify how much better you feel. Come into Wirth Chiropractic today and see just how great you’ll feel once you start to get treatment.
 

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This week I want to talk to you about stress. Stress is one of the biggest issues that face our society today. Almost no one is immune to it. My ten-year-old nephew came home from school a few weeks ago and began talking about how stressed he was about the standardized testing that he is going to have to do soon. Although I, thankfully, don’t have to deal with those tests any longer I certainly empathized with him. It really made me think about how young stress starts and I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t stressed or worried about something. This isn’t exclusive to me, either, so I figured we could spend a little bit of time talking about some of the healthy ways to deal with stress.
                  One of the best things that I have found for myself when I’m stressed is to curl up with a nice warm drink and read. I like history and fiction the best, but whatever holds your interest will work just fine. If you don’t like to read, then perhaps an audio book or podcast will help you escape from the world for a few hours. You never know what you can learn from them either, so you might be able to surprise your friends at the next trivia night at your local haunt.
                  Another thing that I personally enjoy doing is writing. Sometimes I will write about what is concerning me at the current time, but more often than not I simply write nonsense. I’ll write about my cat or memories that I have from when I was a child. Other times I’ll look online for writing prompts and use those to occupy my mind. I may try to write a short chapter using characters from my favorite television series or even about friends and what would happen if some of them ever met. Putting yourself in a different situation through writing can really help you get away from whatever is currently preying on your mind.
                  Another thing that you can do is come into Wirth Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment. You can chat with one of our doctors and get some incredible pain relief at the same time. Stress tends to see us hold tension in certain parts of our body, so come in and make sure that it gets released!
 

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As someone who suffers from headaches and migraines, I am here to tell you that it is not a good time. Migraines are actually much more common than most people think, with more than 37 million people suffering from them in the United States alone. Out of these, two to three million people suffer from chronic migraines, which means they suffer from migraine symptoms at least 15 days each month for three months or more. Almost five million people state that they have at least one migraine headache a month. With statistics like these, it’s crazy to think that we don’t talk about them more.
                  Migraines do affect women more than men with 18 percent of women suffering as compared to about eight percent of men. Evidence has also been shown that migraines may be genetic as those with family history tend to be more likely to suffer from them as well. Generally, migraines will be seen more often in Caucasian people of lower income groups between the ages of 35-55, however anyone can suffer from migraines.
                  While migraines are often thought of as “bad headaches”, this is only partly true. While migraines do often cause head pain, this isn’t always the case. Light and sound sensitivity, nausea, dizziness, vision changes, and other symptoms are often seen in addition to the head pain which can be general or localized. Atypical migraines sometimes have few to none of these factors but are still important to seek medical attention for. You should always see a doctor if you are having new or extreme symptoms of any kind, including headaches as it may be a sign of a more serious issue.
                  If you suffer from migraines and headaches, there have been studies done which show that chiropractic care may be beneficial to you. The release of tension and stress from the areas around the skull and spinal cord may help to relieve pressure which can act as a trigger for these painful and sometimes disorienting episodes. Migraines and severe or chronic headaches can severely disable you if they are bad enough, so come into Wirth Chiropractic and get an adjustment to see if it offers any kind of relief. You may just be amazed at how much good it does. It will certainly help the rest of your body feel better too!
 

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Whether you are older or you have elderly people in your life, you have probably seen first hand how difficult it can be for people to move around as they age. My father, who is currently 75 years old, is a perfect example. Although he still works as a security guard and walks at least two miles every day at his job, he has started complaining recently of pains as he is moving. While walking is a great way to stay active, there are other things that we should be doing to exercise our bodies. Here are a few ideas for some stretches and exercises for the older people in your life.
Touch Your Toes. While not every elderly person can stand and bend over without worrying about balance, there is a way to stretch while sitting. Sit on the edge of a chair with slightly bent knees and your legs extended forward. Make sure that your heels are on the floor while your toes are pointed and lean forward to touch them. Once you are as far as you can get, hold that for about ten seconds and slowly sit back up.
Side Leg Raises. Hold onto the back of a chair while standing behind it with both hands resting on it for support. Lift one leg out to the side, bending at the hip. Repeat this ten times for each leg.
Knee Lifts. Sit on the floor or a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Lift your legs one at a time, bent at the knees, until either your knee touches your chest, your leg touches your stomach, or you cannot raise them higher. Repeat this fifteen to twenty times as possible.
Water Aerobics. Exercising in the water is a great alternative to the higher impact exercises that generally cause more trouble with people who suffer from different types of joint pain. Try finding a gym with a pool and see what you can do to help loosen your joints with a lower impact style of exercise.The older we get, the more important exercise is. However, it is also often more and more difficult due to aging bodies. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to see if chiropractic care can help with your pain and to work on a personalized exercise plan for you!
 

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This week I wanted to touch on a few different things, but especially in regards to children. There is a huge misconception that children shouldn’t go to a chiropractor before a certain age, but this simply isn’t true. People are understandably worried about their kids and want the best for them. The great thing is, that’s all we want too! Here at Wirth, we love children and are always excited to see them come in. We know how active kids can get and how easily they can get hurt. Having chiropractic care from a young age not only helps to prevent pains that can stop kids from running around, but can actually help to correct some issues that they may have been born with.
                  Children are incredibly resilient. Falls and tumbles that we cringe at are met by the child jumping up and laughing that they want to do it again. The same is true with many psychological events that may occur in their lives. It always amazes me to see what children can go through and come out on the other side either still strong or completely untouched. While physical traumas such as injuries or accidents don’t always allow kids to bounce back, their drive to get back to what they love is an inspiration to each and every one of us here at Wirth. Everything that we can do to help a child get up and running again is what we love to do the most.
                  Sometimes, children are born with certain disorders or develop them young. Much like cancer, early detection is key. If you feel like there is something wrong with your child, pursue it. Unfortunately, many doctors will brush aside certain actions or mannerisms that children may have. This is especially true if you are a first time parent. However, often that instinct is correct. At Wirth, we understand that some things may not be noticeable to us, but you live with the child and know their normal actions. If you say that something is wrong, we have no reason not to believe you.
                  If you have a child of any age, feel free to bring them into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for a spinal adjustment and anything else they may need. We certainly would love to see them!
 

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This week, I want to reach out to everyone who deals with head, back, and foot pain. Personally, I always find these three kinds to be the worst to experience and deal with from day to day. If your feet hurt, you don’t want to walk anywhere or move more than you have to. If your back hurts, it normally doesn’t matter what position you are in, be it sitting, standing, or laying down, it’s going to hurt either way. If you have a severe headache or migraine then you certainly have your work cut out for you that day. Any changes in sounds, light, or even smell and touch can cause a violent reaction from the pain you are feeling and may even cause vomiting or fainting. I just want to give a shout out to everyone who deals with these things on a regular basis and continues to go out and do what you need to do.
                  Here at Wirth, we understand just how debilitating these pains can be, especially if you haven’t been able to find something that helps it. It’s even worse if there doesn’t seem to be a reason and you can’t get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, we still don’t understand how the brain works and there are many disorders that don’t have a name or classifications yet. The world of medical diagnoses is constantly changing and evolving, so even from year to year things change. A perfect example is the inclusion of fibromyalgia into medical books. For many years, symptoms were brushed off and not taken seriously, but eventually the medical community had to adjust as so many people, especially women, were coming in with the same exact complaints. Awareness for this disorder has grown over the last few years and research continues to be done to understand it better.
                  While we may seem bias, we understand how much chiropractic care can help people who suffer from these diseases. After all, we see the transformations that people can have every day. You wouldn’t believe some of the changes that can come over people once they find something that helps to manage their pain unless you see it for yourself. Come in today to Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see what we can do to help you and you just may be amazed at the change in yourself.
 

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In our last article, we went over four of the most common and basic questions that we hear about chiropractors and chiropractic care. In this article we will go over a few more, but we know that it won’t cover all of the questions you may have. We do hope that after this, however, you will feel a bit better about considering chiropractic care.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe? The standard of safety that chiropractic care has is the same as any other non-invasive medical procedure. There is always an extremely small chance of risk, however chiropractic care has been widely considered to be one of the safest methods of pain treatment. While there is sometimes minor discomfort after a spinal manipulation, this often fades within 24 hours and is reduced the more often you go. Due to the fact that chiropractic care does not involve surgery, needles, or medication, it is a very low risk. You may have heard of some form of stroke caused by chiropractic care, but all studies done show that these happen spontaneously in people with certain pre-existing conditions regardless of chiropractic treatment and are not related.
Can Chiropractors Practice In Hospitals? Yes, Chiropractors were first given hospital privileges in 1983.
Can Children Benefit From Chiropractic Care? Yes, in fact people of all ages can benefit from chiropractic care, from infant to geriatric. Chiropractors will alter their techniques depending upon the age and medical status of their patients.
Does My Insurance Cover Chiropractic Care? Often the answer to this question is yes, but it is always a good idea to double check. Normally you can walk right in without a referral from your family doctor, however your insurance company may want one. Always check with your insurance company and the doctor’s office to make sure that your visit will be covered and if any copay will be necessary.We hope that these last eight questions over the past two articles have helped to clear up some confusion that you may have had over chiropractic care. If you still have questions, we would love for you to come in and ask us in person. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation on the internet about chiropractic care and would hate to see someone get fooled by those false words. Come into Wirth Chiropractic today and see how we can help you!