Driving at Night - Greenville Chiropractor

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.

The first thing to keep in mind is that it may not be the darkness that is throwing someone off, but rather the headlights from other cars. I know a large problem of mine when I need to drive at night is the glare. 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!

Eating and Driving - Greenville Chiropractor

When it comes to your daily routine, it can seem hard to find time to do much of anything. Between work and handling everything at home and balancing that with seeing friends and partaking in your hobbies, you probably don't have a spare moment. There are some things that you can push aside to make time, but others you can't. One such thing that you can't hold off on for too long is eating. You need food to have the energy to keep going and if you forgo food for too long, it can definitely impact your ability to do everything else. This is when it can be tempting to eat while you drive.

Drive-thru restaurants can be like a beacon to the hungry traveler. It is often a happy sight when you see that sign after a few hours of driving and listening to your stomach grumble in aggravation at its empty state. When you are driving around for a long period of time, or even when you have a lot of things to do in a single day, a drive-thru can be a great option. The food often isn't the best for you, but it can certainly keep you going when you aren't able to sit down for a full meal. There's only one problem: eating while you're driving can be extremely distracting.

Although you often see people eating and drinking in their cars as they drive, this doesn't mean it's always safe. In fact, it tends to be rather the opposite. When you eat on a normal day, you're able to take your time and enjoy the food. If you're eating in the car, you're likely trying to do so quickly and that can lead to a bit of a mess. Dropped fries, stained shirts, these are all things that can be distracting as you're trying to go about your day. When you're trying to drive it can be even worse, as you will probably try to fix the issue on the road.

If you were in a crash that was caused by someone eating while driving, give us a call. Here at Wirth Chiropractic, we know how difficult it can be to recover after an accident and want to help you feel better as quickly as possible. Your well-being is our number one priority and we want you to know that you have someone in your corner. Call us today and see how much better we can make you feel!

The Dangers of Dehydration - Greenville Chiropractor

This week I want to talk to you about a very serious issue that many people start to forget to be mindful of as the weather cools back off. I am speaking, of course, about dehydration. While a good amount of us spend some time during the summer making sure that we are getting enough fluids, this concern generally starts to lessen when the weather starts to feel more like autumn. It might be true that dehydration won’t happen as easily when the temperature isn’t as high or the sun isn’t as bright, but dehydration can still hit quickly and it can definitely be a scary thing to go through.

Making sure that you are getting enough liquid into your body isn’t an easy task. While the amount that you’re drinking does have a great deal to do with combating dehydration, what you are drinking is also important to keep an eye on. Things like coffee and soda may taste good, but they are actually some of the worst things when you are trying to make sure that you are getting enough fluids. The same goes for alcohol if you are legally able to drink that. It is important to remember that there is no substitute for drinking water when it comes to hydrating yourself. If you are not a fan of drinking water plain, flavored waters or things like lemonade are better alternatives to beverages like soda.

With the weather cooling back down, you may find yourself more willing to spend extra time outside. No one really wants to feel like they’re melting while walking around, so it makes sense that people start to come out of the air conditioning when the thermometer stays below a certain temperature. While the fresh air and sunlight will do you good, it also means that you may not have as easy an access to things to drink. Always be sure to carry a water bottle with you if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time!

While we may not be able to help you stay hydrated, Wirth Chiropractic is determined to help you combat any pain you may feel in your day to day life. We know how much pain can derail plans and that’s something we hate to see. You deserve to be comfortable in your own body, so give us a call and see how much we can help you take back your life!

The Importance of Stretching - Greenville Chiropractor

This week I want to talk to you about stretching. In the summer you may not want to do a full workout some days due to the heat, but as fall rolls around it becomes easier. While it might not be fun, small things like simple stretches can make all the difference in the world. Just keeping your body nice and loose for the next day you feel up to working out can mean the difference between pulled muscles and a productive session. Here are some great stretches that don’t take much effort for you to try.

Touch Your Toes. Touching your toes may sound too simple, but it really is a good thing to try and do every day. It’s also helpful if you try it from different angles and positions. Before you get out of bed in the morning, see how far down your leg you can reach while sitting. Once you get up, bend over and try touching your toes while standing on the ground. You may be surprised at how much of a difference there is between the distances depending on how you’re positioned.

Standing Side Stretch. This stretch is fairly self-explanatory, but it is extremely helpful. While standing straight up, lift your arms over your head and interlace your fingers while pointing up towards the sky. Take a deep breath and slowly bend towards your right. Hold that for a minimum of five seconds before bringing your body back up to center and then repeating the stretch to your left.

The Butterfly. This one will likely remind you of gym class. While sitting down on the floor, bring the bottoms of your feet together with your knees out to the sides. Bring your feet in as close to your body as you can and then lean forward. This will help to stretch out your thighs and your back, so make sure to breathe through it even though your stomach may feel restricted.

When you are too busy to do a full workout, stretching can be a great option. It isn’t always the best day for you to go for a run or sometimes you’re just running a bit too late, so it’s good to have something that you can fall back on. Just make sure you get back to your normal exercise as soon as you can!

Drunk Driving - Greenville Chiropractor

I think we can all agree that drinking and driving is one of the worst choices you can make in your life. Although the days that you see the most drinking in this country are New Years and around the 4th of July, drunk drivers can be on the road at any time of the year. It is important that you always stay alert while behind the wheel, but there are times where you have to be more careful than others. These times include the days mentioned above, any local celebrations, and even certain times of the night, which generally depend on when the bars in your area close for the evening.

While we have all been taught about the dangers of drinking and driving at this point, there are unfortunately some people who still decide to do it anyway. Drinking alcohol not only impacts your ability to make safe decisions, but it also slows down your reaction time drastically. These are only a couple of the reasons why driving with any amount of alcohol in your system is extremely dangerous. Be sure to check what the legal limit in your state is and how many drinks that generally equates to. You should always stop drinking a few hours before you need to drive, and make sure that you're eating and drinking water over the course of the time you're drinking as well. We do suggest that if possible, you have a designated driver or stay the night wherever you are celebrating.

Every year, we hear about hundreds of people who are seriously injured or killed because someone decided to drink and drive. While we can and do help people that are living with severe pain after a car accident here, we never like to hear that a drunk driver was the reason for the injury. The worst part is that we know that those who are able to come in of their own volition are the luckier ones. If you need to drive, we suggest you skip the alcohol and get home safe instead.

We want all of our patients to have fun, but we also want everyone to stay safe. It is important that you remember to come into Wirth Chiropractic if you have any pain, especially if it is the result of a car accident. Being hit by a drunk driver is scary, but you don't have to go through it alone when you have us on your side!

But It's Only at Stop Lights - Greenville Chiropractor

When you stop at a traffic light, there isn't much to do except wait for your turn. Sometimes that can seem like a eternity. If you're at an intersection that has a delayed green or even just a naturally long cycle, you may start to get bored. After all, there's only so much looking around that you can realistically do before you've seen it all. Sometimes you get lucky and there's something entertaining to watch going on around you, but most of the time you just need to sit there and wait. It's no surprise that these are the moments that many people use to check their cell phones.

It seems like a harmless thing. The light's red, you know it's going to stay that way for a few seconds at least, so you check to make sure that nothing major has happened while you've been driving. Perhaps you were having a conversation with a friend or your spouse that you don't want to leave a long break in. Maybe you're checking to make sure your parents are doing fine while watching your child. Whatever the reason, checking your phone is safe at the moment, right? You're not moving or anything, so it doesn't seem to really be an issue. Unfortunately, this just isn't the case.

While it may seem safe to check your phone if you're stopped at a light, it really isn't. This is due to one main thing: your attention is now split. You need to make sure that you are constantly aware of your surroundings when behind the wheel, and you simply can't do that if you're paying attention to your phone. Not only do you need to watch for the light to turn green again, but making sure that other drivers on the road are doing what they should be so you don't get hurt is an important part of driving too. The only good time to check your phone while you're in your car is if you're parked in a safe area away from other moving vehicles.

Here at Wirth Chiropractic, we know how dangerous it can be to be behind the wheel while someone else is driving while checking their phone. If you were in a crash caused by someone looking at their phone at a stop light, give us a call. We can help you feel better in no time!

Does the Radio Help or Hurt? - Greenville Chiropractor

There's nothing quite like getting ready for a highly anticipated road trip. You get your snack foods for the drive, you get your cooler full of drinks, and you make sure your luggage is all ready and packed before you set out. You get into your car full of excitement, but then you realize there's a problem: your music player didn't charge correctly. This means that you need to listen to the radio while you plug it in and wait for it to charge enough so that it can connect to your car's stereo system. This isn't always a terrible thing, but you quickly remember why you aren't a fan of the radio. You know what kind of music you enjoy and it isn't the same 30 songs over and over with ten minutes of commercials in between every three or four songs. This results in you trying to scan through the radio stations every few minutes. This normally isn't too much of a problem, but it does require you to take your eyes off the road every time you want to find the seek button. That's where the real danger in all this is.

Any time you take your eyes off the road, even for a second, it is dangerous. It's important to remember that you are not the only person driving on the road and you can never assume that everyone else is driving responsibly. With more and more drivers driving distractedly, it's safer to drive with extreme caution. Keeping your eye on the other cars is a must, but that means that you cannot drive while distracted. If you are trying to change the radio frequently, you may miss something like road work ahead, which can quickly cause a crash. While music may be an important part of your drive, it is never more important that getting to your destination safely.

Driving with the radio on can be fine, but if it's going to be more of a distraction than a benefit, it's better to drive in silence. You should always do your best to bring along something that will help make your trip easier, even if that means your old music player so you can have it playing in the backseat. Anything that takes your attention away from the road is more of a liability than it helps. You never know, you may actually enjoy having time to think for a change!

What You Need to Know About Neck and Back Pain - Greenville Chiropractor

While we are all aware on some level that our necks and backs are important to every movement we make, we don’t realize just how much it can impact your day if either of those body parts aren't working the way they always used to. It isn’t until you have to deal with a stiff back or severe neck pain in that you really start to understand just how much you use these muscles throughout the day.

As you start to get older, you may realize that you seem to hurt yourself more and more while doing simple things while going about your day. Even getting into and out of bed or the shower can make you pull a muscle that puts you out of commission for the day. While it may be fun to lightly rib your friends if this happens to them, it is never truly funny when you're the one in pain. It is also never funny when it is caused by something sudden like a car accident. It can cause severe problems when you try to do simple things like driving if you are unable to turn your head or body to look both ways before making a turn. This is when these types of injuries cross from being frustrating to being actively dangerous.

There are few things in life that are worse than being hurt, but when the pain is something that happens every day, it is an issue that needs to be resolved immediately. Being in constant pain can make you feel frustrated, depressed, anxious, and may lead to mental health issues as well as physical ones. We can definitely help you with any physical pain issues you are experiencing if you let us know you need help. The two are more linked than many people realize.

If you have noticed that your neck and back pain is affecting your ability to safely operate your vehicle and complete other simple tasks, call Wirth Chiropractic today. You can schedule an appointment for a spinal adjustment and see just how much of a difference it can make in your life. Come in for a few sessions and you will see why so many people swear by chiropractic treatment. You will be amazed at the difference it makes in your life!