Okay so this blog today is for the ladies out there who love to wear high heels. How many of you love going shopping and getting you a new pair of high heel shoes? Well we all know that those pair of heels will go great with that outfit, but have you ever thought about how bad they are for you feet, knees, and low back? As we all know high heel shoes of course raise your heels which therefore put more pressure on the front of your foot. Most of your weight is shifted forward in the lower body and the upper body compensates by shifting the weight back. The weight that is being shifted increases the curve in the lower back, which can lead to several problems.

The first problem is foot pain. The increased pressure on the front part of your foot can lead to pain itself. As you are walking in heels you may not notice that your steps are more frequent and shorter, which will then increase the number of impacts the foot takes while at the same time compromising its ability to absorb the shock. Bunions will also develop from high heels just due to the small space allowed for your toes.

Knee pain is caused from the ongoing impacts that are not absorbed well in the foot which therefore will increase the stress in the knees and knee caps.

Low back pain is caused from the position change in the low back and the increase of pressure on the posterior joints of the spine. Staying in this position uses muscles that are not normally used and can lead to muscle pain.

Here are a few side effects for wearing high heels:

1.) High heels change your posture unnaturally, and therefore increases the angle of the lower back.

2.) The higher the heel, the more pressure on the front foot. Which can lead to bruising, stress fracture, hammertoes, metatarsalgia, dropped arches, and bunions.

3.) Tightness in the calves

4.) Ankle injuries

5.) More pressure on the knees which cause joint degeneration. Also leads to osteoarthritis.

So the next pair of high heels or shoes you decide to get, make sure they are good for your feet to prevent injuries. If you are having problems with the injuries that were discussed, please give us a call at 252-756-6111! Chiropractic treatment helps by adjusting the extremities and also correcting joint dysfunction. Also we are able to do a full evaluation to see how wearing high heels has affected the rest of the body. So make sure the next time you go shopping for a new pair of shoes that they are comfortable for you and your body.

School is back and it is time to start lugging around those heavy book bags again. Did you know that the excessive weight of textbooks and school supplies can cause your child or you to have a spinal injury or a vertebral subluxation. A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of the spinal column, which then causes irritation to the nervous system. If you or your child is going to carry a book bag make sure that you carry it over both shoulders or one that has wheels. Carrying it over one shoulder puts all the weight on one side of your body. Also, if you are carrying it over both shoulders make sure you do not wear it too low, so it does not put majority of weight on your neck and spine. If you or your child continues doing these bad habits it could eventually lead to headaches, dizziness, and severe back and neck pain. If your child or you are experiencing any of the following systems a chiropractor can help. We specialize in headaches, neck pain, and back pain. Here at Wirth Chiropractic we can help you or your child get back on the right track.

Tips for carrying a book bag:

-No more than 10% of your body weight

-Heaviest items closest to your spine

-Use a book bag that has wheels if you can

-Use both straps

-Make sure the straps are fit snug to your back

-The bottom of the book bag should rest in the curve of the lower back

Everyone has experienced some type of headache. Whether it be just a normal headache or a migraine. Migraines can be the worst and most miserable feeling ever. They are most common among females who range from the age of 10 on up to 46 years old. Migraines come about when blood vessels dilate, which then lead to a severe headache. Symptoms of a migraine can be a throbbing, pulsating pain, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of appetite, and even neck pain. Migraines occur on the sides of your forehead or just may appear on one side. Usually, migraines last from about 6 hours to about 48 hours. If you are experiencing a migraine or headache that just want go away, chiropractic treatment can help.

Wirth Chiropractic can correct the underlying causes of headaches and relieve symptoms associated with migraines. Call today and we will get you back on the right track!

Bring out the bats, balls, and gloves because baseball is back. Injuries are very common in any sport but one injury that is known in baseball is Little League Elbow. It is most common among pre-teen and early teenagers who play baseball or even softball. It develops from the repetitive throwing that creates a strong pull on the tendons and ligaments of the elbow. Symptoms that may develop are swelling or soreness to the elbow, and experiencing pain while catching, throwing overhand, or locking of the elbow. Here are some ways that you can try and prevent the Little League Elbow injury. Always warm up and stretch your muscles before you start pitching or playing any game. Recommend not throwing curve balls until high school when the growth plate in your elbow is fully fused with the bone. Here at Wirth Chiropractic we can offer guidelines on exercises, conditioning techniques, nutrition, and general fitness. Chiropractic is also able to correct misalignment in the vertebrae and can remove pressure that is placed on the nerves, reducing pain and improving flexibility. If you think this injury is something your child or even you make have please give us a call at 252-756-6111 so we can set up your FREE consultation.

Are you experiencing fatigue, body aches, chronic muscle pain, or even numbness in the hands? If so, this could be a sign of fibromyalgia. It can develop on its own, or secondary to other musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus. To be diagnosed you would of have to been experiencing widespread pain and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 tender-point sites for at least three months. Out of the 18 tender spots it usually includes tissues or muscles of the neck, shoulders, chest, rib cage, lower back, thighs, knees, arms and buttocks. The pain you experience could feel something along the lines of a deep aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning pain. Chiropractic care can help work on relieving pain and symptoms with fibromyalgia just by making an adjustment to the neck and spine. Call Wirth Chiropractic at 252-756-6111 and get your adjustment today.

Are you experiencing pain in your low back and maybe down the back of your legs? If you are this could be a sign of sciatica. It is due to the irritation of the sciatic nerves, which is the largest nerves of the body. The pain will usually start in the low back and then radiate down the back of either or both legs. Sciatica can lead to numbness, tingling, burning, pain in the back of calf, weakness of the knee or foot, difficulty walking, and the inability to move the foot or bend the knee. If the vertebrae in the low back is misaligned or out of place, the result is pressure on the nearby nerves. This is where Chiropractic comes into play. Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned, out of place vertebrae and also can remove the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve. Which result in reducing pain and improving flexibility and function. If you feel that this a condition you may have please call Wirth Chiropractic at 252-756-6111 for your free consultation.

We are in the winter months now and many people are becoming sick with sore throats, the flu, colds, and even ear infections. Ear infections are very common and can be extremely uncomfortable. Symptoms of an ear infection are drainage from the ear and nose, fever, not being able to sleep or eat, and the most common symptom is ear pain. Ear infections are caused from the blockage of the Eustachian tubes. The tubes allow equalized pressure on the eardrum and allows fluid to drain away from the inner ear. Due to the Eustachian tubes being blocked, fluid builds up and causes an infection. The transverse process, bones that stick out the sides of a vertebrae run next to the Eustachian tubes. When a vertebrae is misaligned the tissues will become swollen causing the tubes to be blocked. Chiropractic works by relieving pressure off the Eustachian tubes and reduces the tissue swelling allowing the inner ear to drain. To see if chiropractic may help call 252-756-6111 today for your free consultation.