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This week I wanted to talk about things that can happen, often through no fault of our own, that result in injury. While we covered car accidents and sports injuries in more depth already, there are hundreds of possible accidents that can happen to us. Obviously no one wants to think about these things, but they are often damaging and deserve at least a little thought when it comes to planning for the future. Here are a few blanket tips to consider when making sure that you have a plan for the worst case scenario.
Always Have Your Insurance Card. If you have medical insurance, make sure you always have it on you, even if you are only going a little way from home. Accidents can happen anywhere and you never want to be caught in a situation where you need your insurance card and don’t have it. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Have Your Doctor’s Number. If you have a cell phone, as most people do, then make sure you have your primary doctor’s number programmed in. It may also help for you to have your pharmacy’s phone number as well. If you don’t have a cell phone, then keep a folded piece of paper with the number in your wallet or purse. This way, you can always call in case something goes wrong and in an emergency the doctors treating you can get your records or allergies from your file.
Allergy List. If you end up unconscious, it is extremely possible that you can be given something meant to help you that will only cause more damage. This is especially true if you have an unusual allergy or one that is extreme. Always try to keep a list of medical allergies on you just in case you are hurt and unable to speak for yourself for one reason or another.While we always like to think that nothing like this can happen to us, the reality is that it is entirely possible. Rather than dwelling on the possibility or ignoring it, it is best to hope for the best while preparing for the worst. Make sure to keep emergency contacts in your phone or on your person at all times just in case of these occurrences. Let’s just hope you never have to use them! Come into Wirth Chiropractic today!
 

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If you’re excited about the upcoming playoffs of baseball or the start of the NFL season, you’re likely going to be keeping an eye on your favorite players and teams. If you’re paying attention, however, you’ve likely heard of many different injuries that have occurred lately. While football is a high contact sport and many people expect to hear about injuries from impacts, this isn’t always the case. In 2016, the Navy football team’s quarterback suffered a severe injury without being touched. He had planted his foot to turn and suddenly went down due to a large knee injury and is now out for the season after playing for just over a quarter of his first game. Unfortunately, these injuries are not as uncommon as you would think and whether you follow sports or know someone who plays sports at any level, you may be very well aware of this.
            The beginning of football season and the fast approach of homecoming football games brings a lot of excitement to many people. Athletic trainers, however, often dread this time of year. This is because there are so many different injuries that can happen with little to no warning. Even the smallest action can cause severe damage. Take for instance a young baseball player who was very promising last year who was weight lifting and tore something in his arm. These occurrences are unfortunate, but not altogether uncommon.
            One problem that is reported by a lot of athletes is back pain. This is due to a multitude of reasons and can be from anything from picking up a box the wrong way to being the victim of a hard tackle. Just last night two members of a large baseball team were hit in the ribs with a ball. Although bruises are very different from other injuries, you know it will still hurt. Things like this are all treatable by chiropractors. Yes, even bruises. Bruises are technically soft tissue injuries and most soft tissue injuries can be repaired by chiropractic care.
            Back pain, especially resulting from a sports injury, is an epidemic among our athletes. Thankfully, this is something that we do have a way to combat and it has been tried and tested for ages. If you or someone you love has back pain from playing sports, come on in and see what we here at Wirth Chiropractic can do for you.
 

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With the children going back to school, there are two main reactions. Either parents are worried about their babies or they are ecstatic to have some time to breathe and use the bathroom without the calls of “Mommy, look what I found outside!” or “Daddy, wanna see how many hot dogs I can eat at once?” There really is very little in between. Even those who don’t have children are either sad to see the kids back on those buses or extremely happy to be able to shop without the screaming and crying of a tantrum-throwing child haunting their ears as they walk back to get the milk they forgot the first time. For parents and teachers, however, there is an added thought at the back of each one’s mind.
            When a child in your care gets hurt, it doesn’t much matter if it is biologically yours or not. Your automatic reaction is normally to try and comfort the tiny human and assess if there was any serious or potentially long lasting damage done. In most cases, the child just has a couple of cuts and scrapes. Skinned knees are a part of childhood after all. Other times, unfortunately, bones are broken, joints are pushed out of place, or muscles are pulled askew. While this is normally no one’s fault (and for the sake of this article, let’s say it isn’t), that doesn’t stop the pain from setting in and causing the child to deal with it in their own way. This may be trying to be tough about it or it may be to cry. Both are perfectly normal reactions, but the normal reaction of you is to want the poor thing out of pain as quickly as possible.
            If there are no broken bones and once it has been noted that all joints are as they should be, one option you have is to bring your child to a chiropractor. Most chiropractors will work on children and some deal only with the little ones. After an injury, making sure that a child’s alignment is correct is always a good and safe course of action. Even if the child has not been injured, a chiropractic adjustment is a great way to help relieve stress levels of students. You may want one yourself as well for good measure.
 

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This week, I want to talk to you about keeping active. During the summer I know that I tend to become less active because I don’t like the heat at all. I will sit on the couch or lay in bed and think “Oh, I’ll get up later once it cools down” and then it doesn’t cool down. I know that I can’t be the only person that this happens to, so I wanted to chat a little about what you can do when you get into these moods or when the heat gets to you to this extent. Here are some of the things I do to make myself get up and move around.
Stretch. If you have been reading these blogs for a little while, you know that I am huge into stretching. I think that stretching is one of the best things that you can do for your body, especially since there is no age limit on doing some of these stretches. Even sitting on the couch or laying down in bed won’t prevent you from stretching. Reach up and extend your body as far as it can go. Sit up and try to touch your feet. Twist at your torso as you sit and watch those beautiful beaches on television. You can always find a way to stretch no matter where you are.
Take A Shower. If I can get the motivation up to get into the shower, I always feel better. Take a hot shower and relax your muscles. Take a cool shower and lower your body temperature. During the summer I normally like to make my shower temperature feel like a pool so it is nice and refreshing. While sometimes it makes me want to fall back to sleep, it always at least makes me feel a little better and it certainly becomes easier to move around more once I have gotten up. The summer can be a time that you just want to barricade yourself into the air conditioning and not move no matter what is happening. While this is a tempting idea, you do need to do your best to stay active even when it is extremely hot out. Find what works for you and then come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for a spinal adjustment and see how much better you’ll feel after that too!
 

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As a chiropractic office, we get a lot of questions about what we do. Many people have had others tell them that chiropractors are quacks or that it isn’t real science. Unfortunately, that is a belief that many even in the medical community believe. A large portion of this belief stems from the fact that we don’t believe that the first line of recovery should be pills or surgery. We like to think that if there is a way to fix an issue that you are having, we will find it and only use medication or a knife as a last resort. Here are some of the most popular questions that we get and their answers to help put your mind at ease before you come into our office.
Are Chiropractors Real Doctors? This is a question that always gets asked. Yes, chiropractors are indeed real doctors. They have gone through medical school just like anyone else who uses the MD initials after their name. In fact, chiropractors have gone through even more schooling than others because once they go through the main part of medical school, there is additional schooling that needs to be taken to get a certification in chiropractor work.
Is It Covered By My Insurance? While we cannot give a definite answer, we will say that most insurance policies do at least partially cover chiropractic work. Chiropractic work is not something like plastic surgery or acupuncture, meaning that most insurance companies do understand that a chiropractic visit may be medically necessary. You also normally do not need a referral from your family doctor to receive this benefit. It is always a good idea to check with your policy before heading in, however. Also, check to make sure that any office takes your insurance and that it is within your network if you have one.
Can I Bring My Kids? If you mean to come along with you to the appointment, yes! If you mean as the patient, most definitely! Chiropractic care is meant for people of all ages and has been shown to benefit anyone from infants to geriatric. Come on in and bring the whole family if you want! These are only three of the questions that we get all the time, but they are a good place to start the discussion. If you have more questions, feel free to ask them when you come into Wirth Chiropractic!
 

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This week, I really wanted to focus on pools and the health benefits that they can provide. During the summer, pools become extremely popular areas to be near and it isn’t hard to see why. After all, I can attest that sometimes you just need to jump in something nice and cool. It is somewhere around ninety degrees in my apartment right now and it is half past midnight. Believe me when I say that I really wish my pool was open. I did want to stress how useful pools are past just cooling off, though. Here are some of the brief ways that pools can help you out for a long time to come.
                  First of all, swimming and doing other activities in the pool can help build up both bone and muscle mass. This is extremely important, especially as we age. Also, for those who have arthritic conditions or some kind of bone disorder, this can quite literally make a world of difference. While I wouldn’t say that you can stop drinking your milk and taking your calcium supplements, I will admit that it may just be worth the extra effort that a pool takes to either run or become a member of.
                  Another wonderful thing about swimming is that it can greatly improve your flexibility. Due to the fact that moving in water is so low impact, you are able to stretch better than you normally would while out of the pool. If you work at this and follow it up with some post pool stretches, you may just be amazed at how much it helps your range of motion in all of your joints. You will likely be able to move them better than you thought possible as long as there is no fusion that has taken effect already.
                  Getting into a pool won’t magically fix all of your health problems, but it is certainly a good way to start getting yourself together in regards to your movement. Another thing that you can do is come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC  and have our wonderful doctor give you a spinal adjustment before you get back out there. You will be amazed at how much a little help can change how you feel both physically and mentally. Come in today and leave feeling better than you thought possible!
 

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This week I really wanted to talk to you about general health. In all of the articles online that tell you how to be healthy, it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees. Much of the information that we can find can seem contradictory as well. For example, I was browsing through the health section of a popular international news source when I saw two articles right after one another. The first said that two glasses of wine or more a day was linked to breast cancer. The next said that two glasses of wine each day can promote a healthy heart. It left me scratching my head for a moment because while both may be true, it’s difficult to tell what you should do in that situation. Do you drink wine for your heart or avoid it to protect against breast cancer? These are the factors that can get confusing.
                  When you are trying to be the healthiest you that you can, a lot of different decisions need to be made. While many factors are the same from one person to the next, you need to remember one main thing: every single person is different. This means that what works for you may not work for your best friend and vice versa. While it is always a good idea to have someone else go on a diet with you or implement a lifestyle change at the same time, they don’t have to be the same exact thing. Just having the support of someone trying to be healthy can make all of the difference in the world. It also means that if your friend notices a change from going on the same diet but you don’t, there’s nothing wrong with you trying something different. Everyone’s body reacts differently, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t show the same results as someone else.
                  The main thing that we want you to remember about trying to lead a healthier life is just to do what feels right. If you notice that something isn’t working, then switch it up. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and we can help personalize a lifestyle plan that will work for you. Once you feel healthy, then do what you can to keep yourself there. Remember that you are more than numbers on a scale or a measuring tape. No two people are the same.
 

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This week I really wanted to focus on all of the different things that chiropractic care can help with. While it still remains a bit of a black sheep in the realm of medicine, chiropractic care is just as valid as any other form of medicine that you need a degree to practice. The implications of what this type of care can do are vast and I think it’s high time we talked about some of them.
                  While most people seem to think that chiropractic care is only good for cracking bones in your back that you can’t get to yourself, it really does have so much more that can be fixed by some appointments. For example, a woman I know has three children and the youngest was developing at a perfectly normal rate except when it came to movement. The pediatrician wanted her to put her child on medication and give him regular injections. Not only could she not afford these due to her insurance not covering them, but she didn’t like the idea of giving her one year old needles every week. She was mentioning this to some friends and I happened to mention that maybe chiropractic care could help. After all, there have been studies done which show that it can help children to nurse, so it isn’t a far stretch. Well, a year later and no one would ever know that this energetic two year old ever had trouble moving around and she couldn’t be happier.
                  It has been shown that chiropractic care can help improve your immune system, assist in breathing issues, and may even help with things like certain allergies. The research in the world of chiropractic care has just begun in regards to what it can and cannot do, so we may very well discover that there are thousands of things that can be helped with chiropractic care that previously were only treatable through things like injections and surgery.
                  If you have a disorder or disease that has not shown improvement with other forms of treatment, why not come into Wirth Chiropractic and see if we can help? After all, even if you get a little bit of pain relief out of it and nothing else, I think we could still call that a win!