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This week, I wanted to talk mostly about methods to handle stress and about mental illness. These two things often go hand in hand and more often than not, chronic pain compounds the issues. Personally, I can tell you that this is true for me. Stress is always present in one form or another, but when you have a large amount of stress it can physically manifest into pains which is obviously never good. Statistically, people with chronic pain suffer from mental illness in larger numbers. You begin to see rather quickly how much of a vicious cycle these three things can be.
While it is never easy to get rid of stress, there are some things that we can do to help alleviate some of the symptoms. For me, more creative outlets have always been what works best. Things like writing, reading, singing, and even wood working can help me clear my mind and focus on the task at hand. Perhaps a nap is what works best for you. Maybe you like to doodle or even watch a mindless television show and just relax your muscles. As long as what you are doing is healthy and not harming yourself or someone else, then there’s nothing wrong with your method. After all, every person reacts to stress differently so it makes sense that something different will help get rid of it.
Mental health is something that we really need to speak about more, but we unfortunately don’t often have the resources to deal with this the way we do with something like a broken bone or blood disease. Mental illness can look different in each person, much like stress, and this unfortunately makes it more difficult to treat. However, we want to impress upon everyone the importance of seeking help if you believe something is wrong. The last thing that we want to hear is that you are unhappy due to something that you cannot control, such as the way that your brain produces certain chemicals.
Although we can’t solve everything, we want you to know that you are always welcome in Wirth. We love seeing you walk through the door because we know that no matter what else is going on, we can help at least one aspect of your life. Chiropractic care can help reduce pain which can help you to feel better. Come on in and let us help you relax, at least for a little while.

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There is a lot of confusion and misinformation floating around about chiropractic care. Even trying to do your own research can be difficult and confusing due to the fact that chiropractic treatment is very polarizing in the medical community. Due to this, we have compiled a list of some of the most common questions that we hear and the answers that we would love to give to everyone who asks them.
1. Are Chiropractors Real Doctors? This is probably the most common question that we hear. For some reason there is a theory going around that chiropractors do not have a degree in medicine, but each licensed chiropractor has not only gone through the same medical schools that any other doctor has, but they then went to specialized schools past that in order to have extra training specialized in chiropractic treatment.
2. Do You Just Crack Joints? Although a large part of what we do is safely releasing air pockets from inside of joints, that isn’t all we do. Even if it was, it would be a valid treatment as it can be dangerous to crack your own joints. This is especially true of joints in your neck and back, which is what most people see a chiropractor for. However, we can also help you with diet and exercise as well as a large number of other things that your general practitioner can do.
3. Can I Bring My Kid/Elderly Family Here? Most definitely! Chiropractic care can be beneficial to people of all ages, body types, injuries, etc. You are never too young or too old for chiropractic care and in fact there have been studies done which show that our care can help babies that won’t nurse or aren’t physically developing at the same rate as some of their peers.
4. Is Chiropractic Care “Quack Science”? This is a term we see thrown around online a lot in regards to chiropractic care and it hurts every time. Although we believe that some things can be cured without surgery or medication, we practice an established form of medicine and science. There is absolutely nothing “quack” about chiropractic care.
If you still have questions about what it is that we do, give us a call or come into Wirth Chiropractic and see how much better you feel after a talk and a spinal adjustment. You may just be amazed!

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This week I want to talk to you about stretching. During the winter, you may not want to go outside much. I can’t say that I blame you either, as I highly dislike cold weather and try to stay inside as much as possible, regardless of whether or not it means at home or at a local store. However, the shorter the amount of time I am outside, the better in my opinion. Unfortunately this means that I don’t exercise nearly as much as I should during the winter. This is why I tend to stretch a lot more during the cold months. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Touch Your Toes. This one is as straightforward as it sounds but not always as easy. Many people cannot touch their toes for any number of reasons. If you find this to be true because you simply aren’t flexible, try every day and see what improvements you can make. I find that taking a deep breath and then letting it out while you are bent over tends to help you reach just a little lower to stretch out those muscles in the backs of your legs. If you cannot stand up and bend over, try sitting on a flat surface and reaching along your legs until you can now touch your toes.
2. Leg Lifts. While I tend to have hip problems, one of the best ways that I have found to feel better is a certain rotation into a leg lift. I start with both feet on the ground, then pick up the foot of the hip that hurts. I then bend my knee so that it is in front of the other in a perpendicular fashion. I then rotate my leg so that my knee is pointing in the opposite direction and continue that motion until my leg is extended behind me parallel to the ground. This may take some practice but it certainly does help immensely.
If you are interested in learning about other stretches that you can do, come into Wirth Chiropractic and we can explore what will work best for your body. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have an adjustment while you are here, so we can have a nice, long appointment and figure out what will help you lead a pain free life!

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This week, we really wanted to focus on car accidents. While it isn’t a happy subject to dwell on, it is certainly one that is close to many of us. Whether you have been severely hurt in a car crash, or someone you know and love has, we are all touched by this topic in one way or another. Even I have been. In fact, many of you probably have multiple stories of how car accidents have changed your life or the lives of those around you. I know I do.
My grandmother was partially paralyzed due to a car accident in the 1970’s. When the crash occurred, a drunk driver had drifted into her lane and caused a head on collision with her, my grandfather, and my mother all in the car. As a direct result of this she had died twice on her way to the hospital and spent many months recovering before she was released to go home. Her right arm was permanently paralyzed and so she had to relearn to do everything with her left hand. Unfortunately, this story is not one that is uncommon to many of us. Although safety features in cars have improved immensely since that time, there is still always the possibility that something hits a car just right or a safety feature fails and someone ends up severely injured or killed.
While we here at Wirth hope that none of you can relate to this story, we also know that it is foolish of us to believe that to be true. Many of us have lost loved ones to car accidents or have had those we know and care for permanently injured. Whether it was done through someone else’s negligence or due to something beyond anyone’s control, the fact of the matter is that car accidents change people’s lives.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and still experiences pain due to this event, we want to see you. We have treated people who have been in accidents for years and know that there is a high probability that we can help you as well. If you are still in pain, we want to change that. No one should have to live with pain for any reason. Come on into Wirth Chiropractic and see what we can do to help you.

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This week I really wanted to focus on what you can do to make your winter healthier. I know that personally, the winter is my least healthy season. I eat poorly, my mental health suffers, and I’m normally in a lot more pain during these months than the rest of the year. Thankfully I have figured out some ways to help these issues and want to share them with you as well. After all, I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t like winter for these reasons so why not share what I’ve found to make it a little easier?
The first thing that I want to remind you is that you don’t have to eat unhealthy food during the winter. Having vegetables is still something that you can do, especially in something as warm and comforting as soup. Just be careful when it comes to soups that you buy in a can at the store, as they can contain a lot of salt, which isn’t good. Try making your own and then you can experiment with exactly what you want in it.
The point of winter is to try and stay active during it no matter how much you just want to curl up under a blanket and hibernate. Even things like shoveling the snow away can be helpful, but be careful not to overexert yourself. After all, shoveling can be dangerous to your joints, so make sure you don’t carry too much snow at once or look into those curved shovels so that you don’t have to bend down as much.
Thinking spring can really help you stick out the last few weeks of winter. Even preparing for some spring cleaning may be helpful if you feel like you’re trapped in your house for whatever reason. I like to go through my things and get rid of stuff I haven’t used in a while, but you might want to actually start cleaning a little early. It’s really up to you, and that’s the great thing about it!
If you are still having trouble, come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenvile, NC and see what an adjustment and perhaps some diet and exercise plans can do for you. You never know how much it can change your life until you try it!

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Car accidents are an incredible scary thing to deal with. Unfortunately, it is predicted that the average driver will be in around three or four accidents over the course of their life. If you have ever been in an accident you will know how stressful they can be, and that is even before the insurance companies get involved. Hopefully you will be able to walk away unharmed, but often people are not quite so lucky.
Over 37,000 people die in the United States each year in car accidents. This number, naturally, is higher globally. An average of 3,287 people are killed around the world in car accidents each day. This equates to around 1.3 million fatalities each year. This means that 2.2 percent of all deaths around the world each year are a result of a car accident. In fact, it is predicted that if nothing is done to change these patterns, car accidents will be the fifth leading cause of death around the world by the year 2030. This is only in another thirteen years. It is currently the leading cause of death in healthy Americans traveling abroad.
The truly sad reality is how many young people are killed each year by car accidents. Nearly 8,000 people are killed in America that are between the ages of sixteen and twenty every year. Over 1,600 children under the age of fifteen are killed in addition to this previous number. Globally, crashes are the leading cause of death for those between fifteen and twenty nine and the second leading cause of death for those between five and fourteen. As if this weren’t bad enough, we haven’t even touched upon those who are injured and not killed annually. Worldwide, this number is between twenty and fifty million.
Although against these statistics it may seem that those who survive car accidents are lucky, those who are severely injured normally don’t feel terribly lucky. The pain and suffering that can be felt from a car crash is often something that lasts quite a long time. While we cannot help everything regarding crashes, we may be able to help relieve some of your pain. Spinal adjustments have been shown to help relieve pressure that can be a direct result of the impact from an accident. Come into Wirth Chiropractic today and see how much better you feel after an adjustment.

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Having a long winter is one of the worst things that can happen which humans have no control over in my opinion. I absolutely love winter if I’m looking at it in a picture, but anything else is physically painful. Right now, I have two feet of snow outside my door and it is still falling. Let me tell you, my joints have been screaming for the past three days and today I hardly want to move. For this reason, I’ve come up with a few ideas that can help you get through these long winters if you feel like I do about them.
First, having something warm to drink is essential. I personally prefer hot chocolate at this time of the year, but coffee or apple cider is perfectly fine. Sometimes I like to experiment with my hot chocolate and figure out what tastes really well in it, so sometimes I’ll melt a candy cane or put some adult beverage in it as well. It really does help to relax you, so give it a try on one of these really cold nights.
Another thing that I always do is take a nice, warm shower or bath. Being able to relax in the warmth is wonderful and can really help to ease those aches and pains that you get from the weather outside. If I don’t have access to warm water or electricity by extension, I have found that having hand warmers placed on the particularly painful areas can really help relax the muscles, so you might want to give that a try too.
If you still have electricity, then having some calming music or a gentle movie on can really help as well. I can get a little stir crazy, so having something that relaxes me even when I’m just sitting on the couch is really beneficial. It’s certainly better than having to watch out the window as the snow piles up to a ridiculous height.
Finally, it normally helps to remember that even though the winter may feel long, it won’t last forever. After all, it is already March right now and hopefully this will be the last substantial snowfall that we will see this year. Just remember when you’re wishing for winter in a few months that it could always be worse.

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When it is cold outside, we tend to look for comfort food. Things that are loaded with carbs and other unhealthy things are often the order of the day. My personal downfall is macaroni and cheese, but all kinds of pasta really take a close second. Even though I know it isn’t good for me to eat too much of it, I tend to find myself chowing down like crazy during the winter and then wondering why I’m starting to look like a polar bear. Here are some ideas of healthier foods that you can make during the winter months.
One of my childhood staples during the winter was always kale soup. My mother would take a 20 gallon pot, which I always remember being almost as big as me at that age, and boiling kale, carrots, potatoes, and whatever other vegetables she could find with some onions and garlic and that seemed to be almost all we ate throughout the entire winter. There are dozens of different recipes that you can find online until you see the one you like the most.
Another thing that I have recently noticed is how popular cauliflower has become for vegetarian and vegan alternatives to meat. My cousin is a vegetarian and brought a great dish over during the holidays that was one of the yummiest things. She stuffed a whole head of cauliflower with kale and chestnuts (although you can likely use whatever you like best) and then roasted the entire thing until it was a yellowish brown. Cutting into it smelled divine and the whole thing was gone before the end of the night!
My personal favorite dish for the winter that can be passed as healthy is a basic chicken and rice. I like to marinate my chicken in some bourbon teriyaki sauce along with some garlic and whatever else sounds good that day and serve it over some plain white rice. It’s a super easy dish that can be dressed up easily with just a few changes, but it always seems to fill you and hit the spot.
If you are wondering about other healthy foods that you can make during the winter to warm you up, then come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC and we can draw up a diet plan for you. You never know what you might find that you like!