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This week I want to talk to you about small things that you can do to lead a healthier life. These are all actions that won’t take much time but can make a great deal of a difference in your life. They may not seem like much, but it never hurts to try and do a few more things to make yourself feel better.
1. Stretch. One of the best things that you can do is stretch. Even if all you do is reach towards your toes in the morning when you wake up and then stand up and reach for the ceiling, you may be amazed at the difference it can make over time. Although you don’t need to be super flexible to get through life, it can certainly help in some situations. Stretching also helps build certain muscles and assists with your balance. Look up some stretches that you can do at work as well and see how much better you feel.
2. De-Stress. Stress is one of the worst things that we can deal with as humans. This isn’t just because it makes us uncomfortable, but because stress can literally kill. Having a heart attack because of stress is not unheard of in any way and it doesn’t have to be that severe a reaction to be concerning. Stress can manifest in physical pain, it can reduce your immune system, and it can make you irritable which means no one will want to spend much time with you. Try and find a healthy coping mechanism like yoga or meditation to deal with your stress.
3. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol. This one is difficult for most adults. Caffeine may seem like a necessity to many people, but you do need to remember that it is an addictive drug and should be taken in moderation. It is also worth mentioning that many drinks that have caffeine have gross amounts of sugar as well. This is also true of alcohol, on top of alcohol being a big source of weight gain among many people.
Staying healthy is difficult, but there are dozens of little things that you can do in your daily life to help yourself along the way. These are only three, but it is a good place to start. Keep adding to the list and see how much better you feel!

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I really wanted to focus on your general health. Things like diet and exercise can sound like concepts that don’t have much to do with health after a while since we hear the words so often, but it is important to remember that they are actually the cornerstones to staying healthy and having a productive life. There are few things that you can do to stay healthy that don’t involve diet and exercise, actually. This is why it is important to talk with your doctors and work out a plan that is right for you.
Having a healthy diet is so incredibly important to your everyday life, but it is especially important to your future. You need to make sure that you take care of yourself now so that you can avoid things like plaque buildup in your arteries and obesity which can put a lot of strain on your joints. This is even more important if you are not physically able to exercise. Having a healthy diet may not sound fun, but there are some incredible recipes that you can find online that are much better for you than it may look or even taste!
Exercise is just as important as diet in regards to your health. If you are able, it is imperative that you stay active. The phrase “if you snooze, you lose” not only applies to seats and the like, but muscles as well. If you do not remain active, your muscles will not stay toned and this can be dangerous if it goes too far. It is also much easier to stay active if you are currently active, which is something that is important as you get older. You don’t want to be someone who is scared to move when they age because they no longer have any muscle mass to hold them up or any sense of balance.
These things are so important to focus on, but they are also difficult to try and do alone. Thankfully, you can come into Wirth Chiropractic and we can help build a diet and exercise plan that is perfect for you. You never know how much better you’ll feel when you live a healthy life, but we promise that it’s better than you think. Come in today and see how we can help you for a better tomorrow!

Greenville Chiropractor

This week, I really wanted to focus on your general health. Things like diet and exercise can sound like concepts that don’t have much to do with health after a while since we hear the words so often, but it is important to remember that they are actually the cornerstones to staying healthy and having a productive life. There are few things that you can do to stay healthy that don’t involve diet and exercise, actually. This is why it is important to talk with your doctors and work out a plan that is right for you.
Having a healthy diet is so incredibly important to your everyday life, but it is especially important to your future. You need to make sure that you take care of yourself now so that you can avoid things like plaque buildup in your arteries and obesity which can put a lot of strain on your joints. This is even more important if you are not physically able to exercise. Having a healthy diet may not sound fun, but there are some incredible recipes that you can find online that are much better for you than it may look or even taste!
Exercise is just as important as diet in regards to your health. If you are able, it is imperative that you stay active. The phrase “if you snooze, you lose” not only applies to seats and the like, but muscles as well. If you do not remain active, your muscles will not stay toned and this can be dangerous if it goes too far. It is also much easier to stay active if you are currently active, which is something that is important as you get older. You don’t want to be someone who is scared to move when they age because they no longer have any muscle mass to hold them up or any sense of balance.
These things are so important to focus on, but they are also difficult to try and do alone. Thankfully, you can come into Wirth Chiropractic and we can help build a diet and exercise plan that is perfect for you. You never know how much better you’ll feel when you live a healthy life, but we promise that it’s better than you think. Come in today and see how we can help you for a better tomorrow!

Greenville Chiropractor

This week I wanted to talk to you about doing what feels “good” vs doing what feels “right”. There are thousands of online articles and similar media that will tell you what you need to do in order to be healthy. While it isn’t a bad idea to read up on some things, it is important to take them with a grain of salt. After all, not everything that was once condoned as healthy has actually been healthy. Think of the fact that cocaine was once considered perfectly safe or that people used to think that cigarettes were healthy. Not everything that is said to be healthy is necessarily the best thing for you.
When trying to lose weight or lead a healthier life, we often want to do the easiest thing or do something that will give us instant gratification. If there was ever a time we shouldn’t do this, it is in regards to our health. If being healthy was easy, then we would be able to head to the corner store every day and be just fine. We wouldn’t have to check the ingredients list on the back of our food. We wouldn’t have to make time to exercise. Sadly, it isn’t easy and there is no such thing as instant gratification when it comes to our health. We can’t just eat a protein bar and say we are healthy, so why do we convince ourselves we can?
One of the biggest things that we tell people when they are trying to lead healthier lives is to do what feels right and avoid what doesn’t. This doesn’t mean avoid exercising because your muscles hurt afterwards, but if something doesn’t feel right or it like it’s helping, then don’t do it. Exercise a bit of common sense while you are exercising your body and think, “Do I really think that this new fad diet is safe and working like I was told it would?” You might be surprised what you realize when you step back and look at a habit logically.
If you are trying to be healthier, come into Wirth Chiropractic today and sit down with one of our doctors. Not only can you get a spinal adjustment, but you can get some tips to better eating and exercise plans as well. We can guarantee that they will help you feel better than a lot of other internet “hacks” will!

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This week I wanted to really remind everyone how important it is to be aware of your surroundings. This is true in almost any situation. If you are on the road, you need to notice where the other cars are. You need to pay attention to things like road signs, construction, potholes, emergency vehicles, and so much more. If you are at home, you should keep an eye on everyone who lives with you as well as things like strange cars or people in your neighborhood, your elderly neighbor, or even that week old pizza in the back of the fridge. Making sure that you’re paying attention to the world around you can mean the difference between you being healthy and something horrible happening.
Getting into a state of panic over being aware isn’t healthy either, though. It is important to remember that there needs to be a balance between everything. Having a constant fight or flight response on standby is exhausting and can be dangerous to your mental and physical health. In fact, that’s a major symptom of anxiety disorders. If you do suffer from a diagnosed anxiety disorder, it is important that you speak with a doctor to see the best method to handle the disorder for you. Some people benefit from medications, others see more improvement with different types of therapy, and for others it is a combination of the two. The main thing is to be sure that you don’t neglect the balance that needs to be struck.
Paying attention to things around you may seem frivolous, but the truth is that if you don’t you are generally at a higher risk for being hurt. This is why we teach our kids to look both ways before crossing the street or pay close attention to things like addresses and phone numbers of loved ones in case something bad happens. While we could talk extensively about things like the buddy system, we are pretty sure you already know all of this. It doesn’t hurt to have a reminder every now and then, though. With everything else that we have to worry about in our lives, it can be easy to forget the little things. Make sure that you pay attention to things around you and you should be okay. You never know when paying attention may just save your life.

This week, you may have noticed I focused on sleep. As said and supported by the previous articles, sleep is an important part of life and should be treated as such. Humans need sleep to function correctly on a daily basis. Unfortunately, for some of us sleep is rather elusive. Here are some things you can do if you can’t seem to get to sleep.
1. Make Your Room Cool. I do mean this in the temperature sense of the word. Having your bedroom a few degrees cooler than the rest of your home may help you fall asleep. Even using a fan can help to lull you into a good sleep. Having a room around sixty five degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for preparing your body for sleep.
2. Turn Off Electronics. While it may be tempting to keep the television in your bedroom on or scroll through Facebook before you go to sleep, this actually may be what’s keeping you up at night. The blue light that is emitted from electronics, especially handheld ones, may be disrupting your circadian rhythm which is what helps you sleep on a regular schedule. While there are some apps that can filter blue light, it’s a much better idea to put them down so your mind can have a rest after looking at computer screens all day.
3. Utilize White Noise. White noise is something that helps many people get to sleep and stay asleep. This is true especially if you are a light sleeper. By blocking out background noise with a consistent tone, you may be able to focus on that and slip into the dream world easier than you do otherwise.
4. Use Natural Supplements. While you should always ask your doctor before trying anything new, if you are having trouble sleeping and don’t want to use pills to do so, natural supplements may be the way to go. Many locations that provide over the counter medication will have things like melatonin or valerian which can help you sleep. These are natural and have been shown to help most people get a good night’s rest.
Another thing that you can try is coming into Wirth Chiropractic. Getting a spinal adjustment may help you sleep better by releasing the pressure in your joints that may be keeping you awake at night. Come in and see what we can do for your sleep schedule!

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Chiropractic treatment unfortunately often gets a bad wrap in this day and age. We hear a lot of questions and quite a few are reoccuring. Here, we will post some of those questions and their answers in an attempt to help more people understand just how much good chiropractic care can do!
1. Are Chiropractors Actually Doctors? Yes, chiropractors are licensed doctors. A common misconception is that chiropractors don’t have medical training, but this simply isn’t true. In fact, chiropractors go to medical school just like any other practicing doctor and then they go through additional training and schooling to specialize in chiropractic care.
2. Isn’t Chiropractic Care The Same As Cracking My Fingers? Not exactly, no. While chiropractic care does have a focus in aligning the joints back to the way they should be, it isn’t “just cracking joints”. In fact, cracking any joints yourself can be rather dangerous. While almost everyone cracks their fingers and is normally okay other joints, such as those in your neck and back, are much less forgiving if something goes wrong. It is important to always visit a chiropractor if you feel like something in those sensitive areas need to pop.
3. Isn’t It The Same As People Trying To Heal With Crystals? Most definitely not. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and non-medicated way of treating pain and other disorders, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have scientific backing. While it won’t help every issue that every person has, it has been shown through centuries to help millions of people who couldn’t find relief any other way. Just because it doesn’t use many of the more conventional (and expensive) methods of treatment doesn’t mean it isn’t safe and proven effective.
4. Do You Only Crack Necks And Backs? No. While back and neck alignments are what chiropractors are best known for, they can do anything that other doctors can do. They also tend to treat injuries like those from car accidents, sports, and other traumas in all parts of the body.
While there are many more questions that we could go over, these are four of the most common. If you have additional questions, feel free to come in to Wirth Chiropractic and ask them so that we can help to put your concerns to rest. After all, you’ll definitely feel better after an adjustment so you might as well try it out!

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This week I want to talk to you about food. It is important to remember that chiropractors did go through standard medical training so we aren’t just spouting off random information when we tell you what you should and should not eat. Chiropractors have extensive knowledge of most parts of medicine, just like your general practitioner or family doctor would. The staff here at Wirth are more than certified to speak about diet, exercise, and all of the other words that many of us don’t want to hear on a day to day basis.
With things like Valentine’s Day coming up, it is important to remember that just because all of that candy will soon be on sale doesn’t mean you need to buy it. There is nothing wrong with a little chocolate every now and then, but too much is dangerous. The same goes for basically any other type of food, even something that seems healthy like fruits and vegetables. You need to have a balance in regards to what food you eat just like everything else in your life. While this is difficult to do, especially if you have someone buying you sweets, you should remember that a little goes a long way. If you are trying to lose weight that you gained during the winter, it is especially important not to overindulge just because the chocolate will be discounted.
Food is one of those tricky things that we need to sit down and examine our relationship with. Do you find yourself snacking often even though you really don’t feel hungry? If so, then try drinking a glass of water instead. You may simply be slightly dehydrated. If you find yourself struggling to finish everything on your plate, allow yourself smaller portions. You should always eat until you are full but not until you are stuffed. This is a difference that many people don’t realize exists, but being conscious of the change can have incredible results if you are trying to lose weight.
Food is often a touchy subject and is different for every person. It is something that we cannot give a “one size fits all” solution to, so the next time you come in be sure to mention your concerns to us. We will be more than happy to help you achieve your goals of being a healthier person, even if it doesn’t involve chocolate.