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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!
 

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This week I want to talk about children. Now that schools are going to start letting out soon, we need to think of how we are going to spend the summer with our kids. Of course we don’t want them to stay inside all day and play video games or read. While both of these things are fine, kids need fresh air and exercise as well. Even if you are able to get your child to sit outside under a tree with a book, you’ve accomplished more than mine did, I’ll tell you that. I used to sit inside and read until my skin was almost see through I was so pale. Here are some ideas about how to get your kids outside during the summer.
Make A Super Hero Game. If your child loves super heroes, then why not help them train to be one? Set up an obstacle course in your yard and tell them that all super heroes have to go through it before they can start saving the day. This is a fun way to get your kids up and exercising. If they don’t like super heroes, you can always adapt it for something they do like, such as searching for Pokémon.
Dance! Most kids love to dance. My nephew is almost ten and still will not stop dancing unless he is sick. If you have a portable music player (such as your phone), then get up, put on some fun tunes, and dance around with them! It doesn’t matter if you two look silly or not, you’re doing it together and that’s what really matters.
Explore Your Area. Something I have always done with kids is walk around. It’s great fun to go to different places and see what you can find. I normally have a short list of things that we try to find, from a perfect leaf to something purple in nature. Kids will normally love to help you find these things and it’s a great way for them to get to know the area they live in. Spending time with kids is something that both you and they will cherish forever. This is time that you can never get back, so go out and play with them while you can. It’s a great way to not only get exercise, but to show how much you love each other.
 

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One of the largest misconceptions and unanswered questions that we hear at Wirth is regarding the ages of our patients. Many people think that you have to be between certain ages in order for chiropractors to take you on as a patient. Luckily for you this is not true. In fact, here at Wirth we welcome people of all ages and will never turn someone away due to how long they have been on this Earth. If you have a pulse, you are more than welcome in our office!
                  There is a belief that many people seem to hold that you should not bring a child to a chiropractor. This is normally because people think that you need to let a child fully grow and develop before anyone can touch their joints or it may damage their body. This is simply not true. In fact, there have been studies done which show that children and teens that have regular chiropractic care may have easier developments than those who don’t. This is because children often run around and play and this may result in some compression of their joints. Chiropractic care helps to correct this and may even mean that kids grow up stronger than they would otherwise.
                  Another large school of thought is that the elderly cannot go to chiropractors due to their brittle bones. While a lot of our older relatives do have more fragile bones, some have ones just as strong as the rest of us. It is also very rare that anyone has a bone broken while under chiropractic care regardless of age. Remember that we mostly manipulate joints and therefore are not often in a position to cause damage to the bone itself. In fact, due to the higher rates of arthritis in the elderly, it is suggested that they come in for treatment more than some of their younger counterparts.
                  The bottom line for us here at Wirth Chiropractic is we want to see everyone. We love knowing that we have made a difference in each and every life that walks through our door. We will do our best to treat anyone regardless of age or any other factor that may make a difference in their life. Come on in today and see how much better you feel walking back out!
 

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This week I really wanted to focus on sleep and how important it is to each and every one of us. Now, I love sleep. Really, I do. You wouldn’t know it though, considering I never seem to get enough of it. This is due to many reasons, one of them being chronic pain. You see, people who have chronic pain conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia often get fewer hours of sleep than is recommended each night and that can cause irritability, anxiety, depression, and a whole slew of other issues. This is why making sure that you get enough sleep is so important.
                  First, make sure that your room is nice and dark. If possible, try to use your bedroom only for sleeping as well. It helps to train your brain into going to sleep faster if you don’t use this area for anything else. Having black out curtains on the windows help a lot of people who are light sensitive when it comes to sleeping. It is also important to make sure that you don’t have your television on or use your cell phone or computer for too long before you are trying to sleep. These electronics produce a type of blue light that naturally keeps us awake. Try to shut everything down about an hour before you want to go to bed so that you can do your nightly routine.
                  Another good practice to get into is watching what you eat and drink around bedtime. If you are drinking caffeine or anything carbonated, you are more likely to stay up. The same is true with many things that you eat. Have a couple of glasses of water before you go to bed, or some milk if you aren’t too fond of drinking plain water. You can decide whether you want to warm up the milk or not, but sometimes it’s nice to get that cozy feeling every now and then.
                  Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we want to make sure that you get a good night’s rest. If you are unsure about what else you can do, come in for a spinal adjustment and a chat so we can see if any changes need to be made to your nightly routine. After all, sleep should be something you look forward to!
 

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This week, I wanted to focus again on studies that have been done which show the truth behind chiropractic care. We read two wonderful articles about what chiropractic care can do for two completely different kinds of disorders, but both are chronic and can be life altering. In fact, both have the capability to keep the sufferer inside for most of their lives. Here at Wirth, we never want you to feel like you need to stay home and we will do everything we can to get you healthy again. Here is a recap of what we learned this week.
                  The first article was about Crohn’s Disease and other similar disorders. As I said, I have grown up with most of my family suffering from these and was amazed to hear about the study of over fifty patients who were used to find a strong link between these digestive disorders and chiropractic care. It was found that most people who have Crohn’s Disease or something like it have misalignments in their lower backs and it was postulated that this may be a cause and effect situation, as those who received treatment for those issues in their spines showed decreased symptoms of the disorder.
                  The second article was about a seven year old boy who suffered from allergies and asthma as well as chronic colds that were so severe he had to make monthly trips to the doctor, would miss at least a day or two of school every month, and had to take two medications every day plus his nebulizer. I don’t know about you, but getting my ten year old nephews to take medication when they’re sick is difficult enough, but this boy had been diagnosed at five months and had been suffering ever since. However, through chiropractic care, he was able to stop his need for the medication within two weeks and didn’t need to miss a day of school due to sickness all year with continued treatment.
                  Once again, I read these studies in awe. I may know just how much chiropractic care can change someone’s life, but sometimes I forget just how different those lives are. Someone who is five months old and suffering, and continues to suffer for years, until they finally find the thing that helps is saddening. I am simply so happy that they were able to find what worked for them through chiropractic care.
 

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This week, I really wanted to talk to you about getting outside and exercising. Now that the weather is warming up, you are really going to want to take advantage of the time we will have outside before fall and winter are upon us once again. It always happens sooner than we think it will. Getting outside is great for many people because it allows them to breathe fresh air and absorb some Vitamin D that we may have been denied during the winter when we don’t want to be outside as much.
                  First, I talked about getting outside and gardening. While this is not a high impact exercise, it is really good for those who cannot exercise extensively while not tiring them out quickly. It not only lets you dig around in the dirt like you used to as a child, but it also helps to make your little area of the world even prettier. Depending on what you are planting, you may even be able to start growing your own fruits and vegetables. There isn’t much like going out into your garden and grabbing a fresh cucumber or tomato to use for lunch, or grab some fresh rosemary and sage to season your chicken with. It’s always great to see what you can grow.
                  I also talked about how to exercise outside with your children. I know that being a parent often means that you will take any break possible to sit and relax, but remember that your kids are only this small once. It is wonderful to spend time with them when they are younger even if it’s just to hear their view of the world while it is still so young and innocent and full of wonder. It is also good for you to exercise and children lead by example, so you can impart a lifelong love of the outdoors and exercise to them at a young age.
                  I hope that you all have a wonderful summer with your friends and family. Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we know how important mental health is to physical health and being outside and exercising can help both, especially if you are with people you care about. Come on in and get a spinal adjustment so you can keep up with all of the awesome plans you want to make for these next few months!