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Stress

Stress can sometimes play a big role in peoples lives. Especially with the holidays coming up, getting that perfect gift can be stressful. Getting bills paid, your work, family and friends can be challenging situations that create stress in our lives. According to a study done by The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, indicates that there is a relationship between chiropractic and the effect it can have on dealing with stress situations in your life.

Out of the study that was done one in three people viewed their lives as moderately to severely stressful, and more than 50% felt that stress had a moderate to severe impact 0n their health problems.

Symptoms include headaches, backache, fatigue, also cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis), digestive problems (ulcers and colitis), and sleeping difficulties.

If you would like some advice on how to deal with stress come and make a visit to Wirth Chiropractic. Dr. Wirth will sit down with you and talk about all the stressful situations that you have going on in your life. He can help you get through this stressful time in your life. Improving nerve and spinal function has a dramatic impact on improving emotional, mental, and physical function. Talk to your chiropractor today about advice on how to deal with stress and be sure to talk about your personal situations that you have going on.

Call Wirth Chiropractic today so you can be stress free and on the road to feeling great.

What is Chiropractic?

A lot of you may already know what Chiropractic is. Some of you may have no idea. Well for those who don’t know much about Chiropractic care it is a health care profession that focuses a lot on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Chiropractic treatment tends to, but are not limited to, neck pain, back pain, pain to the joints of the arms and legs, and even headaches.

Doctors of chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands on approach to healthcare. Chiropractors are also able to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. Also, chiropractors can give you a nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling.

One of the most common procedures done by a chiropractor is something called a spinal manipulation, which is also called a chiropractic adjustment. The reason for this procedure is to restore joint mobility by applying a controlled force into the joints that have become tissue injuries. Tissue injuries can be caused by various cases, lifting a heavy object, sitting in a awkward position for a long period of time without good posture, a slip and fall, or even a car accident that has given you whiplash or injured your body in some way. Injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that causes inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Performing an adjustment restores mobility, which will alleviate some of the pain and muscle tightness which will then allow the tissues to heal.

After an adjustment you may have a little bit of soreness or may become achy but in about 12 to 48 hours it should ease off. Chiropractic adjustment hardly ever causes discomfort.

Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine whether chiropractic treatment is necessary.

If you feel chiropractic treatment may help you or you have any questions, please give Wirth Chiropractic a call today.

Exercising

Did you know living an active lifestyle could increase your chances of living longer and having more energy? Exercising is good for everyone, regardless of your sex, age, or physical ability. Here are a few ways exercise can improve your lifestyle:

-Exercising which everyone knows controls your weight. You burn calories, burn fat, and lose weight. As you are out doing your daily activities try making better decisions like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or eating something a little healthier instead of the very easy fast food restaurants.

-Exercising also helps preventing health conditions and diseases. Being active boosts high-density lipoprotein, which is good cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. Doing physical activity helps prevent many health problems like stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis, and even certain cancers.

-Being active also increases your mood. Have you ever been so stressed out or mad about something, you feel like you need to let off a little steam? Try going for a run on the treadmill or lift a few weights at the gym. You can even take a walk outside and enjoy the fresh air. Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You will also feel better about yourself and have more confidence.

-Exercising will also help you sleep at night. One thing you do not want to do would be to work out shortly before you are about to go to bed. Working out gets you energized and you may have to much energy to fall asleep.

-Does your sex drive happen to be a little down? Exercising leaves you feeling more confident and feeling better about yourself. Physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for woman and men are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction.

-Exercising is also fun especially if you have a friend or family member to participate with you. It is a way to make new friends or bond with the friends and family you already have.

Daily physical activity and getting involved with Chiropractic treatment is also important in managing low back or neck pain. Exercising and chiropractic treatment helps strengthen the low back, promotes proper digestion, keeps the muscles in proper tone and promotes better circulation. Here at Wirth Chiropractic we demonstrate several exercises that help strengthen your lower back and even other areas that you may be experiencing problems. Call today and we will help you get back on the right track.

Auto Accidents

Here at Wirth Chiropractic we specialize in headaches, neck pain, back pain, and auto accidents. Car accidents occur every day and no matter what speed you may be going your body may still sustain an injury. If you are to get into an accident, call you chiropractor right away. If you don’t your insurance company may try to separate your accident from your injury, allowing you to not be able to get the treatment you need.

If you have never been to a chiropractor before, here at Wirth Chiropracic for your first visit of course you will have to fill out some paperwork. Following the paperwork Dr. Wirth will discuss with you the accident. He will want to know how fast the vehicle was going and what type of impact it was. He will also go through each area that you are experiencing pain allowing him to start treatment.

After the evaluation, Dr. Wirth will set up a treatment plan. The plan will require you to return back on a weekly basis to make sure your body is able to readjust  correctly back to its normal state.

Our patients care is the number one priority. Dr. Wirth and the staff will be with you every step of the way, making sure that you are taken very good care of. If you have any questions regarding an auto accident, please give us a call. Your body may be in more damage than you think.

High Heels

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 in Session

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

Headaches and Migraines

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!

Little League Elbow

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.