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Five Years of Chronic Neck Pain -- GONE in 120 Minutes

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 30, 2017

“Gone in 120 Minutes” is not a sequel to popular action movie. This is the real-life testimonial of a TexStar Chiropractic (Austin, Texas) patient who once believed that she was condemned to a life of pain. It is also the story of the unthinkable, that Americans often (and erroneously) view chiropractic care as a desperate measure of last resort only to subsequently discover a “miracle”.

Five years ago, Sarah fell awkwardly while exercising on a trampoline and began a five-year period in her life living with a pain level described as “eight out of ten”. Finally and at her wit’s end, she came to us at TexStar to seek chiropractic care for her chronic neck pain. Like many, she had all but accepted as fact that she would never experience true pain-free living again. Sarah chose a combination of chiropractic manipulation and cold laser therapy. By the end of her second chiropractic treatment session she was pain free and hailing us as miracle workers. We humbly accept the compliments, however, we know that we are not miracle workers. We are simply highly trained and experienced professionals exercising PROVEN spinal treatment techniques often times likened to miracle works.

In this 40-second video, Sarah summarizes the “miracle” she recently celebrated when Dr. Henry and the TexStar Chiropractic team ended five painful years of agonizing neck pain and a brutal chapter of her life. However, this video is not all about Sarah. Behind the video is our celebration. We celebrate the ability to deliver chiropractic care to the fine people of Austin and revel in the professional reward of returning quality of life to those who enter our door.

It is perplexing why the great people of these United States, on average, wait longer to seek chiropractic solutions to pain than those people of other developed nations. Strongly consider the fact that pain and drug-free living is achievable and can be achieved more safely and more affordably than your current approach. Your “miracle” might just be a phone call away.

Cold Laser Therapy -- A Completely Painless Spinal Treatment Option

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 23, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Cold Laser Therapy in Austin. TX

Can you imagine a more non-invasive and painless pain treatment than simple directed light energy? Not likely because light energy is the most non-invasive treatment option available. We call it "cold laser therapy" and it is among the most safe and affordable back pain treatment options available today. Today's blog post is designed to educate you more on this truly amazing and effective strategy and to invite you to personally discuss back pain treatment options with the chiropractic professionals here at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic.

What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy reduces inflammation, swelling, and pain via the use of infrared light. Infrared light effects the human body at the cellular level. Unlike medications (cortisone and other anti-inflammatory meds) infrared light stimulates your own body's cells to naturally take action to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. Within our circle this is referred to regenerative medicine.

Is This New and Unproven Technology?
Not at all. This treatment has been used for decades.

How effective is Cold Laser Therapy?
Very. More than 50% of our patients advise measurable pain relief after the first treatment. About 90% of our patients report positive effects from systematic treatment.

How long will the pain relief last?
Varies from patient to patient. You must realize the multiple sources of inflammation and back pain and different causes react differently to the light. The long-term effectiveness of the treatment is ultimately up to you and your body. Realize that the goal of cold laser therapy is to reduce pain sourced by inflammation and swelling. Whereas we're confident we can do that, how you treat you back in the post-treatment environment has much to say about the return to pre-condition pain.

Are there any side effects from Cold Laser Therapy?
There are a few very specific contraindications to cold laser therapy that you will be screened for. If the doctor determines that you are a good candidate there should be absolutely no negative side effects. With that said, we will highly encourage you to follow the treatment dosage and frequency recommendations that your provider recommends in order for you to achieve optimal results. 

Tell me about the Doctor who will treat me with Cold Laser Therapy.
Meet Dr. Michael P. Henry, DC. He was born and raised in Austin and was named the 2014 Texas Young Chiropractor of the Year by the Texas Chiropractic Association! He was also appointed to the state chiropractic regulatory board by the Governor of Texas in 2016.

For more information regarding cold laser therapy please refer to our dedicated web page on the subject or contact us anytime!

Back Pain Prevention - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 16, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Lower Back Pain Treatment, Austin, TX

Today your friends and chiropractic professionals at TexStar Chiropractic wish to educate you on the single most cost-effective way to treat back pain. Sit down and prepare for this gigantic slap in the face from Capt. Obvious: take active measure to prevent back pain from ever happening in the first place. We realize that back injuries and bad-luck genetics prevents the complete eradication of back pain, however, there are certainly things you can do to improve your spinal health, posture, and to avoid what is often agonizing pain sourced at your back. We know some of this will read as simple common sense, but our experience proves that positive results can be achieved when we take the time to actively consider both the obvious (and not so obvious) tips below.

Here are five simple but effective back pain prevention tips.

  1. Exercise. The back and spine are a complex arrangement of muscles, bones, cartilage, and nerves. The simple act of exercising (which by the way includes the simple act of walking) serves to facilitate a productive and harmonious relationship between all of these elements. If you are an inactive person, you need not go crazy with exercise. Start doing something, anything, that stretches and tasks your back muscles (even to the smallest of degree). Start something that you truly enjoy and that will naturally self-motivate continuance. Some of you have seen the commercial for that work desk tool that allows you to raise and lower your computer from sitting to standing height and vice versa. Well they work from the perspective of improving back and spine health. Exercise is a natural spinal decompression treatment. Strong muscles continually act (in somewhat similar fashion to a professional's spinal decompression table) to retard spinal collapse.
  2. Eat right. What more really needs to be said here. Health weight means your back and spine does not carry avoidable loads. A little known fact is that your intestines relate to the back and spine in that your inside and your outside relate to one another as proven by the fact that back and spinal pain patients often suffer irritated bowels.
  3. Sleep sideways. Sleeping on your back stresses your back as will sleeping on your stomach. If you must sleep on your stomach or back, then you should consider trending toward a more firm mattress or put a pillow under your lower abdomen to help take stress off your back.
  4. Reduce stress. Complying with steps one through three above will go a long way here. Most do not realize that stress negatively impacts the back and spine. Stress causes tense muscles. Recall the previous discussion about the need for a harmonious relationship between the muscle, bone, cartilage, and nerves. Well, stress stresses that relationship.
  5. Quit smoking. While we do not know exactly why smoking can have a negative effect on back and spine health, research shows smoking can make existing back pain worse. One theory is that smoking narrows blood vessels resulting in the deprivation of oxygen and nutrients to the spine. Only bad things result from that.

We offer you these tips because we are patient-focused professionals whose professional reward is earned by delivering measurable and observable pain relief to our patients. We welcome the opportunity to further your education and to put you immediately on the path to pain-free living. Call us anytime!

Treating Recurring Back Pain with Spinal Decompression Therapy - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 04, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Spinal Decompression Therapy in Austin, TX

Lasting and recurring back pain can limit you in many different ways. Before it takes a toll on your daily routine you might be able to put an end to it. Some who suffer from back pain choose spinal decompression therapy in Austin, TX. TexStar Chiropractic is an experienced provider of Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Relief from lasting and recurring back pain back pain is one of the top benefits of spinal decompression. There are many doctors who choose non-surgical decompression therapy for treating degenerative disc disease to help patients recover faster and better from injured spinal nerves.

When you undergo a chiropractic spinal decompression therapy for your back pain, you will actually experience your spine being stretched gently so you will not feel pain when the force and position of the spine changes. The computer controlled traction relieves back pain by taking the pressure off the spinal discs by creating negative pressure in the disc. So those discs that are herniated or bulging may retract and in return promote movement of water, oxygen, and other nutrient-rich fluids that are essential when your discs are recovering.

To find out more about the benefits of non-surgical spinal decompression, contact TexStar Chiropractic.

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