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U.S. Adults Describe Chiropractic Care as More Safe and Effective Vs. Surgery and Medication

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Aug. 26, 2016, DAVENPORT—Low-back pain is the single leading cause of physical disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. “Low-back pain and neck pain place a tremendous burden on our society,” said Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., vice chancellor for research and health policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic. “The opioid-overuse epidemic in the United States demonstrates that Americans need safe, effective, conservative health-care alternatives to prescription pain-killers.”

According to a new Gallup report commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, U.S. adults are more likely to describe chiropractic care as “very safe” and “very effective” than to say this about pain medications or back surgery.

The “Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Report: Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic” is the second-annual Gallup-Palmer survey of American attitudes about chiropractic care.

Key highlights:

  • Nearly 62 million U.S. adults (25 percent) went to a chiropractor in the last five years. More than half (35.5 million) said they went in the last 12 months—up slightly from the 33.6 million in last year’s survey.
  • Three in four of those who saw a chiropractor in the last year (77 percent) described chiropractic care as “very effective.”
  • Eighty-eight percent of recent chiropractic patients agreed the quality of care they received was a good value for the money they paid.

This nationally representative annual survey measured perceptions of, and experiences with, chiropractic among U.S. adults. The survey will be repeated for at least one more year as part of Palmer College’s on-going effort to study and advance the profession’s identity and understanding of public perceptions regarding chiropractic care.

Highlights of the study are available online from Gallup. The full report is also online.

We use three primary treatment techniques to relieve spine and neck pain and to garner similar “very safe” and “very effective” feedback from our clients:

  • Spinal Manipulation: Specific chiropractic adjustments that help to restore normal motion to the spine
  • Cold Laser Therapy: Use of specific wave-lengths of light to treat painful and debilitating condition
  • Spinal Decompression: Negative pressures applied inside the herniated and bulging discs

Seventy-seven percent odds that you will find chiropractic treatment very effective in treating you pain are darn good odds. We won’t brag and advise that our success rate is even higher, but we’ll tell you this for sure. For those suffering back pain in Austin, relief may just be a phone call away. Click here to schedule your first visit at TexStar Chiropractic.

Chronic Back Pain – More Common Than You Might Think

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Textar Chiropractic Chronic Back Pain Treatment in Austin, TX

People with severe, chronic back pain know that this sore subject can be foundationally and constantly disruptive to quality of life. Chronic back pain can be cruel—making it hard to enjoy even the simplest daily activities or carry out an exercise routine.

Regarding how widespread chronic back pain is within America, opinions range widely from as low as 10 percent to as high as 40 percent. Even at the lowest estimate, millions of Americans suffer constantly from chronic back pain.

The medical profession once believed that pain was always a manifestation of an underlying injury or disease. If no underlying cause could be found, the patient was told that very few treatments are available or worse—that “the pain must be in your head.” Fortunately, efforts to focus public attention on the problem of chronic pain care have been encouraging in recent years. In 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services released “A National Pain Strategy” drawing on the efforts of patient advocates, scientists, and governmental experts to improved access to quality care and better tracking to determine which therapies are most effective. We have a genuine commitment to “patient focus”. We’ll use this blog now and in the future to keep you informed on the progress of the government’s focused effort .

For those suffering chronic back pain, you must wonder when it is time to seek professional treatment. The answer is if lower back pain does not start to subside within one to two weeks, or if there are troubling symptoms, you should seek professional help. If this describes you and you happen to live in Austin Texas, then know that relief can be on the way via a very brief (and free) initial consult with the professional chiropractic team here at TexStar Chiropractic. The one question we might not be able to answer for you is, “Why didn’t I call you sooner”.

Back Spasms – Short and Long-Term Treatment Strategy

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 06, 2017
Textar Chiropractic Cold laser treatment in Austin, TX

The odds are that at some time in your life you have suffered some form of spinal-area muscle spasm. We hope that it was simply a one-time condition. For many people unfortunately muscle spasms are not one-time events but are recurring and often times recurring with increasing frequency. Below we will review what you should immediately do when back spasms strike. We also offer the strategic actions to take to end them altogether.

What should I immediately do when my back spasms?

The first thing to do when you sense the onset of a back spasm is to stop what you are doing! Gently massage the area that is hurting. Massage can be a great treatment for short term relief. Then to the extent possible rest your back until the spasm subsides. With that said, it is also important to get moving again as soon as practically possible because excessive sedation can cause the muscles to stiffen back up and begin to spasm when you try to move. It is a delicate balancing act to get your back muscles back in tune.

What if my back spasms remain persistent?

If you make prudent behavioral adjustments but you still cannot get your back spasms to stop, we strongly advise you to seek professional care. Your local chiropractor (TexStar Chiropractic for you folks in Austin) will do an exam to try and determine the underlying cause of your muscle spasms and pain. Chiropractors are patient focused and uniquely skilled in the art and science of diagnosing both the anatomical and physical lifestyle activities that may be causing your symptoms. 

Chiropractors specialize in the mechanical functions of the body. Our combined education and experience make chiropractors THE subject matter experts regarding how muscles, ligaments and bones work together to help your body bend and move naturally. When joints lock up or fixate they do not bend and move as you bend and move. This causes inflammation in the ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves surrounding that joint. We treat joint disorders using multiple therapy options that include (but are not limited to) cold laser therapy and spinal decompression therapy.

We can usually put your back spasm and back pain to rest in relative short order. We achieve this thorough a physical examination along with an in-depth study of your individual case history. Our patients are often surprised when they find out what is actually causing their symptoms whether it be structural issues or just harmful routines or activities that they were not aware were causing damage.

Be honest with yourself. If you suffer persistent back pain, then by definition you are missing something. It is highly likely that you will continue to suffer until treated and educated by chiropractic professional. Every day is precious. The sooner that professional enters your life, the better. The professional team at TexStar Chiropractic stands ready to help. Give us a call.

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