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Chiropractic Spine and Neck Health Prevention - Investing in Your Back and Neck

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 24, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for neck, Austin, TX

Have you ever heard the term "a pound of cure is worth an ounce of prevention"? In the health care world we use this  expression to mean that with a small amount of care before a problem or symptom appears you can avoid the necessity of a lot of care or treatment once symptoms do appear.

This is especially true in chiropractic which focuses on the proper movement and function of the spine, joints, nerves, and muscles. The kinds of issues that chiropractors specialize in treating don't generally produce any noticeable symptoms when they initially show up. Small misalignment in a joints over time cause uneven wear and tear which eventually leads to painful conditions like osteoarthritis and joint degeneration. We can generally identify these issues years before they ever start to produce pain.

Just as routine dental cleanings along with home care like brushing and flossing help prevent tooth decay, regular chiropractic adjustments with home exercise help prevent early or uneven joint degeneration and the problems that come with it.

Ask any senior struggling to get around what they would give to go back and take better care of their joints in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s and I can promise you they would trade a lot. The earlier you start the bigger difference it can make, but starting to take care of your joints at any age will be an investment you wont regret.

For more information on spinal manipulation and other preventative spinal treatments we invite you to call us anytime. At south Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic, your health and happiness is our primary concern.


Chiropractic Manipulation 101

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 17, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Nonsurgical spinal decompression

There are well over 100 types of adjusting techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Typically, chiropractic doctors will focus on and utilize 2 or 3 different approaches in their practice. Here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic, we are trained and experienced in a multitude of adjusting techniques that enable us to deliver very individualized care. We feel it is important, however, to be sure that you understand the most common forms of treatment as they very well may be applicable to your treatment program. This introduction can give you some basic information but to find out more or to figure out what technique may work best for you will require a personal consultation. So we remind you here that you are invited to call us anytime for your free chiropractic care consult here in Austin.

The goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore or enhance joint function, with the goal of resolving joint inflammation, reducing pain, and increasing motion. Some approaches use a specific thrust applied by hand or with a small mechanical device, while others utilize what feels like a deep stretch or gentle pressure. These techniques are used on the spine and other joints within the body. They are often refereed to as spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, or simply and adjustment.

Chiropractic Manipulation Techniques

Doctors of chiropractic adapt treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each patient. Typically, a treatment plan in our office will involve some combination of chiropractic adjustments as well as other physio therapy options such as spinal decompression, active rehab, passive motion, muscle stimulation, or MLS Cold Laser therapy. Below are a few of the most common chiropractic adjusting techniques:

Diversified: the most commonly used form of spinal manipulation among doctors of chiropractic. The technique uses a very specific small and quick thrust by hand taking a joint just past its normal range of motion to restore normal function. This is often refereed to as a high velocity low amplitude thrust. 

Gonstead Technique: a hands on technique that expands upon traditional diversified adjustments using very specific patient positioning and adjusting styles. It also involves some unique diagnostic approaches to locating the areas of the spine that need corection.

Thompson Technique: generally uses a specific adjusting table that has moving pieces that allows gravity to help move a patient's affected spinal segments. It also utilizes tension on the leg musculature to asses problems in a patients spine. This is often referred to as leg length analysis.

Activator Method: a treatment method and adjusting device created as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine or extremity joints. This technique uses a small hand held instrument to deliver a very controlled impulse into a joint. This is a very low force technique that is good for anyone who has health issues that would contraindicate a manual adjustment or those who simply find it more comfortable.

SOT : stands for sacro occipital technique. It is a low force technique that addresses issues in the spine and extremities by looking at how issues in one part of the spine can create symptoms or complicate treatment of other areas. 

So, what’s next for you and your back pain?  Here at TexStar Chiropractic, we will carefully examine you and develop a treatment plan to address your specific issues and goals. We welcome the opportunity to educate you further on these subjects and a multitude of other options available to treat your unique spine and/or joint conditions. Contact us to see what we can do for you.


Back Pain and Spinal Bracing

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 10, 2017
Spinal Brace - Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX

Spinal braces are sometimes used in conjunction with chiropractic spinal decompression (and other treatment options such as cold laser therapy treatment) to treat chronic neck and spinal pain. Spinal braces limit motion, stabilize weak or injured spinal structures, and can prevent the progression of spinal deformity.

We’ve previously discussed how we use this blog to help educate both our current patients and the general public as well in our dedicated commitment to increasing the quality of life for both those who walk through our doors AND those who might never walk through our doors. We have discussed our relationships with doctors and other spinal care colleagues. Today we add the professional “Orthotist” to that list. The orthotist specializes in fitting and constructing custom spinal braces for back and neck pain sufferers.

Below are spinal conditions that are commonly treated with bracing. This list is not inclusive of every spinal condition treated with spinal bracing.

  • Kyphosis
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Whiplash

All of the above are complicated subjects and we gladly educate our patients on these (and other) subjects as the specific case arises. Today’s discussion on spinal braces is simply yet another reminder to those of you who think there is no end in sight to your back and neck pain. There is an end to your pain and it likely comes first in the form of professional chiropractic care in Austin and potentially when combined with other specialists such as the orthotist.

We are making a difference for those suffering back pain in Austin Texas and the surrounding areas. We commit ourselves to both treatment AND prevention. It is our commitment to back and neck pain prevention, that, in part, separates us from all other chiropractic service providers.


Chiropractic Treatment of Spinal Stenosis

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Once again, one thing that sets us apart from most chiropractic treatment practices is the TexStar difference, which includes a team philosophy. We team with a host of spine and neck professionals to deliver the most comprehensive, effective, and affordable path to relieving you of pain. Our continuing investment and commitment to produce educational blog posts is but one example of our genuine concern and hope that you all quickly achieve pain free living. Today we once again share the insights of our friends at Spine Health regarding the subject of Spinal Stenosis.

Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal cord in the neck (cervical spine) or the spinal nerve roots in the lower back (lumbar spine) are compressed. Symptoms of lumbar stenosis often include leg pain (sciatica) and leg tingling, weakness, or numbness. Arm pain is a typical symptom of cervical spinal stenosis. For cervical spinal stenosis with myelopathy, difficulty with coordination often occurs.

Stenosis treatment often involves non-surgical options that include chiropractic treatment, chiropractor-defined targeted exercise, anti-inflammatory medications, epidural injections, and activity modification) or back surgery.

Your trusted chiropractor offers several options for conservative (meaning non-invasive) treatments for lumbar stenosis. We treat lumbar stenosis via a combination of the following:

  • Activity modification. Patients are usually more comfortable when flexed forward. For example, many patients can ease leg pain and discomfort when walking by leaning forward on a cane, walker or shopping cart. We will show you how to modify both your sitting and mobile posturing to resolve you pain associated with spinal stenosis.
  • Exercise. We will define and teaching simple (but very effective exercises) that are proven to relieve pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. A targeted program of spinal stenosis exercises can prevent further debilitation arising from inactivity. Modifications to exercises can be made to ensure patient comfort. For example, stationary biking can be a beneficial treatment option because patients are sitting and positioned in a flexed-forward position while exercising.

Spinal stenosis is but one of many forms of back pain that we see and treat here in Austin Texas. We invite you to call and discuss anything related to you neck and spine health. TexStar



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