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Chiropractors are Austin's Injured Runner’s Best Friend

Darren Kincaid - Monday, March 12, 2018
TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for runners in pain, Austin, TX

Running and jogging the beautiful hills of Austin is described as pure therapy. That is of course, until the day comes when various runner/jogger pains force you to either decrease your miles or put away your running shoes altogether. The doctors at TexStar Chiropractic specialize in treating Austin's running-related pain.

TexStar’s doctors are trained in soft tissue and muscle work using techniques such as Trigenics, which is a proven technique to both relieving running-related leg and knee pain and equally important, to preventing running-related injury from occurring. Spinal decompression is another proven treatment for certain kinds of running-related pain.

Smart Austin runners seek chiropractic treatment that emphasizes proper alignment of the spine and pelvis. Maintaining proper spine and pelvic alignment can help prevent some of the most common runner related injuries: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, IT Band Syndrome, patella (knee) tracking problems and hip bursitis. What causes improper alignment? The major causes of improper alignment include running in the same direction on the same course every day, running on slanted surfaces (that’s most of Austin’s greenbelt folks), and running in old worn-out shoes.

What healthy spine and hip protection measures can you take? First, vary your running surface—pavement, track, asphalt, grass, and dirt. This naturally will drive you to run on different courses and thus promote better muscle balance. Consider buying two of the same type of running shoes, and switch between the pairs. Think of it as “rotating your tires” daily. You’ll get more miles out of both the shoes and your spine and hips will thank you.

Austin Chiropractor Dr. Michael Henry and/or Dr. Bao Tran will gladly consult you regarding your running-related pain and discuss how you might resolve your pain without resorting to painful surgery or drugs. Call or contact us anytime!

Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 05, 2018
TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for runners in pain, Austin, TX

Spring weather is finally rolling back into central Texas even if it is only for about two weeks before the summer heat hits. This is when lots of us are looking forward to being active outside. As people are gearing up for the TC5K, working on their golf swings and tennis serves, they may be reminded of some old injuries – or find a few new ones. Here are some tips on preventing injuries and how to do deal with them as you get back into the swing of things.


Some of the most common things we see in my office this time of year are strains and sprains. This occurs when someone takes a tight cold muscle, tendon, and/or ligament and asks it to perform an explosive task like accelerating the head of a golf club to 85mph. Slow down, Tiger Woods, warm up!

A light 5-10 minute warm up including stretching and light aerobic exercise will get blood pumping to the tissue that’s going to need it most, lubricate the joints, and elongating the muscles and tendons.


If your body has been dormant during the winter, pushing yourself too aggressively too soon can lead to injury. I typically see a lot of tendonitis in the feet, ankles and elbows, along with knee, hip, and shoulder pain in the spring time. These conditions stem from large increases in activity, some of which you may not even realize like gardening and yard work, cleaning out the attic, or moving furniture.

Running is probably the most common culprit. It’s not uncommon for me to hear that a patient who has never finished a 5k has signed up for a marathon and has injured themselves. Less experienced runners should follow the 10% rule. This rule states that you should limit the increase in your distance by 10% a week from your starting point. Your start point is whatever distance you feel like you can run comfortably with no training. If you can comfortably run 3 miles then your first week back to training you can work up to 3.3 miles, then 3.6, and so on.


Even if you follow these tips there is always still the chance of injury. So, what do you do once you have one?


In my 8+ years of clinical experience the answer is very clear. In almost all strain, sprain, and overuse injuries that we see, inflammation is the reason for the patient’s pain. For inflammation one of the best home care options is 15-20 min of cold therapy applied at least 2-3 times a day and as often as every 2 hours. Cold therapy is best done with a gel pack kept in the freezer, but an ice water soak can also be very effective. Heat while great at relaxing muscle spasms can also bring too much blood to an injured area making inflammation worse. I have seen herniated disc patients who made the situation substantially worse by sleeping with a heating pad, so when in doubt – ICE it.


Rest is an important factor in allowing your body to heal the way it should. However, rest is different than immobilization. You get a better recovery by utilizing gentle range of motion exercises as soon as you can verses completely immobilizing a joint.


We are lucky to live in a beautiful, active, and healthy city. There are fitness groups, trainers, doctors, and coaches for just about anything you are interested in so ask for help if you need it. If it’s your golf swing, tennis serves, or some general aches and pains giving your problems you might consider a visit to the chiropractor or some other sort of sports medicine provider. We can evaluate your posture, movement patterns, and muscle imbalances that may be at the root of those aches and pains that just don’t seem to go away with home care.

Lastly if you are experiencing sharp, intense, or point specific pain and you don’t know what it is we encourage you to seek help immediately and not to just try to treat it at home because it may be something more serious.

For more health notes, contact TexStar Chiropractic in Austin, TX.

Lower Back Pain at the Office? Austin's TexStar Chiropractic Can Help

Darren Kincaid - Monday, March 05, 2018
TexStar Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat neck pain, Austin, TX

Today's blog post is offered as a simple educational consult for those Austin area office workers who suffer back pain. Like countless American office workers across the country, you might experience increasing pain in your lower back.  If this is you, don't feel alone.  Some primary care physicians state that low back pain caused by prolonged sitting at office desks is the second most common reason for visiting the doctor after colds and flu. Those same doctors are increasingly referring their patients to their local chiropractor to relieve lower back pain as opposed to prescribing opioid-based pain medications.

It might not make intuitive sense that the mere act of sitting can cause back pain, but physical inactivity introduces a slew of health risks with systematic spinal compression being one of them.  In some cases, simple changes like adjusting chair height, standing at your workstation, and scheduled walks can set aside your office-related back pain.  In cases where back pain is severe, a trip to Austin's TexStar Chiropractic can be an instant game changer in your quality of life. 

Why does Sitting Cause Low Back Pain? Office workers tend to commit the mistake of spending the entire day just sitting at their desks. Sitting may seem like a physically harmless thing to do, but when done for prolonged periods of time, it puts a significant amount of pressure on the joints and discs of the spinal column. Poor posture is also a contributing factor to low back pain. Leaning forward, for instance, puts a lot of weight-bearing strain on the spine and increases wear and tear on the spinal joints and discs. Sitting in a fixed position also restricts blood flow to the discs between the spinal joints. With poor blood flow, the spine becomes deprived of nourishment, thus accelerating degeneration and increasing the likelihood of injuries in the lower back. Movement is essential to keeping your spine healthy and your lower back pain-free. Instead of staying in your chair the whole time, take short breaks every 20 minutes to stand up and do a bit of stretching. So you don't forget, set an alarm close by to remind you when to take a break, or leave a written note next to your computer monitor as a reminder.

If you've been experiencing persistent pain in the lower back, reach out to Dr. Henry an his staff at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic for a no-obligation consult regarding your back pain.  Our doctors specialize in spinal health and offer several treatments that are proven effective in providing pain relief. We've perfected the use of spinal manipulation techniques for treating every type of lower back pain. By manually adjusting the alignment of the lumbar spine, we decrease pain in the lower back, increase your range of motion, and restore your mobility.   As part of your treatment, our doctors will educate you regarding office behaviors that will ensure you maintain proper spinal posture and how you can strengthen your core muscles to reduce the risk for lower back pain.

The professionals at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic will gladly consult you regarding your running-related pain and discuss how you might resolve your pain without resorting to painful surgery or drugs. Call or contact us anytime!

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