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Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic Care (Austin, Texas)

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 02, 2018

Hi, This is Dr. Tran from Texstar Chiropractic in Austin Texas. I'm here to answer a question about why a child might need chiropractic care.

Take a minute to think about the strain a baby can go through during childbirth or the falls that children take throughout their development that can put a strain on their spines. This can cause damage to the nerves that exit the spine because the nervous system controls all the organs of our body. These spinal issues can result in problems such as chronic ear infections, digestive issues, or even disrupt your child from sleeping through the night.

Often times these undetected spinal issues can develop into chronic neck pain or back pain as an adult. The chiropractic care treatment we provide here in Austin is completely safe and a natural alternative for addressing these symptoms at their root cause. So bring your child into our office to get to examined by one of our doctors here at Austin’s Texstar Chiropractic.


Patient Kim's Neck Pain Relief Video Testimonial

Darren Kincaid - Monday, March 26, 2018

Hello, my name is Kim.  I’ve been coming to Dr. Henry at TexStar Chiropractic here in Austin for treatment of neck pain. I was having lots of trouble for several months before I came in. I feel much better now. The whole staff here is wonderful, friendly, helpful, very knowledgeable, and here to help.



Kim is a typical example of our Austin-area chiropractic patients who now enjoy relief from their neck and back pains that they never thought possible. Learn more about the chiropractic services we offer here in Austin Texas. Give us a call to discuss how your spine and neck pain can be a thing of the past before you know it!


Common Conditions Treated Opioid-Free at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic

Darren Kincaid - Monday, March 19, 2018

Thousands of Austinite’s like you that seek resolution for various body pains wish to accomplish that without the use of opioid medications. The topic of the American opioid epidemic is driving an ever-increasing volume of Americans to seek opioid-alternative solutions for their pain management.  Finding pain relief in most cases is as simple as heading to Dr. Henry, Dr. Tran, and the caring team at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic.

Chiropractic care is fundamentally designed to assist you and your body to maintain proper structural balance. This allows the body the opportunity to heal naturally and maintain function. Chiropractic care is gaining ground in the medical profession as well. As we’ve covered previously, many physicians are referring their patients to their local chiropractor as a vital element of their overall pain management strategy.

Pain Medication Can Damage the Body

Pain medication can have adverse effects on the body. Until recently, many people did not realize how severe these effects can be. They can be so detrimental to the body that some doctors have even suggested that it is better to go without pain and fever-reducing medicine unless absolutely necessary. It has multiple side effects that can be harmful in the long term. Those side effects include:

  •          Liver damage
  •          Kidney damage
  •          Addictive behavior when used long term

 Reduce Pain from Some Incurable Diseases

Although chiropractors focus most of their attention on the care of the neck and spine, there are other ailments that chiropractic care can help in pain management. Restoring function to the spine is pivotal in reducing pain. This allows your brain to send messages to the body with little interruption. While these medical problems may not be cured, the pain each can cause to the body can find some relief. Many people rely on powerful medicine to help, but research shows that the pain can be alleviated with the help of chiropractic care. Some of those medical issues include:

Pain Relief from Daily Issues

Pain relief is the most popular reasons that people seek out chiropractic care. However, visiting a chiropractor should not be limited to only when pain presents itself. There are a host of other reasons to utilize the healing hands behind chiropractic care. Such care is good for the body and all the systems that help your body to function. Some of the other reasons some people use chiropractic care to help with pain includes:

  •          Headaches (especially migraines)
  •          Asthma
  •          Sleep issues
  •          Colic in infants
  •          Prenatal care for the changing body

Opioid-free pain management starts with your call to Dr. Henry, Dr. Tran, and the caring staff at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. A call to TexStar can (and will) positively change your life often times in a single treatment sessionCall us anytime to learn more!


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.

DO A WARM UP:

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.

START SLOW:

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.

TREATMENT:

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

ICE vs HEAT:

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/ RECOVERY:

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.

ASK an EXPERT:

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!



Patient Now Pain Free After Upper Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 26, 2018

When I first start coming in TexStar, I was having really bad pain in my upper back on the right side. It hurt to breathe, it hurt to cough and do any kind of daily movements. After my initial consultation, they went over my xray’s with me and some of my posture photos and showed me exactly what the root of the problem was and what they were going to do to help me correct that. After 2 weeks, I didn’t have any pain anymore and I've felt really great ever since. So, I totally recommend this place and trust the staff. They know what they’re doing.



Moira is now pain free from back pain. Learn more about the chiropractic services we offer here in Austin Texas. Give us a call.


Sneak Preview of TexStar Chiropractic Clinic Remodeling

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 19, 2018

We are so thrilled for our Grand Re-opening party on Feb. 28th. Here's a sneak preview of TexStar Chiropractic Clinic expansion:

TexStar Chiropractic Clinic Remodeling Video Screenshot

For more video updates, click here.


Dr. Henry Discusses AMA Endorsement of Spinal Manipulation

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 12, 2018

Hi I'm Dr. Michael Henry from TexStar chiropractic clinic here in Austin Texas. I wanted to talk to you for just a couple of minutes about back and neck pain treated with a procedure called spinal manipulation.

You've probably heard the term “I'm gonna go get my back cracked”. Well that's what we're talking about.

Chiropractors in the U.S. have been using spinal manipulation for over a hundred years to address aches, pains, and other health issues of their patients. But the art of adjusting the spine has been around for much longer than that.

There's references to it in ancient texts from Europe and Asia. There's some Greek texts that reference it. Adjustments are what chiropractors do to address the biomechanical issues of the spine. It is one of the main tools we used to correct a lot of the problems in your spine. While we have a lot of newer techniques, this one has been around for a long time because it works.

By getting the joints moving properly in your spine we can help relieve your back pain and other signs of symptoms caused by nerve problems. When the spines not functioning properly it can cause inflammation and irritation that's one of the biggest things that we see with back pain.

This treatments is very safe and effective. There's lots of studies out there comparing it to other treatment options for similar kinds of problems and it's one of the most effective and safest options out there. And the best thing is it only takes a few minutes and it's quite a bit easier than drugs and surgery.

In fact according to one study 95 percent of people who have been to see a chiropractor in the last year considered the treatment very effective. Even the American Medical Association has recently recommended use of spinal manipulation as a first line of defense for things like a low back pain as opposed to going straight to opioids and other kinds of medications that we have lots of problems with right now.

It's a common misconception that adjustments are uncomfortable or that they might hurt or they think they require you hearing that popping sound that some people don't like. While typical adjustment does produce that popping sound there are lots of other ways that we can adjust your spine to help correct the problems. These include things like using adjusting tools like this one this is called an “activator”. We do some soft tissue stretching immobilization around joints and even specialized tables so it use your own bodyweight to help move certain joints in your lower back.

Spinal manipulation is but one of many professional chiropractic services offered here in our Austin Texas chiropractic clinic! We invite you to call and share your story of the back and/or neck pain that robs you of the pain-free quality of life that you deserve. Many of our patients enjoy genuine noticeable and lasting pain relief in as little as one patient treatment session. We’re here to help you, so call anytime.


Female Veterans--Fastest Growing Chiropractic Patient Block

Darren Kincaid - Monday, February 05, 2018

Hello, Austin community! Or should we say hoo-rahh to our female veterans? 

Dr. Michael P. Henry, Dr. Bao Q. Tran and their team at Austin Texas' TexStar Chiropractic supports the troops. TexStar is not alone when discussing the health and wellbeing of our veterans, in particular female veterans. With Austin serving as home to a large number of military veterans, a recent article within the American Chiropractic Association caught our eye and we thought we'd share it with you. 

American Chiropractic Association Article: 

A new study finds that female veterans—one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system—experience improvement in low back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

Published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the study’s authors note that musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are the most common ailments among female veterans. They also report that female veterans on average access VA medical care more frequently than male veterans, have a higher outpatient cost per patient and have a higher rate of service-connected disability.

“Although further research is warranted,” the study says, “chiropractic care may be of value in contributing to the pain management needs of this unique patient population.”

Chiropractic services are one of the conservative (non-drug) treatment options for pain offered in the VA. They are available at half of the major VA medical facilities in the United States.

Efforts to expand chiropractic services to veterans recently gained new momentum in Congress. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), ranking member of the Veterans Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), have joined forces to broaden the range of services and care options available to veterans by supporting the Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act (H.R. 103). The bill—supported by several major veterans groups—would require chiropractic services to be offered at all U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and codify chiropractic care as a standard benefit for veterans using VA health care. There is a bipartisan companion bill in the Senate (S. 609).

Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, most often treating complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Widely known for their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Call Or Contact TexStar Chiropractic

Please call to discuss any of the findings discussed above or to schedule your initial consult with Dr. Michael P. Henry or Dr. Bao Q. Tran and the caring staff here at TexStar Chiropractic in Austin, Texas. We also invite you to visit our patient reviews page where you can read and/or watch patient video testimonials about how our chiropractic care services served not only to eliminate neck and back pain but also to deliver an overall higher-level quality of life!

If you are an Austin area veteran seeking chiropractic care, we stand ready to answer any/all of your questions. Although (and for inexplicable reasons) you can't use Veteran's Administration benefits for chiropractic care, Austin-area veterans certainly can use secondary insurance and/or flexible savings account (FSA) dollars to secure chiropractic care.  Now onto the ACA's findings.  


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