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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.


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.


Chiropractic Can Provide Immediate Relief for Recurring Back Pain - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 27, 2016
TexStar Chiropractic - Lower Back Pain Relief in Austin, TX

When you are experiencing back pain, it is recommended that you talk to a chiropractor about it … especially for recurring back pain. Relief from back pain is just one of the many benefits of chiropractic care. Small misalignments in the spine are a very common cause of back pain and nerve pain that is felt in other parts of the body. Only doctors of chiropractic are trained to identify and treat these small issues that can cause big problems.

Becoming pain free is an outcome that everyone desires. That is why we make sure that all the treatment options available at our chiropractic care clinic in Austin, TX are aimed at offering some immediate relief from back pain along with working toward long term correction. While at the clinic, you will receive patient centered and results driven care that aims to ease away the pain so you can get back to moving more effectively and pain-free.

The doctor will first do a thorough orthopedic and neurological examination of you and then determine a specific diagnosis of what is causing your problem. He will then work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan aimed at achieving the goals that mater to you. We know that relief can start with that very first visit with Dr. Henry who was named the 2014 Young Chiropractor of the Year by the Texas Chiropractic Association. 

There are no miracle cures for back pain but chiropractic treatment for many people can seem like one. 

For more details about our services, contact TexStar Chiropractic.


Give Yourself (or Loved One) the Gift of Spinal Decompression Pain Relief - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Texstar Chiropractic Spinal Decompression Treatment

People have been asking us what we want for the Holidays. Here at TexStar Chiropractic, that's an easy one to answer. We ask for the continued joy of seeing our patients exit our practice in relieved comfort. Nothing makes us happier than enabling our patients to offer pain-free smiles to all those they love and hold dear. Although we are rewarded year-round with the joy of delivering pain relief, there is something special during about offering it this time of year.

Each and every treatment option that we offer here is aimed at some level of immediate spinal and neck pain relief. We've been making a difference in the lives of Austinites since 2011. Imagine coming to us today for a single spinal decompression treatment and being put on course to a pain-free life, to be able to walk upright again, and to finally realize full freedom of movement. You and we both know that the spine and neck problems require systematic care and treatment, but our years of experience document that durable and immediate pain relief begins with a that first visit to a highly skilled and proven effective chiropractor.

We want to make the point clear to you that there is no man-made miracle cure for back and neck pain. We can, however, assure you that to those suffering some types of back and neck pain spinal decompression treatment comes as close to miracle as can be found here on earth. A large percentage of our patients realize significant and measurable pain relief in as few as six sessions. Many patients describe real improvement after completing their very first spinal decompression treatment with us here at TexStar Chiropractic.

Please review the various chiropractic care services that we provide here in Austin then call us. You'll be glad you did, not only this Holiday season, but for a lifetime to come.


Chiropractic Care Includes Cervical Manipulation to Treat Neck Disc Pain - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 06, 2016
TexStar Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat neck pain, Austin, TX

The part of the neck which begins at the base of the skull and contains the smallest vertebrae is also called the cervical spine. The benefits of chiropractic include solutions that end neck disc pain.

The cervical spine is the part of the neck that holds the entire weight of the head and provides all of the structure and stability of the neck. A head is an average of about 12 pounds so you can just imagine the negative impact of this weight on your neck when you do not maintain good posture while sitting, standing, and walking. The neck also moves your head in nearly every direction which is an amazing and unique feature of this part of the spine. The problem is that this flexibility makes your neck very susceptible to pain and injury. Our chiropractic care clinic in Austin, TX offers treatment for those who experience problems in their cervical spine such as neck disc pain or related pain in the upper back or arms.

Neck disc pain can be very bothersome. Chiropractors ensure that the small vertebrae in your cervical spine are in good condition and properly aligned by performing cervical manipulation when indicated. This is a very precise procedure performed on the neck which improves the mobility of the spine, restores range of motion, and treats neck disc pain.

To find out more about the benefits of chiropractic care, contact TexStar Chiropractic.


Peripheral Neuropathy Treatments for Radiating Pain in Arms or Legs - Austin TX

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 02, 2016

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is how we describe the symptoms coming from damage to or disease of the nerves. These symptoms are most commonly pain or numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs, or feet. Neuropathy can also show up as impairments in balance or muscle weakness.

TexStar Chiropractic - Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment, Austin, TX

There are many different causes for neuropathy including diabetes, medication, vitamin deficiency, and nerve compression but they all cause nerve damage. The good news is that something can be done.

The first step in treatment is determining the type of neuropathy you have.

Ischemic Neuropathy

The nerves rely on tiny blood vessels to bring them highly oxygenated blood. All cells in our body, including nerves, need oxygen to stay healthy and stay alive. The blood sugar spikes associated with diabetes causes damage to the blood vessels starting with the smallest ones which feed oxygen and nutrients to your nerves. Some pharmaceuticals as well as vitamin deficiencies can also contribute to collapse of the blood vessels. When cells do not get the oxygen they need from the blood and start to die, this is called ischemia.

By better controlling your blood sugar, using nutrition to support healthy blood vessels, and combining other therapies which promote cell repair, you can improve your body’s ability to stop and heal the damage to the nerves and blood vessels that are causing your problem.

Mechanical Neuropathy

Some common causes of mechanical compression of a nerve are: a bulged/herniated disc in the lower back, muscle spasm in the buttocks, or legs, or a direct trauma to a nerve. This is called a radiculopathy. When there is compression on a nerve, the signal that carries information from the cells in your body to your brain cannot be transmitted correctly. This can appear as pain, numbness, or tingling as well as issues with balance and muscle weakness.

With this kind of neuropathy we focus on removing the cause of the problem, which is the compression or irritation of the nerve root. We do this by using treatments like spinal manipulation, non-surgical decompression, MLS cold laser therapy, and other physio therapy approaches.

We do a thorough orthopedic and neurological evaluation to determine the type and severity of your neuropathy and then develop a custom treatment plan specific to your condition.



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