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Don't Take Arthritis Lying Down

Darren Kincaid - Friday, December 15, 2017
Austin's TexStar Chiropractic Treats Arthritis

We take great pride and professional reward in helping those living in arthritic pain to move forward to pain free living and a better quality of life

 

We gladly do this as one way to give back to the Austin community who have done so much for us over the years. Education is one element of the "TexStar Difference" from TexStar Chiropractic here in Austin, TX. 

 

Arthritis

Years ago, doctors hardly ever told arthritis patients to “go take a hike” or “go for a swim.” Arthritis was considered an inherent part of the aging process and a signal to a patient that it’s time to slow down.

 

However, recent research and clinical findings show that there is much more to life for arthritis patients than the traditional recommendation of rest and drug therapy.

 

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

The word “arthritis” means “joint inflammation” and is often used in reference to rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases include more than 100 conditions: gout, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and many more. Rheumatoid arthritis is also a rheumatic disease, affecting about 1 percent of the U.S. population (about 2.1 million people.)

 

Although rheumatoid arthritis often begins in middle age and is more frequent in the older generation, young people and children can also suffer from it. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints.

 

What is Osteoarthritis?

Like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis refers to joint inflammation but instead of being caused by an autoimmune disorder it is caused by “wear and tear”. What we mean by wear and tear is that at some point either trauma, repetitive use, improper biomechanics, or some other imbalance in your musculoskeletal system caused one joint to degenerate much faster than the others which leads to arthritic symptoms in that joint. Chiropractic care focuses on restoring or maintaining normal joint motion and balance in your spine and other joints which will go a long way in preventing or relieving osteoarthritis symptoms.

 

Should Arthritis Patients Exercise?

Exercise is critical in successful arthritis management. It helps maintain healthy and strong muscles, joint mobility, flexibility, endurance, and helps control weight. Rest, on the other hand, helps to decrease active joint inflammation, pain, and fatigue. Arthritis patients need a good balance between the two: more rest during the active phase of arthritis, and more exercise during remission.

 

During acute systematic flares or local joint flares, patients should put joints gently through their full range of motion at least once a day, with periods of rest. To see how much rest is best during flares, patients should talk to their health care providers. We also have very good success in treating acute arthritis flair ups with our MLS Cold Laser.

 

How Can Chiropractic Help?

If you live in Austin, Texas and suffer from arthritis, our doctors and their team at TexStar Chiropractic can help you plan an exercise program and create a treatment plan that will help you combat arthritis pain. 


Treat Back and Neck Pain with Spinal Manipulation at Austin, TX Chiropractor

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hi, I'm Dr. Michael Henry from Texstar Chiropractic Clinic. I wanted to talk to you for just a couple of minutes about something called Spinal Manipulation. You've probably heard the term that, or adjustments, or 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 has been around for much much longer than that. There're references to it in ancient texts from Europe and Asia. There're even some Greek texts that reference it.

Adjustments are what chiropractors do to address the biomechanical issues of their spine. It's really 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. Whereas, 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 treatment's very safe and effective. There's lots of studies out there comparing it to the other treatment options for similar kinds of problems, and it's one of the most effective and safest options out there. 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% of people who have been in 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 acute 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 even think they require you hearing that popping sound that some people don't like. While a typical adjustment does produce that popping sound, there are lots of other ways that we can adjust your spine to help correct 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 uses your own body weight to help move certain joints in your lower back. We really cater our treatment to each individual patient to make sure that if we're going to use spinal manipulation, we're going to use it in the best the most effective way possible.


The Effects of Good Posture on Spinal Health

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Austin's TexStar Chiropractic Offers Tips on Posture

Hello again dear friends from Dr. Henry and his staff here at Austin Texas' TexStar ChiroporacticLet's talk posture!

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. Good posture affects your overall wellbeing, specifically when it pertains to neck and spine health. We recognize poor posture when we see it in the form of unnatural body positions formed as a result of bad habits carried out over years. Chiropractors in general have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

What is posture? Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground.

Normally, we do not consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and we don't even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.

Consequences of poor posture: Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles and may even cause them to relax, when held in certain positions for long periods of time. For example, you can typically see this in people who bend forward at the waist for a prolonged time in the workplace. Their postural muscles are more prone to injury and back pain.

Can I correct my poor posture? In a word, yes. Remember, however, that long-standing postural problems will typically take longer to address than short-lived ones, as often the joints have adapted to your long-standing poor posture. Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing what posture is correct will help you consciously correct yourself. With practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture. In turn, this will help you move toward a better and healthier body position.

How can Dr. Henry help?  Those of you with long-standing postural problems will likely require the help of a chiropractor to assist both the body and the brain to correct themselves.  Dr. Henry can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. With the use of certain chiropractic techniques, Dr. Henry can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities, helping reduce your risk of injury. Call us to learn about how TexStar Chiropractic can help you correct bad posture and the associated painful ills that you suffer as a result!


Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care? (Yes They Do)

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

One of the frequently asked questions that our Austin Texas chiropractic care team here at TexStar Chiropractic gets is: "Does my health insurance cover chiropractic care services"?  The short answer is chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others.

Our team at TexStar Chiropractic will verify each patient's benefits with their insurance company and present each patient with a treatment plan that shows the anticipated insurance coverage for each procedure. We work closely with each patient and their insurance provider to ensure that our patients are utilizing the maximum benefit from their insurance.

Additionally, many of our patients are thrilled to discover that their chiropractic care services are covered by both their flexible savings accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA) programs.  In fact chiropractic patients suffering neck and back pain here in Austin (and across the nation as well) are so pleased with the results of their chiropractic treatment that they plan their next years FSA and HSA contributions to cover their out of pocket expenses for regular maintenance care.

Millions of Americans every year stress about FSA accounts during the latter part of the calendar year.  They stress about the "use or loose" nature of those hard-earned FSA dollars.  Yet, we sadly witness it time and time again in the "I wish I had known" comments of our patients who discover that they could have long ago began their chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain using their FSA.  

Let us help you take the stress out of all things insurance, HSA, and FSA-related.  You focus on your neck and spinal health and moving forward to once again living a quality and pain free life.  

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!


Spinal Manipulation - It's Just What the (Medical) Doctor Orders

Darren Kincaid - Friday, November 17, 2017

TexStar Chiropractic, Austin, TXIf you are suffering from back, neck, shoulder pain, or constant migraines, spinal manipulation can provide relief. "Spinal manipulation" is designed to relieve pressure on joints and reduce inflammation. Your doctor at TexStar Chiropractic will use a combination manual mobilization of joints and muscles, advanced physical rehab, and other non-invasive treatment to help you reduce pain and function better.

Your Austin Texas chiropractic professionals here in Southwest Austin wish to share with you some statistics regarding the success of spinal manipulation in patients who seek non-drug treatments for pain relief.

In 2017, the American College of Physicians released updated low back pain guidelines that recommend first using non-drug treatments, such as spinal manipulation, for acute and chronic low back pain.

  • The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2017 supports the use of spinal manipulative therapy as a first line treatment for acute low back pain. 95% of past-year chiropractic users say spinal manipulation is effective, and 97% of past-year chiropractic users are likely to see a chiropractor if they have neck/back pain.
  • In a consumer survey, chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies.
  • Chiropractors are the highest rated healthcare practitioner for low-back pain treatments above physical therapists (PTs), specialist physician/MD (i.e., neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons), and primary care physician/MD (i.e., family or internal medicine).
  • With prescription pain drug abuse now classified as an epidemic in the United States and the number of spinal fusions soaring 500% over the last decade, the essential services provided by chiropractors represent a primary care approach for the prevention, diagnosis and conservative management of back pain and spinal disorders that can often enable patients to reduce or avoid the need for these riskier treatments.
  • In 2015, the Joint Commission, the organization that accredits more than 20,000 health care systems in the U.S. (including every major hospital), recognized the value of non-drug approaches by adding chiropractic to its pain management standard.

At TexStar Chiropractic we take great satisfaction in educating our Southwest Austin community with a host of spinal manipulative techniques. These techniques have proven over time to our patients to provide a higher quality of life.

Call or contact us today to discuss any of the findings discussed above or to schedule your initial consult with Dr. Michael P. Henry and the caring staff here at TexStar Chiropractic in Austin, Texas.


Car Accident Victim in Austin TX Treated by Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 06, 2017

This is an awesome testimonial video about a car accident victim treated by Chiropractic at TexStar Chiropractic Clinic, Austin TX.

"I started with treatment about 5 weeks ago. I came in after a car accident with really bad pains at the top of my shoulder, my neck, and my back. Within 5 weeks, I've had literally no pain in my shoulder, none in my neck, lower back's great. Started training again, which is excellent. The staff here are unbelievably friendly. They make me feel so welcome and get me straight into treatment. The core focus here is to get you back on your feet and get your health back to normal, even probably better than what it was before to be honest. Can’t say enough about TexStar Chiropractor and the staff in the clinic. Absolutely first class."


Study: Reduction of Crohn’s Symptoms after Chiropractic Manipulation

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, July 18, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic for Crohn's Disease

While the bad news is that there remains no known cure for Crohn’s Disease, the good news is that we recently came across a study that revealed that patients who received chiropractic spinal adjustments saw a reduction in their Crohn’s disease related symptoms. While the sample size of this study was relatively small the results were amazing. 70% of participants saw long-term and stable remission of their Chron’s symptoms. The study was published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research in 2007 by Drs. Yasuhiko Takeda, D.C., Shouji Arai, D.C., and Hideaki Touichi, D.C .

How Chiropractic May Help

While doctors of chiropractic don’t treat conditions like Crohn’s disease directly, they often can identify issues within the spine and nervous system that may be affecting symptoms in other parts of the body such as the digestive tract. The treatment group of patients in this study all had biomechanical issues in their mid and lower spine which is many of the nerves that control digestive function exit the spinal cord. This may explain why the patients in this study saw such impressive results from spinal manipulation.

Background on Crohn’s Disease

Named after the doctor who described the disease, Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease affecting the gastrointestinal tract. This inflammation can be extremely painful resulting in abdominal pain, severe and persistent diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. An estimated 700,000 Americans suffer from this condition. The most commonly affected age group is between 15 and 35 years old. Researchers believe Crohn’s disease is caused by a combination of factors involving genetics, the environment, and an overactive immune system.

Currently, there is no cure for Crohn's disease but research reveals documented cases where the symptoms of the disease have been reduced or alleviated by spinal manipulation.

Consider a Conservative Approach to Whole Body Health

While not all patients who have Crohn’s disease would benefit from chiropractic care there is enough evidence to suggest that most should at the very least have their spines checked by someone trained to identify the small misalignments and restrictions in spinal joint motion that can cause issues with the nerves that affect the lower intestine. Here at TexStar Chiropractic (Austin Texas) we offer many treatment options that can help your body and nervous system function better including Chiropractic Manipulation.

Complementary Medicine, Chiropractic and Crohn's Disease

Multiple cross-sectional surveys have revealed that 51 percent of patients with inflammatory bowel disease use complementary medicine for treating their illness. These studies indicate an increase in people seeking out alternative treatment methods.

Anti-Inflammatory Omega-3s

Known for their anti-inflammatory properties, omega-3 fatty acids may also play a positive role in treating the symptoms of Crohn's disease. A 1996 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Crohn's patients taking fish oil were twice as likely to remain in remission than those who took a placebo.

Find Out if Your Chron’s Symptoms May be Linked to Your Spine

If you live in Austin Texas and suffer from Crohn’s disease, Dr. Henry and his staff deliver may be able to help your Crohn’s related misery. Call or contact our office today to schedule the appointment that just may change your life!

Sources:

Long Term Remission and Alleviation of Symptoms in Allergy and Crohn's Disease Patients Following Spinal Adjustment for Reduction of Vertebral Subluxations, Journal of Vertebral Subluxations Research, Jul. 2007

Complementary medicine use by patients with inflammatory bowel disease, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 1998

An international survey of the use and attitudes regarding alternative medicine by patients with inflammatory bowel disease, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, Aug. 1998

The Resolution of Chronic Colitis with Chiropractic Care Leading to Increased Fertility, Journal of Vertebral Subluxations Research, Aug. 2003


What You Can Expect at your First Appointment with Dr. Henry

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 26, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - back and spine treatment services, Austin, TX

We do everything in our power to give you the fastest and most complete recovery as possible from your back and spine pain here in Austin Texas. Our goal is to resolve your issue get our patents feeling better with as few treatments as possible and to educate them on ways to prevent future episodes of neck, back pain or sciatica.

Why is it a primary goal to get you relief as fast as possible? There are two primary reasons. First and foremost, the smile of our pain-free patients is our ultimate professional reward. Second, we grow our business almost exclusively by word-of-mouth referrals by those very same pain-free patients.

So, what should you expect on your first visit here at TexStar Chiropractic? You can expect us to quickly establish a trusting and comfortable atmosphere where you will understand from the start that our approach to health care is centered around your unique needs as a patient and driven by results.

This blog post explains what every patient new patients can expect during their first visit to our office here at TexStar Chiropractic. This initial visit involves a consultation with the doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for conservative care or if you will need to see a different type of provider. If we think you are likely to benefit from treatment in our office, we will perform a thorough orthopedic and neurological exam as well as any other testing that may be ordered by the doctor. This may or may not include X-rays taken here in our office or other types of imaging that we will send you out for, such as MRI.

Here are the critical things we will cover with you.

History and Symptoms

In preparation for your consultation, we’ll ask you to fill out forms that provide background information about your symptoms and condition. Types of questions we ask include:

  • When and how did the pain start?
  • Where is it located?
  • Describe the pain - is it sharp, dull, searing/burning, or throbbing? Does it come and go, or is it continual?
  • Did the pain start as a result of an injury?
  • What activities/circumstances makes it better or worse?

Patients are usually asked to provide information on family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.

The Chiropractic Exam

Dr. Henry will conduct a thorough exam including general tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, as well as specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:

  • Range of motion of the affected part
  • Muscle tone
  • Muscle strength
  • Neurological integrity

Further chiropractic tests may be necessary to assess the affected area, such as having you move in a specific manner, posture analysis, and manual palpation or hands-on analysis of the affected body part.

Diagnostic Studies

Based upon our analysis of your history and the results of your exam, diagnostic studies may be utilized to reveal pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities. Diagnostic studies are not always necessary but are undertaken if Dr. Henry determines that X-ray or other testing will provide information needed to guide your specific treatment program.

The most common diagnostic studies during chiropractic exams include:

  • X-ray exam
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan
  • Other laboratory tests

We handle your basic X-rays, but an MRI scan and more extensive imaging studies are referred to an outside center.

After The Exam

Depending on the severity of and how long you have had your symptoms, our doctors will sometimes order some preliminary treatments on the same day as your exam. We do this along with giving home instructions to help manage your pain until we have a chance to look at all your test results and determine what is causing your symptoms.

Patient Diagnosis after the Chiropractic Exam

We use the findings from the combination of the above described history, physical examination and any required diagnostic studies to lead us to your specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, Dr. Henry will go over your results with you and talk about which treatment options are most likely going to help you to achieve your health goals. On your follow up visit, Dr. Henry will detail your:

  • Diagnosed condition
  • Individualized treatment plan
  • Anticipated length of care
  • Health investment options

You can learn about several of our back and spine treatment services (here in Austin) by visiting our website. Dr. Henry believes the more educated you are about the fundamentals; treating the cause of symptoms vs. covering up the symptoms, the better he and you work as a team to cure your back pain as quickly as absolutely possible.


Lower Left Back Pain - Causes and Who Can Help You

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat neck pain, Austin, TX

So the lower left-side of your back is giving you fits. You have two burning questions. What happened? How do I get this fixed? Both are important questions. Getting the former answered will help you prevent recurrence. But you're much more interested in getting the latter questioned answered, and fast!

Your problem might be medical, musculo-skeletal due to injury, or joint related due to genetics. Your medical doctor and your chiropractic team work together to get you properly diagnosed and treated. So let's start with the most common causes of lower left-side back pain.

The most common cause of lower left back pain is muscle strain or spasm on the left side of your body. Thankfully a muscle strain is not a serious injury, but the resulting pain can be quite severe. Pain in your lower left back from a muscle strain finds it origins in an overstretched or torn muscle (which damages the fibers of the muscle). This in turn can lead to inflammation, and this inflammation may cause back spasms. And pain from muscle strain is typically characterized as sharp, and is often tender to the touch. Solution: In our office we can use our MLS Cold Laser which has been clinically shown to speed the healing time of torn muscle tissue by up to 3 times and can provide immediate pain relief. In a medical office you would generally be treated with muscle relaxers, pain killers, and instructions to rest the muscle to allow healing.

More rarely, your lower left back pain may be provoked by a problem with your internal organs. These problems may include:

  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney infection
  • Gynecological disorders Pancreatitis

If you have a medical history of these types of conditions and your lower left-side of your back is suddenly challenging you, you should schedule an appointment with your treating medical doctor or we can help you find one.

Lower left back pain is often caused by some of the following problems related to the joint structure of your spine:

  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Facet joint pain
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Misaligned/subluxated vertebrae
  • Nerve irritation/ compression

These are conditions that your chiropractor is highly educated and trained to both diagnose and treat. Here in our south Austin Texas chiropractic clinic, Dr. Henry treats lower left-side back pain as one of the very most common patient complaints. We want you to know that you don't have to live with this. Dr. Henry will diagnose the cause of your pain and put you on a rapid path back to normal life. Every case is unique, but if you take a moment to read and listen to some of our patient reviews, you'll find many different people testifying to rapid return to full quality-of-life living.

If you suffer spine and/or neck pain and live in and around the greater Austin, Texas area, Dr. Henry and the professional staff of TexStar Chiropractic are here for you. Give us a call


Chiro Treatment – AC Recommended Alternative to Opioid Treatment for Spine and Neck Pain

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Textar Chiropractic back and neck pain treatment services

In previous posts, we informed you of the close bond that we share with the Austin medical community as more and more medical doctors recommend nonpharmacological (drug free) chiropractic treatment for patients with back and spine pain. The reason medical doctors turn to the chiropractic community for patient treatment relates to their crystal clear understanding of the opioid epidemic and the opioid-related health risk that their patients face. They understand that with every opioid prescription there is an associated potential pathway to drug addiction.

The American College of Physicians (ACA), a highly regarded physicians group in the United States, issued guidelines that suggest the use of spinal manipulation and laser therapy (and other back and neck pain treatment services that we offer) as highly recommended alternatives to opioids. Studies show that continuous use of opioids in excess of 30 days greatly increases your risk of drug dependence. Back and neck problems often relate to systemic issues that require treatment in excess of 30 days to mitigate and/or eliminating pain. This is a real life health dilemma given the fact that physical dependence on opioids can develop in as little as two days of continuous use.

With the potential for dependence and the real harm imposed by long-term opioid use, utilizing non-drug approaches (like chiropractic care) makes perfect sense. Chiropractors have the training, expertise, and tools necessary to evaluate, diagnose, treat and monitor pain. Chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain can eliminate the need for prescription pain relievers. Dr. Henry and his staff at TexStar Chiorpractic offer opioid-free treatments for your pain.

If you suffer from back and/or neck pain, take the advice of the American College of Physicians and consider chiropractic solutions to your problem. Make an appointment with south Austin's TexStar Chiropractic located at 4601 Southwest Pkwy. Or call us at (512) 899-2228.

(Reference: American College of Physicians article: Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians



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4601 Southwest Pkwy #101,
Austin, TX 78735

Call Now! (512) 899-2228
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