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September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 17, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic - September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month

Greeting once again from your friends here at south Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. You might wonder why, with 130 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses, that we even need to raise awareness about available drug-free pain management. Less than 20 percent of the public consider chronic pain a major health problem. We want all our patients and followers of our blog to be fully informed about the opioid health crisis.

Chronic pain affects more people than diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined. While it might be easy to dismiss the overdoses as an urban problem confined to junkies in dark alleys, the truth paints a far different picture. For starters, 80 percent of heroin addicts began with prescription painkillers, reported the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Even more telling, 68 percent of the 70,200 overdose deaths in 2017 involved prescription or illicit opioids. Prince and Tom Petty put a public face to the epidemic, but it reaches much deeper, from those struggling with chronic pain to teens raiding their family’s medicine chest and unborn babies who have no choice in sharing their pregnant mothers’ addictions.

But, as the 2017 Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic annual report discovered, 78 percent of Americans prefer to try other ways of dealing with their chronic pain before filling a prescription. And a growing number of groups, including the American College of Physicians, have called for drug- and surgery-free chiropractic care as a first line defense in fighting back pain.

Statistics, most recently a study involving active-duty military personnel, back up their support. The findings, reported by JAMA in 2018, found that chiropractic care, when added to standard care, brought moderate short-term improvements.

It’s a finding mirrored in other statistics. Ninety-five percent of Americans who sought chiropractic care in the past year said it was effective, according to the 2017 Gallup-Palmer College report, and 97 percent of them said they would see a doctor of chiropractic again if the pain returned.

Then there are public accounts, such as Ret. Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris, who was seriously injured in Iraq when his Humvee hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Once addicted to his prescription painkillers, he now says his doctor of chiropractic “saved my life.”

How does it relieve the pain? According to Harvard Health, spinal manipulation relieves the pain and improves the body’s functions, helping it to heal itself. Our Doctors of Chiropractic here in Austin include physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle changes in our treatment plans. We can help. Call us!

Source: The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress


Neck and Shoulder Pain Treatment in Austin, TX

Michael Henry - Friday, September 06, 2019

Hi, my name is Debbie and 12 weeks ago, I woke up one morning with excruciating pain going through my shoulder through the outside of my right arm and my index finger was totally dead. So I saw my primary care doctor who referred me over here to TexStar, and I immediately showed up. They got me in the next day, and they immediately when I described my pain knew what disc we were talking about in my neck, confirmed it with x-rays, and the next day they had already come up with a plan for three phases of treatment for me.

The first phase was to give me some relief because it was horrible--the most horrible experience I've ever had. I had never been to a chiropractor before so the goal was to avoid having surgery on my neck. So, during phase one it was a little difficult and sometimes we had to even pack my arm in ice so I could get through the pain, but I got through it.

That was 4 weeks and so by the time we got into Phase 2, it was more fun because I was feeling better. So, I had little pet names for all the different machines that they had. I'm supposed to keep this PG, so I don't know if I should say what this machine actually did but it was really good at shaking your butt. But anyway head smashing was still my favorite. We got through that…I had a lot of fun with Ryan. He was a blast. He would play the right music for me so that I could get into it. And, I got through that. That was 6 weeks’ worth of that.

Now, I'm into Phase 3 and it's basically very simple. I just get adjusted I get to roll on the wonderful massage table they have here. But one thing that really has impressed me is the staff here has been very, very nice to me. They actually…you really believe that they care about you and they’re really intent on relieving my pain. It was really strange because you could even text them. I even sent them a picture from my vacation. You know, they would send me text messages and one day when I really felt good, I sent Ryan a text message: “Ryan I feel really good today!” You know and he was so excited to hear that. So, I mean, I really felt like these people cared about me and now that we're in Phase 3, I'm back to feeling fabulous.



Arthritic Young Adults Increasingly Treated by Doctors of Chiropractics

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 10, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic Buda and Kyle

Arthritis is a condition that does not discriminate by age. Young adults aged 18-25 are increasingly diagnosed with arthritic conditions and are increasingly prescribed addictive pain medications as a result. We’d like to share an article from our friends at The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization that informs and educates the general public about the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Residents here in Austin are encouraged to contact TexStar Chiropractic after reading this to discuss in more detail why chiropractic treatment for young adult with arthritis is changing lives.

Arthritis, which causes chronic joint pain and stiffness, is significantly more common in American adults ages 18 to 64 than previously estimated, according to a recent statistical study. The condition joins a growing list of diseases affecting younger adults that require immediate treatment, but are often ignored, creating greater risks to their health and well-being.

The study, published in Arthritis and Rheumatology, estimated that more than 91 million Americans have arthritis, including 61 million adults ages 18 to 64. The estimates for younger adults nearly double previously published national estimates of arthritis incidents.

“The results of this study are eye-opening, particularly because arthritis is a condition commonly associated with older populations,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care. “Worse yet, younger people are less likely to seek professional treatment for this condition, which can lead to greater stiffness and discomfort down the road. It’s crucial that any sort of lingering physical discomfort is addressed promptly by a qualified doctor.”

Arthritis is not the only chronic condition affecting more younger adults. Hypertension, melanoma, back pain, and neck pain are also becoming more common. For the latter, treating chronic pain with an opioid raises further risks to young adults’ health and well-being as it may lead to misuse, addiction, overdose and in some cases, fatality. In fact, the age group with the highest rate of nonmedical opioid use is young adults ages 18 to 25.

Instead, experts at the F4CP offer the following tips to help alleviate pain related to arthritis:

  • Exercise: Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week. Learn proper stretching techniques and do them often.
  • Eat Right and Drink Water: A healthy diet—rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats—can help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Also limit red meat, refined sugar, white flour and processed foods.
  • Consult your Austin Doctor of Chiropractic (DC): Schedule a consultation with Dr. Henry or Dr. Tran to discuss an appropriate care plan that can help reduce pain and optimize overall health and well-being.

“Because the available medications for arthritis pain carry risks of side effects, it’s smart to try other ways to ease pain,” said Marcy O’Koon senior director of consumer health, Arthritis Foundation. “There are many options. Some people find chiropractic to be helpful. Patients will want to check with their primary care doctor or rheumatologist to confirm if chiropractic care is appropriate for their condition.”

Dr. McAllister emphasizes that the current goals for treating arthritis are to relieve pain and improve range of motion of the joints involved. DCs receive a minimum of seven years of higher-level education and are specifically trained to manage disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system, including arthritis, as well as counsel on nutrition, exercise and lifestyle practices.

“Doctors of chiropractic successfully treat a wide range of conditions in patients of all ages, which is part of the reason patients report such high satisfaction compared with other types of care,” said Dr. McAllister. “Combined with the right lifestyle choices and preventive care, chiropractic care can help younger adults avoid chronic pain and pursue healthy, active lives.” Contact us to learn more!


TexStar Chiropractic’s Buda Clinic is on Schedule to Open in July 2019

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 07, 2019

It’s an exciting time at TexStar Chiropractic as we make steady progress toward expanding our chiropractic services to the fine people of Buda and Kyle! We just wanted to give everyone an update on our progress. Please check out this quick video update below. For details about your future chiropractic care services in Buda and Kyle, contact us today!


Immediate and Short-term Effects of Thoracic Spine Manipulation in Patients With Cervical Radiculopathy: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic Clinic

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Thoracic spine thrust manipulation has been shown to improve patient-rated outcomes for individuals with neck pain. However, there is limited evidence of its effectiveness in patients with cervical radiculopathy.

OBJECTIVES:

To compare the immediate and short-term effects of thoracic manipulation to those of a sham thoracic manipulation in patients with cervical radiculopathy.

METHODS:

In this multicenter randomized controlled trial, participants with cervical radiculopathy were randomized to receive either manipulation (n = 22) or sham manipulation (n = 21) of the thoracic spine. Outcomes were measured at baseline, immediately after treatment, and at a follow-up 48 to 72 hours after manipulation. A repeated-measures analysis of variance was used to analyze neck and upper extremity pain (numeric pain-rating scale), disability (Neck Disability Index), cervical range of motion (ROM), and endurance (deep neck flexor endurance test). The chi-square test was used to analyze changes in neck and upper extremity pain, centralization of symptoms, and beliefs about receiving the active manipulation treatment using a global rating of change scale.

RESULTS:

Neck and upper extremity pain, cervical ROM, disability, and deep neck flexor endurance all showed significant interactions between group and time (P<.01). Immediately after treatment and at the 48-to-72-hour follow-up, the manipulation group had lower neck pain (P<.01), better cervical ROM (P<.01), lower disability (P<.01), and better deep neck flexor endurance (P = .02) compared to the sham manipulation group. The manipulation group had moderate to large effect-size changes over time. No between-group differences for upper extremity pain were found immediately following the intervention (P = .34) and at 48 to 72 hours after the intervention (P = .18). At 48 to 72 hours after treatment, a greater proportion of participants in the manipulation group reported improvement (global rating of change scale score of 4 or greater) in neck and upper extremity symptoms (P<.01), centralization of symptoms (P<.01), and beliefs about receiving an active manipulation (P = .01) compared to the sham manipulation group.

CONCLUSION:

One session of thoracic manipulation resulted in improvements in pain, disability, cervical ROM, and deep neck flexor endurance in patients with cervical radiculopathy. Patients treated with manipulation were more likely to report at least moderate change in their neck and upper extremity symptoms up to 48 to 72 hours following treatment.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:

Therapy, level 2. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2019;49(5):299-309. doi:10.2519/jospt.2019.8150.

Contact TexStar Chiropractic to learn more about chiropractic spinal manipulation.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31021691/


New TexStar Chiropractic Clinic Hours

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 12, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic Clinic

Today we want to announce that we are updating our clinic hours at our Austin Chiropractic Clinic to better serve you! Here are the details:

Effective Monday, April 15, 2019, our hours are as follows:
(full day Wednesday and half day Friday)
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

As always, thank you all for the trust and privilege to treat your neck pain, back pain, and knee pain and help you live a greater quality of life.

 


Free Kinesiology Taping Class – Wednesday, April 24th!

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX

Somewhere along the way you’ve seen an athlete on TV or at the gym with black or multi-colored tape attached to various parts of their bodies. You’ve wondered what it is and what it is for but never stopped to ask. In this blog post, your chiropractic team here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic will provide a brief explanation of what kinesiology tape is and what it does for the body. In addition, we will host a free kinesiology taping workshop here at our clinic to teach the various techniques used to treat you body with kinesiology tape.

What is Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology tape is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, kinesiology tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, kinesiology tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

Want to Learn How Best to Apply Kinesiology Tape?

Join us April 24th for a free taping class. Space is limited and reservations are respectfully requested. See details below and see you there!

Kinesiology Taping Class

Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 PM at TexStar!

The class will be a hands on class where participants can practice taping on each other so bring a friend. Only 20 spaces available. RSVP is required.

Please email your RSVP to info@texstarchiro.com or call us at (512)899-2228.


Whiplash Neck Pain? See Your Chiropractor Now!

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, March 24, 2019
Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX

Another good news/bad news informational blog post from your team of chiropractic professionals here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. The bad news: Austin’s every increasing (and maddening) traffic conditions is driving record number of auto accident-related injuries. The good news: The most common accident injury responds well to non-invasive chiropractic treatment such as spinal decompression and cold laser therapy. Austinite auto accident victims increasingly turn to their doctor of chiropractic care for affordable and instant pain mitigation.

Chiropractic Treatment for Auto Accident Injuries

Car accident victims run the gamut of physical and mental injuries. The severity of injuries ranges from the most minor to the most unthinkable of catastrophic injuries. With that said, the most frequent type of bodily injury resulting from car accidents is whiplash.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash occurs most often with rear-end collisions when there is a rapid and abrupt movement of the head and neck backward and forward. The sudden extension of the neck can create a variety of injuries and symptoms. Whiplash injuries often differ from one person to another, depending on the severity of the auto accident and the overall health of the individual injured in the crash. Whiplash causes soft tissue injuries that can result in significant ligament and neck muscle damage. It can also cause considerable damage to joints located between vertebrae and discs of the spine as well as nerve roots and cervical muscles.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

The symptoms of whiplash can present immediately after an auto accident. However, there is frequently a delay in the appearance of symptoms, anywhere from 24 hours to several days after an accident. Typical whiplash symptoms include:

  • Neck pain including swelling and stiffness
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness in the hand or arm
  • Burning or prickling sensations

Additionally, some people may experience:

  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Trouble with memory
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disruption
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

Diagnosing whiplash injury and defining treatment options.

Because whiplash symptoms can take 24 hours or longer to occur, it’s important to see a doctor at the earliest sign of whiplash symptoms. Even if you feel you only have minor neck pain, it’s recommended to be examined by a doctor of chiropractic care. You may have injuries in joints between vertebrae and discs of your spine. Your doctor of chiropractic care will perform some a physical and neurological exam to identify the areas of injury. The physical exam includes x-rays when necessary, observing your posture, testing your range of motion, and determining all movements that cause you pain. The neurological exam includes tests of your reflexes and the strength of your muscles to identify if you have any nerve damage.

Once the exams, tests and imaging (if necessary) are complete, your doctor of chiropractic will develop a custom treatment plan to help you control and manage your pain during your recovery.

Chiropractic treatment of whiplash.

The course of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your whiplash injury. The chiropractic treatment plan is unique to each whiplash injury and treat to control pain, restore your range of motion and return to normal activities while treating the injuries detected during the exams.

Your treatment plan will vary depending on the extent and severity of your injury. Doctors of chiropractic will employ different chiropractic treatments for whiplash based on the individual’s injuries. These treatment options include (but are not limited to) spinal decompression, cold laser therapy, and a host of other chiropractic treatment options that are outlined here.

If you suffer from whiplash or any form of spine or neck pain, chiropractic care can and will deliver you relief, often times, during and after your first visit. Call us to learn more.


Clinical Study: Laser Therapy Controls Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 08, 2019

Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TXThis blog post brings great news to those of you suffering knee pain, specifically “knee osteoarthritis” or “KO”.

Most of you are aware that for years now we’ve treated patients suffering countless forms of knee pain. One of the most prevalent sources of our patient’s knee pain is knee osteoarthritis. Among the various chiropractic techniques that we employ to treat knee pain is the use of MLS Cold Laser Therapy. Now, we thought we’d share with you the extremely promising results of recent clinical research involving laser treatment of KO.

The research we share with you today was conducted by The Agency for Recovery and Rehabilitation, AOU Careggi, Florence Italy. To us, it is always reassuring to read the results of new studies that continue to clinically validate the promise that chiropractic laser therapy can bring to those of you suffering from chronic knee pain.

You can read the entire study here, but here are the key takeaways from the study:

  1. High Intensity Laser Therapy seems to be very effective in pain and function control in patients with KO due to its high intensity and to the depth reached by the laser ray.
  2. Laser therapy confirms to be a good non-pharmacological instrument for rapid pain control in KO.
  3. Important effects are achievable with few sessions of HILT treatment.
  4. Laser therapy provides consequential improvement in KO patient’s quality of life.

Relief of your knee osteoarthritis pain starts with a simple phone call, and in some cases, within your very first treatment.


Chiropractic Care Improves Your Golf Game

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, February 24, 2019
Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX

Your friends here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic offer this blog post to you golfers looking to up your game. Across Austin, golfers are breaking out their clubs from the winter slumber and beginning to hit the course, driving range, and practicing swings out in the yard. Just take a moment to assess your swing (or watch a pro) and appreciate the strain that a golf swing places on the spine and the surrounding muscles. It is very common for amateur and pro golfers alike to seek regular chiropractic treatments primarily for the purpose to return their spine to alignment. Most golfers will experience a degree of back pain at one point or another because it does not take long for a golfer to move his/her spine into misalignment. Chiropractic treatment such as cold laser therapy and spinal decompression will help improve your golf game and quality of life without the negative side effects of pain medication or surgery.

Chiropractic care allows the whole body to perform optimally. Swinging a golf club takes a lot of coordination between several body parts. It is amazing how many muscles are used in a round of golf. Therefore, if one area of your body or one muscle is not able to perform at its optimal level, it can cause other parts of your body to overcompensate, which leads to pain. One major issue that happens with any athlete, not just golfers, is that they go into the game with subluxations, or misalignments, to the spine. When your spine is not in its proper alignment, the rest of your body will suffer. Playing any sport with a poor spine leads to poor performance, poor posture, and more injuries. According to Dr. Tom LaFountain, Director of Chiropractic Services for the PGA Tour, 80 percent of injuries suffered through golfing are back related. This is most likely due to the repetitive nature of golf. When a golfer swings repetitively, they are making themselves more likely to experience muscle strains.

Whether you are a new golfer, club regular, or seasoned pro, stop by Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic for regular wellness adjustments that will help you on the golf course. Regular wellness spinal adjustments will both prevent and relieve existing pain. Going into the clubhouse a winner because of your more fluid golf swing will make you feel pretty darn good as well! Give us a call!



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