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Chiropractic Adjusting Techniques for Treating Foot and Ankle Pain

- Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Our team here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic is back for the third of our four-part video series on the subject of “chiropractic adjustments”. Last week we brought you Dr. Tran’s video focused on chiropractic adjustment for upper and lower back pain. Today, Dr. Woods discusses and demonstrates several chiropractic adjusting techniques that we use in treating disfunction of the foot and ankle.

We have been seeing a lot of patients recently complaining of foot pain. One of the most common causes of this is plantar fasciitis which is inflammation of the fascia or connective tissue along the bottom of the foot. Tight calf and bad foot biomechanics is a leading cause of this. One way we treat this is by restoring normal motion to the joints of the feet. Dr. Woods demonstrates in this video one of the ways that we accomplish this. Using this technique to mobilize the foot joints, combined with treatments like cold laser therapy to treat the inflammation, and rehab to stretch the calves we get great results with foot pain! Dr. Woods explains how in the video below.

The best part is that most of our foot pain patients experience some level of immediate relief from their very first treatment.

Remember that joint manipulation by untrained individual can cause injury, please do not try this at home.

If you or someone you know has been dealing with foot pain and other treatment options have not helped them call us at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic and see the difference our complete approach to care can make.


Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques for Upper and Lower Back Pain

- Thursday, September 24, 2020

Warm greetings to you all once again from Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. This is the second of a four-part video series that we are producing on the larger subject of “chiropractic adjustments”. Last week we brought you Dr. Henry’s blog and video focused on chiropractic adjustment for neck pain. Today, Dr. Tran discusses and demonstrates several chiropractic adjusting techniques that we use in treating lower back pain. As you watch the video, you will notice some differences and some similarities to the cervical (or neck) adjusting video. All these techniques are designed to reduce joint restriction and begin to restore normal function. With spinal manipulation there is usually some immediate improvement in both pain and function, but the really impressive changes occur over time when you start to string together these small changes over several treatments. We also incorporate core strengthening into our treatment approach which will allow these structural changes to become more permanent.

Remember that the chiropractic adjustment techniques shown in the video were specific to this patient’s condition. We reemphasize that while statistically chiropractic care is one of the safest treatment options available for joint and spine pain, if done improperly, or without first screening for certain rare but serious conditions, at-home spinal manipulation by untrained individuals can be dangerous.

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

If you are ready to start seeing improvement in your ability to function as soon as your very first visit, contact Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic!


Chiropractic Adjustments Defined, Discussed, and Demonstrated

- Wednesday, September 23, 2020

We continue our Austin-area video education series on chiropractic treatment today by covering the subject of chiropractic adjusting techniques. Chiropractic adjustments are used to treat problems with the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to identify imbalances, restrictions, and altered movement patterns in the joints and surrounding soft tissue. They then will deliver a chiropractic adjustment, manipulation, or mobilization to the injured area to begin to restore normal function. The treatment can be done by hand, with instruments, specialized tables, or sometimes using all three.

The goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to restore normal function to a joint which influences the function of muscles, ligaments, and tendons around the joint. This directly affects the nerves that travel through that tissue. When a joint is functioning properly common symptoms like pain and irritation generally resolve very quickly if not immediately.

In today's video, Dr. Henry DC explains the various techniques and tools used for spinal manipulation and then demonstrates both a manual (by-hand) and instrument-assisted adjustment. We pride ourselves on delivering extremely safe and effective chiropractic neck pain treatment techniques every day here at TexStar. That's why our docs continue to train and attend continuing education every year to continue to deliver the very best care possible.


While statistically chiropractic care is one of the safest treatment options available for joint and spine pain, if done improperly or without first screening a person for certain rare but serious contraindications, spinal manipulation can be dangerous so PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

If you would like to find out if this safe and very effective treatment option is right for you give us a call at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic!


Should You Keep Exercising When You Have Back or Joint Pain

- Thursday, September 10, 2020
TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for back and joint pains, Austin, TX

Greetings once again from your friends at TexStar Chiropractic here in Austin. Exercise is incredibly important to both our physical and mental health so it’s great to see so many of our neighbors exercising and taking care of themselves. But what should we do about exercise when we have back or neck pain? Do you rest or power through the pain and keep up the exercise routine?

There are lots of opinions out there and some pretty good research studies on the subject and I will go through some of those but the big thing to remember is that every situation is a little different. If you are unsure what is causing your pain see a healthcare provider who can diagnose your condition and give you specific advice.

The research has been clear and consistent that exercise is helpful in the healing process of spine injuries. For injuries to other joints it seems to be even more crucial to properly repair the soft tissue structures like ligaments and cartilage. Physicians are now recommending that post-surgical patients are up and moving as soon as possible after surgery and not just minor procedures, this applies to even more invasive surgeries like hip and knee replacements.

This does not mean that you should continue powerlifting or running marathons if you have severe back pain, but it does mean that continuing to exercise to the extent you safely can is going to be good for the healing process. After a back or joint injury, the advice I generally give my patients is to start gentle range of motion exercises, such as stretching and light yoga, as soon as it’s comfortable to do so. If that does not increase the pain substantially, they can begin walking and increase the distance incrementally. If that goes well, we reintroduce resistance exercises starting with low weight and working our way up.

The big thing to keep in mind is to keep moving even if you must modify what you are doing. One of the big challenges we see, especially with older patients, is that they stop activities which may cause some pain because they are afraid they are going to make the condition worse. Once you stop a physical activity such as walking or cycling it is much harder to start it again. This is called fear avoidance and can lead to a loss in normal function and even chronic pain syndromes if not addressed

This was especially true for runners who were concerned that running might cause or worsen their knee arthritis, but this has, for the most part, been debunked. In 2016, the American Journal of Sports Medicine published a large study that showed no link between running and the development of knee osteoarthritis. In fact, the running group showed less prevalence of joint space loss and fewer episodes of knee pain than the non-running group. Several other studies have come out since then showing that in most cases running does not cause or worsen already existing arthritis in the lower body. So, the answer to the question of do you rest or power through and keep up the exercise is, both. There is nothing wrong with a rest day or two if you have over worked or sore muscles. There are even certain injuries like stress fractures that do require longer periods of rest to recover. For most joint injuries and generalized spine pain, movement is a critical part of the healing process so modify your exercise but do not stop activity completely and ramp back up as your body allows.

If you have a specific injury that is not improving or recurring pain for which you can’t identify the cause, you should get it checked out by a healthcare provider that specializes in these types of injuries like our Austin-based team of doctors of chiropractic, a sports medicine physician and now in Texas, you can even see a physical therapist directly without a prescription.

For more information regarding how to recover from back or joint pain, contact Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic anytime!


A Reminder Regarding New Evidence of Knee and Hip Steroid Injection Risks

- Monday, August 31, 2020

The Boston University School of Medicine released a study that is turning traditional hip and knee pain treatment on its head. Today we’ll share with you the newly discovered dangers regarding steroid injection treatment. As you read and learn, we want you all to know that we provide steroid-free hip and knee pain treatment right here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic.

The healthcare world has known for a long time that continued corticosteroid use is not good for us. In fact, it is one of the few drugs we regularly use that, without a doubt, causes at least some damage to the body.

The accepted standard of care has generally been that getting an injection of corticosteroids into the joint space of the knee or hip every 3-4 months didn’t do enough damage to outweigh the benefits.

This made sense … sort of. After all, an injection is far less invasive than surgery and especially in cases dealing with arthritic pain, there aren’t a lot of good surgical solutions available other than total joint replacement.

The way these powerful drugs work is by mimicking the effects of cortisol, your body’s long-lasting fight -or-flight hormone. This is the stuff that is released after you have escaped from the lion, but when you know he is still out there hunting for you. It’s often referred to as our stress hormone.

Cortisol and therefore corticosteroids affect everything from brain chemistry to immune system function. In the case of joint tissue, it suppresses the body’s inflammatory response and immune functions. This anti-inflammatory effect is what makes it so effective at treating arthritic joint pain.

The problem arises with the fact that it also suppresses the normal repair mechanisms which allow our bodies to heal damaged cells in our bones, cartilage and ligaments.

What this new study shows is that the side effects and complications with these drugs appears to be far worse and much more common than we originally thought.

In the study they took a large group of people who had received a corticosteroid injection in their knee or hip some time in the previous year and re-evaluated them for changes. 4% of the knee patients and 10% of the hip patients already had radiologically visible complications less than a year later. That means on average, 8% of these patients had serious complications. This is a much higher rate than previously expected.

The most common complications seen were rapidly increased arthritic changes like degeneration of the bone and cartilage. Osteonecrosis which is a dying off of the cells in the bone was also seen along with fracture due to loss of bone density.

So, what does this all mean as a patient? The big take away from this is that you need to be pro active in discussing the pros and cons of any medical procedure with your doctor. That doesn’t just go for steroid injections. (In fact we covered how medical doctors increasingly refer patients for chiropractic therapy in a previous Austin TexStar Chiropractic blog post. As we have seen in the news over the last few years there are quite a few other medical treatments that turned out to be more dangerous than previously thought, such as the use of opioid pain medication.

This does not mean that steroid injections are not still an option for some people. It does mean that this treatment has fallen much further down the list of things to try to treat your knee or hip pain. Luckily there are more noninvasive therapy approaches available than ever before and in response to the opioid epidemic, there is a push at the national level to remove barriers to people accessing this type of care. In many states insurance companies are enacting policies that will allow patients to see their chiropractor or physical therapist with no out-of-pocket expense in an effort to promote the use of safe alternatives to drugs and surgery.

References:

Boston University School of Medicine. "New evidence that hip and knee steroid injections more dangerous than thought: May accelerate arthritis, joint destruction." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 October 2019.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/steroids/art-20045692


How Stress Affects Our Health

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Greetings friends, neighbors, blog followers, and all of you moving forward toward pain-free living chiropractic care here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. Today, let’s talk about stress.

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. We can limit it, we can manage it, and we can ignore it. But, there will always be stressors in life. The good news is that we do have some control over how stressors affect us. There are two kinds of stress: physical and emotional.

Physical stress is harder to control because it’s based on the laws of nature, like gravity. It’s physical pressure or tension exerted on our bodies. This includes everything from the force that your muscles exert on your joints when you move all the way to the force of gravity causing us to shrink over time. The good part of this stress is that it tells our body where we need to build more muscle, or which bones to strengthen. The bad part is that this kind of stress is what causes musculoskeletal problems like athletic injuries or back and neck pain.

To address physical stress, we must first identify things in our everyday life that cause our muscles and joints to work harder than they are designed to work. For example, trying to exercise harder than your body is ready to, or having poor posture and bad ergonomics in your car or at your desk at work. One of the big issues we see in our office is posture changes due to the added strain that looking down at cell phones and tablets places on your neck and upper back. This forward head position can put up to 60 lbs. of tension on your neck, and it just wasn’t designed to sustain that type of pressure for long periods of time. There is even a new diagnosis for this called “Tech Neck.” The best way to combat this kind of physical stress is to try to maintain good posture which distributes your body weight evenly throughout your spine.

The second kind of stress is emotional or mental stress and that is created when our brains interpret the environment around us as adverse, demanding, or dangerous. This kind of stress affects your body in a very different way. When we perceive something in our environment as stressful like an exam, a work deadline, or a fight with our spouse, our bodies go into what is called “fight or flight mode.” This fires your sympathetic nervous system which causes your body to release hormones like adrenaline. As a result, heart and lung function are elevated, blood vessels push blood to the large muscles, blood sugar increases to provide fuel, and several other changes happen to prepare your body to either fight or run. At the same time, this response suppresses the function of your parasympathetic nervous system which controls things like digestion, sexual arousal, and other body functions that are essential for long term health.

This system worked incredibly well for our ancestors who may have found themselves face to face with a lion while out for their evening stroll or when dinner depended on them being able to run fast enough to catch it. In that environment our bodies would simply shut down the fight or flight response after the danger (or dinner) passed and our system would return to normal. The problem that modern man faces is that facing lions and catching dinner are not our major stressors. We deal with much subtler, but constant, stressors every day such as, very demanding work lives, over scheduled and over committed social lives for our families, and real or perceived dangers.

This constant over stimulation of our fight or flight system causes lots of major health problems including digestive issues, diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, decreased sex drive, tension headaches and many more. On the bright side, our brains get to decide what we perceive as stressful. This means we have some control over how we respond to stress and the damage that it causes to our bodies.

There are many great stress management techniques out there that can help us train our brains to not let these every day stressors trigger our fight or fight response. Different techniques will work better for some people than others, so we suggest that you try a few to see what works for you. If you need some ideas there is a great list online at www.bebrainfit.com/stress-management-techniques/.

We treat stress and a wide range of knee, neck, and spine pain here at our Austin chiropractic clinic. Contact Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic anytime!


Heal it with a Laser?

- Sunday, August 23, 2020
TexStar Chiropractic - Cold Laser Therapy

Imagine that you have a large cut on your arm. You go to the doctor for stitches, but instead of a needle and thread, she pulls out a flashlight sized instrument. She shines a narrow beam of red light along the cut and you watch the skin heal back together right before your eyes. It sounds like something right out of Star Trek doesn’t it? Well, the truth is that while we aren’t there yet, but we are a LOT closer than you think.

What I’m referring to is a relatively new treatment option for pain, inflammation, and tissue healing offered right here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. It’s called Low-Level Laser Therapy or “Cold Laser”. The basic concept is that by focusing specific wavelengths of infrared light into a laser beam you can decrease pain and stimulate the regeneration of injured or damaged cells in your body. I’ll give you a little history of how this therapy developed and then some examples of how it is currently used in clinical practice.

In 1916 Albert Einstein proposed the theory of Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation or LASER. It basically said that you could amplify the effects of light by focusing it into a tight beam. The first actual LASER producing device wasn’t invented until 1960 and by 1967 doctors were starting to use low powered lasers in medicine.

In 2002 the first therapeutic lasers for tissue healing received experimental FDA clearance after a test study was published showing good success in treating carpal tunnel syndrome in workers from a General Motors plant. The game-changer came in 2012 when a new type of laser received its patent and shortly thereafter it’s FDA clearance to treat muscle and joint pain, stiffness, spasm, and arthritic pain. This new class of laser combined the two most effective wavelengths and greatly increased the power used in the delivery of the laser beams which let doctors treat tissue much farther below the surface of the skin.

In the last five years, this has become one of my favorite tools in treating painful inflammatory conditions like arthritis and spinal disc herniations, as well as acute injuries like ligament and muscle tears. I have come to depend on this technology so much that when we opened our second TexStar Chiropractic location in Buda, the MLS Cold Laser was one of the first pieces of equipment that I purchased for it.

While medical lasers can’t heal injuries right before your eyes yet if the technology continues to advance as fast as it has, I don’t think we are too far off. There are doctors all over the city already that offer different types of cold laser therapy treatment options so if you have been dealing with a painful muscle or joint condition, a wound that is having trouble healing, or you’re just tired of taking pain medication for your arthritis and want to try something else this may be a great treatment option for you to look into.

Contact Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic or Buda’s TexStar Chiropractic anytime to learn more about this amazing treatment option


How Chiropractic Can Improve Your Golf Game and Help You With Injury Recovery

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 07, 2020

Hello Austin golfers! Did you know that chiropractic care is not just useful for helping you get back on the golf course after an injury? It’s also a great way to improve your swing and help prevent golf injuries from ever occurring.

What you also may not know is that several of our caring team members here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic are golf enthusiasts and know golf-related aches, pains, and injuries inside out. Dr. Henry has even done continuing education training with Dr. Troy Van Biezen, DC who was a staff chiropractor for the PGA sports medicine team for 9 years before becoming the personal sports chiropractor for some of the biggest names in golf including Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Zach Johnson.

So not only can we help you get back out on the course if your injured, we can also help you to never miss a day out on the links.

Dr. Henry filmed a quick video to provide you some details of exactly how we can do this.

And don’t worry tennis players, we didn’t forget about you. We have a video coming out soon made by our very own TexStar tennis pro on how we can help you step up your game and keep that “tennis elbow” under control.

The most important takeaway is that no matter what your game is, chances are chiropractic care can help keep you in the game. If you happen to be on injured reserve list, we’ll work hard to get you back in the game faster and with less pain. Let’s get started. Call Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic today!


Balance and Posture Training in Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 30, 2020
Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic

Your friends here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic want to remind you that, as it pertains to good physical and mental health, the importance of good posture is foundationally important. It is widely known that a healthy lifestyle involves conscious and strategic management of diet, sleep, and exercise. However, the importance of posture is not as widely understood. So we’re going to cover down on that subject today.

Good posture supports well aligned bones particularly the spine so that the tension within muscles and ligaments is evenly distributed. Good posture ensures the body parts are properly in place with minimal stress. For this reason, we at TexStar Chiropractic place a high emphasis on the importance of having a good posture. One of our services involves balance and posture training at our Austin chiropractic clinic.

Our posture training program begins with an initial examination. We thoroughly assess your posture, identify problem areas, and work together to create a custom corrective plan of action. Your treatment plan will involve targeted exercises designed to strengthen your core postural muscles. We’ll consult you on the proper way to sit, stand, and lie.

We measure your progress. We’ll photograph your current posture and alignment so we can track progress. Using advanced technology, we’ll revisit your initial photograph to measure your progress. But the most important measure will be the noticeable difference in your overall health. You will systematically reduce stress on ligaments and feel less pain. Your muscles will work more efficiently and will have more energy.

If you live in Austin and wish to improve posture and eliminate spine, knee, or neck pain, we can help you. Contact Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic to learn more about this program.


Cryotherapy Reduces Knee Inflammation and Pain

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 27, 2020

Hello again from your caring team here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. We’re back with you today with our chiropractic technician, Ryan, to demonstrate “cryotherapy” treatment for a patient’s knee pain. This is a non-surgical, non-drug, and injection-free treatment using focused application of cold gas designed to reduce inflammation and pain in targeted areas of the body.

This treatment is designed for all age groups. We’ve delivered noticeable pain relief in as little as two sessions and we are confident we can address your knee pain as well. In fact we operate a knee pain specialty clinic within our Austin Chiropractic clinic, called “The Austin Knee Clinic”. We invite you to learn more about our knee pain services there, and when you’re ready to discover real pain relief, contact us!


Introducing our “Knee-on-Trac” Treatment for Chronic Knee Pain

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 13, 2020

Hello Again

This is the second (of a four-part series) introducing The Austin Knee Clinic, a specialty sub-section of TexStar Chiropractic which specializes in treating chronic and new knee pain. Dr. Tran recorded a short video that introduces one of our great therapy options for degenerative and arthritic knees called the “Knee on Trac” therapy system. This therapy is designed to increase range of motion, bring more lubricating fluid into the joint, and decrease pain associated with chronic knee pain.

We know there are people out there with significant misinformation about what treatment options they have. While arthritis is generally considered an incurable disease, there are treatments (like Dr. Tran just discussed) with the potential to deliver significant pain control. If you have a specific question regarding “Knee on Track”, or our approach to treating knee conditions in general, contact us anytime!


Ever wonder why a Doctor of Chiropractic would open a Knee Clinic?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Hello, Dr. Henry here. If you have ever been to one of our offices you probably have seen some of our specialized knee treatment equipment. I want to take the month of July to tell you a little about why we started the Austin Knee Clinic and what sets us apart from a traditional orthopedic surgical approach to knee pain treatment. We will be releasing a new video every week that highlights a different non-surgical treatment approach we use for different kinds of knee problems.

We hope you enjoyed and learned from the video. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about how we might be able to help you or a loved one avoid knee surgery.


Herniated Disc – Symptoms, Causes, Prevention and Treatments

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Greetings all

Dr. Henry here from Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. I recorded a short video that addresses some frequently asked questions I am asked about herniated discs. We treat people suffering from herniated discs every day in our clinics, so if you suspect that you have one or have been diagnosed with this condition we are here to help. In this video I cover a bit about the anatomy of a disc as well as some of the symptoms people feel when their disc has herniated or is bulging. I also cover causes, treatment, and how to prevent spinal disc herniation.


Now, I realize that this video probably answers some (but not all) of your questions. If you have a specific question feel free to call one of our offices and schedule a free consultation where one of our docs can address any questions you may have and find out if you are a candidate for the nonsurgical disc repair options that we offer. Call us to schedule or fill out a form on our website and someone will contact you ASAP.


First Time Without Low Back Pain in 25 Years

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 15, 2020

Jason’s story is a great example of the results that we strive to deliver each and every day here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. Our team all watched his video this week and when he said, “I’ve had no pain for three weeks in a row now, which I haven’t been able to say for probably 25 years” I looked around and saw our whole team light up. Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is usually very effective but we don’t always get to hear our patients talk about it the way Jason does. Listen to him describe how he worked with Dr. Tran to achieve a better quality of life that frankly he did not think was possible.



“Hey, I'm Jason. I just want to tell you about the fantastic experience I've had with TexStar and Dr. Tran. A long time of low back pain sufferer for like 30 years, more recently my neck's been acting up. And I came to see Dr. Tran, he fixed up my neck really good. And honestly, I had no faith that my low back would improve and behold, I've had no pain for 3 weeks in a row now. I haven't been able to say that for probably 25 years. So, I feel like I'm back to normal, a really great experience here. And I highly recommend these guys to everybody.”

If you know someone suffering with chronic pain please send them this video and help us spread the message so that no one else has to suffer for 25 years before getting help.


How to Properly Lift and Carry You Child in a Car Seat

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 11, 2020

Greetings once again from your friends here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. This week’s blog will be especially useful for you or anyone you know who finds themselves lugging around a heavy baby seat with an even heavier baby in it. As chiropractors and parents of young children, we know the strains, aches, and pains associated with carrying around these big bulky car seats. Dr. Woods demonstrates a very simple process for you to pick up and carry your child in a manner that helps you stabilize and align your neck, spine, and hips. Equally important, it stabilizes your child’s “ride” and provides more control. This helped me to stop knocking over everything I walked past with the baby carrier.

Even with proper technique act of hauling around young children throws a wrench into your neck and back and can cause negative changes in your posture. As part of our commitment to complete spine care we provide some advanced approaches to balance and posture training here in our offices but there is plenty that you can do on your own to protect yourself as well. We treat lots of moms (and dads too) with back, shoulder, neck pain that in part (and sometimes in whole) directly relates to lifting, carrying, and placing children in car seats. Giving Dr. Woods’ technique a try is a good first step to improving posture and reducing the various aches and pains associated with carrying these types of baby seats. If you want to learn more about core strength, balance, and posture that will pay big dividends as your child grows, call our Austin TexStar Chiropractic team anytime.


A Chiropractor’s Guide to Running Shoe Selection

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 02, 2020

TexStar Chiropractic’s very own Dr. Woods, DC, produced a video for all you runners out there. He explains how to select your most important piece of equipment, your shoes. Poor quality, poor fit, or improper design for you can lead to a host of problems that Dr. Woods describes in the video below. The tips for proper footwear selection that he covers are: how to properly size your shoe (and why this is important), selecting the proper toe box width, arch support, heel lock, firm vs plush construction, overall flexibility of you shoe choice, and when to replace your running shoes.

Our mission here at both our Austin TexStar Chiropractic clinic and our Buda/Kyle TexStar Chiropractic clinic is to improve our patients quality of life by providing more complete care. To us that means getting you information that can help to keep you healthy and on the trail. We hope that you are enjoying these short educational videos. Thanks, Dr. Woods, for these tips that all runners should take to heart. If you or any member of your family is suffering from jogging or running-related pain, reach out to us here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic.


Safe and Effective Treatment for Kids’ Headaches and Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 27, 2020

You’re going to love Dr. Tran’s short video below with his daughter Harper filmed here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. Dr. Tran demonstrates how he adjusts Harper when she is feeling discomfort or preventatively to keep her active and healthy. Watch as Dr. Tran assess his patient, checks her hip alignment, and performs a spinal adjustment to bring her legs, neck, and hips back into alignment. The chiropractic adjustment demonstrated by Dr. Tran helps kids suffering from injuries as well as headaches and normal growing pains.

We want to thank Harper for being such a great little patient and for helping us to teach other kids and parents about how chiropractic care can help them grow up healthy. If your child is injured and in pain or suffers from back pain or headaches, reach out to us here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic to find out if we can help!


Freeze Your Pain in its Tracks with Spot Cryotherapy

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Hey there from your health care team here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. In the video below, Dr. Henry proudly introduces a new treatment option we have brought into all of our clinics. It’s called “cryotherapy therapy” and what it does is rapidly drops the skin temperature in the area being treated to produce a neural response that turns off the pain signal to your brain. It also stimulates your body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. This is a particularly effective treatment for various types of pain associated with tissue damage, muscle spasms, inflammation, and a host of other ailments anywhere in the body.

Watch the video below to see how Dr. Henry treats a patient’s elbow and arm pain using Cryoscreen liquid C02 applicator.


Learn more by visiting our cryotherapy webpage.

It has been great seeing so many of you back in the office this last week and even better seeing the beginning of things returning to some semblance of normal out in the community. So that we can continue this progress we are continuing to maintain social distancing as much as possible as well as asking all our patients to please wear a mask when visiting our offices to help protect our more vulnerable populations.

If you are ready to get back to getting better give us a call, and let your doctor know if you want to try this great new treatment option!


Tips to Keep Your Immune System Strong

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Greetings Once Again Everyone

We celebrate the ability to author topics and tips designed to improve your overall health and quality of life. Today, we are proud to introduce to you (via video) another member of our Austin TexStar chiropractic team, Dr. Bao Tran, DC. Dr. Tran offers some really good advice about how we all can boost our immune system via very simple immune system-enhancing behaviors:

  • Go outside (and get vitamin D)
  • Eat fruits, vegetables, and nuts
  • Eat healthy fats (olive oil, salmon, avocado, etc)
  • Exercise (hike, walk, bike, jog)
  • Get seven to eight hours of sleep
  • Hydrate
  • Manage stress

Thank you, Dr. Tran for taking time out of your day to selflessly educate us all. If your new to our blog, we encourage you to check out our other recent pain and health tutorials such as our TexStar Chiropractic at-home neck care tutorial, our at-home lower back care tutorial, and our work from home ergonomics tips.

If you suffer any acute or systemic spine or neck pain, know that the entire team here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic is ready to help relieve your pain and move you toward the quality of life that you deserve. Call us!


Governor Abbott Reappoints Dr. Henry, DC, To Texas Board Of Chiropractic Examiners

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 06, 2020

TexStar Chiropractic is proud to announce that Governor Abbott recently reappointed our very own Dr. Henry, DC, to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE). The TBCE is the regulatory agency that licenses and regulates the practice of chiropractic in the state. This board appointment entrusts Dr. Henry to help ensure that all Texans have access to safe, effective, and high quality chiropractic care. Dr Henry has served as a TBCE Board Member since November 2016.


Governor Abbott Reappoints

Henry to

Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Monday, May 4, 2020 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Why is this so important to us here at TexStar Chiropractic? We all love our profession. We have the privilege of increasing the quality of life of our fellow Texans by relieving them of pain and restoring genuine quality of life. Dr. Henry’s passion for chiropractic care and for his fellow Texans is exhibited in many ways, not the least of which is serving on the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners since 2016. This is a volunteer and time consuming duty that Dr. Henry embraces as a way to give back to his profession, to grow as a professional, and to serve his community.

So, congrats Dr. Henry, and thank you for taking care of us in so many ways. Read Governor Abbott’s press release on the appointment here.


Work from Home Ergonomics Tips from Dr. Henry

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hello Everyone

Dr. Henry here from TexStar Chiropractic here in Austin. We’re going to keep the at-home neck and spine health instructional videos going because they appear to be making a difference for you. Thank you, Ryan for our TexStar Chiropractic at-home neck care tutorial, and Mariah for our at-home lower back care tutorial. Today it’s my turn and I’m going to offer some tips regarding proper ergonomics while working from home.

I cover several things in the video that you can do to take better care for your spine and neck: Periodically change positions (and how to do this), take breaks, how to sit straight correctly, elevate your monitor, keyboard positioning, and the benefits of using headsets. It’s all easy stuff, so sit back, watch, enjoy, and hopefully learn a few things that will make a difference for you.

Don’t forget to take these tips with you when you return to your office or normal workspace. As always, if you suffer acute and/or systemic pain that holds you back from the quality of life that you deserve, contact us anytime.


At-Home Exercises For Neck Stress and Pain

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 23, 2020

Hello again from your caring team here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. Given the warm feedback we received regarding last week’s blog post and video about at-home exercises for the lower back, we thought we’d serve up new video to address another common health complaint, neck pain. All of us here at TexStar Chiropractic understand the physical and mental stress associated with this pandemic, and that this stress can manifest itself into neck pain. In this video, Ryan, our lead rehabilitation technician, leads a short three-minute video depicting several exercises that you can accomplish at home and which hopefully will help you address discomfort within your neck.

Here is Ryan:

These are exercises designed for both the young and seniors alike. However, if you experience pain while doing any of these exercises STOP. Also, if you are already having pain that is not getting better with basic home care, call us. We can either give you some other home recommendations to try or get you scheduled for a visit in the office if needed.

Keep your chin up!


Texstar Home Core Exercises with Mariah

Darren Kincaid - Friday, April 17, 2020

Greetings All….

Today’s blog post is a follow-up to our latest TexStar Chiropractic blog post regarding home care. All of us here at Buda and Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic miss you, and we want to make sure that during this time when gyms are closed and our normal routines are interrupted that you are taking the time to exercise and keep your core strong. Mariah, the Buda office’s lead rehab tech has put together a great video demonstrating some great home exercises that you can do every day to keep your core strong. Keeping your core strong helps to stabilize your spine which will help you prevent back pain but if you are already having pain that is not getting better with basic home care, call us. We can either give you some other home recommendations to try or get you scheduled for a visit in the office if needed.

These are exercises designed for the young and seniors alike, but if you experience pain while doing any of these exercises STOP.

Here is Mariah:

The entire team here at TexStar Chiropractic send our best wishes to you and remind you not to neglect your physical and mental health during these most challenging times. We’re here for you!


TexStar COVID-19 Update - April 13, 2020

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 13, 2020
TexStar COVID Update

Hi Everyone!

Dr. Henry, Dr. Tran, and Dr. Woods here,

First off, we want to let all our wellness care patients know how much we miss you and that we can’t wait to see your smiling faces back in our offices soon. This too shall pass, and we will be here for you when it does (or sooner if you need us).

Secondly, for our patients that are experiencing pain, dysfunction or on acute care treatment plans there have been a few updates to local health care recommendations which will slightly change how your visits look here in our office.


    We will be extending our COVID-19 safety procedures through at least April 30th.

    We are further limiting the number of treatment slots we are offering to enable us to maintain good social distancing in the office. We ask that your guests wait outside when possible or let us know they are coming so we can plan accordingly. We also ask that if you are early you call us before coming into the office. We apologize for any inconvenience.


    We have arranged specific treatment windows for our higher risk patients due to greater than expected demand. Our older and immunocompromised patients that are in enough pain to need care now can be seen with very limited contact from staff and no contact at all with other patients.


    Following updated CDC recommendations our treatment staff will be wearing face masks when distancing is not possible such as during your adjustment and hands-on rehab. We also recommend that you follow the local recommendations of wearing a face covering when you are out anywhere in public when maintaining 6-foot separation isn’t possible.


    We will continue the social distancing and sanitation practices that we have outlined in our previous email.


We want to remind you that if you are having pain that is not getting better with basic home care then call us before coming in and we may be able to recommend some other things for you to try at home.

Finally, remember that if you are in pain don’t wait until it’s unbearable. We want you to try home care first but don’t let a small thing that can be corrected in one or two visits turn into a bigger issue that will require more care or worse a visit to an ER or urgent care.

You are all in our thoughts. Stay safe and call us (512) 899-2228, text us (512) 956-0111, or email us if there is anything we can do to help.

Sincerely,
Your TexStar Chiropractic Team

 


TexStar COVID Update

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
TexStar COVID Update

We are Still Here to Serve You

Since our last notice went out both state and local authorities have issued directives to help to manage healthcare resource shortages and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Today, March 24th , Travis County has issued a “Stay Home – Work Safe” order which mandates citizens to only leave their residences to perform Essential Activities, such as procuring groceries, going to doctors’ appointments, or going to work if they work in an Essential Service industry.

In today’s directive county officials strongly encouraged all Essential Service providers, such as our office, to remain open if they are able to do so.

How We are Doing Our Part

Before these directives came out TexStar had already taken steps to postpone non-essential appointments, while ensuring that those who needed us most could still access care. (see our March 18th email)

Our focus will remain on taking pressure off the rest of the health care system, and other essential service providers while they work tirelessly to deal with the effects of this virus.

To do this we are extending or enacting the following measures:


    Scheduling priority will be given to Essential Service Providers such as doctors, nurses, first responders and the service workers that ensure that those isolated at home have what they need

    We will continue to postpone all non-essential care until April 13th (unless local recommendations change)

    We are strictly enforcing social distancing, patient screening, and CDC recommended sanitation measures in our offices

    We ask that all patients who are 65 and above or immunocompromised postpone any care in our office unless their symptoms are severe enough that they would otherwise seek care in medical office, urgent care facility or emergency room

What we Need from You:


  • If you feel like your care can wait until April 13th call us to reschedule your appointment

  • Arrive within 5 minutes of your scheduled appointment time so that we can better control the number of patients in our office at any one time call us to reschedule your appointment

  • Come to your appointment alone unless assistance is needed

  • If you are a senior or immunocompromised but feel that you need to be seen, call our office to discuss with one of our doctors if postponing care is possible for your situation

  • Stay home if you or someone you have been in close contact with in the last 14 days has had any signs of respiratory infection, a fever of 100.4, a cough, shortness of breath, been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or traveled internationally

    Just remember that we are here for you even if we can’t see you in person. If you have questions, concerns, or just need to say hello please give us a call.

 


Thirty-Nine Weeks Pregnant and Feeling Much Better

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Here’s another feel good story for all of us here at TexStar Chiropractic. Below is a success story about how we helped Brittany, our patient with pregnancy-related upper and lower back pain. We encourage those of you out there who believe your pregnancy is contributing to neck and/or back pain to call and discuss the merits of prenatal and post-natal chiropractic care. Take a moment and listen to the testimonial below and know that Brittany is not alone in enjoying the therapeutic rewards of prenatal chiropractic treatment.

Hey guys, I am a patient here at TexStar Chiropractic. I came in here because I had a lot of upper back pain and lower back pain. I'm obviously very pregnant, I'm 39 weeks pregnant. I had heard wonderful things about chiropractic care, was a little nervous, but decided to give it a try. I've been seeing Dr. Woods for my last seven visits and I've had wonderful results. I have a lot more mobility in my lower body and lower back. Also the pain that was coming in from my upper back and around my side is gone. So I've been really impressed with the care and the services that I received here.

Pregnant and suffering neck and/or back pain? At TexStar Chiropractic here in Austin, we’re here for you. Give us a call!


LaDon’s Right-Side Pain Gone in Two Visits to Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Well, it took all of two chiropractic treatments here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic to eliminate essentially all of LaDon’s pain. She came in with acute pain up and down the right side of her back. We applied a number of chiropractic care techniques to successfully address her pain. Take just a moment to hear from LaDon herself about her successful chiropractic treatment results.


Never accept pain as something that you simply must live with. Not all back pain gets better on its own. Often times the exact opposite occurs and conditions continue to worsen without treatment. Allow us the privilege to definitively assess the specific causes of your pain and then to confidently put you on the path to rapid recovery. Call TexStar Chiropractic here in Austin today!


Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic Made Her Feel Ten Years Younger

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 24, 2020

Today we’re going to share April’s story, a typical story that all of us here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic like to go home and tell our family about.  April suffered lower back injuries in a bad auto accident. Like many, she procrastinated getting treatment thinking that ultimately her back would just fix itself.  But it didn’t, but listen to April in her own words that immediately during and after her first chiropractic lower back treatment here in Austin, her pain subsided. Now she feels ten years younger!  

Hi, my name is April and I just got through the treatment here at Dr. Henry’s place, TexStar Chiropractic here in Austin, Texas. And I feel fabulous. I feel about ten years younger. It’s incredible, really, the moment you get up from the table after his chiropractic treatment. I believe anyone would feel so much better, it’s just that I didn’t expect it. I’m so relieved at how much better I feel. I feel more energized, the pain level has lessened, so it is so worth it to come here. And what brought me here was an auto accident. I jammed my spine up, and I just got tired of thinking it would feel better, when it didn’t. 

You too can start your journey toward reduced (and often totally eliminated) spine and neck pain, call TexStar Chiropractic Austin today!


Introducing “Chiropractic Intersegmental Traction Therapy”

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 05, 2020

We take great pride here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic to offer our patients numerous chiropractic treatment technologies. In this blog post we’ll briefly introduce to you a specific and very effective chiropractic treatment for neck and back pain, “Intersegmental Traction Therapy”.

When you visit our webpage dedicated to intersegmental tractional therapy, our Dr. Ryan Woods, DC, offers a very informative video about how we integrate a specialized chiropractic treatment technology into our intersectional traction treatment services. You will be interested to view and learn about the highly specialized intersegmental traction therapy tables used to reduce pain and stiffness within our patient’s backs and necks. Intersegmental traction therapy is but one of many chiropractic treatments options that can be built into your chiropractic care plan. Many of our patients describe measurable relief from pain and stiffness after their very first comprehensive treatment here at TexStar Chiropractic.

Call and let’s discuss how you too can reduce or eliminate the acute and/or systemic pain that holds you back from the quality of life that you deserve. Call us!


Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to You and Yours this Season

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, December 21, 2019
Texstar Chiropractic, Austin, Buda, TX

Christmas and Chanukah share a similar spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope into the world. These two holidays occur together this year, which makes this an even more special holiday season.

This is a season to reflect upon how fortunate we are to have you as our customers: our friends and neighbors. During these holidays, we wish you, your family, and your friends a safe, joy-filled, and relaxing season.

Warm wishes for a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, and a most Happy New Year! With peace, joy, and love this holiday season and beyond!


Chiropractic Treatment Ended Raquel’s Migraine Headaches

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 10, 2019

How many of you reading this are aware of the association between migraine headaches and the body’s neck muscle and core muscle groups? Very few we’re sure. Listen to Raquel tell her story about how Dr. Tran here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic authored a comprehensive chiropractic migraine treatment plan that included neck and core muscle strengthening for Raquel.

Hi, I’m Raquel. I started seeing Dr. Tran a couple of months ago. He’s helping me resolve issues that I’ve been having related to migraines. He developed a plan to help me strengthen my core muscles and my neck muscles. I can say I haven’t had a migraine since I started my treatment here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic which is GREAT! I feel much better!


Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 26, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic - Austin, Buda, TX

Daily or weekly dose had greatest benefit for those with significant deficiency

A new global collaborative study has confirmed that vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections. The study, a participant data meta-analysis of 25 randomized controlled trials including more than 11,000 participants, has been published online in The BMJ.

“Most people understand that vitamin D is critical for bone and muscle health,” said Carlos Camargo of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the study’s senior author. “Our analysis has also found that it helps the body fight acute respiratory infection, which is responsible for millions of deaths globally each year.”

Several observational studies, which track participants over time without assigning a specific treatment, have associated low vitamin D levels with greater susceptibility to acute respiratory infections. A number of clinical trials have been conducted to investigate the protective ability of vitamin D supplementation, but while some found a protective effect, others did not. Meta-analyses of these trials, which aggregate data from several studies that may have different designs or participant qualifications, also had conflicting results.

To resolve these discrepancies, the research team — led by Adrian Martineau from Queen Mary University of London — conducted an individual participant data meta-analysis of trials in more than a dozen countries, including the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. While traditional meta-analyses compare average data from all participants in each study, individual participant data meta-analysis separates out the data from each individual participant, producing what could be considered a higher-resolution analysis of the data from all studies.

The investigators found that daily or weekly supplementation had the greatest benefit for individuals with the most significant vitamin D deficiency (blood levels below 10 mg/dl) — cutting their risk of respiratory infection in half — and that all participants experienced some beneficial effects from regular vitamin D supplementation. Administering occasional high doses of vitamin D did not produce significant benefits.

“Acute respiratory infections are responsible for millions of emergency department visits in the United States,” said Camargo, who is a professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. “These results could have a major impact on our health system and also support efforts to fortify foods with vitamin D, especially in populations with high levels of vitamin D deficiency.”

The study was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health Research (U.K.).

Source: news.harvard.edu


New Evidence of Knee and Hip Steroid Injection Risks

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 20, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic, Austin, TX

In October of this year the Boston University School of Medicine released a study that is turning traditional hip and knee pain treatment on its head.

The healthcare world has known for a long time that continued corticosteroid use is not good for us. In fact, it is one of the few drugs we regularly use that, without a doubt, causes at least some damage to the body.

The accepted standard of care has generally been that getting an injection of corticosteroids into the joint space of the knee or hip every 3-4 months didn’t do enough damage to outweigh the benefits.

This made sense … sort of. After all, an injection is far less invasive than surgery and especially in cases dealing with arthritic pain, there aren’t a lot of good surgical solutions available other than total joint replacement.

The way these powerful drugs work is by mimicking the effects of cortisol, your body’s long-lasting fight -or-flight hormone. This is the stuff that is released after you have escaped from the lion, but when you know he is still out there hunting for you. It’s often referred to as our stress hormone.

Cortisol and therefore corticosteroids affect everything from brain chemistry to immune system function. In the case of joint tissue, it suppresses the body’s inflammatory response and immune functions. This anti-inflammatory effect is what makes it so effective at treating arthritic joint pain.

The problem arises with the fact that it also suppresses the normal repair mechanisms which allow our bodies to heal damaged cells in our bones, cartilage and ligaments.

What this new study shows is that the side effects and complications with these drugs appears to be far worse and much more common than we originally thought.

In the study they took a large group of people who had received a corticosteroid injection in their knee or hip some time in the previous year and re-evaluated them for changes. 4% of the knee patients and 10% of the hip patients already had radiologically visible complications less than a year later. That means on average, 8% of these patients had serious complications. This is a much higher rate than previously expected.

The most common complications seen were rapidly increased arthritic changes like degeneration of the bone and cartilage. Osteonecrosis which is a dying off of the cells in the bone was also seen along with fracture due to loss of bone density.

So, what does this all mean as a patient? The big take away from this is that you need to be pro active in discussing the pros and cons of any medical procedure with your doctor. That doesn’t just go for steroid injections. As we have seen in the news over the last few years there are quite a few other medical treatments that turned out to be more dangerous than previously thought, such as the use of opioid pain medication.

This does not mean that steroid injections are not still an option for some people. It does mean that this treatment has fallen much further down the list of things to try to treat your knee or hip pain. Luckily there are more noninvasive therapy approaches available than ever before and in response to the opioid epidemic, there is a push at the national level to remove barriers to people accessing this type of care. In many states insurance companies are enacting policies that will allow patients to see their chiropractor or physical therapist with no out-of-pocket expense in an effort to promote the use of safe alternatives to drugs and surgery.

References:

Boston University School of Medicine. "New evidence that hip and knee steroid injections more dangerous than thought: May accelerate arthritis, joint destruction." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 October 2019.

mayoclinic.org


Subluxation Defined

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic, Austin, TX

Here at our Austin Chiropractic care clinic, we take great pride in educating both our patients and the general public about neck and spine health. We’re proud of all of you for conducting your own research. We are thrilled to educate and answer your questions both within our Austin chiropractic blog itself. A recurring question that we answer is: “Just what is “subluxation” and how is it treated”?

When a vertebrae or other joint becomes misaligned or stops moving properly, it has historically been referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. These changes in normal joint biomechanics or “subluxations” can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, these altered movement patterns begin to put pressure and cause irritation to the nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation and associated tissue irritation interferes with the normal nervous system pathways that allow for communication between the body and the brain. This is why you may feel like your there is pain in your leg or tingling in your hands even though there is nothing wrong with your leg or hands. The message is getting scrambled due to interference on the line.

As time goes by and a subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs begin to degenerate. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by as the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. The body is an amazing machine. It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is and the longer it takes to restore normal function and health to the affected area.

How is subluxation treated? As you might expect it depends. It depends on your specific subluxation condition, the severity of your condition, and your overall physical condition. We very well may determine that a digital x-ray (accomplished right here in our Austin chiropractic clinic) is required to identify the type and severity of your subluxation issues. Together, we will author and execute a chiropractic physical rehabilitation plan designed to steadily decrease your spine, neck, or joint pain while systematically improving your quality of life.

Start the path to an improved quality of life. Contact Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic today!


Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic - Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy in Austin, Texas

In today’s blog post, we’d like to introduce you to the various types of chiropractic treatment services being offered here in our Austin chiropractic clinic. Essentially every service that we provide can be considered a sub-category of the physical rehabilitation of the back, neck, and spine. Below is a brief explanation and link to some of the more common chiropractic techniques that we employ on a daily basis. They can be employed singularly or in combination to rehabilitate physical impairments and disabilities that diminish quality of life:

Chiropractic Rehabilitation

The most common and well-known chiropractic treatments involve physical manipulation of the spine and joints. It is the most conservative (non-invasive) approach to address disorders of the neurological, skeletal, and muscular systems. Learn more about chiropractic physical manipulation here at our Austin clinic.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy involves the use of concentrated light energy to target damaged cells, reduce pain, and speed recovery of damaged cells. It is a painless and proven highly effective therapy applied to both acute and chronic conditions. Learn more about chiropractic cold laser therapy here at our Austin clinic.

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression therapy is designed to create negative pressures inside herniated or bulging discs which reduces abnormal pressure on spinal nerves. This is a highly effective way to reduce the pain associated with pinched nerves. The treatment sensation is that of a gentle stretch that is most often described as both pleasurable and relaxing. Learn more about spinal decompression therapy here at our Austin clinic.

Whole Body Vibration Therapy

Whole body vibration therapy is designed to reduce stress on ligaments, joints, and supportive tissues. The vibration stimulates muscle fibers, muscle cells, nerves, and increases blood oxygenation. Patients describe the treatment as both painless and exhilarating. Learn more about whole body vibration therapy here at our Austin clinic.

Balance and Posture Training

Poor posture is directly linked to compromised spinal health. Posture can be corrected by a strategic blend of targeted exercises and adjustments to the way one sits, stands, and lies. Patients report that their pain is systematically reduced via focused balance and posture improvement. Learn more about whole body vibration therapy here at our Austin clinic.

Knee Trac Mechanical Decompression

Knee pain is one of the most common complains that we address. We employ a patented system to separate the two main bones of the knee joint in order to reduce pain, increase function, and promote tissue healing. This treatment is used to treat arthritis, meniscus tears, joint degeneration, and a host of other degenerative conditions. Learn more about knee trak mechanical decompression therapy here at our Austin clinic.

Digital X-Ray Services

We are equipped and trained to employ the use of digital x-rays as required to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment plan. The use of X-Ray is supportive for the diagnoses of some conditions but not all. We employ the use of X-Ray technology only when it definitively contributes to condition diagnoses and assessment of treatment plan effectiveness. Learn more about digital X-Ray services here at our Austin clinic.

If you ever have any questions about your spinal health and/or the chronic or systemic pain that robs you of the quality of life that you deserve, then give us a call anytime. We are changing the quality of life for the better with comprehensive chiropractic care for our friends in Austin!


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!


Barely Able to Walk To Hiking in Four Treatments!

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 08, 2019

Wow, what a story regarding Austinite “Sandy” who turned to TexStar Chiropractic to treat her debilitating lower back pain. In this short video, Sandy explains how her medical doctor could not deliver pain relief without strong medication. She describes how she reached her pain management goals in just 10 short days after her initial chiropractic treatment. Sandy describes the results attained via TexStar's Chiropractic treatment in a single word….”amazing!"

"Hi, I'm Sandy. I started coming here about a week and a half ago. When I started here I could barely walk without pain. I had swelling in my back. I went to my primary doctors and all they gave me was, “Hey go on a rest and here's some medication to relax your muscle”. Then I came here and with the treatment they gave me four different appointments, I was able to see a huge difference from not able to walk, to being able to go on a hike. I went from not being able to bend over, to, “Hey, I can lift up this pen on the floor now." I was able to lift some weights, which is amazing in my opinion.

Results vary by patient, but Sandy’s testimony about rapid pain relief via TexStar Chiropractic treatment is a common story coming out of here. Similar video testimonials are posted throughout our TexStar Chiropractic blog. Call us! We’d love to do the same for you!


Patient Appreciation Week!

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Patient Appreciation Week


Texstar Chiropractic Patient Appreciation Week - Valentine's Day Promo

Cold Laser Chiro Treatment (Austin, Tx) -- A Surgery Alternative

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 01, 2019

Hello, all. This blog post covers the story of Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Scott Sigman, MD, and his stunning success in using MLS cold laser therapy, a non-surgical solution he uses to treat his patient's long list of injuries, aches, and pains. For years now, we've treated the great citizens of Austin with this same MLS cold laser technology and techniques that Dr. Sigman describes below. Like us, Dr. Sigman is on a focused professional quest to systematically reduce invasive surgical procedures in exchange for non-invasive and opioid-sparing surgeries. The success of chiropractic treatments  (that include non-invasive MLS cold laser and its opioid avoidance trait) are systematically driving Americans away from surgery centers and into chiropractic treatment centers like ours here at South Austin's TexStar Chiropractic. As you read Dr. Sigman's testimony, keep in mind that non-surgical pain relief is available immediately to all of you right here in Austin.  It's just a phone call away!

Enjoy Dr. Sigman's story.

CHELMSFORD -- Dr. Scott Sigman hopped up on the examination table in one of Ortho Lazer's treatment rooms on a recent November afternoon, and technician Keri Rouleau positioned the M6 Class IV cold therapy laser over his left heel.


Everyone in the room put on their green protective eyewear. Rouleau fired up the machine, and it emitted a bright red light that was trained on a problematic spot on the back of Sigman's foot. The doctor became a patient of his own practice.

His Achilles tendinitis is a condition that is often vexing even for orthopedic surgeons like himself to treat.

Other ailments such as plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow, Sigman said, also don't have very good options for treatment -- but Class IV cold laser therapy is showing great promise to treat these and many other acute and chronic conditions, including osteoarthritis, nerve, muscle and ligament injuries.

The treatment is popular around the world in both human medical and veterinary use, but has been slow to gain acceptance in the U.S., he said. It doesn't change the course of a disease, but it can successfully treat symptoms and provide relief, Sigman said.

"It can be to help prevent the need for surgical intervention," he said. "It can be used after surgery as well to reduce pain and inflammation, reducing the need for post-operative medication. It also works exceptionally well for acute injuries."

The therapy works by stimulating cellular mitochondria in the affected area, Sigman said. Often called the powerhouse of the cell, mitochondria creates energy through production of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, he said. Activating the mitochondria helps increase the rate of cell growth and repair, and down-regulates the nerve "so that it doesn't continue to send those signals to your brain that this thing hurts," Sigman said. Dr. Scott Sigman at his new facility in Chelmsford, Ortho Lazer, which uses cold therapy lasers to treat orthopaedic pain. SUN/Julia Malakie

Sigman is well-known across the country for the successful opioid-sparing approach to surgery he and Dr. David Prybyla began at Lowell General Hospital five years ago, using a combination of non-addictive medications and long-acting anesthetics.

Since then, he said opioid-sparing surgery has become his passion and he's continued to look for alternatives to reduce the need for surgery and exposure to narcotics. He became aware of Class IV cold laser therapy through his travels, and after months of research, decided it was something worth pursuing.

Sigman first began offering the Food and Drug Administration-cleared therapy to patients in July at North Chelmsford-based Orthopaedic Surgical Associates of Lowell, where he is a partner. Because of the successful outcomes and demand, he decided to open Ortho Lazer as an independent company at 227 Chelmsford St. on Sept. 24.

He said he's in the process of also setting up an Ortho Lazer Foundation, which will take a percentage of the practice's revenues and contribute the funds to local organizations working to combat the opioid crisis and help those in recovery, such as Megan's House in Lowell, which recently honored Sigman for his work.

After only a couple months in operation, growing interest, spreading mainly through word-of-mouth, has already brought Ortho Lazer to 80 percent capacity, treating about 70 patients per day, Sigman said. There are five laser technicians, with three operating at all times. Sessions are about eight to 10 minutes each, and patients can't feel the laser, Sigman said.

Ortho Lazer is only open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, but he said he hopes to expand to offer evening and Saturday hours within the next couple months.

It's not a walk-in clinic -- prospective patients must be referred by medical professionals for specific diagnosed conditions, or request their medical records be sent to Ortho Lazer for review by a clinician, Sigman said.

He said there is a large demand for non-surgical treatment options. Laborers such as electricians, plumbers ad drywallers, for instance, suffer a lot of shoulder problems and injuries, and will forego surgery because it means being out of work for an extended period of time, Sigman said.

A full rotator cuff tear will require surgery, he said. But cold laser therapy can help to relieve the pain of many partial tears and shoulder bursitis, pushing off the need for surgery for a period of time, Sigman said.

Unlike repeat cortisone shots, for example, that can affect other areas of the body and diminish in effectiveness, laser therapy can be done as much as needed without restriction, he said.

While the treatment has shown to have as much as an 80 percent to 85 percent success rate in providing significant pain relief for as long as 10 months to a year in certain cases, it currently isn't covered by commercial health insurance or Medicare, Sigman said. He said he does not anticipate that will occur until more extensive randomized controlled trials are performed in the U.S.

In order to make the treatment more accessible to local patients, Sigman said he set the price at $60 per treatment, the lowest in the country. He also offers discounts for what he called bilaterals -- full price for one knee, half price on the other if done at the same time, for instance -- and $45 per session for those who come back for maintenance treatments after the initial course.

Flexible-spending and health-savings accounts can also be used to pay for the treatment, Sigman said.

Jim Ahearn, 71, of Haverhill, was at Ortho Lazer recently for the last of six prescribed treatments following right knee arthroscopic surgery performed by Sigman earlier this month. Sigman also performed the surgery on Ahearn's left knee, which suffered from similar arthritis and meniscus tear, in 2012.

Ahearn said he had first tried cortisone shots and an initial round of cold laser therapy on his right knee, but it soon became apparent that surgery was necessary. A man who doesn't like to take painkillers, he said the relief from the post-operative cold laser treatment was immediate.

He's not quite ready to get back to doing the level of yard work that he's accustomed to, but said he's well on his way.

"I'm probably 99 percent pain-free, from the combination of (Sigman's) surgery work and laser treatment," Ahearn said.

For more information, contact Texstar Chiropractic.


Eric Recovered from Back Stiffness

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

"I came in about six weeks ago. I had some stiffness in my back it didn't want to let it get to the point where I was disabled but I knew something was wrong. I came in and everybody definitely understood, they're supportive of not waiting until it was terrible. I'm able to get my x-rays and see exactly what was causing the discomfort and they're able to stop it from getting any worse. I feel a lot better now and felt my posture is improving overall. Muscle balance is improved a lot and it's been very well worth the experience."


Live Your Best Life Pain-Free!

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 29, 2019

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Live your best life pain-free!

#ThinkChiropractic

 


Cold Laser Treatment Relieves Sheryl’s Foot and Hip Pain

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 24, 2019

The big difference since I've started here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic is that the pain is not only decreased, but it does not accelerate during the day like it used to. It got much worse, you see.  By 3:00 o'clock, I was in a chair with ice on my foot and my hip.

I'm hiking again.  Short hikes but I'm hiking. I’m going to the park, which is really fun because the pain doesn't happen as often nor with the intensity as before. I'm sleeping through the night. I used to wake throughout the night because of the pain, especially in my hip.

I could only wear tennis shoes, and I'm now wearing sensible shoes but I'm wearing nicer shoes. It's fun and I really appreciate everything they've done here at TexStar. It's been an amazing experience. I had kind of given up. I don't want to take meds for arthritis. I just want to use a healthy approach and that's what we're doing here.

I really appreciate the work they've done with cold laser therapy. It has really made a difference.  Thank you.

Sheryl, we celebrate your significant liberation from pain and a return to the lifestyle that you love. Your experience, your story, and our relationship is truly rewarding and genuinely appreciated. We hope others with similar pains and ailments call us and experience for themselves how chiropractic treatment can change your lives.


Habits: Making Them and Breaking Them

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 08, 2019

As I’m writing this, it is the first week of the new year which for a lot of us is a time to reflect. This is the time when we think about what we accomplished in the last year or maybe didn’t. It’s also a time when we look forward, set goals, and make resolutions. The big factor that links last year’s actions and next year’s potential is habits.

Whether we realize it or not, habits dictate an incredibly large part of our daily behaviors. Everything from what we eat, to how we dress, to our exercise routines, and even how we think is strongly driven by habit. It’s just how our brains are wired.

This means that to make changes in our lives we must hack into our programming and rewrite some of these coded behaviors. For anyone who has tried to quit smoking, overeating, or any other difficult-to-change behavior we know that changing those patterns is much easier said than done. So today I want to talk about that and possibly give you some information to make that a little easier.

Charles Duhigg wrote a great book called the Power of Habit and in it he talks about key habits and motivation. I want to break those ideas down a little and give you the highlights. Let’s talk about motivation first.

Motivation is the why behind our habits. Research has shown over and over again that people are far more likely to succeed in changing a habit when it is tied to a goal. This means that if you set a goal of working out three days a week just because you know it is good for you, your likelihood of turning that into a long-term habit is pretty low. On the other hand, if you set a goal, like being able to run a half marathon at the end of the year and you set up a training schedule as part of working toward that goal, then you have a really good chance of actually sticking with that routine even after you have reached your goal. The difference is that doing something just for the sake of doing it is not a strong motivator in our brains, but working toward something we want fires the reward centers in our brains and will keep us coming back for more.

Key habits are habits that have a trickle-down effect. We are not very good at changing lots of things at once, but when we focus on a goal and change a key habit in order to achieve that goal, the benefits can be far reaching. Let’s take our training for a half marathon example. If you are overweight, have poor eating habits, and never exercise you have a pretty daunting list of things to change. By setting a goal and then picking one habit to change that is related to the others, it will make it possible to change them all over time. So, in our example goal of running the half marathon the Key Habit would be adding an appropriate exercise/training routine. As our training routine becomes more demanding, diet will naturally change to accommodate it. It’s very hard to go for a 13-mile run after eating a heavy burger and fries. The weight loss will also happen without requiring too much specific mental and emotional energy directed at it.

Breaking bad habits is a lot harder than adding good ones. Whenever possible we want to replace a bad habit with a good one versus focusing on just stopping the bad habit. For example, when we do dietary counseling in our office one of the first things we do is look at where we can add things in. If you love chocolate cake and the first thing we do is cut it from your diet then you are not likely to stick with the diet changes we are trying to make because all you can think about is chocolate cake. On the other hand, if I tell you that you need to get at least 5 large servings of vegetables in per day but once you do the rest of what you eat is up to you, at the end of the day you don’t have much room for chocolate cake, so you cut back on that as a necessity. That’s called overwriting habits and it is a very successful approach to making lasting changes.

In closing, I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthful new year full of lots of great new habits!

Michael P. Henry DC
Clinic Director of TexStar Chiropractic


Happy Holidays from TexStar Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Happy Holidays from TexStar Chiropractic

Our warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at TexStar Chiropractic. Calendar year 2018 was, and continues to be, a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of your faith and trust in us.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the foundational recognition that "your success is our success". Our New Year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening partnership and to deliver ever increasing value to you, your business, and your family through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. All the best! Cheers!


TexStar Blog Holiday Message

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX TexStar Blog Holiday Message

We want to extend our warmest wishes to you and your family this holiday season from the entire team here at TexStar Chiropractic.

Calendar year 2018 was (and continues to be) a truly remarkable year for us. We have had a lot of exciting changes this year including a remodel of our office and the addition of Dr. Tran to our team.

What truly has made this year remarkable though, is how many wonderful people we have been able to get to know through TexStar. The joy that each and every one of you bring to our personal and professional lives is what makes all of us excited to come to work every day. This practice exists for you and because of you.

As calendar year 2019 approaches we reflect upon both the successes that we have shared together in improving your quality of life, as well as some of the setbacks in health or life that we may have had to deal with together.

Our New Year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our ever strengthening relationship with our patients and to deliver ever increasing value and results for many years to come.

Throughout this holiday season may you be surrounded by friends, family, and those you love.

To your health! Cheers!


Gabby's Neck Pain is Gone -- Now Sleeping Restfully

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Lead In: Gabby H's story (see attached video) is an inspiring story about debilitating neck pain and how it once robbed Gabby of the quality of life she deserves. Gabby's smile throughout the entire video speaks to why all of us here at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic celebrate coming to work!



Imagine persistent neck pain denying you of a good night's sleep and unable to concentrate at work. Gabby and her entire chiropractic support team worked together to end that pain and this video of her smiling with neck pain in her rear view mirror is simply fantastic!

Gabby, we're happy for you and are all rewarded by working with and for you!

Here's here testimony:

Before I came in I had trouble sleeping, I couldn't work out, I was going to work in pain. Now, just after a few weeks, I was finally able to work out for the first time in months. My neck is finally in relief, I'm able to sleep, so YEAA!


Caryln’s Rib Cage Alignment Problems Solved

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 15, 2018

I started coming to south Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic Clinic about three years ago. I was having a lot of pain that I was unable to explain. I saw lots of different doctors. I saw rheumatologists, pain doctors, but they were never able to explain or get to the root of the problem.



When I came TexStar, we discovered that my rib cage was shifted, and that was what was causing the pain. We were able to fix it with spinal decompression treatment and other spinal manipulation techniques employed by the doctors there at TexStar. I keep coming back to periodically realign my rib cage, back and spine.


Word Class Athlete Uses Chiropractor as Primary Care

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 01, 2018

Hello once again from south Austin’s leader in chiropractic care services. With athletes of all types increasingly seeking our treatment, we thought you might like to view the story of world-class endurance athlete and climber Colin O’Brady’s testimony about how he considers his chiropractor to be his primary care provider.

Colin discusses his use of chiropractic services as not only a cure for various aches and pains but also as a preventative health care measure. We’re delighted to see Austin’s athletes (athletes of all sports and all classes) increasingly turn to chiropractic care services (spinal decompression, Cold Laser Therapy, and more) to improve their athletic performance. But the real victory delivered by chiropractic services is not improved athletic performance, but rather the improved and sustained quality of life benefit of proactively tuning you neck and spine for a lifetime of pain free living.



You should consider your neck and spine as foundational pieces of your athletic equipment. Whether that equipment needs repair or routine maintenance, the kind and caring professionals at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic are there to raise your game on the court, on the field, and the game of life in general.


Hairdresser’s Long-Time Back Pain Now GONE!

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, September 15, 2018

Hi my name is Caitlin and I've been coming to Dr. Henry at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic Clinic for about three years now. When I first started coming I was in a lot of pain because I do hair for a living. I'm on my feet all the time. I just felt a lot of pain and discomfort in my back, my lower back, my upper back, and my neck. So now that I've been coming to Austin’s Texstar Chiropractic for a while I am down to only coming about twice a month. In that time I had little to no pain and between my visits! Chiropractic treatment makes me work a lot more efficiently. TexStar Chiro has and very great staff and we love them all.


TexStar Puts Competitive Athlete Back In the Game!

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, September 01, 2018

Hello my name is Andrea and I just want to tell you about my amazing experience with Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic.

I was training really, really hard for my competition within my bootcamp. I pretty much blew out my hamstring two days before the competition. My trainer recommended that I come to see Dr. Henry at Austin’s Texstar Chiropractic.

I've never been to a chiropractor before. I came over and he basically hooked me up and within half-an-hour my leg felt completely better. Two days later I was able to compete in CG games and I actually placed in my age category, which is the older category, but still I was very very pleased with the results. So I just want to give a shout out to Dr. Henry and TexStar Chiropractic!


Final Week for $50 New Patient Visit

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX Supports Wags Hope and Healing

Austin, TX, August 28, 2018

Just a quick reminder that you all have until Friday (August 31) to take advantage of our "New Patient Start-Up Special" and your chance to support Austin area animal rehabilitation and adoption.  New Patient Start-Ups are just $50 in August (A $205 value!) and that fees goes directly to Wags, Hope and Healing.  

But this isn't all about our four legged friends, it's about getting you (and or a family member) out of the back and neck pain that so many of you have come to accept.   The chiropractic professionals here at south Ausin's TexStar Chiropractic take great pride in our success in treating patients with back pain, neck pain, and headaches. 

With school sports ramping up, we remind you that we work wonders in treating sports injuries and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments and joints. We encourage local athletes and parents of local athletes to take the advice of the legions of medical doctors across America who increasingly recommend the conservative chiropractic approach to treating neurological, skeletal, and muscular disorders before reverting to surgery and/or opioid medications. 

Once again, help yourself and Austin-area animal rehabilitation/adoption by taking advantage of our $50 new patient start-up offer which is good through FridayVisit our Facebook page for some feel-good stories about us, our pets, and to learn more about what we offer here at TexStar Chiropractic.  

TexStar Chiropractic Clinic is in Southwest Austin TX, right across from the Travis Country neighborhood. We serve the community with cutting edge technology and a noninvasive, conservative approach to health care. We have years of experience in treating patients with a multitude of painful and complex conditions so please share this message with anyone who might need professional spine and/or neck pain treatment while also wanting to give back at the same time.


August New Patient Fees Donated to Austin Non-Profit

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, August 02, 2018
Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX Supports Wags Hope and Healing

Austin, TX, August 2, 2018

In keeping with our tradition of donating to high-impact Austin-area non-profits, throughout the entire month of August we will donate 100% of the New Patient Exam fees that we collect to Bastrop's "Wags Hope and Healing"!  "Wags Hope and Healing" is an incredibly effective dog rescue, rehabilitation, outreach, and education  non-profit.  More on them in just a moment.  Let us first tell you why we do this.

Simply put, our charitable giving promotes healing....both yours and ours.  It heals all of us here at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic because we're all in this together, and by working as a team in support of worthy causes, it nurtures the positive mental attitude that resonates within TexStar Chiropractic.  In fact the positive energy here at TexStar is often mentioned within our patient testimonials.  A positive mental attitude is infectious, and when our patients witness it here it positively effects both their attitude and their healing.

So a little more now about "Wags Hope and Healing".  You can learn more about them at their website, but here's a quick summary of their mission and vision:

  • Rescue: Save dogs from death, cruelty, abuse, neglect & homelessness.
  • Rehabilitate: Care for and find loving homes for dogs who were victims of abandonment, abuse, or neglect.
  • Outreach: Provide behavioral training to both dogs and owners and provide low-to-no cost spay and neutering services.
  • Education: Actively advocate for animals by educating and informing community leaders and law enforcement.

In order to make it easier for everyone to help spread the message about the good things happening at Wags, once again we are reducing our new patient fee to only $50, which will cover a thorough consult and exam, any necessary x-rays, and a detailed report of findings. For anyone who has been putting off getting help for their neck, back, or joint problems, our $50 August promotion is an opportunity that can not be missed.

We are really excited about this opportunity and hope that you will help make this a success so we can do it even bigger next year.

TexStar Chiropractic Clinic is in Southwest Austin TX, right across from the Travis Country neighborhood. We serve the community with cutting edge technology and a noninvasive, conservative approach to health care. We have years of experience in treating patients with a multitude of painful and complex conditions so please share this message with anyone who might need professional spine and/or neck pain treatment while also wanting to give back at the same time.


Christina's Neck Pain Relief at Texstar

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 20, 2018

When I first came to TexStar Chiropractic here in Austin, I had some pain in my neck. Dr. Henry put me on a treatment plan that was really good for me. It got me to the point of maintenance.

And then a few months ago I had a car accident. So he put me on a treatment plan to help me. The thing I really appreciate about Dr. Henry and Dr. Tran is that it’s really about getting you to the point of maintenance. But also, there’s an element of whole health care there. So, he’s not just looking at specific places in your body, but rather making sure everything is taken care of.


CJ Limped But Now Plays Pickle Ball and Dances

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 13, 2018

Here’s the story of our patient CJ, who has implemented regular recurring chiropractic treatment here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic as a core quality of life enabler. Three years ago she limped into TexStar barely able to walk. Today she walks three to five miles per day, plays pickle ball, and confidently engages her true passion, dancing. It’s a truly remarkable success story and the type of story that gives us all a remarkable sense of professional gratification. Here’s CJ’s testimony:


Hi I'm a patient at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic and have been for three years. When I started coming I was limping in the door. Today I feel really good, physically able to walk three to five miles on a good day. I'm able to play pickleball and dance which I do a lot of. Dr. Henry is very thorough what he does. He is very patient and answers all your questions thoroughly. He has a thorough practice of all different types of therapies that he applies to make you feel better. I'm very impressed with the staff and I highly recommend him to any of you out There!


Medical Doctors Increasingly Refer Patients for Chiropractic MLS Cold Laser Therapy

Darren Kincaid - Friday, July 06, 2018

Across the nation, medical doctors are increasingly referring patients out to chiropractic doctors for an amazingly effective and non-invasive form of treatment called MLS Cold Laser Therapy. Cold laser therapy is a core service offering by your trusted chiropractic service team here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic.



Cold laser therapy is celebrated by medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic care for its ability to accelerate healing and alleviate pain. This blog post presents the opinions of multiple medical doctors and chiropractors regarding the prolific success of cold laser therapy in treating various sources of pain and how this new treatment method is revolutionizing how the medical and chiropractic communities treat pain.

Dr. Richard Jacoby, MD, D.P.M.: it's probably the most transformative modality to come come down the medical pathway in the last 50 years.

Dr. Ronald Lederman, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon: Ninety percent of our patients are achieving almost ninety percent relief of their symptoms which is unheard of.

Dr. Henry Madalion, D.C.: It's going to revolutionize the way patients are taken care of.

Dr. Paul Ledezma, MD, D.P.M.: It's changed our practice in the ability to offer these types of treatments and the confidence I have and saying I can help you

Dr. Mark Kwartowitz, MD, D.O. You see someone that has such debilitating pain in their shoulder near their back. In one or two treatments and they're eighty ninety percent better.

Dr. Karl Lickteig, D.C: what we're seeing in the clinical practice both acute and chronic is just amazing.

Dr. Tracy Basso, MD, D.P.M: I think this is the frankly the edge of a tidal wave I think you're going to see within the next five years a significant shift in medicine towards utilization of this type of therapy for patients across the board across specialties.

Dr. Jean Santo, MD, Anesthesiologist/Pain Management Specialist: It's always better to be able to treat patients faster and get the results is in the shortest amount of time possible.


Knee Pain Patient Realizies “Dramatic Results” From His TexStar Treatment

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

I really didn't come in to address a knee problem I was here for other things but while I was here Dr. Henry talked about some new treatments that might help the arthritis pain in my knee. To be honest I said “sure okay let's try it” but I had almost zero expectation that it was going to work.

I understand the idea it makes sense for me to address the muscles that support a joint, but I've been told for so long that arthritis pain was best addressed with pain management with activity reduction, with just learning to live with it. I didn't really like any of those options but I had accepted them. So I just didn't think that anything else was going to work and so imagine to my surprise when I started seeing some results. I saw definitely a reduction in pain, my mobility has increased on the tennis court particularly. I'm jogging again and so that was the real surprise.

I came in with no expectation that nothing would change, and not only did they change, but they changed dramatically.


Car Accident Victim “Bri” Describes TexStar’s Role in Relieving Her Accident-Related Pain

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hi, I’m Bri. I’ve been coming to TexStar Chiropractic since I was in a car accident back in September. I’ve done a lot of therapy here, a lot of treatment. I highly recommend TexStar, they remember all things about you, they are very personable, are very personable. They are very fun to be around and are full of energy.

I’ve had a great recovery here at TexStar!


Dr. Tran Discusses TexStar’s Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 21, 2018

In this video, Dr. Tran discusses pediatric chiropractic care where issues with the pediatric spine can deliver debilitating pain to the child and if left untreated can have life-long consequences. Here’s Dr. Tran:

Hi Dr. Tran here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic Clinic. I’m here to answer a question about why a child may need chiropractic care.

Take a minute to think about the strain a baby goes through during childbirth or the falls that children take throughout their development that can put a strain on their spine. This can cause damage to the nerves that exit the spine because the nervous system controls all the organs of our body.

These 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.

Chiropractic care is completely safe and a natural alternative for addressing these symptoms at the root cause. So bring your child into our office to get their spine examined by one of our doctors at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic.


Fun at the Chiropractor? Laura Says It’s a TexStar Added Bonus

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 07, 2018

In this video, we hear the testimony of “Laura” who suffered horrible shoulder pain and a pinched nerve in her back. She describes how in just four short months she has returned to a virtual pain-free life. Her last comment is very interesting in that she comments about how her experience at TexStar is “simply a whole lot of fun”. Wow, all of us here are heart warmed by that comment. Here’s Laura’s testimony:

So when I first came to Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic Clinic I was feeling pretty awful. I could barely move my left shoulder and I had a pinched nerve in my lower back from an event and condition that is years old.

So I began treatment about four months ago. Now I am back to doing everything that I was doing before! I am pretty much pain free which I never thought possible. I must mention to you that coming here to TexStar is simply a whole lot of fun.


Adette’s Debilitating 15-Year Shoulder Pain is History!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 30, 2018

In this video, we hear the testimony of “Adette” who suffered debilitating pain for over 15 years. Her treatment by the entire staff of Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic leaves her “feeling alive” for the first time since she can remember.

OK, when I first started coming here I had been in a lot of pain for about 15 years. More recently I had been experiencing more debilitating pain. So I started coming to Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic and in the brief time that I’ve been coming here, it changed everything.

I feel so much better. I actually feel alive when I walk now. I feel good. Plus, since the first day I started coming here it felt and feels like family. From the phone call I made the first time to every single day that I come here I’m treated so great and I can tell that everybody genuinely cares.


Chiro Treatment of Knee Arthritis in Austin Texas

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 23, 2018

This video testimonial by one of our most appreciative patients describes how our patient had long given up on getting relief from his arthritic knee pain. He came to see Dr. Henry for treatment of his low back pain knowing that ailment could be addressed at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic. By chance he shared his frustration and search for arthritic knee pain treatment in south Austin .  Well, just watch the video below to hear a story about how Dr. Henry's knee treatments enabled him to return to the sports he loves: tennis and jogging. It's stories like this describing how TexSta's chiropractic treatment restored quality of live that deliver a true sense of professional reward to our entire staff.


I really didn't come in to address a knee problem. I was here for other things but while I was here Dr. Henry talked about some new treatments that might help the arthritis pain in my knee. To be honest I said sure okay let's try it, but I had almost zero expectation that it was going to work.

I understand the idea it makes sense to me to address the muscles and support a joint but I've been told for so long that arthritis pain was best addressed with prescription pain management or just learning to live with it. I didn't really like any of those options but I had accepted them and so I just didn't think that anything else was going to work.

So imagine my surprise when I started seeing some results. I saw definitely that my mobility has increased on the tennis court. I'm jogging again and so that was the real surprise is that I came in with no expectation that things would change. But they changed pretty dramatically.


A Video Tour Inside Our Austin TX Chiro Clinic

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 16, 2018

Hi. We produced this video to provide our audience with a concise description of our Austin Texas Chiropractic clinic, what we do, and how we operate. The video takes you inside our clinic, shares images of our staff, and briefly describes the types of chiropractic treatment services offered here at our south Austin clinic. We hope you enjoy it. Here's the transcript of the video.


When your neck or back hurts it's natural to just want relief but did you know that your back or neck pain could be a sign of a serious spine condition? Lasting relief requires an accurate diagnosis of the underlying problem and specialized treatment.

At Austin Texas' TexStar Chiropractic we provide conservative non-surgical spine care and we collaborate with medical specialists to give you the benefit of chiropractic and medical care combined. We offer a free consultation so you can meet our staff and discuss your condition with one of our doctors without cost or obligation. Next we will conduct a detailed examination and make sure that your spine problem is properly diagnosed and design a personalized care plan to get you fast relief.

Your plan might include high-level services like the patented MLS laser or spinaldecompression. If collaboration with a medical specialist is appropriate, we can make sure that you're seen promptly and conveniently. We'll explain everything to you in detail and answer all your questions before you start treatments.

Why wait or suffer any longer. You can stop living with pain and limitations pick up the phone and call our office or fill out the form on our website to schedule your free consultation. Take that first step right now!


MD Testimony About Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 09, 2018

Below is a partial transcript of the below video video where multiple health care professionals (including multiple orthopedic surgeon medical doctors) discuss the effective use of MLS laser therapy (a treatment we provide here at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic) in the treatment of neck and back pain. MLS laser therapy is a treatment option available to all patients here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. Multiple orthopedic surgeons in this video discus their decision to prescribe MLS laser therapy as an alternative to traditional surgery.


We hope you enjoy this video and if you wish to consider non-surgical alternatives to treating your back and or neck pain, please contact us today.

It's probably the most transformative modality to come down the medical pathway in the last 50 years. Ninety percent of our patients are achieving almost ninety percent relief of their symptoms which is unheard of. It's going to revolutionize the way patients are taken care. It's changed our practice in the ability to offer these types of treatments. I can help someone that has such debilitating pain in their shoulder near their back and in one or two treatments and they're eighty ninety percent better. What we're seeing in the clinical practice both acute and chronic is just amazing.

I think this is frankly the edge of a tidal wave. I think you're going to see within the next five years a significant shift in medicine towards utilization of this type of therapy for patients across the board. Doctors across various specialties have been amazed by Cold Laser therapy and its ability to accelerate healing and alleviate pain. I did my shoulder and knee and that night I realized that I had no pain in my shoulder or knee after one treatment.

It works by employing wavelengths of light which transfer energy to damaged tissues at the cellular level. This light triggers metabolic reactions in the cell that stimulate healing that stimulate reduced inflammation and stimulate pain reduction. I've used other other systems before and have never gotten the effect that I have with the MLS system. MLS laser therapy is the result of 30 years of research. MLS laser therapy has been well validated through a variety of clinical trials in some of the most world-renowned institutions worldwide. MLS laser therapy has meant relief from often intractable pain without medication without surgery. I'm getting amazing results.

Again, to learn more about MLS Cold Laser treatment here in Austin Texas, contact your Chiropractic care team at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic!


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!


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!



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.


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.  

Dr. Henry – “He’s A Miracle Worker”

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hi, I'm Sharon. I was referred to Dr. Henry (TexStar Chiropractic, Austin Texas) by my primary care medical doctor (Dr. Allen Sonstein) because my lower back was really bothering me.

I have arthritis, two different kinds but I didn't want to just go on pills. So I came to Dr. Henry. He's a miracle worker!

After the second visit here my back pain went away! I didn't need to think about it anymore. Then he went to work on my neck which I've been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and it's great too.

I just I love my Austin Texas Chiropractic center! I love their table that I lay on that makes everything feel good.


Sharon 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!


Chiropractic Adjustments for New Year's Resolution Aches and Pains

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hey, this is Dr. Henry coming to you again from TexStar Chiropractic here in Austin, Texas. I just wanted to wish everyone good luck with their New Year's resolutions that we're a couple of weeks into now, so hopefully you're doing really well with those.

Just as a reminder, for those of you getting back to the gym, maybe hadn't been in a while, for your body to fully function the way that it should, it has to move the way it should. So, those little aches and pains you are noticing, that's your body talking to you.

The third thing is that some insurance companies may have a limitation for the number of visits that you have per year. Again to make the most of it, use those visits you have for 2017, because then you get to start over again in January.

So, get in for an appointment, get adjusted, make sure that we can keep everything working the way it's supposed to, and you can get to that optimal you want to be in the New Year.


ACA Endorses Magniflex Mattress

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Austin's TexStar Chiropractic Discusses Female Veterans as Fastest Growing Chiropractic Treatment Patient Group

Here at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic, we consider the publications and the findings of the American Chiropractic Society (ACA) to be informative, accurate, and insightful. Today we thought we'd share with you a recent press ACA press release endorsing the Magniflex mattress. With our sole focus on helping our Austin Texas neighbors get relief from neck and back pain, informing you about an ACA-endorsed mattress makes perfect sense to us.   

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has endorsed one of the most popular mattresses by top Italian manufacturer Magniflex. The Magniflex’s MagniStretch, the only mattress currently endorsed by ACA, was put through rigorous review and testing to earn the association’s seal of approval.

The MagniStretch mattress was developed in cooperation with a leading orthopedic research team at Zaragoza University in Europe.

Sleep ergonomics is often an important part of conversations between chiropractors and patients," said ACA President David Herd, DC. "ACA is proud to partner with a company whose products help promote spinal health.

"Magniflex is flattered to have received an endorsement from such a highly-regarded health care organization," said Magniflex’s President Marco Magni. “The recent endorsement by the ACA is a testament to Magniflex’s commitment to superior quality and innovation. We’re proud of our ACA endorsement.

As always, we hope you find this information both interesting and useful. If you are an Austin area resident suffering back or neck pain, , we stand ready to answer any/all of your questions. 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.


Meet TexStar's Newest Team Member: Dr. Tran

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Hi, everyone I am D. Tran. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am a Texas native born and raised in Port Arthur. I spent my last 4 years practicing in my home town as a chiropractor. I treat pediatrics to geriatrics. I am certified in the Webster technique, which is a technique developed specifically for the pregnant patient. It optimizes health benefits for both the mom and baby. My goal is to educate and help as many patients as possible to obtain a better quality and pain free life. During my free time, I enjoy spending it with my wife, my two daughters, and our dog. When together we enjoy spending it outdoors and we explore all of Austin. So if you got a favorite spot in Austin that you would like to share, I would like to hear about it. I look forward to meeting all of you.

TexStar Chiropractic’s (Austin, Texas) focus is on quality conservative and non‐surgical care for disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system. We exercise treatment techniques such as cold laser therapy and various spinal decompression therapies to treat painful and debilitation conditions. Dr. Henry, Dr. Tran, and the staff at TexStar Chiropractic have experience in working on these conditions and are constantly searching for new treatments and technologies to help people recover more quickly and more completely.


Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Texstar Chiropractic - Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

If a friend, relative, or valued service provider has a website, give them the gift of a business Facebook “like” this Holiday season. This act is free and will literally take you 30 seconds or less. By doing so, you help your friend or relative further establish business credibility and trust from an online standpoint.

Why do this? The reason is simple. Facebook “likes” is something that business owners can refer to promote their business popularity and interaction with their clients. It is also a widely accepted conclusion that Facebook “likes” play some role in how a website converts visitors into customers.

So if you know anyone with a website and wish them well in business, take 30-seconds and “like” their business Facebook page. Look for the Facebook logo usually located at the top or bottom of the website’s home page. Then shoot them a quick note saying, “Happy Holidays. I recently “liked” your business Facebook page and wish you continued business success in 2018 and beyond”. It would be a kind gesture and one that cost you nothing other than 30 seconds of your time.

To all our regular readers of this blog, we wish you all Happy Holidays and only the best for 2018 and beyond.


Chiropractic Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Austin's TexStar Chiropractic Treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Did you know?

A carpal tunnel patient pays about $30,000 in medical bills and loses hours of productivity from work absences over his or her lifetime.  

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most expensive of all work-related injuries.

Your doctors here at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic can educate you about CTS and to advise you that chiropractic treatment is one of the fastest growing treatment solutions for today's CTS patients. 

What Is CTS?

CTS is a problem of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. CTS occurs when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones and soft tissues, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. The compression may result in pain, weakness, and/or numbness in the hand and wrist, which radiates up into the forearm. CTS is the most common of the “entrapment neuropathies”—compression or trauma of the body’s nerves in the hands or feet.

What are the symptoms of CTS?  

Burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers are most common. Some people with CTS say that their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. Since many people sleep with flexed wrists, the symptoms often first appear while sleeping. As symptoms worsen, they may feel tingling during the day. In addition, weakened grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist or grasp small objects. Some people develop wasting of the muscles at the base of the thumb. What’s more, some are unable to distinguish hot from cold.

What are some common treatments of CTS?

  • Steroid Injections around the affected nerve
  • Hand/Wrist Rehab to strengthen the hand muscles that support the carpal tunnel
  • Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending
  • Cold Laser Therapy to help reduce nerve inflammation
  • Pharmaceuticals to control the pain
  • Surgery to cut the ligament that encloses the carpal tunnel

How can your chiropractor help?

Chiropractic treatment can be effectively incorporated in lieu of surgery in many cases. For those who do require surgery, medical doctors increasingly refer their patients to the local chiropractor for post-surgical care.

Your chiropractor will likely employ a combination of joint manipulation and soft tissue treatments of the wrist and hand to help create a more stable carpal tunnel and allow the compressed nerves to heal. Your chiropractor will also likely recommend a customized regiment of hand stretching and strengthening exercises based on the unique nature of your case.

Contact us:

Dr. Henry and his team will gladly consult you on your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome issues and how you might resolve your pain without resorting to painful surgery or drugs. Call or contact us anytime!



Take Advantage of Your Insurance Before the End of the Year

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hello! I'm Kim, from TexStar Chiropractic with some end-of-the-year insurance tips. Those of you that have an FSA account, you may have a situation where those funds are only available until the end of the 2017 year. So, you may be in a situation where you have to use it or lose it. In that case, you want to definitely make an appointment, get your appointments done for the year, so that you make the most of those funds. 

The second thing is that many people have higher deductibles nowadays with their insurance, so if you've met your deductible then congratulations, it's time for the insurance company to pay. So, you definitely want to take advantage of this benefit that are already paid for and you deserve. So, make your appointment, get those in and utilize those benefits that you have. 

The third thing is that some insurance companies may have a limitation for the number of visits that you have per year. Again to make the most of it, use those visits you have for 2017, because then you get to start over again in January. 

The final tip is that this is a stressful time for a lot of people because the holidays. You want to definitely take care of your body so that you can have the most fun for the holidays. Definitely give us a call and let's get you scheduled and we'll take good care of you when you get here. So, happy holidays and have a great end of the year.


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.


Car Accident Victim in Austin TX Treated by Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 04, 2017

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


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."


Chiropractic Treatment: One of Your Most Safe Options

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

One of he most frequently asked questions of Dr. Henry is:  "Is chiropractic treatment a safe treatment option"?  The short answer is not only yes, but in fact it is one of your safest treatment options for a variety of persistent pains. 

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drugfree, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pain of the arms or legs, headaches, and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. 


The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching—similar to what they experience after some forms of exercise—headaches and tiredness. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

In addition to being a safe form of treatment, spinal manipulation and spinal decompression are incredibly effective, getting patients back on their feet faster than traditional medical care. For example, a 2010 study in the medical journal Spine found that patients with acute low back pain who received spinal manipulation achieved equivalent or superior improvement in pain and function when compared with other commonly used interventions, such as physical modalities, medication, education, or exercise, at short, intermediate and long-term follow-up.

If you live in Austin Texas and suffer chronic pain and seek a safe and potentially drug-free solution to your pain, Dr. Henry and his staff are ready and able to help.  Even if you simply have questions, call or contact our office today.  The conversation likely will change your life for the better!


Tips For A Healthy Spine

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Our friends at the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) generously share resources that we can pass along to you.  It is a shared goal of the ACA and us to offer you education and advice regarding overall spine and neck health.  All of us who treat spine and neck pain here at TexStar Chiropractic (Austin, Texas) are professionally rewarded to know that this blog (and the advice and tips that we offer) really do make a difference in people's lives. 

This blog post offers some very basic tips for maintaining a healthy spine as offered by the ACA to include tips on:  

  • Standing
  • Lifting
  • Sitting
  • Sleeping
  • Use of Technology

Read the entire work from the ACA here.  As you'll learn within this body of work, approximately 80% of the U.S. population either does (or will) suffer from some form of spinal pain.  Correcting bad habits that effect your spine will benefit you now and into the future.   We take great pride in both preventing neck and back pain for our Austin Texas family through this free blog and through thorough direct preventative health consults to our patients. Our chiropractic treatment services have well served the greater Austin community for years.  

If you have any questions about the ACA article or have any question at all about eliminating your back and/or neck pain, just give us a call!


Chiropractic Advice For Moms-to-Be

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Austin's TexStar Chiropractic Services for pregnant women

As many new mothers can attest, the muscle strains of pregnancy are very real and can be more than just a nuisance. The average weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds, combined with the increased stress placed on the body by the baby, may result in severe discomfort. Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers will develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. This is especially true during late pregnancy, when the baby’s head presses down on a woman’s back, legs and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve. And for those who already suffer from low-back pain, the problem can become even worse.

During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity almost immediately begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Although a woman’s sacrum—or posterior section of the pelvis—has enough depth to enable her to carry a baby, the displaced weight still increases the stress on her joints. As the baby grows in size, the woman’s weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks.

How Can Chiropractic Help? Before you become pregnant, Dr. Henry can detect any imbalances in the pelvis or elsewhere in your body that could contribute to pregnancy discomfort or possible neuromusculoskeletal problems after childbirth.

Many pregnant women have found that chiropractic adjustments provide relief from the increased low-back pain brought on by pregnancy. Chiropractic spinal manipulation and spinal decompression is safe for the pregnant woman and her baby and can be especially appealing to those who are trying to avoid medications in treating their back pain. Dr. Henry can also offer nutrition, ergonomic, and exercise advice to help a woman enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

Dr. Henry and his staff can also help after childbirth. In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy from improper lifting or reaching should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state to prevent further muscle tension.




How To Choose Your Doctor of Chiropractic Service

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Your friends here at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic are happy to inform that we've "checked all the boxes" that the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends for you to choose your doctor of choice.  Here are the ACA guidelines recommended for qualifying your chiropractic care team:

When Choosing a Doctor of Chiropractic, be sure the chiropractor has attended an accredited chiropractic college.

  • Dr. Henry earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the highly respected Parker University (Dallas, Texas)
  • Dr. Henry's graduated from the University of Texas with his Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology (Minor in Psychology)

Make sure the chiropractor is licensed to practice in your state. After graduating from an accredited chiropractic college, doctors of chiropractic must pass rigorous state and national board exams before they can practice.

  • Dr. Henry is not only licensed in the state of Texas but was elected (and still holds) his seat on the Texas State Chiropractic Association's Board of Director
  • Dr. Henry is a leader among his peers and one selflessly dedicated to both his patients and his profession. Learn more about Dr. Henry here!

Talk to the doctor. The chiropractor should be willing to answer your questions and should talk freely with you about your concerns and course of treatment.

  • We take great pride in availing ourselves to our patients at all times to promote strong spinal health. 
  • We avail ourselves (and invite you to contact us) to discuss how chiropractic care can (and will) change your quality of life!

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


Mobile Phone Text Neck and How To Prevent It

Darren Kincaid - Monday, May 08, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat neck pain, Austin, TX

This blog post is another in south Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic’s commitment to public education and the promotion of sound spine and neck health.  Last week we asked “What can you do today to give you the best chance to delay (if not outright avoid) age-related back and neck problems”?  In the past we have talked about spinal decompression therapy

as a way to repair some of the damage that may have accumulated during those years that you may not have taken such good care of your neck or spine.  Today (along with the help of our friends at “spine-health.com”) we continue by educating the millions of people suffering mobile phone use-related neck pain.  


Most people who suffer from a sore or stiff neck after having seemingly done nothing wrong simply conclude that they “slept wrong”.  Few give pause to consider their use of the mobile phone as a potential source of the newfound discomfort. If you’re like most people, you probably spend a little too much time hunched over a smartphone or other mobile devices, doing everything from socializing with friends to setting up important meetings. Unfortunately, this overuse can put your neck at an increased risk for poor posture and a painful condition commonly called “text neck.”

In our practice I am noticing this more and more in teenagers and young people. I would guess that we are currently seeing more people under the age of 25 than I did in my first 5 years of practice combined. This is also the first generation that has had access to smartphones during the extremely important growth years from early puberty to adulthood.

If you have text neck or have noticed more neck pain after using mobile devices, here are some tips to treat it.

Practice good posture

The average head weighs 10 to 12 pounds. But did you know that weight more than doubles when your head is tilted forward just 15 degrees? Worse yet, many people who text with their chin near the neck are tilting the head forward 60 degrees, which increases the load to about 60 pounds.
With that in mind, try to keep your head and spine in neutral positions with the ears directly above the shoulders throughout the day. For example, hold your phone or tablet up a little higher, closer to eye level to minimize stress on your neck. If you have a desk job, remember basic things such as using a chair that helps your back stay upright, keep your feet flat on the floor, and position your monitor at eye level to avoid looking up or down too much.

Improve strength and flexibility

Performing some neck exercises and stretches on a daily basis can help treat text neck as well as reduce the risk of painful recurrences. When your neck muscles are strong and flexible, they’re better able to hold good posture and less likely to have a painful spasm.
Keep in mind that muscles in your chest, shoulders, and back play key roles in posture as well. For example, people with text neck also tend to have tight and weakened chest muscles from hunching over too much. Many of these muscles work together, so it’s a good idea to keep all of them strong and flexible.

Take breaks

Movement is good for the spine, including your neck. When possible, try to take frequent breaks from staring at phones, tablets, and computers. If you have a job that requires talking on the phone a lot, consider getting a headset to avoid holding or cradling the phone by your head for long periods of time—it puts less stress on your neck and has the added bonus of allowing you to move around more.

Turn technology in your favor

There are phone apps available that can detect when your phone is being held at a bad angle for your neck. When the app senses a bad angle, it alerts you to hold the phone up higher.

Other ideas could include setting reminders on your phone for taking breaks throughout the day and using a pedometer to track steps and activity levels—becoming more active and spending less time looking down at a screen is a good thing.

If you have arm pain, tingling, or weakness in addition to neck pain, that could be a sign of a pinched nerve and should be checked by a doctor.

We hope these tips help you find relief from neck pain while you’re busy keeping pace in today’s digital world, and as always, stay healthy. As always, consider your friends here in Austin's TexStar Chiropractic to be just a phone call away to helping you understand and/or eliminate any neck or spine health concern.  


New Patient Exam Fees To Be Donated to Autism Speaks - Helping Families with Autism

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 01, 2017
Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX Supports Autism Speaks

Austin, TX, May 1st, 2017

Autism spectrum disorders are estimated to affect 1 in 68 children in the US according to the CDC. These numbers are staggering and really upsetting to us here at south Austin's TexStar Chiropractic. Since this is not a condition we can treat directly we want to find a way to help do something about it.

SO, for the month of May we will donate 100% of the New Patient Exam fees that we collect back to a leading organization on the front lines of Autism Advocacy, "Autism Speaks".

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

In order to make it easier for everyone to help spread this message and share this opportunity with as many people as possible we are reducing our new patient fee to only $50, which will cover a thorough consult and exam, any necessary x-rays, and a detailed report of findings.

We are really excited about this opportunity and hope that you will help make this a success so we can do it even bigger next year.

TexStar Chiropractic Clinic is in Southwest Austin TX, right across from the Travis Country neighborhood. We serve the community with cutting edge technology and a noninvasive, conservative approach to health care. We have years of experience in treating patients with a multitude of painful and complex conditions so please share this message with anyone who might need professional spine and/or neck pain treatment while also wanting to give back at the same time.


Chiropractic Spine and Neck Health Prevention - Investing in Your Back and Neck

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 24, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for neck, Austin, TX

Have you ever heard the term "a pound of cure is worth an ounce of prevention"? In the health care world we use this  expression to mean that with a small amount of care before a problem or symptom appears you can avoid the necessity of a lot of care or treatment once symptoms do appear.

This is especially true in chiropractic which focuses on the proper movement and function of the spine, joints, nerves, and muscles. The kinds of issues that chiropractors specialize in treating don't generally produce any noticeable symptoms when they initially show up. Small misalignment in a joints over time cause uneven wear and tear which eventually leads to painful conditions like osteoarthritis and joint degeneration. We can generally identify these issues years before they ever start to produce pain.

Just as routine dental cleanings along with home care like brushing and flossing help prevent tooth decay, regular chiropractic adjustments with home exercise help prevent early or uneven joint degeneration and the problems that come with it.

Ask any senior struggling to get around what they would give to go back and take better care of their joints in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s and I can promise you they would trade a lot. The earlier you start the bigger difference it can make, but starting to take care of your joints at any age will be an investment you wont regret.

For more information on spinal manipulation and other preventative spinal treatments we invite you to call us anytime. At south Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic, your health and happiness is our primary concern.


Chiropractic Manipulation 101

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 17, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Nonsurgical spinal decompression

There are well over 100 types of adjusting techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Typically, chiropractic doctors will focus on and utilize 2 or 3 different approaches in their practice. Here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic, we are trained and experienced in a multitude of adjusting techniques that enable us to deliver very individualized care. We feel it is important, however, to be sure that you understand the most common forms of treatment as they very well may be applicable to your treatment program. This introduction can give you some basic information but to find out more or to figure out what technique may work best for you will require a personal consultation. So we remind you here that you are invited to call us anytime for your free chiropractic care consult here in Austin.

The goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore or enhance joint function, with the goal of resolving joint inflammation, reducing pain, and increasing motion. Some approaches use a specific thrust applied by hand or with a small mechanical device, while others utilize what feels like a deep stretch or gentle pressure. These techniques are used on the spine and other joints within the body. They are often refereed to as spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, or simply and adjustment.

Chiropractic Manipulation Techniques

Doctors of chiropractic adapt treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each patient. Typically, a treatment plan in our office will involve some combination of chiropractic adjustments as well as other physio therapy options such as spinal decompression, active rehab, passive motion, muscle stimulation, or MLS Cold Laser therapy. Below are a few of the most common chiropractic adjusting techniques:

Diversified: the most commonly used form of spinal manipulation among doctors of chiropractic. The technique uses a very specific small and quick thrust by hand taking a joint just past its normal range of motion to restore normal function. This is often refereed to as a high velocity low amplitude thrust. 

Gonstead Technique: a hands on technique that expands upon traditional diversified adjustments using very specific patient positioning and adjusting styles. It also involves some unique diagnostic approaches to locating the areas of the spine that need corection.

Thompson Technique: generally uses a specific adjusting table that has moving pieces that allows gravity to help move a patient's affected spinal segments. It also utilizes tension on the leg musculature to asses problems in a patients spine. This is often referred to as leg length analysis.

Activator Method: a treatment method and adjusting device created as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine or extremity joints. This technique uses a small hand held instrument to deliver a very controlled impulse into a joint. This is a very low force technique that is good for anyone who has health issues that would contraindicate a manual adjustment or those who simply find it more comfortable.

SOT : stands for sacro occipital technique. It is a low force technique that addresses issues in the spine and extremities by looking at how issues in one part of the spine can create symptoms or complicate treatment of other areas. 

So, what’s next for you and your back pain?  Here at TexStar Chiropractic, we will carefully examine you and develop a treatment plan to address your specific issues and goals. We welcome the opportunity to educate you further on these subjects and a multitude of other options available to treat your unique spine and/or joint conditions. Contact us to see what we can do for you.


Back Pain and Spinal Bracing

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 10, 2017
Spinal Brace - Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX

Spinal braces are sometimes used in conjunction with chiropractic spinal decompression (and other treatment options such as cold laser therapy treatment) to treat chronic neck and spinal pain. Spinal braces limit motion, stabilize weak or injured spinal structures, and can prevent the progression of spinal deformity.

We’ve previously discussed how we use this blog to help educate both our current patients and the general public as well in our dedicated commitment to increasing the quality of life for both those who walk through our doors AND those who might never walk through our doors. We have discussed our relationships with doctors and other spinal care colleagues. Today we add the professional “Orthotist” to that list. The orthotist specializes in fitting and constructing custom spinal braces for back and neck pain sufferers.

Below are spinal conditions that are commonly treated with bracing. This list is not inclusive of every spinal condition treated with spinal bracing.

  • Kyphosis
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Whiplash

All of the above are complicated subjects and we gladly educate our patients on these (and other) subjects as the specific case arises. Today’s discussion on spinal braces is simply yet another reminder to those of you who think there is no end in sight to your back and neck pain. There is an end to your pain and it likely comes first in the form of professional chiropractic care in Austin and potentially when combined with other specialists such as the orthotist.

We are making a difference for those suffering back pain in Austin Texas and the surrounding areas. We commit ourselves to both treatment AND prevention. It is our commitment to back and neck pain prevention, that, in part, separates us from all other chiropractic service providers.


Chiropractic Treatment of Spinal Stenosis

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Once again, one thing that sets us apart from most chiropractic treatment practices is the TexStar difference, which includes a team philosophy. We team with a host of spine and neck professionals to deliver the most comprehensive, effective, and affordable path to relieving you of pain. Our continuing investment and commitment to produce educational blog posts is but one example of our genuine concern and hope that you all quickly achieve pain free living. Today we once again share the insights of our friends at Spine Health regarding the subject of Spinal Stenosis.

Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal cord in the neck (cervical spine) or the spinal nerve roots in the lower back (lumbar spine) are compressed. Symptoms of lumbar stenosis often include leg pain (sciatica) and leg tingling, weakness, or numbness. Arm pain is a typical symptom of cervical spinal stenosis. For cervical spinal stenosis with myelopathy, difficulty with coordination often occurs.

Stenosis treatment often involves non-surgical options that include chiropractic treatment, chiropractor-defined targeted exercise, anti-inflammatory medications, epidural injections, and activity modification) or back surgery.

Your trusted chiropractor offers several options for conservative (meaning non-invasive) treatments for lumbar stenosis. We treat lumbar stenosis via a combination of the following:

  • Activity modification. Patients are usually more comfortable when flexed forward. For example, many patients can ease leg pain and discomfort when walking by leaning forward on a cane, walker or shopping cart. We will show you how to modify both your sitting and mobile posturing to resolve you pain associated with spinal stenosis.
  • Exercise. We will define and teaching simple (but very effective exercises) that are proven to relieve pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. A targeted program of spinal stenosis exercises can prevent further debilitation arising from inactivity. Modifications to exercises can be made to ensure patient comfort. For example, stationary biking can be a beneficial treatment option because patients are sitting and positioned in a flexed-forward position while exercising.

Spinal stenosis is but one of many forms of back pain that we see and treat here in Austin Texas. We invite you to call and discuss anything related to you neck and spine health. TexStar


Stiff Necks and Your Spine

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 27, 2017

Hello again from your South Austin chiropractic care professionals at TexStar. We are willing to bet that the vast majority of you have woke to a neck so sore and stiff that you felt unsafe while driving your car. Sometime later that day (or week) it simply “worked itself out” and you didn’t give it a second thought. What if stiff necks, however, are a recurring problem in your life? How do you know if you simply periodically sleep wrong or if you might have some serious underlying condition?

We are happy to share the insights of our friends at Spine-Health who, like us, are patient-focused and freely allow us to share their education and advice on the subject of stiff neck pain.

When Is a Stiff Neck Serious?

A stiff neck can be annoying, but it is usually not cause for panic. In rare cases, however, it could signal the need for a prompt medical evaluation. This page contains some ways to know when a stiff neck might be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition.

See Chronic Neck Pain: What Condition Is Causing My Neck Pain?

If neck pain becomes chronic, it’s likely that some form of medical treatment or guidance
is needed to alleviate the pain. See Diagnosing Neck Pain

Red Flag Symptoms That Can Accompany a Stiff Neck

If a stiff neck is the result of a condition other than a strain or sprain, oftentimes other symptoms will also be present. In such cases, typically at least one other symptom will develop with or before the stiff, painful neck occurs.2

See Neck Strain: Causes and Remedies

Below are “red flag” symptoms that could indicate a potentially serious underlying medical condition is causing the stiff neck:

  • Fever, which likely signals an infection is being fought
  • Headache, especially if it seems different from previous headaches in terms of duration, intensity, or accompanying symptoms
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or unexplained drowsiness
  • Change in mental state, which could include confusion or mood swings
  • Coordination issues, such as dizziness or problems walking or writing
  • Weight loss that is not part of a diet change

These symptoms should motivate the individual to seek immediate medical attention, but they do not necessarily mean a serious condition or medical emergency is present.

Informative article, wouldn’t you agree? We know that often the more you learn, the more questions that arise. As always, that’s where we come in. If you have any questions about neck pain or about anything related to spinal health or pain, we welcome the opportunity to help you out. Contact us by phone at (512) 899-2228 or by webform.


Night Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 20, 2017

Some of our patients here at Austin Texas’ TexStar Chiropractic testify that their back pain tends to peak at bedtime. They are often perplexed because it seems logical that back pain would be worse during the day when you are straining your back’s condition during the day’s normal daily movements. Today we offer the insights of our friends at Spine-Health to explain the common causes for bedtime back pain and what you can do about it.

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Why is pain sometimes worse at bedtime?

During the day, you are distracted by any number of things. Work, kids, and so much more keep your mind occupied from the time you wake up until the time you are ready for bed. But when you lie down to sleep, you are deprived of many of these distractions. So then, it is easier to focus on your pain.

Additionally, your pain levels may be worse at night due to factors like poor posture and excessive sitting.

Minimizing bedtime pain

No single treatment works for everyone, but any of the following methods may help minimize your bedtime pain:

  • Visualization. In your mind's eye, try picturing a relaxing scene such as gentle waves rolling onto a beach. You can try counting the waves as you slowly drift off to sleep.
  • Deep breathing. You can practice deep breathing in any number of ways, but to begin simply inhale until the count of 4, and then exhale for the same amount of time.
  • Heat therapy. A disposable heat wrap can deliver pain-relief over the course of several hours to help you fall asleep.
  • Dissociation. This technique involves separating your pain from the rest of your body. For example, you can visualize your pain sitting on your dresser, and you can tell it to remain there for the night.

What to do if the pain won't stop

If the above strategies fail to bring you enough relief from your pain so that you can fall asleep, make sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic. He can review your sleep habits, and recommend proven courses of action to maximize your ability to sleep normally.

Additionally, your doctor may recommend other pain relief options, which could be combinations of spinal decompression, stretching, massage therapy, and low-impact aerobic exercise, and painless cold laser therapy to eliminate your back pain.

We this advice helps you find relief from your bedtime pain so you can wake up feeling rested and ready for your day.


What is Your Sciatic Nerve and Why Does it Hurt So Much

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, March 14, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment

Today we’re going to educate you on the Sciatic nerve. We’ll describe exactly what it is and inform you of the most common causes of sciatic nerve pain. Anyone who currently suffers (or has ever suffered) from sciatic nerve pain knows what REAL pain feels like. Before getting too deep into the subject, we want all of you to know that your south Austin chiropractic professionals here at TexStar Chiropractic are great at treating sciatic nerve pain patients. With hundreds of individual sciatic nerve treatments logged over the years, we can confidently advise you that REAL relief can be achieved, sometimes as early as your very first chiropractic treatment session. We’ll talk more about this later in the blog. Now, onto what is the sciatic nerve and why does it hurt so much.

Sciatic nerve pain affects millions of people. The pain can range from a minor nuisance to a debilitating problem. Despite its pervasiveness there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the topic. To help get you up to speed, here is what you need to know about both the anatomy of your sciatic nerve and the pain associated with it.

Your sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your entire body measuring about the width of a man’s thumb at its widest point. It begins as a bundle of nerve fibers (also called the nerve roots) in your lower spine. These nerve fibers exit through holes in the bones at the back of your spine.

The nerve travels through your pelvis and down the back of your leg. When your sciatic nerve reaches your knee it divides into two separate nerves: the Tibial nerve and the Common Peroneal nerve. The Peroneal nerve travels sideways along the outer part of your knee and then down to your upper foot. The Tibial nerve travels downwards toward your heel and the sole of your foot.

Why does your sciatic nerve hurt so much. The first thing to know about the pain associated with your sciatic nerve roots (commonly referred to as “sciatica”) is that sciatica is not a medical diagnosis. Rather, sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical disorder. Sciatica refers not only to symptoms of pain but also to numbness or weakness felt along your sciatic nerve. Here is a list of some of the most common underlying disorders that cause sciatic pain:

    Degenerative or herniated Spine Discs: Can cause the inflammatory proteins contained in your spinal discs to leak onto your nerve roots, which in turn can cause sciatica symptoms.

    Spondylolisthesis: This occurs when a stress fracture or instability allows one area of the spine to slip forward onto another, which can cause the pinching of the nerve roots.

    Piriformis Syndrome: Your sciatic nerve may be irritated as a result of piriformis muscle spasms. Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one half of your body and depending on where your sciatic nerve roots are compressed, your symptoms may be felt in various places of your leg and/or foot.

So, how might you be expected to be treated here at TexStar? We combat sciatic nerve pain using many treatment methods in our arsenal and sometimes a combination of multiple treatment techniques. Spinal Manipulation is the most common treatment used to relieve irritation to the sciatic nerve caused by misalignments in the spine or pelvis. Disc herniation or degeneration is one of the most common causes of sciatic pain and responds very well to spinal decompression. As with all nerve pain, sciatica also tends to respond very well to cold laser therapy.

Come talk to us. There is real relief and often quick relief through these and other sciatic pain treatment methods utilized here at TexStar. You do not have to live with this.


Chiropractic Care: Lowest Cost and Shortest Path to Back Pain Relief (Austin Texas)

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 06, 2017

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Take 30 seconds to consider this graphic:

TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic Care for Medicare Patients Graph

If you suffer from lower back pain in Austin Texas (and throughout the greater Austin area), your friends here at TexStar Chiropractic will do everything we can to guide and educate you on your treatment options.

We take great pride in our tireless commitment to staying up to date on both the latest  medical and chiropractic treatment options available. We are proud of the relationships that we have established with local medical teams because, when medical treatment is necessary we want you to get the best. However, statistics increasingly defend chiropractic treatment as the safest, most effective, and most affordable approach to treating lower back pain. So, if chiropractic care has not been recommended to you for your low back pain it may be time for a second opinion. 

We welcome the opportunity to consult you regarding your unique condition and your treatment options. We will share with you a summary of the various treatments that we provide here in our Austin clinic as well as current trends in combined chiropractic and medical care strategies.

As always, there is no obligation in reaching out to us here at TexStar Chiropractic. No-fee consultations are our way of giving back to all of you whom we consider both friends and neighbors.


How to Choose Your Chiropractor in Austin Texas

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 27, 2017

Our professional team here at our south Austin Chiropractic care clinic and our chiropractic care colleagues across Austin (and beyond) share a unique professional bond. This bond is one that prioritizes healing others above all other business objectives. We eagerly consult and share information with our colleagues (proprietors in other business segments might use the word “competitor”) when we feel our discovery could benefit our colleagues and the people they treat. Such selfless commitment to patient healing is just one reason why 95% of chiropractic users testify that chiropractic treatment delivers transformational improvement to quality of life!

So, how do you go about choosing (and trusting) your Austin-area chiropractor. Of course, first hand-referral from friends and relatives is singularity the best source. If direct friend or relative referral is unavailable, then seek and really listen to the chiropractic testimonials of others. Also, look for chiropractic teams who seek to educate on all facets of chiropractic care. Those are the care teams carrying YOUR best interest at heart.

Today we’d like to share the work of a colleague (Steven Silverman, D.C., M.S.) who offers incredibly valuable insights into the importance of vitamin and mineral supplements. Dr. Silverman is one of the aforementioned selfless chiropractic practitioners who offer his work for us to fully and freely reproduce here in the interest of educating our patients. So with thanks in advance to Dr. Silverman, enjoy the following read and strongly consider his findings and recommendations.


U.S. Adults Describe Chiropractic Care as More Safe and Effective Vs. Surgery and Medication

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Aug. 26, 2016, DAVENPORT—Low-back pain is the single leading cause of physical disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. “Low-back pain and neck pain place a tremendous burden on our society,” said Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., vice chancellor for research and health policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic. “The opioid-overuse epidemic in the United States demonstrates that Americans need safe, effective, conservative health-care alternatives to prescription pain-killers.”

According to a new Gallup report commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, U.S. adults are more likely to describe chiropractic care as “very safe” and “very effective” than to say this about pain medications or back surgery.

The “Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Report: Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic” is the second-annual Gallup-Palmer survey of American attitudes about chiropractic care.

Key highlights:

  • Nearly 62 million U.S. adults (25 percent) went to a chiropractor in the last five years. More than half (35.5 million) said they went in the last 12 months—up slightly from the 33.6 million in last year’s survey.
  • Three in four of those who saw a chiropractor in the last year (77 percent) described chiropractic care as “very effective.”
  • Eighty-eight percent of recent chiropractic patients agreed the quality of care they received was a good value for the money they paid.

This nationally representative annual survey measured perceptions of, and experiences with, chiropractic among U.S. adults. The survey will be repeated for at least one more year as part of Palmer College’s on-going effort to study and advance the profession’s identity and understanding of public perceptions regarding chiropractic care.

Highlights of the study are available online from Gallup. The full report is also online.

We use three primary treatment techniques to relieve spine and neck pain and to garner similar “very safe” and “very effective” feedback from our clients:

  • Spinal Manipulation: Specific chiropractic adjustments that help to restore normal motion to the spine
  • Cold Laser Therapy: Use of specific wave-lengths of light to treat painful and debilitating condition
  • Spinal Decompression: Negative pressures applied inside the herniated and bulging discs

Seventy-seven percent odds that you will find chiropractic treatment very effective in treating you pain are darn good odds. We won’t brag and advise that our success rate is even higher, but we’ll tell you this for sure. For those suffering back pain in Austin, relief may just be a phone call away. Click here to schedule your first visit at TexStar Chiropractic.


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 Treatment for Chronic Pain and Depression

Darren Kincaid - Sunday, January 01, 2017
Austin's TexStar Chiropractic Treats Pain Depression

Pain serves an important function in our lives. When you suffer an acute injury, pain warns you to stop the activity that is causing the injury and tells you to take care of the affected body part.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, persists for weeks, months, or even years. Some people, often older adults, suffer from chronic pain without any definable past injury or signs of body damage. The medical community is increasingly referring their patients with common chronicpain to their local chiropractor (TexStar Chiropractic for those of you in Austin, Texas)  for treatment. The most common medical doctor referrals to chiropractors include (but is not limited to) those suffering headaches, lower back pain, and arthritis.

What is the treatment for chronic pain and depression? The first step in coping with chronic pain is to determine its cause. Addressing the problem will help the pain subside. In other cases, especially when the pain is chronic, you should try to keep the chronic pain from being the entire focus of your life. 

  • Stay active and do not avoid activities that cause pain simply because they cause pain. The amount and type of activity should be directed by your doctor, so that activities that might actually cause more harm are avoided. •
  • Relaxation training, hypnosis, biofeedback, and guided imagery, can help you cope with chronic pain. Cognitive therapy can also help patients recognize destructive patterns of emotion and behavior and help them modify or replace such behaviors and thoughts with more reasonable or supportive ones. •
  • Distraction (redirecting your attention away from chronic pain), imagery (going to your “happy place”), and dissociation (detaching yourself from the chronic pain) can be useful. •
  • Involving your family with your recovery may be quite helpful, according to recent scientific evidence.

Feel free to discuss these or other techniques with Dr. Henry and his staff here at 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.


Chiropractic Care for Neck and Whole Body Pain Relief - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 29, 2016
TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for neck, Austin, TX

Our chiropractic clinic in Austin, TX provides a large variety of treatment options for pain relief. If you are suffering from neck, back or joint pain your first step should be to consult a licensed doctor of chiropractic to diagnose what is causing your symptoms and what treatment options are right for you.

One of the many benefits of chiropractic care is neck pain relief. The drug free and non-surgical treatment options your chiropractor can provide can do more than just reduce your pain.

Your chiropractor will evaluate your spine for any issues that might be affecting your overall health. The spine is divided into three basic sections: cervical refers to the neck area, the mid back is called thoracic, and the lower back is referred to as lumbar. Problems at any of these levels can contribute to neck pain as well as other health problems. The most common treatment used in chiropractic care is called spinal manipulation. It focuses on improving the health of the “whole person” through safe and effective adjustments in the spine which improve the function of the nerves and surrounding tissue which also can eliminate pain in the affected area.

In addition to putting an end to neck pain, patients are educated in important matters that contribute to overall well-being such as nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle goals.

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


Chiropractic Reduces Pain Caused by Strained Muscles or Pinched Nerves - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 29, 2016
TexStar Chiropractic Care Clinic, Austin, TX

Relief of neck pain is just one of the many benefits of chiropractic care. This type of treatment works to safely and effectively alleviate neck pain without drugs or surgery. This conservative approach to care also helps to strengthen the spinal muscles and improve the way your body functions. When indicated the doctor will perform manipulation of the spinal joints to help reduce pain that is caused by either pinched nerves or irritation of the muscles.

Our chiropractic care clinic in Austin, TX offers many drug free treatment options that can help enhance the pain-relieving effects of traditional chiropractic manipulation of the spine.

Millions of people turn to chiropractic care for help in addressing pain and to treat the other related issues every year. Many swear by and prefer chiropractic treatment to relieve pain because it addresses the source of the pain rather than just eliminating symptoms. Additionally, children can also undergo chiropractic care for pain or to improve the biomechanics of the spine before it develops poor alignment through the growth and developmental years.

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


Governor Abbott Appoints Henry To Texas Board Of Chiropractic Examiners - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

TexStar Chiropractic is excited to announce that Dr. Henry has been appointed to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners by Governor Abbott. The TBCE is the regulatory agency that licenses and regulates the practice of chiropractic in the state. While this will occasionally affect treatment hours Dr. Henry will still be working full time here at TexStar. As always, our patents are our number one priority and this board appointment will allow Dr. Henry to help make sure that all Texans have access to safe, effective, and high quality chiropractic care. See the press release from the governor’s office bellow:

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Governor Abbott Appoints Henry to
Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 • Austin, Texas • Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dr. Michael P. Henry to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. The Board is responsible for regulating the practice of chiropractic.

Michael P. Henry, D.C. of Austin is a doctor of chiropractic and the clinic director of TexStar Chiropractic Clinic. He is a member of the Texas Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association and the Austin chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He is a former volunteer for the North Texas Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boy Scouts of America and Young Men’s Business League. Henry Received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Parker University. 


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

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 21, 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.


Low-Level MLS Cold Laser Therapy Provides Pain Relief and Pain Reduction - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 15, 2016
TexStar Chiropractic - Cold laser therapy in Austin, TX

In addition to being safe and non-surgical in treating painful and debilitating conditions, low-level MLS cold laser therapy in Austin, TX has no known side effects. This is a painless treatment which uses specific wave-lengths of light and usually lasts for several minutes. Patients experience a comfortable sensation at the point of application.

The are many benefits of cold laser therapy. It has become a popular treatment option for patients seeking an alternative to invasive and expensive treatments. Most patients see positive results in less than three treatments and most treatment plans are completed in about ten sessions, depending on the severity of the case. With an acute injury, patients may notice a rapid reduction in pain and swelling. For chronic conditions, patients may respond more gradually with cold laser therapy treatment.

Low-level MLS cold laser therapy is an option among a variety of treatments or techniques that can potentially provide pain relief or pain reduction. This therapy can be used either alone or in combination with several other therapies.

To find out more about the benefits of low-level MLS cold laser therapy, contact TexStar Chiropractic.


Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression can Give Long-Term Relief from Pain Caused by Disc Bulging, Herniation, and Degeneration - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 08, 2016
TexStar Chiropractic - Nonsurgical spinal decompression

There are many benefits of spinal decompression. This non-surgical medical treatment has been clinically proven to safely and effectively relieve pain caused by degenerated or herniated spinal discs in the back and in the neck, even in severe cases.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression gives patients another option when trying to avoid surgery, prolonged hospital stays, and longer recovery time while also saving the patient thousands of dollars. Your doctor or chiropractor can tell you if you are a candidate for this revolutionary treatment that provides astonishing benefits with no surgery.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy in Austin, TX is an FDA-approved therapy for treating back pain. Spinal decompression painlessly decompresses the discs in the spine to relieve pressure on the affected nerves and spinal structures. This therapy actually creates a powerful vacuum force inside the spinal discs, rehydrating and reshaping them so that they return to their normal size and shape. Because the outer structure of the spinal discs are allowed to heal, patients then experience long-term pain relief that had been caused by disc bulging, herniation, or degeneration.

To find out more about the benefits of spinal decompression, contact TexStar Chiropractic.


TexStar Chiropractic Testimonials - CJ Went from Limping to Dancing

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Below is a testimonial from one of our patients who has seen great results in treating her pain.

"I'm a patient of Dr. Henry's and I have been for three years. When I first came to him, I was limping through the door. And, today I feel really good and am physically able to walk 3 to 5 miles on a good day. And, I am able to play pickle ball and dance, which I do a lot of. He is very thorough at what he does, he is very patient and answers all of your questions thoroughly. He has a thorough practice of all different types of therapies that he applies to make you feel better. I am very impressed with his staff and I highly recommend him to any of you out there."

For For more information on chiropractic care, contact TexStar Chiropractic in Austin, TX.


TexStar Chiropractic Testimonials - Loren Likes Our No Nonsense Approach

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Below is a testimonial from one of our patients who has seen great results in treating his pain.

"Why did you decide to see Dr. Henry for chiropractic care?"

"Well, I haven't seen too many chiropractors, but the ones I have seen, they tend to take too long and do things that I'm not aware of and I'm not sure that I need.

Dr. Henry is no nonsense, I'm in and I'm out. He worked on my spine and my back, and in about 4 treatments, the problem that I came in for was completely gone, and my mobility is completely 100%."

"What therapy did you like the most or did you feel was most effective?"

"The IT table, his manipulations, and the cold laser therapy was what I really needed."

"Kind of a synergistic approach?"

"Well, that's for you to say, but I'm really happy."

"That's great, would you recommend Dr. Henry?"

"I would and I have."

For For more information on the IT table, chiropractic care or laser therapy, contact TexStar Chiropractic in Austin, TX.


TexStar Chiropractic Testimonials - Jack

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

TexStar Chiropractic Testimonials - Jack was Referred by his MD and Couldn't be Happier

Below is a testimonial from one of our patients who has seen great results in treating his pain.

"What brought you to Dr. Henry?"

"Dr. Sunstein sent us to see him, and Dr. Sunstein is exactly right, Dr. Henry is terrific. Judy and I both come here every chance we get."

"That's great"

"He's doing a great job and I'm getting all better."

For For more information on chiropractic care, contact TexStar Chiropractic in Austin, TX.


Testimonial - Tiana S

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"Tiana, tell me why you came to see Dr. Henry."

"Well I went to see Dr. Sonstein, who is my regular doctor. There was a part of my neck that I felt sticking out, the bone was sticking out, and I didn't know if it was a muscle or what. He said he had a great chiropractor that he recommends people to, so I came to Dr. Henry's office and fell in love with everyone here. It has been wonderful. I started out with 4 visits per week, now I"m down to 1 and I feel so much better. I just love it here. He is a great physician, he explains things, and everyone tries very hard to make you feel comfortable. I recommend him to everybody."

For more information on chiropractic care, contact TexStar Chiropractic in Austin, TX.


Testimonial - Piak G

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 03, 2016

Below is a testimonial from one of our patients who has seen great results in treating her pain.

"I was referred by my Doctor, Dr. Allen Sonstein. This is a small clinic but it has everything. Dr. Henry has done some adjustments and treatment on me, he has the magic touch. After his adjustments on my spine and on my bones, that day my pain was gone. I felt like, a lot better than I ever had before. It is not a one time thing. I keep coming back and I feel better. The whole staff is wonderful, they are very organized and very nice. I feel like I am at home. I really encourage people to come here if you have problems."

For more information on chirpractic care, contact TexStar Chiropractic in Austin, TX.


Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Induces Microscopic Retractions of Herniated or Bulging Discs for Drastic Results - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 30, 2016

TexStar Chiropractic - Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy in Austin, TX

When discussing the benefits of spinal decompression you'll find that there are numerous reasons to consider this option. In addition to providing relief from back and neck pain, non-surgical spinal decompression also treats the pain by treating bulging or herniated disks as well as degenerative disk disease, posterior facet syndrome, and injured spinal nerve roots which are the causes of the pain.

When undergoing nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy in Austin, TX, you are placed on a computer-controlled table while your doctor fits you in two harnesses, one around your pelvis and another around your trunk. This creates motorized traction which can be customized to cater to your varying functionality and pain.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression incorporates revolutionary technology and uses FDA rated equipment. The equipment applies distraction forces to the spine in a controlled and precise manner creating a vacuum within the damaged discs. This is known as negative intra-discal pressure. This pressure causes the microscopic retraction of the herniated or bulging disc for results that are quite dramatic.

To find out more about spinal decompression, a non-surgical therapy for treating neck and back disc injuries, contact TexStar Chiropractic.


MLS Cold Laser Therapy - How it Speeds Up Recovery from Chronic Conditions - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

More and more people are becoming interested in cold laser therapy. Cold laser therapy is FDA-approved to treat painful, debilitating, and recurring conditions in the body with the use of specific wavelengths of light.

There are many different benefits of cold laser therapy. MLS therapy contributes largely in decreasing the time it takes for a patient to resume normal activities after undergoing surgery or even after suffering from an injury. As a result, patients can get back to work faster as compared to the recovery period without MLS. MLS cold laser therapy also minimizes the need for analgesics and anti-inflammatories as it helps relieve pain and discomfort.

When you undergo MLS cold laser therapy in Austin, TX, you will enjoy a safe, effective, non-invasive, and drug-free alternative to treating arthritic pain, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff, sports injury, tennis elbow, tendonitis, sprain, strain, and more. This alternative therapy is backed by 27 years of research and supported by scientific studies that verify its efficacy in decreasing pain and inflammation of chronic conditions.

To find out more about the benefits of MLS cold laser therapy, contact TexStar Chiropractic.


Low-Levels MLS Cold Laser Therapy Doesn't Require a Surgical Incision - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

TexStar Chiropractic - Cold laser therapy in Austin, TX

Low-level MLS cold laser therapy in Austin, TX is safe, non-surgical, and has no known side-effects; only amazing benefits for patients after treatment.

Duringcold laser therapy treatment, patients experience comfortable sensations right at the point of application. As a matter of fact, patients who have acute injuries often notice rapid relief from pain and reduction of swelling immediately after the laser therapy has been performed. Patients can expect in lots of cases to see positive results immediately, or in more severe cases, after three to six treatments. Most Cold Laser treatment plans can be completed in 6-12 visits depending on severity.

Cold laser therapy is a newer procedure with many advantages. It does not require a surgical incision. This appeals to patients who do not want to undergo surgery. Because the procedure is noninvasive, recovery time is significantly shorter and there is no need for post-surgical pain medication.

To find out more about the benefits of Low-Level MLS Cold Laser Therapy, contactTexStar Chiropractic.


Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is a Great Alternative Treatment for Chronic Back Pain Due to Bulging, Herniated, or Degenerative Disc Disease - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 12, 2016

TexStar Chiropractic - Non-surgical Spinal Decompression

Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy in Austin, TX is far less expensive than pain medication and surgery. This FDA-approved treatment is non-invasive, requires no extensive recovery time, and is completely drug-free making it a more ideal alternative to surgery.

The benefits of spinal decompression are quite vast. This spine treatment alternative helps people who suffer everyday with chronic back pain due to disc injury. If you suffer from bulging or herniated discs or from degenerative disc disease, discuss your medical condition with an experienced chiropractor immediately. They can help you to determine the right back treatment solution for you for dramatic changes in quality of life.

If you have lasting back pain and other related symptoms, this can be disruptive to your life. You may have thought that surgery was your only way to find relief. However, nonsurgical spinal decompression is another non intrusive option with little recovery time. This is a type of motorized traction helps relieve back pain because it gently stretches your spine. As a result, bulging or herniated disks retract, taking the pressure off nerves and bones found in your spine. It also promotes movement of oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal.

To find out more about the benefits of nonsurgical spinal decompression, contact TexStar Chiropractic.


Cold Laser Therapy - Austin, TX - Texstar Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Cold laser therapy is probably the most transformative modality to come down the medical pathway for the last 50 years. – Richard Jacoby, D.P.M. 

Ninety percent of our patients are achieving almost 90% relief of their symptoms which is unheard of. – Ronald Lederman, M.D. 

It is going to revolutionize the way patients are taken care of. – Henry Madalian, D.C. 

It has changed our practice in the ability to offer these types of treatments and the confidence I have in saying "I can help you." – Paul Ledezma, D.P.M. 

You see someone that has such debilitating pain in their shoulder, their knee, or their back and in 1 or 2 treatments, they are 80% to 90% better. – Mark Kwartowitz, D.O. 

What we are seeing in the practice both acute and chronic is just amazing. – Karl Lickteig, D.C. 

I think this is frankly the edge of a tidal wave. I think you are going to see within the next 5 years is a significant shift in medicine towards utilization of this type of therapy for patients across the board, across specialties. – Tracy Basso, D.P.M. 

It is always better to be able to treat patients faster. You know, get the results in the shortest amount of time possible, with the latest and the best technology. – Jean Santo, M.D. 

That technology is MLS Laser Therapy from Cutting Edge laser technologies. Doctors across various specialties have been amazed by its ability to accelerate healing and alleviate pain. 

I put myself under this laser the day after we got it. I did my shoulder and my knee, and that night I realized that I have no pain on my shoulder or knee after one treatment. It works. – Ronald Lederman, M.D. 

How it works is by employing two synchronized wavelengths of light which transfer energy to damaged tissues at the cellular level. 

That light triggers metabolic reactions in the cell that stimulate healing, stimulate reduced inflammation, and stimulate pain reduction. – Jean Santo, M.D. 

So we can get a dual treatment approach if you will with both inflammation and pain reduction. It is unmatched. I have used other systems before and have never got any effect that I have with the MLS System. – Karl Lickteig, D.C. 

MLS laser therapy is the result of 30 years of research and was initially used by veterinarians in the United States with uniformly outstanding results. That lead to a series of academic studies focusing on human applications. 

The MLS laser therapy has been well-validated through a variety of clinical trials in some of the most world-renowned institutions world-wide. So we brought the technology to the market based on the clinical validation of the science behind it. – Mark Mollenkopf 

After going through the different scientific studies, a lot of them are from Harvard, I was intrigued by the impact this light energy has on the cells. And to be able to decrease the inflammation pathway and the swelling at the cellular level, it makes sense that you thereby decrease the pain. – Ronald Lederman, M.D. 

For patients across America, MLS cold laser therapy in Austin, TX has meant relief from often intractable pain without medication, without surgery. 

I am getting amazing results and I cannot wait to send other people in here to get the same benefits from it. 

Even throwing a football, I can throw a football a lot better now than I could three years ago. 

I am so excited and I told everybody about it. 

Even now, after several months, I have no pain in my knee. It was like a mega-dose of Advil and ice, invisible, and it was just amazing. 

It was the second treatment and I walked out of here and I already knew that something was different, and them I called him back up and I said thanks a lot. I think there maybe something to this. 

The primary MLS laser therapy unit has a touch screen menu that allows doctors or staff to easily select the treatment. The robotic test does the rest. There is also a separate hand-held probe that is preferable for some treatments including trigger points. 

Actually, we have two lasers in one. We can utilize the hand-held units in any smaller joints. I have used it on TMJ and it works absolutely great. - Henry Madalian, D.C. 

Shoulders, feet, hands, wrists, things like that. The trigger point probe is more effective. - Kristen Clark 

Edge MLS laser is often described as nothing short of revolutionary. 

It is achieving results that have never been achieved before in treatment times that are shorter than have ever been expected before. So that is really why we view this as revolutionary. – Mark Mollenkopf 

It has revolutionized our practice in that I can sit there and not feel like a failure as a physician. Offer them something that has no downside and these people are getting better. So every day I come to work, I feel like I have my ace in the hole. – Ronald Lederman, M.D. 

To find out more about the benefits of cold laser therapy, contact TexStar Chiropractic.


Make Your Voice Heard: Help Veterans Receive the Care They Need - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 22, 2016
TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic Organization logo

The Senate recently passed legislation that would further integrate the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic into the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In the House of Representatives, there is a companion bill, the Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act, which mirrors the Senate action and requires the VA to phase-in the chiropractic benefit at all major VA medical facilities over several years. You, too, can help ensure the services provided by doctors of chiropractic are available to the brave men and women who have served our country by simply clicking the link below to urge your representative in Congress to cosponsor this bill.

Click here to send your message to Capitol Hill and help veterans get the care they need...and deserve!

For more information contact TexStar Chiropractic.


Help Students Avoid Back-to-School Pain - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 15, 2016
Today's students are susceptible to a range of musculoskeletal injuries, such as neck and back pain, as a result of some of the equipment and devices they frequently use: backpacks, smartphones and other mobile devices. 
 
The American Chiropractic Association offers simple injury-prevention tips parents can share with their children to keep them healthy and pain-free:
  • Limit a backpack's weight to no more than 5 to 10 percent of the child's body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders by using the straps.
  • A backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • Urge your child to wear both of the backpack's straps—not to sling it over one shoulder as is common. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms as well as low back pain.
  • To avoid strain when texting on a smartphone, encourage children to bring their arms up in front of their eyes so that they don't need to look down to see the screen. If they do look down, they should tuck in their chin rather than dropping the entire head forward.
  • Limit a child's screen time, and make sure he or she takes periodic stretch breaks. Kids should balance sedentary screen time with regular physical activity.
For more information contact TexStar Chiropractic.
 
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Cold Laser Therapy Provides Patient Relief from Pain, Inflammation, and Other Debilitating Conditions - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cold laser therapy in Austin, TX has grown increasingly popular because of the many different benefits it offers to patients undergoing treatment. This non-surgical treatment uses low-level lasers that are typically small so they are easy to handle.

The lasers emit low levels of lights in specific wavelengths. The lights are absorbed by the mitochondria which are the cell’s energy-producing organelles. As a result, there is an increase in cellular energy production which ultimately helps heal the surrounding damaged tissues safely, effectively stimulating them so that their healing process is significantly enhanced. This process then provides the patient relief from pain, inflammation, and other debilitating conditions.

The light energy from low-level laser therapy can enter the damaged cells stimulating inter-cellular activity. Because the light reaches the cellular level, various benefits of cold laser therapy exist. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete. In addition to faster pain reduction and more timely healing of damaged cells, cold laser therapy also has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, rapid resolution of swelling, and improves local blood circulation.

There are many conditions that respond well to cold laser therapy. These conditions include but are not limited to soft tissue injury, sore muscles, torn ligaments, degenerative joints, nerve pain, musculoskeletal issues, as well as pre- and post-surgical treatment.

To find out more about the benefits of cold laser therapy, contact TexStar Chiropractic.


Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treats Neuro-Musculoskeletal Conditions Safely, Effectively, and Conservatively - Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 02, 2016

TexStar Chiropractic - Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy in Austin, TX

When you are experiencing pain and dysfunction due to neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, consider conservative treatment options such as nonsurgical spinal decompression. This treatment is proven safe and effective to provide pain relief from damaged, herniated, or bulged disc. When a disc is injured, it seldom retracts on its own, especially when subjected to gravity and constant internal pressure. This is reason enough to undergo spinal decompression treatment.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy in Austin, TX will relieve internal pressure on the vital structures of the spine. By non-invasively healing the affected discs, patients can return to their everyday active lifestyle, pain-free. During the treatment, patients will be comfortably positioned on the Disc-Decompression Table for a gentle computer-controlled tractioning procedure. This helps reduce the internal pressure of the disc. In addition to bringing relief, nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy also helps restore the natural process involved in transferring the surrounding fluids, oxygen, and other nutrients into the disc to improve the health of the disc and prevent neck and back pain.

To find out more about the benefits of spinal decompression, contact TexStar Chiropractic.


Spinal Decompression and Laser Therapy Chiropractic Care to Relieve Pain – Austin, TX

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Welcome to The TexStar Chiropractic blog! Here you will find out about the latest Cold Laser TherapySpinal Decompression and other forms of Chiropractic care as well as updated and informative consumer information.

TexStar Chiropractic is a family practice in Southwest Austin. We provide high quality, patient focused, and results driven health care for all of your musculo-skeletal needs. Chiropractic care offers those suffering from pain and discomfort as a result of injury a natural way to better health without expensive prescription medications or invasive surgical procedures.

For all types of Musculoskeletal issues, Pre and Post-surgical treatment, and a host of other conditions, laser therapy is a non-invasive solution which uses specific wave-lengths of light to stimulate inter-cellular activity and healing in order to treat painful and debilitating conditions.

Damaged, degenerative, bulging, herniated and ruptured spinal discs rarely heal without proper treatment because they are constantly under pressure. Chronic back pain is one of the most debilitating issues in America today. Spinal Decompression Therapy creates negative pressures inside the damaged disc letting it retract naturally to relieve the pressure on spinal nerves. With state-of -the-art treatment using Spinal Decompression your body may be able to repair some of the damage to the neck and spine from this pressure.

At TexStar Chiropractic we have the education, the technology and the knowledge to help patients get relief from pain to allow them to return to everyday activities. We would like to share information about Chiropractic care with this informative blog. We will be updating it regularly so please subscribe to our blog and stay up on the latest information.


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