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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!



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