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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.



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