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Subluxation Defined

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

Here at our Buda 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 clinic and our Buda & Kyle 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 Buda / Kyle 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 Buda’s TexStar Chiropractic today!


Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 08, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic - Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy in Buda, 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 Buda 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 Buda 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 Buda 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 Buda 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 Buda 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 Buda 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 Buda 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 Buda 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 Buda, Kyle, and beyond!


Ten Reasons You Need To Fix Your Posture

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 17, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic - Ten Reasons You Need To Fix Your Posture

Greetings from Buda’s TexStar Chiropractic providing you with rock solid reasons why you should take posture seriously. Most of us may not even be aware that we may have bad posture and that our bad posture can (and will) cause a wide range of negative effects on health. Balance and posture training is just one of the many chiropractic services that we offer here in Buda that are designed to relieve quality of life health issues like the ten discussed here today.

Have you ever watched a toddler sit cross-legged? They sit with their backs straight, and it feels natural to them. Most adults don’t follow the example of young children. We hunch while we walk, slump at our desks and crane our necks forward staring at our phones. This poor posture can hurt our health. These ten reasons are why you need to start fixing your poor posture today:

  1. It can cause tension headaches. Leaning forward with your head down and your neck slumped will strain your back and neck muscles. This tension can cause headaches, especially at the end of the day.

  2. It makes you tired. Slouching puts pressure on your lungs, so you aren’t able to breathe as deeply. The less oxygen you get into your body, the more tired and fatigued you will start to feel.

  3. It can make your gastrointestinal reflux worse. Your stomach and organs are all under pressure when you are leaning forward. This pressure can make your digestive system very unhappy, especially if you are already prone to digestive issues.

  4. It causes back pain. The strain of poor posture puts your spine out of alignment which can cause back and muscle pain. Your Doctor of Chiropractic can provide regular adjustments to realign your spine. Ask for help on correcting your posture, too.

  5. It increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Poor posture can cause blood vessel constriction leading to blood clots and vein disorders. All of these issues can eventually turn into cardiovascular disease.

  6. It can cause pinched nerves. Have you ever pinched a nerve? It hurts. It can happen in any part of your body, and it can be difficult to relieve the pain. Chiropractic adjustments can help.

  7. It can increase knee pain. The misalignment of the spine that occurs from poor posture puts more pressure on your joints, especially your knees. If you have arthritis of the knee, it will gradually get worse over time. Your Doctor of Chiropractic can help to fix your alignment and relieve some of the pressure from your knees.

  8. It can ruin your mood. A 2014 Health Psychology report found that people who sat upright reported higher self-esteem, alertness, better mood and felt less fear. Sit up straight, and you’ll feel a little better.

  9. It can wreck your bite. Poor spinal alignment can misalign your jaw joints. This can change the way you bite down. It can cause jaw pain, teeth issues or temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).

  10. It can affect your sexual function. Poor posture, while you are sitting, shortens and tightens your pelvic floor muscles. When these muscles start to get weak, it can affect your sexual performance and enjoyment.

These are just a few of the side effects of poor posture. As previously mentioned, we can help you address bad posture and the negative effect that bad posture is having on your quality of life. TexStar’s Doctors of Chiropractic will help keep your spine healthy with regular adjustments. As you progress in your treatment, you can correct bad posture and the effects it may have on your overall health. Sit, stand and walk straight to feel healthier! Contact us today!

Source: Dr. Sherry McAllister, executive vice president, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress


Neck and Shoulder Pain Treatment in Buda-Kyle, 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.



Patient Has Arthritic Knee Pain Dramatically Reduced

Darren Kincaid - Monday, July 22, 2019

We thought we'd share some of TexStar Chiropractic's success stories for those here in Buda and Kyle who seek non-surgical and drug-free relief from chronic and systemic pain.  What a wonderful story is told below where a patient comes to Texstar Chiropractic Buda for relief of chronic back pain and as an aside, mentions to Dr. Henry that he was having a knee problem as well.  He wasn't there for the knee pain, but he walked out with BOTH conditions addressed without the need for any form of surgery or opioid medication.  Now that's what we call chiropractic success.  We hope you enjoy the video!

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.

This is one of countless examples of how our chiropractic care services in Buda and Kyle are changing lives.  Give us a call!


To Sleep Better, Visit a Doctor of Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 09, 2019
TexStar Chiropractic Buda and Kyle, TX

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? We’d like to share with you an article from 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 of Buda and Kyle are encouraged to contact TexStar Chiropractic after reading this to discuss how a good night’s sleep just might be one chiropractic visit away.

It’s a well-known fact that pain causes sleep deprivation, but not so widely known is the fact that lack of sleep can impact pain levels. Even less known is the importance of proper sleeping posture. While good posture is important when sitting and standing, it’s even more important during sleep as the muscles and ligaments of your back relax while you sleep and need to be protected. The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value of chiropractic care, highlights the correlation between sleep, proper sleeping posture and pain.

Sleep deprivation is linked to higher mortality risk and lower productivity, decreasing the U.S. Gross Domestic Product by 2.28 percent, or $411 billion each year, according to Rand Corp. These findings are a concern considering one in three Americans report their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair.” There are many well-known sleep saboteurs, including improper sleeping postures, such as stomach sleeping, that can cause health problems ranging from neck and back pain to sleep apnea.

The National Sleep Foundation estimates that at least 57 percent of Americans suffer from pain that disrupts their sleep at least a few nights a week. More importantly, sleep loss has been shown to increase sensitivity to pain specifically by lowering pain thresholds.

Federal health officials have reviewed cases of dangerous, sometimes fatal, incidents tied to insomnia medications.

Roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic neck pain, headaches, pinched nerves, and other chronic pains that interferes with their daily activities, yet, very few doctors have specialized training in pain management. Pain education for North American medical students is limited, variable and often fragmentary, according to The Journal of Pain.

Doctors of chiropractic (DC) take a natural, holistic approach to pain management by bringing the body back into alignment, recommending exercises and other activities to help patients regain their normal range of motion and flexibility, while relieving not only the pain symptoms but also correcting the issue that is causing the pain.

Chiropractic care benefits include better sleep, less dependence on sleep medications

Many Americans are seeking alternatives to insomnia medications especially since the FDA published the results of a new safety review based on recent reports of serious injuries and deaths related to prescription sleep medicines.

“Although most patients initially seek chiropractic care due to back or neck pain, many find that not only does their pain decrease and sleep improve, they also lower their stress and generally feel better and more energetic,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of F4CP. “Chiropractic care can also help people who are trying to stop taking highly addictive sleeping pills and sedatives. Typical symptoms of withdrawal include trouble sleeping, restlessness and anxiety. In addition to chiropractic care, other behavioral, dietary and lifestyle choices need to be examined. TexStar’s doctors of chiropractic here in Buda can design a comprehensive care plan that supports a patient’s waking and sleeping hours.”

Chiropractic is a non-pharmacological care approach that focuses on one of the top causes of inadequate sleep: neuro-musculoskeletal pain. While designing a care plan to manage pain, a DC will discuss sleep habits and other lifestyle choices that could be contributing to pain or lack of mobility. DCs are required to complete undergraduate training, followed by four to five years of chiropractic college, residency and/or internship programs, and finally, national board exams, state licensure exams and continuing education — similar to other healthcare providers.

“Along with nutrition, stress management and proper posture, sleep is one of the most important factors in keeping us healthy, productive and happy,” said Dr. McAllister. “All four require attention and action because they influence one another in many ways. Doctors of chiropractic can design a care plan that naturally helps people improve all these areas of their life.”

TexStar Chiropractic serving both Buda and Kyle will change your life. We encourage you to spend a few moments watching our patient testimonials so you can hear first-hand how measurable relief is achievable in as few as a single treatment. Give us a call!


TexStar Chiropractic Buda Update - 25 June 2019

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

We are a week away from opening our TexStar Chiropractic - Buda clinic and couldn't be more excited. We open next Monday, July 1st! Watch this short video on our progress and we hope to see you on opening day.

 


Susan B. Avoids Knee and Back Surgery – Pain Decreasing with Every TexStar Treatment!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

She couldn’t go down steps comfortably. She quit walking because of knee pain. Her back pain was constant and robbed her of sleep. She was destined for the surgeon’s knife, but she wisely gave chiropractic treatment a shot before surgery. Listen to the joy in patient X’s voice as she describes instant pain relief upon her first chiropractic treatment for her knee pain and first chiropractic treatment for her lower back pain. It is genuinely and humbly rewarding to us to know that patient X is witnessing measurable results with each and every treatment here at TexStar Chiropractic (Austin and Buda, TX)! Looking forward to seeing you walking comfortably out on the greenbelt, patient x!

I came here about a month ago. I was having really bad knee pain. I couldn't even go up and down stairs comfortably. I was beginning to not take my typical walks on the Greenbelt because it was hurting so bad. My lower back pain was pretty much constant and made it to where it was even hard to sleep. I would just toss and turn. It finally got so bad that I knew I had to do something, so I decided to try chiropractor first because I figured I was going to end up in surgery and I didn't want that. Well, I'm so glad I came! Within the first visit had me out of pain and every visit after that just constant improvement! These guys know what they're doing. I love Dr. Tran and Dr. Henry they're both wonderful and the staff and I highly recommend Texstar.

And to all of you anxiously awaiting the grand opening of TexStar Chiropractic in Buda, TX, we are on schedule for a July 2019 opening. We can’t wait to serve all the great people out in Kyle and Buda with the very best in chiropractic care services.


TexStar Chiropractic Buda Update - 17 June 2019

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Here's an update of our new office location in Buda, Texas.

 


Diane’s Knee, Lower Back, and Neck Pain – GONE!

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 13, 2019

Our patient, Diane, describes a very real “change in my body” while after receiving multiple chiropractic care services here at TexStar Chiropractic (Austin, TX). Her initial interest in TexStar Chiropractic was to learn about chiropractic treatment for severe knee pain. We’re proud to inform that her knee pain is now fully addressed. She can’t tell the difference between her treated knee and her other fully healthy knee. Soon her attention turned to the systemic pain she had in her lower back. In her video, she acknowledges the success of the chiropractic treatment we delivered to address lower back pain. She also celebrates the success of her chiropractic treatment for neck pain. What a joy we have in our relationship with Diane as together we celebrate the return to a quality-of-life that she once did not think possible.

“Hi My name is Diane and I have been coming to the clinic here since about August. I have really noticed a changed in my body I was having knee problems. My knee felt like it was something really bad was wrong with it. It was very stiff and now my knee is very limber and I can't even tell the difference between the two knees/ I really feel that my knee has straighten out. My lower back is doing great, the pain is gone in my neck as well. So, I really feel that I have benefited from going through this process. I enjoy coming to the office. Everyone is very friendly, very helpful, and really take their time. It's a really great place to come. I highly recommend anyone who's having issues with joint pain, knee pain, neck pain, back pain or anything. Come in and see Dr. Henry and Dr. Tran and be assessed by them to see if there's something better that can be done for you, because there is. Great things can be done”.

Diane, we celebrate your success and commitment to living a pain-free life. We are also proud to announce the July opening of TexStar Chiropractic Buda which will offer you and the fine people of Kyle and Buda more flexibility and convenience in securing your chiropractic treatment.