Care for your garden (and your spine)

Garden Fitness Stretches are important to keep your spine safe and healthy.

Garden Fitness Stretches

Warm weather has arrived and its time for many of you to begin working in the yard.  Gardening can be a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors. These activities may also involve bending, twisting, pulling and lifting that your body might not be ready for. Gardening and landscaping can bring on various injuries, usually as a result of trying to do too much too soon. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Here a few chiropractor-approved recommendations for maintaining spine and neck health this spring season:

Gardening Recommendations

  • While pulling weeds or planting flowers, kneel and use a soft pad under your knees to reduce unnecessary bending or twisting.
  • Warm your body up with a few stretches and some lunges or sidesteps before spending hours in your garden or yard doing repetitive movements.
  • Avoid carrying heavy items. If you have a heavy bag of soil or pot to move, bend with your knees and find help to carry these items whenever possible. Consider using a wheelbarrow or carts if you must make multiple trips across the yard.
  • Consider using lighter electric tools, if you already struggle with back and neck pain.
  • Take breaks! Stay hydrated and and give your joints a break to reduce stiffness.
  • Secure and stabilize ladders before climbing, reducing risks or falls and sudden jerking movements.

With the preparation and a spinal safety approach, your time in the garden does not have to present a threat to your health.  Here’s a link to other articles on gardening safety and the benefits of chiropractic to gardeners.  https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Gardening

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Introducing Our Newest Team Member

Meet the newest member of our team, Lara (pronounced like Sarah or Tara) Ortega! She’s a Texas native, new to Austin, and new to chiropractic. She’s loving her role as our chiropractic assistant and office manager. So far she’s doing an outstanding job! Stop by to get an adjustment soon and introduce yourself.  Remember we provide gentle chiropractic care for Austin TX.  And we offer a free consultation for new patients to figure out how we can help you.

In case you’re wondering, Hannah has moved to St Louis. We thank her for over 2 years of service here and being a wonderful member of our team. We wish Hannah the best of luck and hope she returns one day!

Chiropactic Assistant

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May Is National Correct Posture Month

If you’re living in Austin TX and looking to improve your posture, we can help.  Whether you’re sitting at computer all day, or camping out on the couch, poor posture may be draining your energy and negatively effecting your health.   Over time, poor posture leads to back pain, tension headaches and disc degeneration in your spine.

Discover Chiropractic Austin TX helps people improve their posture.

How Do We Do That?

We offer free consultations to discuss your problem and see how we can help.  We accept most major insurances.  Exams and x-rays are performed in office.  We provide gentle and effective chiropractic care to improve posture.  Chiropractic reduces pressure on the spine and nerves.  This helps people stand up straighter, by correcting misalignments of the spine. Then we give people the tools to maintain that great posture, by giving them exercises and stretches to do at home and work.

 

Improve Your Posture

Chiropractic for Posture

We’re looking for a new office manager and chiropractic assistant

Hannah

We are looking for a new office manager and chiropractic assistant. If you know someone with a great attitude and work ethic, have them send a resume thru email to info@discoverchiropracticaustin.com.  After almost 3 years here, Hannah and her husband are moving to St Louis. We are really sad she’s leaving, but excited for her and what’s to come. So come by and say goodbye in the next 3 weeks before she’s gone and help us fill her position with someone amazing. Please visit our site at discoverchiropracticaustin.com to learn more about our practice and contact us with a resume at info@discoverchiropracticaustin.com if interested in the position.

Hot and Cold Therapy for Pain

So you hurt yourself and you’re wondering if you should use hot and cold therapy for pain… You may be asking yourself which is better?  Should one come before the other? How is this going to help me?

Hot and cold therapies have many advantages that benefit the healing process and may compliment your adjustments from the chiropractor.  But it’s important to know when to use each therapy for the best results.

When to use each therapy properly.

When to use hot and cold therapy properly.

Hot Therapy

Using heat as therapy is soothing as it relaxes stiff and tense muscles and joints by increasing blood flow, improving circulation around the area and increasing range of motion.  Heat is often recommended for tight, sore, achy muscles, chronic injuries and arthritis, apply for 10-20 minutes, be careful not to burn skin.  It’s usually best to have a towel between heating pad and skin.

There are many ways to use hot therapy effectively. Some of your options include:

  • Hot water bottle
  • Heated gel pack
  • Sauna session
  • Hot bath
  • Steamed shower
  • Heating pad
Cold Therapy

For acute pain, such as in a recent injury, sprain or strain, you should skip heat therapy and begin with ice. This is most important right after an injury occurs, when the pain is sharp, and swelling and inflammation is present.  The ice restricts blood vessels, reducing the amount of blood and inflammation in an area.  Ice works great at numbing and relieving pain.

To use cold therapy, do not put ice directly on skin, it’s best to use a paper towel or cloth between the ice and skin to avoid skin damage.  Ice affected area for about 20 minutes with any of these options:

  • Gel pack
  • Ice pack
  • Frozen vegetable pack from the freezer
Combining Hot and Cold Therapy For Best Results

Following an adjustment in our office, Dr. Clark usually recommends applying ice to affected area.  Sometimes with more chronic injuries such as arthritis, aches or pains, we recommend using heat, then complete your stretches at a comfortable level and follow with ice to minimize any inflammation in your symptomatic region. This practice is Dr. Clark’s preferred general use of hot and cold therapy, for best use for your specific condition, ask him if you need modifications to these instructions based on your health history.

Ice packs used in our office for patient recovery and instructions for hot and cold therapy use.

We often send patients home with an ice pack after their first couple visits to aid their recovery.

 

 

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide many benefits for women who are expecting.

Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Preventing a potential cesarean delivery

 

Common symptoms of expecting mothers that chiropractic care during pregnancy can alleviate.

Dr. Clark has many years of experience using chiropractic care during pregnancy to relieve these common side effects.

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Dr. Clark has a passion for treating expecting mothers.  He treats a large number of pregnant women, from the 1st trimester all the way to delivery. He also provides excellent postpartum care for both moms and infants.

During the course of pregnancy, expecting mothers will experience a number of body changes.  With weight gain in the belly, the pelvis tips forward increasing pressure on lumbar spine and hips.  Many women will experience low back pain during pregnancy and some will suffer sciatica, which is radiating pain down the back of one or both legs.  Chiropractic helps correct posture distortion which relieves low back pain and symptoms of sciatica.  The chiropractic adjustments keep an expecting mother’s spine moving freely and her nervous system free of interference so her body can focus on developing a mature, healthy infant.

In the case of breech pregnancy, Dr. Clark is experienced in the Webster Breech-Turning Technique.   This is a non-invasive, gentle technique for turning a baby and reducing tension and pain in the mother simultaneously. Dr. Clark has had great results using this technique.

For more information on the use of Webster Technique for Breech Babies click here.

 

Elite Athletes See Chiropractors

Almost all of the elite athletes see chiropractors these days.  And yes, Tom Brady is pretty much the definition of an elite athlete.  That’s just one of the reasons why Tom and the New England Patriots return to the playoffs year after year.  Regular chiropractic adjustments keep his spine and nervous system functioning optimally.  Moving and performing at 100% helps him avoid injuries and pain.
To see how chiropractic can improve your athletic performance and quality of life, visit us at 4634 W. Gate Blvd, Austin TX or check us out at Discoverchiropracticaustin.com to learn more.
We’re the Austin TX chiropractor you’ve been searching for.

Athletes Get Chiropractic Treatment

Dr Clark and the staff at Discover Chiropractic are here to help athletes reach their goals.  Most people come in with specific issues such as back pain, headaches or injuries and they continue treatment when they realize how much better they feel and perform when they are well adjusted.

Contact us today to set up your free consultation and begin your journey back to health.

Happy Holidays

Marry Christmas and Happy Holidays

It’s the last day of the year for a chiropractic appointment with Dr Clark, he’ll be back to normal office hours on January 8th, 2018!  Dr Mac will be here for emergencies throughout the holidays.  Give us a call to set up your next adjustment today!  Happy Holidays!

Posture at Work

Do you find yourself tense and aching each day after work? Many people work a full day at a desk while working on a computer. You may be aggravating your body by slouching or slumping at your desk for 8 or more hours a day. This type of posture at work can leave a lasting impression that can last whether in or out of the office. Imagine the compound effect of constantly sitting in a poor position like this. You’ll be back to caveman posture in no time.

Since you spend so much time working, this is really an area that you should focus on and correct. If you are experiencing tension or neck or back pain, this is one area where you should pay special attention.

 

Improve Posture at work

Poor posture at work can leave lasting impressions on your posture overall and lead to unnecessary aches and pains. Improving posture and sitting straight while working can make drastic improvements to your overall health.

 

Tips for Improving Posture at Work

Here are some tips on how to have better posture at work while sitting:

  • If you’re in front of a computer, your monitor should be straight ahead of you at eye level. For the optimal position, place your monitor on top of something if you need to add more height.
  • Your chair should support your lower and mid-back. For a quick and temporary solution you can use a rolled towel for relief.
  • Relax your shoulders.
  • Your forearms should be parallel to the ground.
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor (or on a foot rest if they don’t reach).
  • Your knees should be at the same level of your hips or below. Don’t have your chair high too high or too low.
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.
  • Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time, especially at work under a desk. It’s just not a position you should twist yourself into for a long time. Try sitting up with a straight spine while your legs are crossed under a desk. The fact that it’s difficult to do is a good indicator that you’re putting your body in a twisted position.