Chiropractic Wellness Care

Chiropractors (and their patients!) know that good health and wellness begins in the alignment of the spine.  So what is chiropractic wellness care?  Chiropractic wellness care is receiving chiropractic adjustments to the spine on a regular basis.  These regular chiropractic adjustments allow patients to experience wellness and positive effects beyond pain management.

So what does a chiropractic adjustment do for you? Chiropractors evaluate and correct misalignments in the spine, called vertebral subluxations – conditions of the spine where alignment and/or movement patterns of the vertebrae are abnormal – causing irritation and inflammation. Vertebral subluxations interfere with proper nervous system function – the one body system that communicates with all others. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct spinal subluxations. Adjustments unblock these pressure points and allow for your brain to more easily send messages down your spine and out to nerves throughout your body.

Alignment – from your head to your toes – protects your spine and offers the optimum level of wellness for a lifetime. Schedule your next chiropractic appointment and be well today!

Resources:

  1. http://www.upchiro.com/chiropractic-overall-wellness.html
  2. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/02/28/wellness-chiropractic.aspx
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/02/how-can-chiropractors-benefit-your-health.html

Headaches and Chiropractic

Wondering if your headaches can be helped by chiropractic care?   While triggers range from stress and lack of sleep to whiplash and trauma, evidence suggests that spinal adjustments can serve as an effective treatment to relieve the suffering associated with headaches and migraines.

headachesMost headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck, often as a result of sedentary activities and time spent in a single posture (such as hours in front of computer or television screens) which increases joint irritation and tension.

Our patients find that improving the movement and alignment of the bones in the neck alleviates the stress and pressure that results in headaches and migraines.  Dehydration, changes in the weather, and allergies are some of the other major causes of headaches, especially for people who live in Austin.  Chiropractic adjustments will help you adapt to the changing weather and allergies we experience in Central Texas.  If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines and are seeking an effective alternative to over the counter or prescription medications, schedule an appointment to evaluate your treatment options.  You don’t have to be in pain, we can help.

Resources:

  1. https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Headaches-and-Chiropractic
  2. http://www.hwchirocenter.com/chiropractic-resources/how-does-chiropractic-work-for-headaches/
  3. https://migrainecenters.com/does-chiropractic-care-for-migraines-relieve-symptoms

 

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.