Paying Attention to Low Back Pain

Did you know that low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide?

Low Back Pain and Chiropractic

 

If you struggle with low back pain, you understand why! Painful and persistent, discomfort in your lower back can be a symptom of genetic, biophysical, social, or psychological factors, and sufferers often also have pain elsewhere.

 

Surgery, injections, and pharmaceuticals are often expensive and invasive. However, chiropractic care along with massages, exercise, and other non-pharmacological approaches are proven to be effective, affordable, and non-invasive solutions to resolving low pack pain suffering.

If you struggle with low back pain, begin your journey back to health by scheduling a chiropractic consultation with Discover Chiropractic today!

Sources:

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Look For Our New Sign On South Lamar – Chiropractic in South Austin

We’re open now at our new location providing chiropractic in South Austin.

Thanks to everyone for your support and for following us across the street to our new office.  The new space is great and has ample parking so we can keep growing and helping more people.

We are so grateful for Eye Like Design for all of their continued support and amazing design work over the years.  They are truly a big part of what we do here at Discover Chiropractic Austin.

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New Sign on South Lamar

Welcome To Our New Office!

Our new chiropractic office is off South Lamar

Thanks to all of our patients who have visited us this week at our new location on South Lamar.  Chiropractic is a safe, conservative and affordable treatment for back pain, and a great way to keep your spine and nervous system healthy.  Come see us for an adjustment, and a cookie while supplies last!

Click here for a map and information to our new office.

Welcome to our new office

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

To schedule a free consultation with Dr Clark click here

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

Chiropractic Assistant

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.