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 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.


Standing Desk

Standing Desk

If you work while sitting at a desk all day, you should consider a way to incorporate a standing desk or find a way to stand periodically during the day.

Standing desk

Photo: Urban Wood Goods

While it’s nice to have a convertible standing desk, they can be expensive and some employers will not help you make accommodations. Thankfully, there are ways to create a standing desk on your own. You can make an easy DIY standing desk for $22.

As another option that is not quite as permanent, if you use a laptop, an easy conversion can be as simple as placing it on top of a plastic file box. Just be sure that you don’t lean your head down to look at the screen. Rather, make adjustments that allow you to keep your head positioned forward.

Take a Break

Other things to consider while you’re at the office include the amount of time you spend sitting down. Changing even a few habits can make a large difference in your posture, thus reducing tension that commonly builds in your neck, shoulders, and back from sedentary working positions. While you are on the phone, have the conversation standing up. Do your best to get up from your work station every hour. Add breaks to get water, stretch, take a lap around the office, or go to the restroom. Taking these quick and simple breaks will not only allow you moments to increase circulation, but will also allow a break to gain mental clarity. Just do your best to avoid sitting for unending hours.

We want to help you to relieve your tension in your neck, shoulders, and back. Using a standing desk daily is a long term solution that will aid your adjustments in lasting longer. Let us help you get relief from your pain. Schedule your consultation today!

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Chiropractic Is Health Insurance

It’s open enrollment for marketplace health insurance and we know many of you have been thinking about how to keep your health care costs down in 2018.  Have you considered chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a true form of healthcare; unlike medicine, which is sick care. Chiropractic is about pain relief AND prevention. So if you’re not sure if you’re spinal health is worth it, just ask someone who doesn’t have their spinal health and see what they think it’s worth. We recommend you start today with a chiropractic consultation and don’t wait til your in pain. We regularly help patients avoid the need for medicine, injections and risky surgery. All you need to do is follow this link to contact us today for a  free chiropractic consultation

How’s Your Posture?

how to improve posture

Illustration: Wiki

Improve Posture

Think about how much time you spend sitting all day in a chair, leaning forward to read your computer, laptop, or tablet, and staring down at your phone. You’re probably in a hunched over or twisted position more often than you’d think.

Since your posture can ultimately affect your quality of life, you should focus on correcting it. Poor posture leads to spine misalignment, which can affect your health, your mood, and your overall well-being.

In addition, poor posture can cause headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and even pain in your arms or legs. This is because you are constantly mis-aligning your body. Improve posture to avoid more of these aches and pains. So, what can be done?

First of all, be aware of how you sit and stand as you go throughout your day.

Posture Check

6 times that you should perform a posture check:
  1. Sitting at work
  2. While on your phone or a tablet
  3. Standing
  4. Crossing your legs
  5. Driving
  6. Sleeping

When you go throughout your day, notice how you are holding your body and try to correct it. Make sure your spine is straight, with your shoulders relaxed and back. Keep your head facing forward in a neutral position, not tilted up or down. This article showcases more detailed and complex stretches to correct your daily posture.


Simple exercises to make improvements:
Simple daily stretches to improve posture

Daily stretches to add to your routine

The longer we continue poor habits of sitting, standing, or hunching over, our bodies will correct to these misaligned positions. If you spend all day hunching over with your neck lurching forward, your spine will eventually adjust to that position as its new normal. Poor posture can lead to neck and back pain as well as other injuries.

Schedule a free consultation today! We can help you to adjust your posture and properly realign your body for better long term health.




Kids’ Chiropractor

Are your kids in a slump???  Wondering how a chiropractor can help your kids?


As a child, were you constantly cautioned to “sit up straight!” and “stand tall”? Your parents and teachers likely knew the benefits of good posture: proper breathing, increased focus, and higher self-confidence. Even more, poor posture can lead a person to increased back aches and pains, decreased blood circulation, and can be related to poor self-efficacy.


What the Experts Say

Research has found that teens who sit in a slumped position or slouch are also likely to have weak lower backs and increased back pain while sitting – especially for adolescent males. Studies also show that high computer usage is strongly related to increased neck and shoulder pain. Good posture, starting at a young age, is crucial to lifelong spinal health.

Whether you encourage your children to sit up straight while at the table or watching television, consider a chiropractic evaluation to review their posture. This is such an important decision that can potentially help avoid future neck and back pain. Let us help begin the practice of caring for their spine.  If you’re looking for one great article to read on why kids should get chiropractic adjustments, please read this. Are you ready to make the informed decision to begin your kids’ spinal health? Book an appointment with Dr. Clark, the kids’ chiropractor for our office!

Need Pain Management In Austin? Try Chiropractic Care Before Drugs

People often associate the need for pain management care with the damage caused by a specific traumatic event. While we do see many patients in the office following them “throwing out their back” or “recovering from a fall,” we see just as many who seek treatment for relief from headaches, pains, and stiffness that can accompany everyday movements.

The truth is that moderate and acute neck pain and low back pain are leading causes for patients to take over the counter (OTC) pain pills. However, many of the symptoms that lead people to take OTC pain medications can be relieved through chiropractic treatment, making even OTC drugs for pain management completely unnecessary.

In fact, a recent study found chiropractic manipulations and light home exercises relieve tension more effectively than OTC pain pills. Not only can our doctors provide manipulations to alleviate the most common symptoms of neck pain and low back pain, they also advise patients on lifestyle and ergonomics choices that can help avoid pain-causing postures. They can even recommend home exercises that help patients regain strength in problem areas.

Other recent studies that look at the real effects of OTC pain pills reveal the wisdom of choosing chiropractic care first. OTC medicines like Ibuprofen and Naproxen, while sometimes helpful at masking pain, has been linked to problems like gastrointestinal bleeding that leads to anemia, kidney problems, blood pressure issues, and even heart trouble. Though controversial, studies like this make it clear that drug use should be minimized however possible, which is why we advise patients to try chiropractic care first.

Taking OTC medication may provide a quick-fix masking of your pain, but our office strives to get to the root of your suffering so that it is not recurring. If you are seeking pain management in Austin, try chiropractic before trying OTC pain pills. Your body will thank you.

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