Chiropractic Care Blog

It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time once again!

Are your kids ready for school? Do they have all their school supplies? Have they been back-to-school shopping? Have they met their new teachers? Have they gotten their spines aligned yet?! If not, come see the best pediatric chiropractor in Austin today!

Pediatric chiropractic care is one of the safest and most effective types of alternative medicine used to treat many common pediatric illnesses and issues. From colic and reflux to chronic ear infections and sports injuries, chiropractic adjustments can help. And if you’re looking for a pediatric chiropractor in Austin, look no further than Dr. Brian Clark of Discover Chiropractic.

 

Before sending your kids off to school this year, we encourage you to get them a spinal alignment. Sitting at a desk in a classroom will be much more comfortable if their spines are aligned correctly. And if your kids had any injuries over the summer due to sports or playground mishaps, a chiropractic adjustment could be just the thing to get them feeling healthy again. Regular adjustments for your child will also help with growing pains during growth spurts. Pediatric chiropractic care can also help alleviate pain and discomfort that comes from carrying heavy backpacks full of textbooks.

“When we see a child for chiropractic care, the first thing we do is evaluate the child’s spine to see if we can locate and identify any pediatric spinal issues or problems,” said Dr. Clark. “There are some differences in the techniques used with young children or infants. But regardless of age, the chiropractic care of children is tailored specifically for the needs of each individual child. When a child’s spinal column is correctly aligned, their posture improves and they can experience less pain from injuries and growth spurts.”

There are many benefits of pediatric chiropractic care highlighted in this great article by Pathways:
https://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Chiropractic/chiropractic-care-for-children.html


Dr. Brian Clark provides pediatric chiropractic care in his South Austin practice. He loves treating children and can’t wait to meet yours! Be sure to schedule your kiddos an appointment before they head back to school once again! Call our office at (512) 288-7000 to schedule your appointment with the best pediatric chiropractor in Austin!

WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE?

And how can it help alleviate back pain?

Chiropractors are health care specialists trained in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders. They use hands-on techniques including spinal manipulation, massage, and other conservative treatments to relieve pain. The word chiropractic comes from the Greek words, “kheir” which means hand and “pracktikos” meaning practice. Thus, it means the practice of the hands.

History

Chiropractic care began in 1895 under the guidance of Daniel David Palmer. A janitor had “popped’ something in his back which caused pain and hearing loss. After adjusting the janitor’s spine, hearing was restored. Palmer soon realized the potential of spine adjustments and began to organize them into a system of practice to help others.

35 million Americans are treated by chiropractors every year. There are over 70,000 chiropractors licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Discover Chiropractic is the number one choice for many people seeking chiropractic care in Austin, TX.

Adjustment Techniques

  • The diversified technique is a gentle technique that helps relieve neck and back pain by using the hands to engage tender joints.
  • The Logan basic technique adds pressure to the base of the spine to align the spine and alleviate headaches and lower back pain.
  • The Gonstead technique uses x-rays to pinpoint pain problems in the spine for an accurate chiropractic adjustment.
  • The Activator method employs an instrument targeting the spinal vertebrae or joint for the purposes of restoring movement to the affected areas.
  • Flexion-distraction helps treat herniated discs, facet joint pain, scoliosis, and other conditions. This technique requires gentle stretching from a chiropractic table.

 

 

Back pain is something that will impact 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives. Often, the lower back is the area that is most affected. While back pain can go away after a period of time has passed, for many, it lingers and can even become chronic, lasting months or years.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study with evidence that suggested chiropractic spinal manipulation can offer those who suffer from back pain an effective treatment plan that does not involve additional drugs, such as opioids and painkillers.

Dr. Brian Clark of Discover Chiropractic in Austin, TX says, “We seek to help patients improve their quality of life by offering an alternative treatment plan to taking medication. This allows people to function better and live a healthy lifestyle. By improving spinal mobility, we can help relieve pain even better than traditional medicine.”

Patients who had received chiropractic care spent a median cost of $712 compared to $1,992 spent by those choosing treatment from a different medical provider.

Chiropractic care for back pain

Infographic source:  https://backernation.com/

Chiropractic Care Improves Posture

Take a stand for good posture

Chiropractic adjustments improve posture by correcting misalignments of the spine.  Reducing or eliminating pain will help you stand up straight again.  With appropriate posture improving exercises, people can improve their posture long term.

Schedule a free consultation

Dr Clark may be able to help you correct your posture thru chiropractic care and at home exercises!

Chiropractic and Babies

People often call our office and ask “Do you do chiropractic adjustments on babies?”  And we always answer them with an excited Yes!  The reason we adjust infants is because babies develop in tight spaces in their mother’s womb and sometimes come out of the birth canal in uncomfortable positions, sometimes the doctor even has to pull them out and damage can be done to their tiny developing spines.  We’ve treated expecting mothers and infant babies in Austin since 2008.  It can be fun, amazing, and sometimes messy, Dr Clark has had a baby vomit on him, but he’s always ready to serve.

Chiropractic Babies

Infant Adjustments

The adjustments are very light and gentle, usually requiring just the Dr’s fingertips to lightly move the spine through it’s range of motion.  Dr Clark will search for misalignment’s of the spine and segments that may be stuck in place and holding tension.  Chiropractic adjustments for infants very gentle and effective.  We’ve had some great results with the many babies we’ve treated over the years.

Articles and Research

https://www.acatoday.org/News-Publications/ACA-News-Archive/ArtMID/5721/ArticleID/41

http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Chiropractic/why-infants-need-chiropractic-care.html

 

Sunset at Discover Chiropractic

Yesterday was a beautiful day here.  People were getting chiropractic wellness adjustments all day.  Then we ended with an amazing sunset.  We’re so lucky to live here and offer Austin TX chiropractic care.  Come by and see for yourself how chiropractic wellness adjustments can brighten your day!

Sunset at Discover Chiropractic Austin TX

How Can A Mattress Affect Back Pain

How Can a Mattress Affect Back Pain?
If you experience back pain, you’re not alone. Back pain is a common affliction, and up to 80
percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. And mattresses can be a
source of pain or relief.
What Causes Back Pain?
There are many possible sources of back pain, and some sources can combine to cause or
exacerbate back pain. Causes can include accidents, sprains, stress, and injuries. Even simply
aging can be a factor affecting back pain.
The Relationship Between Mattresses and Back Pain
Pain can make it more difficult for you to sleep, and if you’re not sleeping well, you may struggle
more to manage your pain.  When you sleep well on a mattress that meets your needs can help you avoid back pain and may relieve some pain.
The Right Mattress for Back Pain
Although firm mattresses are commonly associated with relieving back pain, the fact is there
isn’t a single type of firmness of mattress that is ideal for all. You should choose a mattress that
will offer good support, alignment, and firmness to meet your needs.
Look for a mattress that aligns your spine well so your spine isn’t dropping too deeply into
sagging or too soft spots on your mattress. It should offer good support, pushing gently back
onto your body with a comfortable amount of firmness. You want to be able to sink into the bed
enough to feel comforted and supported, but not so much that you feel you’re too deep into the
bed.

Rule of Thumb
What’s comfortable for one person isn’t necessarily comfortable for everyone else. The right
one for your needs depends on your weight, the position you sleep in, and other factors. In
general, a firm mattress will be more supportive for people of a heavier weight than average (typically 230 pounds or heavier) and a soft mattress will be good for people who are below
average in weight (usually 130 pounds or lighter). This is because the heavier you are, the more
pressure you put on the mattress. A firmer mattress will not allow you to sink too deeply. But if
you’re lighter, a too firm mattress won’t offer any give, so you need a softer one. If you’re
average weight, a medium firm mattress (also known as a universal comfort mattress) will
typically be a good fit.
Supporting Healthy Sleep
In addition to choosing the right mattress, it’s important to practice healthy sleep habits and
sleep in a position that can help you avoid or relieve back pain.
Maintain healthy sleep habits. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
Ensure that your bedroom is a healthy sleep environment, free of distractions and bright lights.
Avoid screen time, caffeine, and alcohol late at night so you don’t experience unnecessary
difficulty with sleep.
Sleep in the right position. If you’re prone to back pain, sleeping on your back can be helpful.
It’s the best position for back pain because it minimizes your pressure points and distributes
your weight evenly. Side sleeping may also be helpful, especially if you put a pillow between
your knees to offer better spinal alignment. It’s not a good idea to sleep on your stomach, as it
can cause you to sink into your bed too deeply, causing too much pressure on your spine.
Although back pain is sometimes unavoidable, a good mattress and healthy sleep hygiene can
be helpful in getting sleep and relieving back pain. Choose the right mattress for your needs and
practice good sleep habits to offer support for back pain.

Back Pain

Mattresses Affect Back Pain

Want More Information

We are experts at helping people suffering with low back pain.  If your experiencing back pain, Dr Clark may write you a prescription for an orthopedic mattress, saving you from paying sales tax.  Click here to schedule your free consultation.

Article provided by:
Amy Highland is a sleep expert at https://www.sleephelp.org/ . She loves taking naps during thunderstorms
and cuddling up with a blanket, book, and cats.

1 https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics
2 https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/really-losing-sleep-reduces-your-pain-tolerance/

3 https://www.sleephelp.org/best-adjustable-beds/

Meet Amy

We welcomed Amy to our Austin Chiropractic team in August.  She’s been in the medical field for most of her career and brings solid experience and a great attitude to our front desk.  We’re excited to have her here!  Please say hello next time you’re in for an adjustment.

Meet Amy

Look forward to seeing you soon!

-Dr. Brian Clark

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

 

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:

  1. https://teca.memberclicks.net/assets/2018/Lancet%201.pdf
  2. https://teca.memberclicks.net/assets/2018/Lancet%202.pdf
  3. https://teca.memberclicks.net/assets/2018/Lancet%203.pdf