May 2017 Health Newsletter

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» Where Would You be Without A Herniated Disc or Sciatica
» Exciting New Modality Brings Rapid and Lasting Neck Pain Relief - Active Therapy
» Top Three Car Accident Whiplash Symptoms in Austin, Texas
» Leaning While Texting May Result in Health Problems
» Painkillers Should Not Be Kept Within Reach of Small Children
» Dangers of Energy Drinks

Where Would You be Without A Herniated Disc or Sciatica

The most common cause of sciatica is an acute lumbar (low back) herniated disc.  Just this past year quite often people would come to my office having suffered with a new acute injury to the lower back that was causing severe acute sciatica (radiating leg pain). Herniated 20Discs 20Cause 20Low 20Back 20Pain 20  20Sciatica 202 20Google 20 The big trouble was they were leaving on a huge trip like a honeymoon, Caribbean cruise, and 10 day trip to Paris  in 1-2 weeks. Desperate to go on their trips they need to get out of pain before they could travel.
The three best sciatica and herniated disc pain treatments at Carlson Chiropractic - Austin are: 1) Spinal decompression treatment, 2) Chiropractic adjustments, and 3) Low level laser treatment. Massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments are also very effective low back and sciatic nerve pain relief.  Veronica Moreno, LMT is an independent contractor who works out of Carlson Chiropractic to help meet your massage therapy needs.


For the past 6 years of giving spinal decompression treatment for lumbar herniated disc our referral rate for surgery has had a sharp decline. If you suffer with a chronic or an acute herniated disc don't delay treatment. Early detection and treatment often leads to a better correction. If we could help you, your family, or friends give us a call 512-447-9093 today.

Author: John D. Carlson, D.C.
Source: http://www.carlsonchiro.com
Copyright: John D. Carlson, D.C 2015


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Exciting New Modality Brings Rapid and Lasting Neck Pain Relief - Active Therapy

Neck pain has many different causes. In most cases, neck pain is not caused by a life threatening condition but rather due to musculoskeletal disorders that respond well to conservative treatments. Chiropractic has been effectively Neck 20Pain 20one 20of 20the 20most 20prevelant 20reasons 20people 20seek 20treatment 20133200giving patients neck pain relief for over 100 years.  One new modality to help patients with a specific condition that can cause neck pain is Active Therapeutic Motion. This relatively new treatment helps patients who have neck pain particularly during certain movements and is called a movement disorder.
Movement disorders, of this magnitude, typically have a specific event and an acute onset of neck pain that can become excruciating when moving the neck in one direction like right rotation. The onset of pain may occur insidiously or from a trauma.  Movement disorders occur when the brain and spinal cord loses timing with the muscles around a joint. When the brain and spinal cord fail to stimulate muscle contraction just milliseconds prior to loading on a joint. When that condition occurs the joints in the neck experience shearing pressure on the joint and the patient experiences mild to excruciating pain. 
Active Therapeutic Motion help the brain and spinal regain proper timing of muscle contractions prior to movement removing the shearing pressure on the joint. Failure to remedy the movement disorder can cause excessive pressure to be placed on the intervertebral disc resulting in acute cervical herniated discs. With Active Therapeutic Motion  rarely do I see a patient who needs more than 4-6 visits. With quick neck pain relief with Active Therapeutic Motion helps defray expensive medical cost, unnecessary doctor visits, and unnecessary medication. Active Therapeutic Motion can also expedite the return to normal life following a severe bout of neck pain. The major negative for Active Therapeutic Motion is that it works only on movement disorders. Therefore, if your neck pain is not due to a movement disorder this modality will not help you.  
Below I am including a link to one of my YouTube videos about Active Therapeutic Motion. This video is a video chiropractic review by a woman who had severe neck pain after her daily workout.  Take a moment to watch the video and hear her story about rapid relief of severe neck pain.

Severe Neck Pain is Relieved by South Austin Chiropractor and Active Therapeutic Motion
Since this therapy is widely unknown to many patient and even doctors, help me tell others by liking us on Face Book and sharing it on your social media to help others struggling to find neck pain relief due to movement disorders. If feel you need  or would like to try this treatment call us today at 512-447-9093. You can learn more about neck pain visit htttp://www.carlsonchiro.com .
 

Author: John D. Carlson, D.C.
Source: http://www.carlsonchiro.com
Copyright: John D. Carlson, D.C 2015


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Top Three Car Accident Whiplash Symptoms in Austin, Texas



Austin is experiencing rapid population growth as many people are migrating to Austin for various different reasons. Austin's population has grown so much Headaches 20Occur 20in 2080  20of 20Whiplash 20Injuries 1so quickly while our road systems have lagged well behind population growth.  Along with increased traffic density comes increased car accident and whiplash injuries. 


The top three car accident whiplash symptoms are: neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. Does this sound like you? Failure to get treatment often leads to ongoing recurrent symptoms until the underlying damaged tissues causing neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain is resolved.  Either under treatment or no treatment often leads to bone spurs, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis in your neck. 

If you have  been injured in a car accident get a chiropractic examination, find the cause of your neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain, and the get a customized treatment plan designed to restore the damaged tissue today.

Call today and get your examination scheduled. 512-447-9093


Author: John D. Carlson, D.C.
Source: http://www.carlsonchiro.com
Copyright: John D. Carlson, D.C 2015


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Leaning While Texting May Result in Health Problems

Recent increases in the number of patients suffering from upper-back and neck pain may be related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use. Many young people are reporting herniated disks and alignment problems. As these health issues more so typically affect middle-aged and elderly people, the new surge of problems in youth may have to do with the way the neck bends when a person is texting. The normal curvature of the neck is reversed when people look down, such as when using and viewing a phone. Overtime, continuation of this unnatural position leads to stresses and imbalances in the supporting tissues of the neck and upper back. Pain, soreness, fatigue and even reversal of the normal curvature of the neck and upper back can occur. Given that some young people text for hours a day, it’s no wonder experts are seeing an increase in neck and back issues.  Studies show the problem is present mainly when people use mobile devices, as using laptops doesn’t require any abnormal or unnatural posture. The 45-degree angle many people hold their neck at while texting on mobile devices can lead to issues which may become even worse if the person is sitting. This impact on the back worsens at higher flexed postures. With a 15-degree flex, the head (which weighs roughly 10-12 pounds) can feel over twice as heavy. The stress increase on the spine can lead to a 60-degree flex feeling like an additional 60 pounds of pressure. There is a serious concern among professionals about the effects this will have on young people.   Fortunately, doctors of chiropractic are specifically trained to evaluate and treat neck and back issues. If you or a loved one is suffering from neck and/or back issues including those that may be related to the use of a phone, book a no obligation consultation today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The Spine Journal, online March 20, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Painkillers Should Not Be Kept Within Reach of Small Children

Most homes carry some type of pain relievers. More specifically, opioids like hydrocodone and codeine are common across the country. Unfortunately, these medicines aren’t always kept out of the reach of small children.  Roughly a third of adults store prescription opioid mediation in cabinets with locks. Less than 10 percent of adults with kids and teenagers recall storing these substances properly.  Researchers have noted a near doubling of hospitalization rates for issues related to medicine over the past few decades. While some parents may feel that they know their children well enough to pass on locking up these substances, the prevalence of these medicines in the home warrants safe and secure storage.  A survey conducted with adults who consume these medicines relievers within the past year and who had kids in the home revealed that a third of those with children under 7 said they secured their medicine. That number was slashed by roughly two-thirds when it comes to households with teens, and less than one-third of families with both kids and teens used lockable storage for their medicine. Adults with young kids were usually more concerned about the medicine being accessed, while those with teens were less likely to view this as a concern.  The use of this medication has skyrocketed in the US in recent years, with most opioid medication being used for post-surgery pain.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pediatrics, online February 23, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Dangers of Energy Drinks

According to a new study, consuming enough energy drink can lead to certain concerning characteristics in heart function and blood pressure outside of those seen solely from caffeine.  Energy drinks are extremely popular with hundreds of versions currently available for sale. Unfortunately, these beverages have become associated with emergency-room visits and even death. While the makers of energy drinks claim that the products pose no more dangers than those related to caffeine, the evidence does not necessarily reflect this assertion. Caffeine in certain doses is considered normal by the FDA. For example, approximately 400 mg of caffeine can be found in about five cups of coffee. While the dangers of energy drinks are usually related to their caffeine content, it is the other ingredients which may pose the risk. The physical changes in a group of subjects (both male and female) were observed after the subjects had consumed an energy drink and a caffeinated beverage that lacked the other types of ingredients energy drinks are known for. These additional ingredients include 4 ounces of sugar, taurine, B vitamins, and other contents found in brand-name energy drinks like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, and Monster. The results showed certain concerning cardiovascular changes including an increase in blood pressure after the consumption of energy drinks. Be smart and play it safe. If you choose to consume energy drinks, do so in moderation and ensure you do not suffer from any sort of cardiovascular conditions or issues or other health ailments that could result in a visit to the emergency room or worse.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, online April 26, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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