Find out what a chiropractor can do to improve your scoliosis symptoms.
Scoliosis is a condition that affects the shape of the spine, causing it to curve sideways. While sometimes this curve will stay the same over the years, there are other people who find that their scoliosis is progressive. Those with mild scoliosis may not even notice that they have it, while those with moderate-to-severe cases may deal with back pain, breathing problems, or changes in their body (e.g. uneven shoulders or prominent ribs).
So, How Can Our Austin, Tx, Chiropractor Dr. Zeke Help Alleviate and Manage Your Condition?
First, it’s important to understand that a chiropractor will not be able to “fix” or “cure” your scoliosis. The sole purpose of getting chiropractic care in Austin is to help you manage your condition with simple treatments, therapies, and at-home care. Scoliosis doesn’t have to impact your quality of life, and we can work with you to create a treatment plan that works most effectively for you and your specific needs.
Scoliosis is different from other spinal disorders, so you certainly don’t want to treat this condition as you would a simpler condition. When we examine the spine, we are looking at the discs, muscles, bones, and even nerves. We want to see if unnecessary pressure is being applied to these nerves, as this can play a role in the shape of your spine. By alleviating that nerve tension through spinal manipulation and certain manual techniques, we can help alleviate back pain amongst other symptoms and improve how the spine functions.
How your brain and body communicate with one another is also important for understanding how to treat your scoliosis. To improve your condition, we will be required to retrain your brain through a series of balance tests.
It’s also important that you are committed to treating your condition and following what our chiropractor tells you. The more you commit to the therapies and treatments, the more improvement you will see. This will require some upkeep and work on your part, but the benefits will certainly be worth it. Young patients with scoliosis may also be prescribed a corrective brace to help realign the spine and reduce or even eliminate the curve.
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Bee Caves Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center in Austin is here to help you conquer everything from whiplash and back pain to migraines and sports injuries. If you have scoliosis, find out how we can help you manage your condition for life by contacting us today at (512) 327-5311. We look forward to your call!
Would you like to have relief from your lower back pain without prescription medication or surgery? Would you like better mobility and a greater sense of vitality? Then, in-office spinal decompression from Austin, TX, chiropractor, Dr. Zeke Harkleroad may be for you.
What happens to our spines?
Through age, inactivity, a "desk job," or simply standing in one position for long periods of time, our spines compress or become more compact. The intervertebral discs, made of semi-flexible cartilage, actually shrink in size, deteriorate or even herniate (bulge) out from between the bones which make up the neck, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine.
What results is stiffness, immobility, loss of range of motion, and yes, pain. People often resort to harmful pain medications or complicated surgeries to find relief, but your Austin chiropractor has a better solution.
It involves a series of treatments at Bee Caves Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center. Dr. Harkleroad is certified in the Kennedy Spinal Decompression Technique which gently, but effectively, stretches each area of the spine, relieving pressure on the affected intervertebral discs.
Besides gently and repeatedly stretching the back via the hips and buttocks, your chiropractor uses other treatments to augment the effects of spinal decompression. These core training exercises strengthen the musculature supporting the spine and also tighten critical abdominal muscles.
These corrective exercises feature no complex equipment but instead utilize gravity and the body's natural weight and mass to reshape muscles. The patient stretches the targeted areas, gradually increasing strength and flexibility.
Spinal decompression and core training exercises improve circulation and movement of key nutrients and fluids to the spine. Your chiropractor also recommends rest, plenty of fluids and back maintenance exercises to be performed at home between treatments.
Do you want relief from your back pain? Contact Bee Caves Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center for an appointment. Dr. Harkleroad in Austin, TX, produces remarkable pain relieving results with spinal decompression, and he wants to help you feel better for the long run. Call (512) 327-5311 today.
Are you dealing with spinal pain, numbness, or tingling? It could be a herniated disc.
Your spine is made up of a variety of discs that comprise a hard outer layer and soft middle. As we get older, it’s natural for the spinal discs to experience some wear and tear; however, there are certain injuries, conditions, and other problems that can cause the inside of one or more discs to herniate, or rupture, and protrude through the outer portion of the disc. This is known as a herniated or slipped disc, and our Austin, TX, chiropractor, Dr. Zeke Harkleroad, is here to tell you about the most common symptoms and how chiropractic care could help manage your symptoms.
Do you have a herniated disc?
The symptoms you are experiencing will depend on the location of the herniated disc. Sometimes a herniated disc may be present and you won’t even know it. Other times you will experience pain localized to the area of the herniated disc.
If the herniated disc is severe enough it may cause shooting pains on one side of the body (a problem known as sciatica). If the herniated disc is in the lower back it can also cause pain, numbness, or tingling that radiates into the legs and gets worse when standing. Large herniated discs can also put pressure on the nerves of the spine and lead to severe pain or weakness in the legs.
How can a chiropractor help me?
When you come in for your first chiropractic visit in Austin we will ask you a series of detailed questions regarding the symptoms you experience, as well as perform a comprehensive physical exam. As a chiropractor we will also look for muscle weakness, loss of sensation or issues with reflexes. In some cases, imaging tests such as MRIs will be necessary to complete your diagnosis.
The type of treatment plan we specifically create for you will have to do with the location and severity of your herniated disc. In most cases, spinal adjustments and spinal decompression are required to help decrease pain and stabilize the spine. Manual therapy along with certain exercises may also be prescribed to relieve your herniated disc symptoms. More often than not, several spinal manipulation sessions are required in order to experience optimal results.
Common chiropractic techniques for treating herniated discs include:
- Flexion-distraction: a special table helps to isolate, stretch and adjust certain areas of the spine
- Pelvic blocking: special cushions are placed on both sides of the pelvis while certain exercises are implemented to help take pressure off spinal nerves
These chiropractic techniques along with heat or ice therapy and at-home stretching and strengthening exercises can often provide those with herniated discs the relief and aid they need without medication or surgery.
If you are dealing with back or neck pain, tingling or other symptoms you could be dealing with a herniated disc or other spinal issues. Turn to the spine experts at Bee Caves Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center in Austin, TX, to provide you with the effective, non-surgical relief you’ve been looking for.
Chiropractic care offers a variety of benefits to those dealing with musculoskeletal injuries.
Experiencing a car accident can be scary and nerve-wracking, and in the moment you may be so focused on making sure everyone is okay, talking to the other involved party and exchanging insurance information that you may not even notice that your body was injured. Luckily, our Austin, TX, chiropractor Dr. Zeke has experience working with those patients dealing with car accident injuries.
What are some of the most common car accident injuries?
After a car accident, it is common for people to experience musculoskeletal injuries that impact how certain ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves or discs function. Common problems include:
- Whiplash (neck injury)
- Back pain
- Ligament sprains
- Herniated or bulging discs
If you are experiencing inflammation, pain, discomfort, swelling, redness or discomfort when performing certain activities then it’s a good idea to turn to a medical professional for treatment. The sooner you seek treatment the better, as problems can often linger and lead to chronic pain and inflammation.
How can chiropractic care help me?
Luckily, if you are dealing with pain, discomfort or other issues as a result of an auto accident then our Austin, TX, chiropractic specialist can help you. We specialize in treating and managing symptoms for a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and problems. Many people who’ve been in a car accident deal with whiplash, a common neck injury that can cause stiffness, pain, limited range of motion and headaches.
Whiplash, as well as other musculoskeletal injuries, can be treated through a variety of chiropractic techniques including spinal manipulation. The school of thought when it comes to chiropractic care is to provide non-surgical, drug-free ways to improve how the body functions and works and to facilitate faster healing.
Chiropractic care can alleviate pain, reduce swelling, improve range of motion and flexibility and speed up the healing process. One of the most common chiropractic treatments is spinal manipulation, in which we apply certain controlled force to areas around the spine to realign spinal discs back into their proper positions, which will help take pressure off certain ligaments, tendons and nerves to get blood flowing to these areas. By improving blood flow we can also boost the body’s natural healing process.
Bee Caves Scoliosis Center in Austin, TX, prides itself on offering a multitude of chiropractic options to boost healing while also improving physical function, well-being and quality of life. If you are dealing with injuries from a car accident give us a call today.
Are you suffering from neck pain after a car accident? You may have whiplash. Our Austin, TX, chiropractor, Dr. Zeke Harkleroad of Bee Caves Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center, shares common whiplash symptoms and explains how you may benefit from a trip to the chiropractor.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a type of injury that may occur when your neck moves back and forth rapidly. The sudden movement can damage vertebrae, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and discs in your neck. Whiplash often occurs as a result of a car accident, but anything that causes your neck to "whip" around, such as a ride on a jerky amusement park attraction, playing contact sports or even falling, can cause your symptoms.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
If you have whiplash, you may experience one of more of these symptoms:
- Pain in your neck that may worsen when you try to turn your head
- Pain in your arms, hands, shoulders or upper back
- Numbness or a "pins-and-needles" sensation in your arms and hands
- Difficulty moving your neck
- Muscle spasms
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
How do Austin chiropractors treat whiplash?
Ignoring whiplash symptoms can lead to chronic pain. Luckily, chiropractors offer a variety of treatments that will decrease your pain and help you heal more quickly. When you visit our Austin office, we'll perform a thorough examination and recommend the appropriate treatment based on the severity of your condition.
Manipulation helps restore normal motion to your spinal joints and may also relieve pain caused by a herniated disc. Manual or instrument-assisted manipulation may be used during your treatment. Both types of manipulation use gentle, non-thrusting pressure to mobilize your vertebrae. Manipulation also helps stretch tight tissues and improves blood flow to your neck, which may speed healing.
Other treatments may also be used during the course of your therapy, such as massage, soft tissue manipulation and mobilization, manual joint therapy, ultrasound treatment, and trigger point therapy.
Chiropractic therapy offers an effective, natural way to treat whiplash after a car accident. If you're tired of living with your neck pain, call our Austin, TX, chiropractor, Dr. Zeke of Bee Caves Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center, at (512) 327-5311 to schedule an appointment.
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