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By Bee Caves Scoliosis Center LLC
September 29, 2017
Tags: Car Accident   whiplash   strains  

Although auto accidents can cause broken bones and lacerations, injuries after a crash aren't always obvious. Acceleration or back paindeacceleration forces during accidents may be responsible for internal injuries to joints, bones and tissues. Our Austin, TX, chiropractor, Dr. Zeke Harkleroad of Bee Caves Scoliosis Center, discusses common types of internal injuries from auto accidents and explains how chiropractic treatment can be helpful.

What types of injuries can occur after a car accident?

Injuries that don't cause any noticeable external signs include:

  • Whiplash: Whiplash occurs when the force of the crash abruptly moves your head back and forth, causing neck pain. Other symptoms may include a headache, neck stiffness, blurred vision, dizziness and ringing in the ears.
  • Spondylolisthesis: Spondylolisthesis occurs when a stress fracture moves a vertebra from its normal position. If the vertebra presses on a nerve in your spine, you may notice symptoms in your legs or buttocks, such as pain, trouble walking, numbness or weakness.
  • Strains and Sprains: Accidents can strain your back, causing pain that makes it difficult to function. If your pain is severe, you may not have a sprain or strain, but a compression fracture in your spine.
  • Herniated Discs: Discs cushion the spaces between the vertebrae in your spine. Herniations occur when the center of the disc begins to bulge through the outer layer of the disc. Herniated disks may press on nerves causing pain in numbness, pain or tingling in an arm or leg.
  • Worsening Scoliosis: Scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, can sometimes become worse if you've been injured in an accident.

How can chiropractic treatment help?

Chiropractic adjustments can reduce pressure on nerves, decreases pain and inflammation, and promotes healing of your tissues. Have you recently been injured in an auto accident? Chiropractic treatment offers an effective, natural way to help you heal. Call our Austin, TX, chiropractor, Dr. Zeke of Bee Caves Scoliosis Center, at (512) 327-5311 to schedule an appointment.

By Bee Caves Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center
November 17, 2015

Spinal decompression offers a gentle and effective way to treat back pain.

Suffering from back pain can interrupt your entire life. Bee Caves Chiropractic and Scoliosis Center in Austin, Texas, offers spinal decompression therapy as a way to combat this common and often debilitating problem. Dr. Zeke Harkleroad has helped many spinal decompressionpatients by using this revolutionary therapy. We've answered a few of the common questions about it here.

What is spinal decompression?

At Bee Caves Chiropractic and Scoliosis Center in Austin, we offer spinal decompression as a therapeutic treatment for back pain caused by spinal disc abnormalities, pinched nerves and overuse injuries. A specialized table, equipped with moving parts and linked to a digital monitor, allows your Austin chiropractor to gently manipulate the spine through alternating stretching and relaxation maneuvers. This allows the spinal column to return to its optimal positioning and relieve pressure.

Is spinal decompression painful?

These sessions with your Austin chiropractor are designed to alleviate pain, not exacerbate it. You may feel some different sensations as the decompression machine does its job, but the vast majority of patients find the therapy sessions very comfortable and relaxing.

How long do spinal decompression sessions take?

Most sessions at our Austin chiropractic office with Dr. Zeke Harkleroad take less than an hour, depending on the severity of your condition.

Do I need to bring anything with me to my sessions?

Dr. Zeke suggests wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for spinal decompression therapy session. You will not need to undress, but it's important to be comfortable during the treatment.

Is spinal decompression effective?

In a recent study, 86% of 219 people who went through a regimen of decompression therapy for degenerative disc disease found that their symptoms significantly improved.

If you're interested in learning more about how spinal decompression therapy can help your back pain, contact Bee Caves Chiropractic and Scoliosis Center in Austin to set up an evaluation with Dr. Zeke today!

By Bee Caves Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center
December 15, 2014
Tags: Back Pain  

Relieve pinched nerves and other back ailments by incorporating these exercises into your daily routine.

Back problems can happen to anyone. In fact, wear and tear has often already occurred by the time you reach your 30s. Therefore, it’s back painnever too early to start spinal decompression exercises to protect your spinal discs and to promote a healthy spine. If you’ve been wondering if spinal decompression in Austin could help relieve neck or back problems, here are some effective exercises to help you combat your painful symptoms:
Exercise ball: Whether at the gym or in the comfort of your own home, an exercise ball can help you properly stretch just by lying on your stomach across the ball, reaching your hands out and allowing your back to stretch all the way across and relax (always keep your back rounded). This technique will increase strength and also offer all the benefits of stretching.
Yoga Blocks: While this might sound like some kind of torture device, we promise you won’t have to contort yourself into any awkward positions to gain relief. Just by placing the block under your bottom (not your lower back) and draping over it for a minute, you will notice that the tension in your back will slowly start to release. Hold this position for about one minute. After the minute is up, gently rock your knees into your chest to workout tight muscles.
Poses: There are certain poses you can perform that will also help relieve pressure and tight muscles in your back.
Cat stretch: your knees and elbows are on the ground and your head is facing down. Raise your lower back using your abdominal muscles and hold for about 15 to 20 seconds.
Child’s pose: This elongates the spine, helping to stretch out the lower back. Start on your knees and slowly lower your head to the floor (keeping your arms by your legs). As you lower to the ground, start to pull your upper body to the ground to make the stretch even better. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds.
How can spinal decompression exercises help?
- They increase back and core stability
- They help relieve pressure on vertebrae to prevent damage
- They promote a healthier lifestyle
- They increase range of motion
If your neck or back problems have made day-to-day activities a challenge, call your Austin chiropractor today to schedule an appointment. We want to alleviate your pain and get you up and moving!

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