Tips To Avoid Back Pain In Winters

by Administrator 27. December 2016 01:30

As the temperature begins to fall, the risk of back pain increases for many people. Slipping on the icy surfaces and tension in the nerve endings are two common causes of backache. It can be chronic and greatly limit a person’s movement. There are several tips that should be be implemented to avoid back pain during winter season. Some of them are discussed below:

Maintain The Right Posture When Lifting

In case you live in an area that experiences snowfall, you may need to do a lot of shoveling and heavy lifting to clear your driveway as well as sidewalk. Twisting, bending and turning when removing the ice may lead to muscle spasms. Thus, it is important to maintain the correct posture when indulging in physical activities. Make sure you use your legs while lifting instead of pressurizing the back. Keep the spine properly aligned and do not bend forward.

Warm Up To Keep Your Muscles Limber

Muscles tend to become tight during winters and any injury sustained due to falling or slipping on ice can hurt more due to stiffness. A 5 to 10 minutes of warm up before any sort of physical activity can help to loosen up the tight muscles. Strengthening exercises can be really helpful in reducing sprains. If you are going to shovel or lift up the ice, practice small sets of squats and sit ups to prepare the muscles in the legs as well as lower abdomen.

Exercising regularly can help to keep the muscles limber and reduce sprains. You must avoid sitting continuously for prolonged periods by taking short breaks in between. It reduces the pressure on the spine.

Wear Snug And Warm Clothing

If you are prone to back pain during winters or have sustained a spine injury in the past, it is necessary to wear layers of clothes to keep yourself warm. Make sure the clothes block the cold air but do not cause hindrance in your movement.

Wear The Right Shoes

Falling on ice can greatly hurt your back and may even fracture the hip or wrist. It is thus important to prevent slips and falls when heading out. Make sure you wear slip-resistant, rubber soled and proper fitting shoes when walking on icy floors. Avoid stepping on areas that need shoveling.

Have A Nutritious Diet For Overall Wellbeing

Having a balanced diet that includes fish, chicken and fresh vegetables like spinach, sweet potatoes as well as carrots can help to reduce back pain.  Calcium rich foods and nuts should be consumed to strengthen bones.

Chiropractic Treatment For Back Pain

Chiropractics is highly effective in reducing back pain.  A chiropractor uses spinal adjustments or manipulation to treat chronic pain. Apart from adjustment techniques, heat and cold therapy may be also performed to improve blood circulation in the painful area. The chiropractor may recommend certain dietary supplements after the treatment. A combination of these methods may be performed to provide quick relief to the patients.

Winter is a time when many people head to the doctor with complaints of pain in several parts of the body like shoulders, neck and most commonly the back. Take a hot shower or place a heat pack on the back to relax the sprained muscles. To prevent and protect yourself from hurting the back, the above mentioned tips should be followed.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer effective treatment for back pain. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Winter Related Health Problems Treated By Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 19. December 2016 21:28

With the onset of winter, there is an increased risk of getting afflicted with various health problems. The dropping temperature can bring along ailments such as cold, Flu, headache, pain in the joints and other injuries. Chiropractic care can be effective in alleviating the pain and treating these conditions. The chiropractors use efficient techniques that can help to improve your overall fitness and quality of life.

Listed below are few winter related health problems that can be treated by chiropractic care:

Cold And Flu:

During winters, getting cold or Flu is quite common. Symptoms of cold include running nose, congestion and sneezing. If you have sore throat, fever, headache, cough or muscle pain, you may be suffering from Flu. Children, elderly and women are at a higher risk of having these conditions. Cold and Flu are generally caused due to poor immune system.

Chiropractic care can be quite effective in treating misalignments or subluxations in the spine which, in turn strengthens the immune system. The chiropractors perform gentle manipulations which help to increase the number of white blood cells and keep you healthy even during the winter months.

Weather Related Injuries:

Skiing, slipping on ice, shoveling snow, ice hockey etc. can often result in injuries during winters. Motor vehicle collisions and falls can also take place in the snowy weather conditions. These injuries can lead to pain and stiffness in back, legs, knees etc. which can further affect the functioning of the body.

Chiropractic adjustments can prove to be beneficial in reducing swelling and discomfort caused due to the injuries. It can also help to improve flexibility of the affected joints and muscles. The chiropractor can diagnose any misalignments in the spine or extremity joints and help to prevent the formation of scar tissue.


The feelings of anxiety, despair and depression may increase due to lack of sunlight during the winter months. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Spinal subluxations can affect the proper functioning of the brain which can intensify these symptoms.

Spinal manipulations performed by the chiropractors can help to reduce the symptoms of depression and enhance the mood of the patients. These techniques can be beneficial in restoring the balance of the nervous system and ensuring optimal functioning of the body. This further helps in reducing stress levels and improves overall health.

Painful Joints:

With the decrease in temperature, one may experience pain and stiffness in joints that have already been affected by Osteoarthritis. Elderly are more susceptible to suffer lower back pain during winter. This reduces the mobility and causes discomfort while performing even the routine physical activities.

The chiropractors may recommend certain exercises which can help to improve the mobility of the joints. Posture correction exercises can be recommended to relieve back pain. The chiropractors also provide core muscle strength training so that the patients can carry out their daily tasks in a better way.

Additional Tips That Can Help To Keep You Healthy During Winters:

  • It is important to take extra care of your health during the cold months. Following these tips can surely be beneficial:
  • Take a healthy diet: You must take a healthy diet inclusive of fruits and vegetables to strengthen your immune system.
  • Regular exercise: Make sure you include exercise as a part of your daily regime to improve overall well-being.
  • Drink adequate amount of water: Drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water is necessary to keep your body hydrated and maintain your fluid balance during the winter season. 
  • Get the right amount of sleep: Taking proper sleep can help to boost the immune system and keep illnesses at bay. It also provides relaxation to the body. 
  • Wash your hands regularly: It is imperative to wash your hands at regular intervals to protect yourself from bacteria, virus and other germs.   

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide effective treatment for a wide range of winter related health problems. The chiropractors at the clinic specialize in performing spinal manipulations to relieve pain. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Text Neck: How Chiropractors Can Help?

by Administrator 24. November 2016 16:25

Text Neck refers to an overuse syndrome characterized by soreness of the upper back accompanied by severe neck pain. Looking down at the mobile phone screen for prolonged periods can greatly damage the spine. The condition may also lead to serious medical conditions such as Arthritis, Pinched Nerve, Disc Herniation etc.


  • Overuse of mobile phones and similar electronic devices
  • Keeping the neck bent downwards or slouching in order to look at the mobile screen for longer periods
  • Reading steadily for prolonged periods can also be a cause


  • Tightness and soreness of the shoulder muscles
  • Pain in the neck
  • In extreme cases, it may be accompanied by headaches
  • Increased curvature of the spine
  • Inflammation of the neck muscles and veins
  • Pain may extend to the arms and wrists

Chiropractic Treatment For Text Neck

The chiropractor may conduct a thorough examination by inquiring about the symptoms and the history of neck pain. He may observe the movement of the neck, signs of tenderness and numbness in the shoulders.
Some of the common techniques used by chiropractors have been listed below:

Cervical Mobilization

This technique helps to remove any restrictions in the range of motion of the neck. The chiropractor uses hand movements to move the vertebrae from right to left and vice versa, while the patient lies on his back in a relaxed state. The procedure also involves moving the head forward, backward and to the sides.

Cervical Manual Traction

This method involves a gentle pulling of the neck by the chiropractor. The patient may rest in a comfortable position, be it sitting, lying on the back or the stomach. However, the most preferable position would be lying on the back with head on one edge of the table. The chiropractor may cup the base of the skull with one hand and cover the chin with the other. This technique is followed by a gentle traction to realign the spine.


An important aspect when treating the Text Neck Syndrome is to maintain the right posture. Using a cell phone correctly requires holding it at an elevated angle. Slouching or bending the neck even by 15 degrees can significantly increase the pressure on the spine and lead to the condition. Practicing certain exercises can help to treat the symptoms:

Chin Tucking Exercise

This can help to strengthen the neck muscles and improve the alignment of the spine.

Procedure- Sit straight on a chair. Slowly bend your neck in order to touch your chin to the chest. This helps to stretch the muscles at the base of the neck. This exercise can be repeated multiple times a day, in any comfortable sitting position.

Head Rotation

It can be done to improve flexibility of the neck muscles. It also helps to ward-off any stiffness in the shoulders and neck by increasing the flow of blood to the muscles.
Procedure- Sit or stand in a comfortable position with the hands on the sides. Rotate your head in order to look at your right shoulder and stay in the position for 3-4 seconds. Repeat by rotating the head in order to look over the left shoulder for 3-4 seconds. Repeat the same process 8-10 times a day.

Shoulder Rotation

This exercise is very effective in restoring alignment of the spine.
Procedure- Place your arms down on your sides and stand straight. Rotate the shoulders back and forth in sets of 10-12. Rest for a few seconds and repeat the same vice versa. This exercise is a great way of treating stiff and sore shoulder muscles.
Exercising regularly can prove to be of great help in treating the symptoms of Text Neck.

Preventive Measures

Listed below are some preventative measures for the condition:

  • Maintain your posture to avoid bending the head forward
  • Practice exercises to strengthen the spine
  • While using cellphone, maintain a healthy level between the phone and eyes. Similarly, you can keep your computer screen at a higher level in order to avoid bending the neck
  • Take short breaks from your activities and practice stretching to relieve muscle tension in the neck

Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness offers effective treatment for Text Neck and other medical conditions. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Care For Low Back Pain

by Administrator 17. November 2016 21:35

Low back pain is a commonly reported ailment that may affect any person irrespective of age or gender. The lumbar spine is a complex network of bones (vertebrae), muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and blood vessels. They work together in tandem to help the body parts move as well as perform the important task of relaying messages from one part of the body to the other. Damage to any part of these complex spine structures can result in lower back pain.


  • Poor posture is one of the major causes of low back pain. Sitting or slouching for long hours can stress the lower back muscles and bones
  • Weakening of the bones and ligaments with age
  • Lifting heavy weights places additional pressure on the back which may result in pain.
  • Sudden movements such as bending or straightening
  • Psychological stress
  • Muscle sprain or overstretching of the ligaments
  • Pinching or compression of the nerve endings as they emerge between the intervertebral spaces
  • Degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae
  • Direct injury or fall resulting in dislocation or compression fracture
  • Osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine
  • Overuse injuries suffered by sports persons or those indulged in excessive workout regimes


  • Inability to bend, move and lie down on the back
  • Muscle spasms
  • Dull ache or sharp shooting pain can be experienced in the lower back, buttocks, groin and thighs
  • The lower back may feel tender or sore when touched
  • A burning, pricking or tingling sensation in the lower spine
  • Pain after a period of rest, while waking up in the morning and it tends to subside with movement
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Pain may increase while walking, running, climbing the stairs, standing and sitting
  • Weakness and numbness


  • X-ray imaging may be conducted to assess changes in the bone structure
  • MRI and CT scan may be required to get a clear picture of the soft tissues as well as nerve roots within the spine. These tests also help to detect damage to any of these structures
  • Detailed clinical examination of the back, hips, legs, knee joint as well as the past medical records of the patient and their lifestyle
  • In some cases, a myelogram (dye induced CT scan) may be required for a better view of the spinal column

How chiropractic care can relieve low back pain?

This is a safe and non-invasive form of treatment that can be very beneficial for patients suffering from low back pain. Chiropractic treatment is based on the process of manual stimulation and manipulation of the affected part of the spinal cord. It helps to provide relief from the symptoms, improve the functioning and also prevent chronicity of the disease. Chiropractic care involves a combination of specific exercises and adjustments made to the spine as well as some ergonomic modifications suggested by the chiropractor to improve the functionality of the back.

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain may involve:

  • The chiropractor may conduct a physical test to assess the strength and flexibility of the muscles. He may looks for misalignments in the bones or soft tissue structures of the spine and lower extremities. Certain some neurological tests may be required to check nerve functioning.
  • In order to treat subluxations, the misaligned parts of the spine may be subjected to a sudden arm thrust. This results in an audible pop sound which indicates the release of built up gases in the joint spaces, thus providing immediate relief to the patient.
  • In some cases this adjustment can be done using electric stimulators instead of arm thrust after applying ice packs or massaging the affected area to relax the patient
  • Hot or cold therapy may also be used as alternate methods of chiropractic treatment to reduce pain and swelling. 
  • Specific set of exercises, as recommended by the chiropractor, can be incorporated in the patient’s routine for better results
  • Traction- a set of rollers can be moved over the patient’s back to stretch and soothe the sore muscles. Traction devices may also help in decompressing the vertebral joints and reducing pressure exerted on them.
  • STIM- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a process of placing electrodes at the specific points on the back to block pain signals in the nerve endings and promote the release of endorphins

The chiropractor may advise the patient regarding lifestyle and occupational modification, dietary habits as well as strategies to cope with stress.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide effective chiropractic treatment for lower back pain. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Pediatric Chiropractic Care For Colic

by Administrator 21. October 2016 02:28

Colic, also termed as ‘Infantile Colic’ is a condition that affects babies typically in the second or third week after birth. It is characterized by repeated episodes of crying, usually for more than three hours per day. It is a common condition and can affect up to three out of ten babies. However, Colic does not interfere in the baby’s development as it tends to settle down after a period of three to four months.

What Causes Baby Colic?

The exact cause of Baby Colic is not known. The following are some of the factors that may lead to the condition:

  • Mood swings
  • Environmental changes
  • Underdeveloped digestive system
  • Overstimulation by noise or light
  • Immature nervous system
  • Stomach pain 
  • Other causes may include Allergies, lactose intolerance, Infant Acid Reflux etc.

Signs & Symptoms

  • A baby with Colic cries in a pitch higher than normal
  • Flexes his legs, clenches the fist
  • Bloated stomach
  • Periodic fussiness
  • Crying bout generally occurs in the evening or at night.
  • Increased bowel movement
  • Change in sleeping habit
  • Face gets flushed or red


Although there is no permanent treatment for Colic, the symptoms can be reduced with chiropractic adjustments. It is recommended to consult a pediatric chiropractor if the crying is uncontrollable. Based on the duration, intensity, pattern of crying, he may identify the root cause of the condition (infection, food allergies, hormonal imbalance etc.) and devise a treatment plan accordingly.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

According to the chiropractors, appropriate nerve supply is essential to ensure proper functioning of all the systems in the body. Vertebral subluxation can cause disruption in the nervous system causing discomfort and lead to conditions like Colic. Chiropractic care can help to establish proper alignment of the vertebrae which can relive the symptoms.

A chiropractor uses gentle adjustments to restore proper nervous system functioning of the baby. As the treatment does not involve the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications, they are no side effects caused.

Listed below are some of the benefits of chiropractic for Colicky babies:

  • It helps to address the problem of an immature nervous system as well as nerve dysfunction which inhibits the flow of signals and information from the brain to the digestive tract.
  • It reduces the stress caused to the baby by external factors such as sound and light
  • The affected infants show improvement within just 2-3 chiropractic sessions. There is a significant decrease in the amount of crying  which helps in getting a sound sleep
  • The baby’s spine may get slightly misaligned during the birthing process. Stimulations and manipulations done by the chiropractors can help to realign the vertebrae and ease the symptoms
  • It helps to relieve stiffness in the babies’ joints which could be a cause of irritation and pain
  • With the help of chiropractic care normal functioning of the infant’s spine can be restored

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer chiropractic care for Colic and other pediatric conditions such as acid reflux, infections, digestive problems etc. The chiropractors have extensive experience in using spinal manipulation and other techniques to improve the strength and flexibility of the spine. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors in Harker Heights, TX, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600.

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Spinal Manipulation For Low Back Pain

by Administrator 12. October 2016 03:16

Spinal manipulation is a manual therapy practiced by chiropractors to treat chronic low back pain besides various other ailments. The manual therapy involves massage, exercises or physical therapy to manipulate the spinal cord and relieve pain as well as stress off the back.

The therapy can be carried out either to help the patient find relief from the prevailing symptoms or to rectify spinal misalignments, if present. It is based on the premise that displaced bones (vertebrae), muscles and nerves lead to pain in the low back. The body’s self-defense mechanism is hampered when the spinal cord is misaligned or the nerves are unable to carry transmissions across the body.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a complex ailment which may occur due to various causes and thus needs a holistic treatment plan. It is generally caused due to inflammation of the muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine. The pain can vary from mild to severe and be either localized or radiate to other parts of the body, particularly lower extremities. In most cases, the condition is not severe and subsides on its own within a few days. However, if low back pain is a result of an underlying medical condition, it may last for several weeks or even months.


  • Age related wear and tear of the lumbar spine may increase a person’s chances of suffering low back pain
  • Injury to the ligaments, tendons and muscles in the lower back may also be a potential cause
  • Poor postural habits put excessive stress in the lower back, thus leading to pain
  • The condition may also be caused due to lifting heavy weights, excessive or forceful twisting, bending from the waist or extending forward to reach for something
  • Medical conditions such as Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease etc. may increase the likelihood of developing the condition

Process Of Spinal Manipulation

The process begins after an initial clinical examination of the spine, patient’s medical history and the existing symptoms. An X-ray imaging may be required to analyze the position of vertebrae (subluxations) in the spinal column. Some range of motion tests and neurological assessments may also be conducted.

Spinal manipulation is carried out by applying sudden concentrated force or stretching a specific joint or the entire spinal column. In addition to manual adjustments, the practitioner may also use cryotherapy, heat therapy, traction, electric stimulation, or ultrasound to enable deep tissue stimulation and healing. The patient experiences a popping or cracking sound in the point where the pressure is applied just like cracking knuckles. In some cases, an instrument may be used to apply pressure on particular vertebrae.

How Does Spinal Manipulation Benefit?

Given below are some of the benefits of a spinal manipulation therapy:

  • It is a completely safe and non-invasive and holistic method of treatment
  • It reduces internal swelling and inflammation of the nerve roots
  • The nerve functioning is greatly enhanced
  • It restores the natural balance within the body by improving the circulatory system
  • The process is targeted at relieving pain from a particular part of the body
  • There is no permanent change made to the spinal cord
  • The overall physical functionality of the spine is improved and the range of motion can be effectively restored
  • Joint Cavitation- gases such as nitrogen, oxygen and carbon-dioxide trapped between the joint spaces are released which reduces joint pressure
  • The natural therapeutic measures are used in spinal manipulation, such as heat, massage, ice packs, which exert beneficial effects on the body and promote healing
  • Nutritional counseling and lifestyle modification may also be provided to enable the patient in coping up with the condition better

If you are suffering from acute or chronic low back pain, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness for comprehensive treatment. The chiropractors at our clinic specialize in using spinal manipulation and other techniques to restore the flexibility as well as strength of the lower back. Patients in Killeen, TX can call at (254) 698 – 1600 to schedule an appointment with the chiropractor. 

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Killeen Chiropractic Treatment For Whiplash

by Administrator 20. September 2016 15:34

Whiplash can be defined as a common injury that occurs due to a sudden and rapid movement of the neck to the front, back or sideways. It involves overstretching of the muscles and ligaments that support the neck. The condition is most commonly seen in people who are involved in a rear-end auto accident, physical abuse, sports accident or other trauma. Though Whiplash is not a serious injury in most cases, it may lead to chronic pain and discomfort if not treated properly.


  • Hyperextension of the neck in motor vehicle accidents
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Physical assault, such as being punched
  • Direct blow to the head with a heavy object
  • Repetitive stress to the neck
  • Horse riding
  • Falls
  • Football tackles and other sports related injuries
  • Violent backward jerking of the head


  • Moderate to severe pain in the neck
  • Pain in the head and base of the skull
  • Stiffness and swelling
  • Muscle tension
  • Tenderness in the neck, shoulders or arms
  • Numbness and tingling sensation
  • Pain may increase while trying to move the head
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Constant fatigue
  • Ringing sounds in the ear
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Jaw pain
  • Dizziness

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help?

Chiropractic treatment for Whiplash involves gentle manipulations and exercises to restore the functionality of the cervical spine. Depending upon the severity, exact location and cause of the patient’s injury, the chiropractor may use the following manipulation techniques:

  • Flexion-Distraction Technique: This involves using a slow pumping action to treat a vertebral disc that may have herniated or bulged due to the Whiplash injury. This may help to reinstate neck mobility and promote a faster healing.
  • McKenzie Exercises: These exercise programs are specifically designed to reduce the disc problems that are usually associated with the injury. Performing stabilization exercises may also be recommended to help the patient avoid faulty neck movements and increase muscle strength so that they are better able to maintain stability of the cervical spine. 
  • Manual Stimulation: The chiropractor may stimulate the neck or apply pressure to the specific muscle groups in order to relieve tension. In case of excessive muscle tension, electrical stimulation or ultrasound therapy may also be used to reduce inflammation.

In addition, the chiropractor may also suggest certain lifestyle changes and therapeutic exercises to restore the normal range of motion of the neck.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer complete treatment for Whiplash and various other neck injuries. To schedule an appointment with our chiropractors serving Killeen, TX, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600.

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Headaches: Chiropractic Treatment In Killeen

by Administrator 13. September 2016 20:02

A headache can either be an infrequent problem or can be more severe, persistent and chronic. It is not a life threatening problem but can be a major cause of discomfort for the individual. Over-the-counter medications are the most commonly adopted measure for headaches but these may have various side effects. Chiropractic is a drug-free and non-invasive treatment option being practiced across the world to provide relief from headaches.


  • Stress or tension
  • Improper dietary habits such as skipping meals or not getting adequate nutrition
  • Lack of sleep
  • Mood swings
  • Change in weather may trigger headaches in some people
  • The trigeminal nerve is believed to cause cluster headache which can be chronic. It is characterized by pain on one side of the head and the face
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraine
  • Spinal subluxation
  • Constipation
  • Poor eyesight

How Does Chiropractic Treatment Help?

All the nerves that govern the functioning of the head and the neck are linked to the spinal cord. Subluxation may disrupt the alignment of the vertebrae and consequently affect the blood supply to the head. A chiropractor aims at correcting this subluxation and helping the patient lead a pain-free life. The treatment may involve the following options:

  • The chiropractor may analyze the medical history of the patient and factors that aggravate the pain.
  • He may also assess the posture, spinal alignment and the range of motion.
  • He may conduct X-rays or nerve conduction tests to examine the root cause of the condition as well as devise a treatment plan accordingly.
  • Depending upon the severity of the condition, a patient may either experience relief in a single chiropractic session or may even require multiple sessions.
  • Chiropractic care helps to improve gait, posture, spinal strength, respiration, blood supply and coordination of body functions. This helps to treat the underlying cause of headaches.
  • The chiropractor may also recommend certain exercises or lifestyle modifications to the patient that can help to prevent recurrence of headache.
  • He may provide nutritional advice if headache is caused due to an improper diet
  • He may physically manipulate the spine to relieve stress and alleviate any misalignments. It may also provide relief from muscle tightness and stress.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer treatment for headaches and other medical conditions. Patients in Killeen, TX can schedule an appointment by calling us at (254) 698 – 1600.

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Neck Pain: When Should You See a Chiropractor?

by Administrator 6. September 2016 16:02

Neck pain is a common medical condition that may affect anybody irrespective of age, gender or physical wellbeing. The pain may last for a few days or may become persistent depending on the underlying cause. The neck, or cervical spine, is a delicate body part that comprises of small bones called vertebrae which form a part of the spinal column. The neck helps to maintain the balance between the head and rest of the body. The fact that the neck is flexible and supports the entire weight of the head makes it more prone to strain.

Causes of Neck Pain

  • Maintaining a poor posture for a considerable period of time. Sitting, slouching or standing in a wrong way may cause neck pain
  • Occupational stress- Some activities require the workers to repetitively cringe or extend their neck. For example, painters need to stretch their neck and arms for too long
  • A collision or fall
  • Physical combat
  • Sleeping on an uncomfortable bed or using a very soft pillow
  • Sleeping on the stomach
  • Whiplash- A sudden jerk to the front, back or side of the neck may damage the soft tissues, strain the ligaments and tendons resulting in pain
  • Pinched Nerve- Disruption in the normal alignment of the vertebrae may cause them to impinge upon the adjacent nerves
  • Long working hours
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

When to see a chiropractor?

You need to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor if:

  • If the neck pain persists even after following conservative treatment options such as application of ice packs, changing your sleeping habits or position, using a firm pillow or doing neck exercises, you need to seek proper treatment
  • If the pain has subsided even after talking a prescribed course of anti-inflammatory medications
  • Inability to turn your head left or right at shoulder level
  • The neck pain occurred after a collision, fall or motor vehicle accident
  • If you experience numbness, tingling or pins and needles sensation in the upper arms, hands and fingers
  • The pain is maximum when you get up in the morning and then subsides during the day

The chiropractor may assess the prevalent symptoms, check the range of motion, review the medical history, time and mode of injury to diagnose the causes of neck pain. An X-ray or MRI imaging may be done to check the alignment of the vertebrae and rule out any to the soft tissues or bone structure.

Chiropractic treatment for neck pain may involve physical manipulation of the spine to re-align the vertebrae to eliminate the cause of the condition. Trigger-point therapy, ultrasound and electrical stimulation may also be recommended to release stress from the muscles that support the neck.

For comprehensive treatment of neck pain, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600.

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Chiropractic Killeen For Stiff Neck

by Administrator 19. August 2016 13:15

Stiff neck is a common problem experienced by a lot of people. The poor postural habits and long hours of sitting jobs eventually take a toll on the neck’s strength as well as mobility. The neck, or cervical spine, consists of seven vertebrae that are interconnected by discs and many other structures such as various ligaments, tendons as well as nerves. Injury or overuse of any of these ligaments may lead to stiffness, ultimately causing pain and limiting the range of motion of the neck.


  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Sports injuries
  • Sleeping in an awkward position
  • Repeated bending or sideways twisting of the neck
  • Poor posture
  • Keeping the neck in a stressful position for long time, such as holding the phone between neck and shoulder
  • Neck conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Meningitis etc.


  • Mild to severe pain in the neck
  • Muscle soreness and tightness
  • Difficulty moving the head from side to side
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Pain may radiate to the shoulders, arms and upper back

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Treat Stiff Neck?

Chiropractic treatment has been effective in helping patients find relief from stiff neck and reinstate its normal range of motion. During the initial appointment, the chiropractor may examine the neck and inquire about any injury. He may also ask the patient to move the head in different directions to identify the movements that trigger pain. An X-ray may also be conducted to diagnose the underlying cause of neck stiffness.

Pain caused due to abnormal neck movement or overextension and displacement of the cervical vertebrae can be treated by manual chiropractic adjustments. The chiropractors many manually stimulate the patient’s neck to re-align the vertebra to their normal position and relieve stiffness.

The chiropractor may perform tractioning procedures to maintain a correct posture which, in turn, helps to minimize stress on the cervical spine. He may also check and measure the natural curve of the spine to provide targeted adjustments.

A customized rehabilitation program may be formulated to help the patient recover from the injury. The chiropractors may recommend certain exercises to strengthen the neck and reduce muscle weakness as well as imbalance.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide comprehensive treatment for stiff neck and many other medical conditions. We use advanced chiropractic techniques to treat the root cause of the pain. Patients in Killeen, TX can schedule an appointment with the chiropractor by calling at (254) 698 – 1600.

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