Killeen Acupuncture For Back Pain

by Administrator 18. February 2015 14:43

Back pain is a common medical problem that can affect people of all age groups. It can be triggered by a number of factors and can last from a few days to several months, if not treated properly. Back pain can either be dull and persistent or sharp and shooting.


  • Muscle And Ligament Strain: Sudden twisting movements and repetitively lifting heavy weights can put a strain on the muscles and ligaments in the spine. Continuous pressure can also lead to muscle spasms and pain in the back.
  • Ruptured or Bulging Discs: Discs provide cushioning and support to the vertebrae in the spine. At times, due to awkward bending movements, these discs are forced to break or stick out of the normal alignment that puts pressure on the spinal nerves. This condition may also cause back pain.
  • Spinal Deformities: Abnormal curvature of the spine can also lead to back pain. For instance, Scoliosis, a condition causing the spine to curve to either side, is a major source of back pain.
  • Osteoarthritis: It mainly affects the lower back, followed by upper and middle back. In rare cases, Arthritis can also lead to narrowing of the spinal canal, which further increases back pain.

How Acupuncture Can Help?

Acupuncture is a widely prevalent minimally invasive treatment option for back pain. It helps to control and eliminate the pain by shortening the recovery period and preventing it from developing into a chronic condition.
In order to treat back pain, the acupuncturist inserts fine needles into different parts of the patient’s body. These Acupuncture points may either be in the back (localized) or away from the site of the pain (distal). The needles used in the therapy may barely touch the skin or are inserted deep into the fat or muscle layers depending on the extent of the condition. The procedure is usually not painful as the needles used are extremely thin, however, some patients might feel a tingling sensation at the initial stage of the treatment.

Acupuncture therapy aims at relieving muscle spasms in order to restore the normal movement of the spinal vertebrae. This is essential for complete recovery from back pain. Acupuncture may also boost the release of natural steroids and endorphins in the body. Steroids help to reduce inflammation, whereas endorphins help to get rid of pain.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness provide comprehensive Acupuncture care for patients suffering from acute or chronic back pain. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit the clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Helps Patients With Acute Back Pain and Sciatica with Disc Protrusion

by Administrator 14. February 2011 08:27

The Italian publication called The Spine Journal documented a case study in March proving the benefits of chiropractic therapy for those suffering from severe back ache along with disc protuberance and lumbago. This random trial was conducted with a hundred and two patients who had medium to high levels of soreness. They were also said to be having protuberances as showcased by MRI scans conducted on them.

The study involved the division of all the participants into two sets one of whom underwent chiropractic treatment through five days of the week. This therapy was conducted by chiropractors who had been in this medical line for a sizable number of years. The second set of volunteers on the other hand received another form of treatment known as simulated manipulations which could not actually qualify as chiropractic therapy.

The outcome of chiropractic care was quite positive as those who received the actual treatment experienced great improvement health wise when compared to those who only received an imitation. Among those who underwent chiropractic treatment, fifty percent were said to be completely recovered from painful back aches while only twenty percent of those who received the simulated treatment became free from pain. In terms of localized pain too, there were similar results as twenty eight percent of those who underwent chiropractic sessions showed optimistic results while only six percent of the other group showed similar results.

The participants belonging to the first group recorded at least six days when they remained completely free of pain. Moreover, they also appeared to require a lower amount of oral medicines to combat the pain. The chiropractic sessions alone were enough to completely get rid of the pain attached to these ailments.

One similarity among both the participating groups was that there were absolutely no unfavorable results as a result of any of the treatments. The authorities conducting this useful study found that when actual chiropractic treatment was received in case of the above mentioned ailments, there was a significant amount of pain relief in all cases when compared to simulations in which case there was a chance of failure for some people.

To know more how Chiropractic therapy can help you with your health conditions, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness - 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Treatment For Back Pain Relief

by Administrator 6. December 2009 19:37

Chiropractic is an alternative medical system. It takes a different approach from standard medicine in treating health problems.

The basic concepts of chiropractic are:

  1. Your body has a powerful self-healing ability.
  2. Your body structure (mainly spine) and its function are related
  3. The goal of chiropractic therapy is to normalize this relationship

Chiropractic treatment for back pain relief

Accidents, falls, stress and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.Chiropractors use hands on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury. Chiropractic treatment for back pain is based on the concept that restricted movement in the spine may lead to pain and reduced function. A chiropractor first takes a medical history, performs a physical examination, and may use lab tests or diagnostic imaging to determine if treatment is appropriate for your back pain.

The treatment chiropractor perform for back pain may include:

Spinal adjustment (manipulation) is one form of therapy chiropractors use to treat restricted spinal mobility.  During an adjustment, chiropractors use their hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint- pushing it beyond its normal range of movement. The joint’s movement may be accompanied by a popping or cracking sound.
Physical therapy – Chiropractor may also incorporate physical therapy with the manipulation. Physical therapy involves advice on ergonomics, exercise, and proper body mechanics to prevent back pain. Chiropractors often give their patients stretching and strengthening exercises to do, as lengthening and strengthening various muscle groups may keep the spine in proper alignment.

Chiropractors may combine the use of spinal adjustments with several other treatments and approaches such as: Heat and ice, electrical stimulation, rest, massage, rehabilitation, counseling about diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors. Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness serves Harker Heights, Killeen and Fort Hood areas in Texas.

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Chiropractic Advice For Pregnancy

by Administrator 11. November 2009 14:30

Weight gain, bloating and nausea are the most common problems faced by women during pregnancy. But the joy and beauty of motherhood can make you forget all these pains and sufferings.

Many new mothers confirm that the muscle strain is unbearable and also troublesome. Weight gain is very common during pregnancy. This accompanied by increased stress on the body due to baby inside, can cause a lot of discomfort. Recent studies have shown that more than fifty percent of women tend to complain of pain in the lower back during the later stages of pregnancy. The main reason being, in the later stages of pregnancy, pressure caused by baby’s head falls on women’s back, legs and buttocks.

Dr Jerome McAndrews of American Chiropractic Association states that due to the presence of baby in the womb during pregnancy, the centre of gravity of women shifts towards pelvis thereby increasing the pressure on her joints. The posterior section of women has more depth than a man to enable her to carry the baby. In spite of this body structure, women experience great stress on their pelvis during their pregnancy. Dr McAndrews explains that as the baby grows in size, further weight is displaced on her thus leading to twist in the curvature of her back wherein more stressed is put on her spine. In order to make up for these changes, the curvature of upper portion of the spine also increases.

It is very common that hormones get released during the time of pregnancy in order to relax the ligaments attached to the pelvic bones. These natural changes occur with a view to adapt the growing baby. However, these changes may lead to postural imbalances in which women may be subject to uncoordinated slips and falls.

What can be done?

Dr McAndrews and ACA have put forward few recommendations in order to relieve women from discomforts during pregnancy.

• Proper exercise can help in strengthening your muscles and avoid uneasiness. Minimum exercise including mild stretches is to be done at least three times a week. Even though you are not used to exercising, it is high time you take up some physical activity by consulting your doctor.

• Stationary exercises like walking, swimming and cycling are advisable as they do not involve any bouncy movement and are also harmless. Jogging is also harmless for women who were devoted runners before getting pregnant. However, it needs to be done under the strict surveillance of a doctor.

• Whatever be the exercise routine you have adopted, make sure that you do it on a flat surface in order to avoid any slips or falls. Also be sure that your heart rate is under control and does not exceed 140 beats per minute at any given point of time. It is also important that you do not do any workout continuously beyond 15 minutes. Avoid exercising the moment you notice any of these symptoms- vaginal bleeding, dizziness, nausea, weakness, blurred vision or increase in heart palpitations.

• Avoid heels and prefer only flat shoes. Heels not only cause inconvenience but create imbalances in your posture and cause shaky moments while walking. This is true especially in the later stages of pregnancy.

• You need to be careful while picking up children or heavy objects. Never bend from your waist, always bend from knees and avoid turning your head while lifting heavy objects. If possible keep away from picking up heavy objects.

• Try to lie on your left side while sleeping. This position ensures smooth and uninterrupted blood flow and helps your kidneys to wash out unwanted waste from your body. Remove pressure off your lower back by placing a pillow between both your knees. You can make use of a body pillow or pregnancy wedges if required.

• If you are an employee and your job needs you to sit before a system for long hours, then place your system in such a way that the top of the screen is below your eye level. Avoid sitting in one place continuously and place your legs on some elevation. If possible, take frequent breaks and every half an hour and take a small walk.

• Try to have some healthy snacks every 4 hours and in-between your main course. This keeps nausea off and prevents hunger. Healthy snacks include crackers, yogurt, bland foods high in carbohydrates and proteins. Morning sickness is another most common symptom that can occur anytime. So, ensure you keep some saltines with you.

• Folic acid supplements are highly recommended during pregnancy. These help in preventing neural tube birth defects similar to spina bifida. A minimum intake of 400 micrograms is recommended. Few doctors prescribe this to women who have given birth to children with similar deformities earlier. However, doctor’s advice needs to be taken before consuming this.

• Make sure you give your body proper rest. Don’t let your professional and personal life dominate you. Lie down and rest in case your feel tired and place your feet on some elevation at least for some time whenever you relax.

How can Chiropractic care help?

Consult your chiropractic doctor even before you become pregnant. This helps them in identifying any imbalances in the pelvis or for that matter any other region of the body. Timely advice can help you overcome discomforts during pregnancy or other neuro-musculoskeletal problem post delivery.

Several pregnant women have realised that chiropractic treatment have made them free from lower back pain which is most common during pregnancy. Latest studies have found that spinal manoeuvring does not cause any harm to the pregnant mother or her child. Chiropractic is a completely non-drug, non-surgical approach which is helpful to women who try to keep away from medication. Chiropractic doctors also offer several valuable suggestions on diet, exercise and ergonomic that helps in overcoming uneasiness during pregnancy.

Chiropractic care is also beneficial post childbirth. Two months post delivery, body gets back to its normal state. The ligaments that have relaxed during pregnancy begin to tighten. This is the perfect time for solving problems experienced during pregnancy due to improper lifting of heavy weights. More over this is the perfect time for getting issues related to muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems as the upper and lower spine try to become normal.

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