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Chiropractor in Garland TX Offers 5 Safe Treatments for Chronic Pain

Pain is a very real part of our human experience. Whether the pain is a response to a something as simple as a stubbed toe, or something a bit more serious like a broken bone, pain serves as warning signal for our bodies. It alerts us and tells us when something is not quite right.

Doctors often used the terms acute or chronic to describe two different types of pain.

In most cases, chronic pain is a response to a condition within the body and may increase over time. To demonstrate the difference between these types of pain, consider the body’s response to a broken bone. The pain usually occurs immediately after the incident, can be extremely intense, but will often lessen once treatment is received. On the other hand, the intensity of chronic pain may actually increase over time.

Chronic pain may have many causes including conditions like arthritis, or fibromyalgia.

As a Chiropractor in Garland, TX, I understand the challenges people face when dealing with chronic pain. Many of my Garland Chiropractic patients find that their chronic pain affects every aspect of their lives – from work to family life.

garland chiropractor helps woman with chronic painAlthough traditional medicines often resort to pain pills to manage pain, many of my patients find the side effects disturbing. It can be difficult to deal with the feelings of fatigue, dizziness, and nausea that often accompany these drugs. That’s why so many Garland residents have come to my office looking for a drug free way to treat chronic pain. Chiropractic treatment has helped many of these people get back on their feet.

Although there is no solution that’s right for every patient, our chiropractor has pioneered safe and natural ways for our Garland, Texas residents to get help. Here are just a few of the techniques that can help you or a loved one find relief from pain.

  • Chiropractic Treatment – Misalignments of the spine can cause hidden pain. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can help the body and nervous system communicate more effectively.
  • Exercise – Targeted exercise can help you increase joint flexibility, reduce pain and regain mobility.
  • Chiropractic Laser Therapy – This state-of-art therapy can decrease inflammation, increase blood flow and speed up healing. Treatments are quick, easy and pain-free.
  • Spinal Decompression Therapy – If your pain is the result of a herniated disc or other back problem, our computerized therapy could offer dramatic relief.
  • Nutritional Supplements and Homeopathy – Many natural supplements can reduce inflammation safely and without side effects and homeopathy can provide an analgesic effect without harming the kidneys or livers

To further improve the benefits from your natural pain relief treatment, consider adding Yoga and meditation to your daily regimen. Research shows that a treatment plan that incorporates physical therapies along with psychological therapy will boost the likelihood of success.

If you’d like to learn more about the ways our Chiropractor in Garland Tx may be able to help live a healthier life with less pain, contact us today.

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5 Essential Tips for Back Pain Relief from a Garland Chiropractor

Whenever I am asked to write about back pain relief the first thing I think of is back pain prevention. Obviously there will be times, for whatever reason, that we all have back pain but if a person is truly conscientious about caring for their back, those times should be few and far between. Maintaining the spine is just as important as regular dental, eye and health check-ups, and seeing your Garland chiropractor regularly, even if you don’t have pain, is one of the best things you can do for your back and your overall health.

Now, I’ll get straight to the point.

a man suffering with back painIf you find yourself having back pain due to an accident, overwork or excess stress, there are a number of things you can do at home to help calm the pain. Of course, the first is to schedule a visit to your local Garland chiropractor. However, in the event that your schedules prevents you from making it into our office for day or two, let me offer a few tips to help ease the pain in the meantime.

First, most pain (back or otherwise) is due to inflammation in the joints and tissues. The spine itself doesn’t have any pain receptors, but the surrounding muscle tissue sure does. To relieve the inflammation (and the pain) there are first two things that we need to figure out. Is your pain ‘acute’ or is it ‘chronic’?

Acute pain is pain that has come on suddenly and chronic pain is pain that you have had for a while, usually more than a few months and sometimes years.

  1. For acute pain you need cold therapy. The easiest thing to do is take a 2 liter water or soda bottle and put it in the freezer. After it’s really cold (but not frozen solid) wrap it in a light towel (ice applied directly on bare skin is a no-no) and lie down on it with the bottle resting in the small of your back. This will chill the area, reduce the inflammation, and also help increase the low-back curve. You can do the same for the neck but with a smaller bottle.
  2. If it’s chronic pain that you have, heat will help. An easy way to safely apply heat is to soak a small towel in water, wring out the excess water, and microwave it until it’s hot. Not too hot, of course, as we don’t want to create 2nd degree burns. Roll the hot, wet towel up into a tube and do the same as above for either the low back or neck. Placing it flat on the mid back is okay too.
  3. Another home remedy that’s super easy is to first chill the pain, as above, and then take a hot shower for 10 minutes, lightly stretching the area as you do. After the hot shower, go back to the cold therapy, and then another hot shower. One more time each should be enough to calm the pain greatly and leave you feeling better. You can do each, cold therapy and hot shower, for 10 minutes at a time.
  4. Light stretching can be very helpful if you can manage it, making sure not to over-exert yourself or make a bad situation worse. Lightly stretch from side to side, back and forth, and in a twisting motion, being very careful of course. Your best bet would be to do this after the hot or cold therapy when the pain is diminished, but be careful.
  5. Most people have heard that bed-rest is good for back pain but in most cases I disagree. Getting up and walking around, if the pain isn’t too severe, is the best thing to do. It will loosen tight muscles and help lubricate the joints.

And one last bonus tip… Drinking lots of water is also essential, and there are several anti-inflammatory supplements like Tuna Oil and Boswellia that you can take too. Remember that healing takes time and that the pain may persist for a few days. Again, if you haven’t done so already, a good adjustment or two is probably needed to get you ‘back to normal’. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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If You’ve Been Considering Back Surgery for a Herniated Disc, Read This first

 image of a herniated disc surgery teamWhat your doctor won’t tell you (and what many don’t know) is that surgery for a herniated disc is only needed a small percentage of the the time. By reading this article you’ll learn about an affordable non-surgical treatment option that can help injured discs heal, and help you avoid potentially unneccessary back surgery .

Back Surgery not only involves certain risks, it also has highest failure percentage rate of all surgeries. On average, over 50% of low back surgeries (those involving the L5-S1 discs) fail to relieve the patient’s pain. They even have a name for the problem–Failed Back Syndrome.

How You May Be Able to Avoid Painful Back Surgery

Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safe alternative therapy with an excellent track record. Unfortunately the FDA frowns on doctors who make specific claims about the effectiveness of Spinal Depcompression therapy, but we can tell you this–the vast majority of patients we treat in our office experience dramatic pain relief.

[callout title=You May Be Able to Avoid Surgery]What your doctor won’t tell you (and what many don’t know) is that surgery for a herniated disc is only needed a small percentage of the the time. [/callout]In addition, most of our patients find this gentle treatment relaxing and comfortable. During the 15 minute therapy session, our patients lie on a specially designed bed that is attached to a computerized controller. Straps are then placed around the patients chest and hips. Next the computer is set to cycle through a series of gentle stretches.

It’s this cycle of stretches that is so effective in treating herniated discs, bulging discs or ruptured discs. During the spinal decompression treatment, pressure is removed from the problem disc.

To explain it in more technical terms, the treatment produces negative pressure within the disc. Over a series of treatments, the fluid that surrounds the discs nourishes, re-hydrate and plumps up the damaged disc — giving your your body a chance to heal.

Cost effective care

Not only is Spinal Decompression very safe, it is extremely cost effective. Although many people cite the average cost of back surgery as running between $6000 – $17,000, when you factor in the hospital and anesthesiologist’s fees, the true costs can be much higher.

This is much different from the affordable chiropractic care we offer in our Garland clinic. Many insurance plans cover spinal decompression therapy. For those patients with insurances that do not, or for patients who are uninsured, we offer affordable cash rates.

If you’re experiencing severe back pain or if you’ve been told you have a herniated disc and would like to learn if you’re a candidate for spinal decompression therapy, contact our office today. Dr. Mixon is a Garland Chiropractor who is specially trained to diagnose and treat difficult back conditions.

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