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3 Keys to AVOID BACK PAIN from Kyle TX Doctor

Let’s talk back pain real quick and simple… The pain is the result of something, not the cause.  It could be caused by a car accident, poor posture, lifting wrong, bad sleeping position or just the overall accumulation of wear and tear to the spine.  These are all examples of activities or habits that can gradually or suddenly create misalignments in the spine.  When the spine is misaligned it loses the ability to move smoothly and often pinches on nerves.  It also creates more stress on the discs in between the vertebrae.  As time goes on and they lose their proper position, good movement and tension on the nerves pain or symptoms of some sort are inevitable.

Taking care of your spine and body requires some work. But if you will be proactive you’ll save yourself a lot of grief and pain over the long haul.  The 3 Keys are 1- Flexibility 2- Strength 3- Alignment

 

Flexibility affects your range of motion.  If a joint cannot go through its full range of motion then it will lose the ability to move through the entire range.  Stiffness then settles in and then your movements become altered. Imagine squatting down to lift a box with hips that can’t squat all the way or a stiffened low back- this changes where the lifting force is felt and makes you more likely for injuries.  A simple stretching routine or yoga if done regularly are the first part of preventing back injuries.

 

Strength and stability of the spinal and core muscles are important to give support to the vertebrae and the discs to protect them against injury or herniation.  Simple core exercises include plank position and variations of plank. Cross-crawl exercises and thera-band exercises for the spinal muscles. The average person will see big benefits in doing these for 15 minutes 3x a week.

 

Alignment affects everything from movement of the joints, protection of the discs and health of the nerves. Misalignment is inevitable as we go throughout life carrying kids, falling asleep on the couch, rigors of travel or driving, sports, accidents, etc, etc.  Spinal alignment needs to be attended to on a regular basis to prevent pain and injury. This will assure pressure is staying off the nerves and protecting the discs by allowing them to stay hydrated so they don’t dry out, thus leading to decay and degeneration.

 

These are 3 Simple Tips that can help you stay more active and take better care of your body as the years go on.  All 3 need to be part of your regular routine to ensure a health and wellness lifestyle so you’re not always reacting to the body’s pain signals, but preventing them instead!

 

In Health,

Ryan Browning, DC

 

 

 

Kyle TX Chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Browning Reviews Steps to Know After Car Accident

We see many people that are victims of car accidents and all too often they do not know the first steps to follow after a car wreck.  This short blog post can give you the information needed to save you from unnecessary pain.

1- If you are in immediate pain after an accident, seek help at the emergency room.  Sometimes neck pain, back pain or other car crash related symptoms manifest immediately afterwards.  It could be whiplash, inflammation, herniated disc or even broken bones.  It’s best to rule out the worst first.  It is very common for the accident related pain to begin up to several days after the wreck.

2- Use ice!  Ice is used to decrease swelling and inflammation.  The force of two colliding vehicles creates a lot of pressure and stress on the joints, ligaments, discs and muscles.  Ice is usually the first step.  Many confuse this and use heat.  Heat can make the inflammation worse in the initial critical stage.

3- Rest and Water.  Your body is trying to heal from the side effects of a motor vehicle accident and you need to give it every opportunity to heal.  Extra sleep will help with the repair process.  Hydrating with lots of water is important too.

4- Get checked by a Chiropractor near you.  Chiropractors are the experts of the musculoskeletal system and the connective tissues.  They can detect problems in the joints of the spine, shoulders, hips and more.  They can evaluate the health of the discs, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones.  They are qualified to perform or refer for imaging such as x-rays and MRIs or to medical specialties if needed.  Chiropractors can evaluate and treat car accident related concussions.  You might be dealing with a concussion if you are experiencing nausea, visual disturbance, heavy headedness, difficulty concentrating or focusing, difficulty reading, dizziness, trouble sleeping, etc.  These are some of the symptoms that need to be addressed and watched.

Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness is certified in personal injury for the treatment of patients in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, 18 wheeler accidents and more.  We have years of experience treating all different injuries from car wrecks and others.  If you are near the Kyle, Buda and San Marcos TX area and need help, call us at 512-405-0400 or click on the link: chiropractor near me

 

In Health,

 

Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.

Chiropractor In Kyle TX Answers, “What Should I Do After Getting Into a Car Accident?”

Getting into a car accident can range from being an inconvenience and a pain in the neck to traumatic and life altering.  Whiplash, bruises, ligament sprains, muscle strains, pain, herniated discs and broken bones are all possibilities that your body experiences after a motor vehicle accident.  A totaled car, inability to work, and dealing with insurance adjusters can be major hassles at a time of vulnerability.

After a car accident, the main concern is for your physical health and getting any necessary medical treatment.  When pain is immediate, a trip to the emergency room may be in order.  Some patients refuse this due to financial concern, not knowing that it can be covered through auto insurance or attorney settlement.  The next step should be to find a certified car accident chiropractor to assess the rest of the damage.  Most injuries will not include a broken bone, rather they are connective tissue injuries such as herniated discs, ligament damage, muscle tearing and joint inflammation.  These can be evaluated and corrected with the proper assessment, diagnosis and treatment.  Make sure to find an accident doctor like a chiropractor that is used to seeing car wreck victims.

One major concern that patients ask me is about the cost of care following their car wreck.  Treatment will need to address pain and symptoms, functional restoration and prevention of scar tissue formation.  This can take some time.  However, what most do not know is that their treatment can be covered either through the auto insurance or a personal injury attorney‘s representation.  Every situation is different and we are able to help guide you in making the decision on which way is best in your situation.  If a personal injury lawyer is needed, we are happy to refer you to the best.  One of the worst things to see is when a car accident victim does not get the appropriate chiropractic care because they are afraid of cost or unaware of how the process works.  We are used to helping patients to navigate this process.

Too often, auto insurance adjusters are worried with protecting their company and not with your physical well-being.  Their focus is to close the case as soon as possible.  Our focus is to make sure that your accident injuries are healed properly and completely, making sure you receive any and all necessary chiropractic and medical treatment along the way.  We want you to get on with life and not be slowed down by effects of the motor vehicle accident.

We are here to help you with any situation.  We see many car crash victims all throughout the Kyle, Buda and San Marcos area. Feel free to call our office and speak to me personally.
In Health,

Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.

Top 5 Underlying Causes to Your Back Pain- by a Chiropractic Doctor in Kyle TX

Top 5 Underlying Causes to Your Back Pain- by a Chiropractic Doctor in Kyle TX

Did you know that back pain is the second most common reason that employees miss work?  It ranks behind only the common cold.  Studies show that most people will experience a substantial event of back or neck pain throughout their life.  It’s something that most people will not act to prevent from happening, but will react and seek care after pain, numbness or other symptoms appear.
I hear it all the time…”Not sure what caused this pain, it just started” or “What do you think caused this kink in my neck?”  The answer is usually an accumulation of events rather than one single event such as a car accident.

So, here are the TOP 5 UNDERLYING CAUSES to your neck pain or back pain!

#1- Your Posture!  When you’ve spent years sitting at a computer for 8 hours a day or you grow up looking straight down at your iphone or ipad, the result is inevitable that the curves in your spine will have problems.  The neck curve will straighten out and sometimes start to curve in the reverse, the shoulders start rounding forward and the head hangs more forward in a forward head posture.

#2- Your Sleeping Position! Imagine walking around all day with your neck flopped over to the side for eight hours.  Sure sounds like a pain in the neck, eh? Yet, every night you are going to sleep and doing the same thing night after night.  On top of that, your hips are all twisted up all night, thus torqueing your lower back and twisting the spine.  See where I’m going with this?

#3- Your Sedentary Lifestyle! Imagine a day like this…you wake up and sit down as you drive to work to sit down at your desk to go and sit down to eat lunch to go back to sit down at the desk to the sit down in the car to drive home to sit down for dinner to sit down and watch some TV. All the while, sitting puts more stress on your lower back than standing.  Remember this, sitting is to your spine what sugar is to your teeth.

#4- Your Stress! Stress is the #1 contributing factor to health in America. It is the greatest contributor to heart disease, stroke, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, musculoskeletal pain including neck pain, back pain, migraines and headaches.

#5- Your Old Car Accident! Research shows that more than half of car accident victims will have some lingering effects from a past motor vehicle accident. Whiplash is notorious for stretching out ligaments, damaging the muscles and changing the spinal curves.  Too many pop a few Tylenols and get the pain to go away, but fail to get the proper treatment necessary.  This often times requires chiropractic care, physical therapy or home exercise, x-rays, and a proper treatment plan

 

At Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness we believe in getting you out of pain and into health! Call us today to ask about a free consultation.

In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning

Chiropractor In Kyle TX Helps With Pain Relief AND WELLNESS!

At Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness we have been well known for helping people to get back pain relief, neck pain, headache and migraine treatment.  We help people in car accidents that have whiplash, concussion, muscle spasm and a whole host of other musculoskeletal pain syndromes like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.  We serve many patients in the Kyle, Buda, San Marcos TX area and beyond.
Lately we have been focusing more on the “Wellness” side of the office to provide natural solutions for health.  We had our first in-office workshop, “Introduction to Essential Oils” with a certified Holistic Health Coach and learned many new ways to use the oils for health, both for adults and children.  The doTERRA essential oils and nutritional supplements are the best we have been able to find and so we are implementing them so that our patients can have the health benefits that comes from using them.  Many people benefits using them for allergies, respiratory conditions, fever, colds, rashes, mood, pain, and more.
We will be having more classes and workshops in the future like this so more people can learn more ways to use them for yourself and your family.  For more information feel free to call us at the office at 512-405-0400.
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning