Finding the Cause of the Pain

The first job of any good practitioner is to find the cause of the pain based on exams, experience, and education. Is the pain from overuse, poor posture, a spinal fracture from an injury, arthritis, disc herniation, scoliosis, infection, kidney stone, hidden inflammation? X-rays, MRIs, blood tests and other diagnostic tools can help identify the cause of the pain. Surgeons may recommend surgery depending on the severity of symptoms. Most chiropractors offer a series of spinal adjustments as the treatment plan of choice.

With hundreds of hours of advanced training and practice in Chiropractic Neurology and Functional Nutrition, Dr. Austin uses less invasive (and less costly) hands-on diagnostic and treatment tools and methods.

Example:  Balance Testing or Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Stability (CAPS) Testing is a highly specialized evaluation of complex core muscle, visual, vestibular (inner ear) and cerebellar function. Understanding which parts of the brain and spinal cord are not functioning optimally gives us a better understanding on how to treat pain and balance symptoms functionally. Pain and difficulties with balance are linked neurologically. Fixing the pathways that control balance and core stability will oftentimes fix the pain.

Traditional Adjustments

Spinal manipulation/adjustments are only one of the tools Dr. Austin uses. How he uses this tool is often different from traditional chiropractors.  For instance, if Dr. Austin found that a patient needed more stimulation in the right hemisphere of the brain, he would adjust the spine on the left side of the body.

Getting on the Road to Recovery

Relieving acute or chronic muscle, joint or bone discomfort through adjustments or manipulation is only one part of our patients’ Functional Wellness Plan.  It may also include personalized therapeutic action steps such as:

  • Postural and balance exercises (i.e., vestibular activations)
  • Cerebellar, eye muscle, or core muscle exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Supplementation with activated, pharmaceutical grade formulas
  • Functional laboratory testing to identify contributing factors (i.e., hormone imbalances, food sensitivities, chemical exposures or chronic infection)

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Austin has seen patients of all ages—from infants to 95 years young—enjoy long-term benefit from chiropractic neurology care and our functional wellness approach.

A Testimonial From One of Our Patients

Dr. Austin is a professional who has extensive education and experience in his field. I experienced excruciating back pain, and Dr. Austin was able to accurately diagnose and treat my condition, thus improving my quality of life. I was impressed with the way he thoroughly explained my condition and treatment plan to me. I recommend him for all your chiropractic needs.

—Deb B., R.N., M.N.A

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