Have you been putting off seeing a chiropractor? “Maybe that back pain will go away on its own,” you’re probably thinking. We understand that life gets busy, and sometimes putting the needs of your family and other priorities seem like it leaves no time for preventative care or medical treatments. Seeing a chiropractor has many benefits beyond alleviating back pain. It’s easy to forget all the many benefits of seeing a chiropractor, so put together this friendly reminder.
Benefits of Going to a Chiropractor
The spine provides many important functions. The column of bone, muscles, and nerves protects the spinal cord and allows for communication between the brain and nearly every part of the human body. The spine provides important structural support that allows us to sit and walk upright. A healthy back also allows for bending and other ranges of motion. Maintaining a healthy spine sometimes requires working with a chiropractor who can heal injuries while providing advice on how to maintain a healthy spine.
Benefits of going to a chiropractor include:
Have you given up on long days at the golf course or rounds at the tennis court because your back simply hurts too much? Back health and mobility is more than a health issue. It’s a quality of life issue. No matter how stiff or achy your back feels, your chiropractor can develop a treatment plan that can offer immediate and long-term relief. Once your treatment has begun, you’ll enjoy an extra “spring in your step” that can lead to a fuller and more fulfilling life.
Chiropractors do more than address bone-related issues. The muscles that interconnect with the spinal discs play an important role in back health. Your chiropractor will examine ways of healing your back muscles as well as your bones and the cartilage that support each vertebra. Your chiropractor will look at your back and body holistically, and every effort will be made to improve strength as well as mobility.
Are you hesitant to lift your child or grandchild? Does the idea of carrying a moderately heavy object for minutes at a time give you pause? A simple visit to the chiropractor can alleviate back pain while restoring strength.
If you are taking a wait-and-see approach to heal your back, you may be gambling with your health. Unlike other areas of your body, the back and supportive structures of the spine are prone to slower healing when blood flow is impeded. Many treatments used by your chiropractor address blood flow as a means of promoting healing. While other healthcare professionals may be quick to prescribe medications or injections, your chiropractor will use non-invasive treatments that work with the body’s natural healing processes. Faster blood flow means a shorter recovery and quicker healing.
Improved nerve health
We often focus on the health of muscles and bone when we think of chiropractic treatments. The health of nerve tissue is vitally important to maintaining overall health as well. When our spine is healthy, vital organs and other areas of our body receive clear signals from the brain. Healthy nerves are less prone to painful conditions like sciatica.
Schedule Your Visit with Your Chiropractor Today
Dr. Cody Doyle looks forward to helping you gain and maintain a fully functioning back. Call 817-767-5430.
Cooler weather, warm colors, hunting season, and pumpkin-flavored everything are some of the first things that come to mind when we think about fall. Unfortunately, these enjoyable things also come with the stress of upcoming holidays, fear of the flu, and unhealthy eating habits that cause a blow to the immune system. A weakened immune system makes you more susceptible to developing a cold, influenza, and other illnesses.
Your Roanoke family chiropractor, Dr. Cody Doyle, can help you and your loved ones fight off sickness by boosting your immune system with regular chiropractic care. Because your brain, nervous system, and immune system are all connected through the spine, musculoskeletal manipulation dramatically improves their health and function. Regular chiropractic adjustments can increase the chemical messengers, called cytokines, in your body that strengthen your immune system’s response against bacteria, germs, and viruses.
It’s believed that the science of chiropractic became popular during the 1918 Flu Pandemic. According to The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas by Walter R. Rhodes, DC, statistics reveal just how effective chiropractic was in treating influenza. Here are some of those numbers:
- In Davenport, Iowa, medical doctors treated 4,953 cases and had 274 deaths. Chiropractors treated 1,635 cases with only one death. Based on these numbers, had the chiropractors treated every patient, there would have only been five deaths.
- In the whole state of Iowa, medical doctors lost one out of every fifteen patients while chiropractors lost only one out of every 789 patients.
- Nationally, chiropractors treated 46,394 patients and had only 54 deaths.
- Chiropractors in Oklahoma lost only seven out of 3,490 patients and saved 25 after medical doctors gave up on them.
These results, and a number of other stories involving children and the military, led many to receive chiropractic care and many others to join the chiropractic profession.
Another study completed by the chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventative Medicine Institute, Dr. Ronald Pero, showed that 107 individuals who had regular chiropractic adjustments had a 200 percent stronger immune system than those who did not receive chiropractic care. It also showed that the chiropractic patients’ immune systems were 400 percent stronger than those who have cancer or other serious diseases.
What’s weakening my immune system?
Besides visiting Dr. Doyle, one of the most important things you can do to strengthen your immune systems is to find out what is weakening it. When you visit our Roanoke family chiropractic office, Dr. Doyle can help you figure out the cause of your symptoms and suggest lifestyle changes you can make to keep your immune system strong.
Factors that lead to a weak immune system include:
- Insufficient exercise
- Lack of sleep
- Improper nutrition
- Stress caused by trauma, thoughts, toxins, and technology
Exercise, healthy eating habits, good sleeping habits, and reducing stress will give your body the strength and nutrients it needs to fight against bad bacteria and viruses.
Whatever the cause of your illness, Dr. Doyle will work with you to create a personalized plan to promote overall wellness.
Contact Our Roanoke Family Chiropractic Office Today
Chiropractic care is a drug-free, noninvasive solution to many health conditions. Dr. Doyle believes in your body’s natural ability to heal with a little help from proven and safe chiropractic methods. To get started with your regular chiropractic treatments, contact our friendly team today at 817-767-5430.
For most people, a chiropractor is associated only with neck and back pains, but did you know they can also treat allergies, stress and anxiety, and weight loss? At Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Dr. Cody Doyle has been successfully treating patients with these conditions through a variety of holistic, non-invasive methods for over 20 years.
To see how Dr. Doyle can help you, contact us online anytime or call our office at 817-767-5430 to set up a one-on-one consultation today at our office.
A misaligned neck causes a disruption in communication between the spine and the central nervous system. In turn, this causes an imbalance which results in allergies. Symptoms of allergies include:
- Runny, stuffy, or itchy nose
- Watery or itchy eyes
- Chronic or acute congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Sore throat
- Excess mucus
Dr. Doyle can perform a spinal adjustment to realign your neck, repairing the communication between the spine and central nervous system. In addition to musculoskeletal manipulation, acupuncture focuses on specific pressure points that run along meridians in the body. By inserting hair-thin needles through the skin, brain chemicals that correct imbalances are released.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety can be caused by any number of things and can affect your body in many ways. Symptoms of stress and anxiety include:
- Being easily agitated
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Having difficulty relaxing
- Low self-esteem
- Low energy
- Stomach aches
- Chest pains
- Racing thoughts
- Inability to focus
- Being pessimistic
Rather than just treating the symptoms, Dr. Doyle’s goal is to fix the issue to improve your overall health. Through holistic methods and a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Doyle will help find the areas of your life that are causing stress and the ways those things are affecting your body.
Chiropractic care and acupuncture can improve your lifestyle by realigning your spine, reducing tight muscles, improving your musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and boosting your body’s natural ability to heal.
There are three methods Dr. Doyle will use to help you on your weight loss journey:
- Chiropractic care- With a misaligned back, it can be exceedingly difficult to get up and exercise. Figuring out the source of the problem and using musculoskeletal manipulation to fix it will be our top priority to get you back on the walking trails.
- Nutritional therapy- To help this process, Dr. Doyle may recommend adding or removing certain foods for your diet.
- Auriculotherapy- Placing two acupuncture needles in specific areas around your ear will help curb your appetite by making you feel full faster. These needles stay in place for two to three weeks and continue working for two to three more months. Other benefits of auriculotherapy include:
- Strengthening the willpower
- Decreasing addictive behaviors
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Speeding up the metabolism
If you are struggling with weight loss, our team at Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture are eager to walk with you through your weight loss journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Make an Appointment Today
Chiropractic care is more than just relief from back and neck pain, it’s about helping you live a healthy lifestyle through holistic methods. If you need relief from allergies, a plan for reducing stress and anxiety, or someone to help you reach your weight loss goals, call our Trophy Club, TX office today at (817) 767-5430.
When struggling with back pain, most people tend to think that “resting my back” is the best option, but in reality sitting on the couch has the opposite effect. Too much rest allows muscles to weaken, tighten, and deteriorate. Muscles in the back need to be active unless they are torn or otherwise injured. Exercise is all about strengthening, stretching, and improving overall health.
As a chiropractor, Dr. Doyle often prescribes daily exercise to help reduce pain and discomfort, long term. If you want to explore drug-free treatments for pain relief, call Doyle Chiropractic and Acupuncture today at 817-767-5430.
A walk around the block or a few miles on the treadmill every day can get monotonous (but if you like it, don’t change it). If you find that working out by yourself seems uninspiring and unmotivating, you’re likely to stay on the couch watching Netflix. Exercise can be fun, believe it or not. In Roanoke and Trophy Club, you have access to many awesome parks with trees, amenities, and like-minded neighbors—and admission is cheaper than Netflix.
Walking, Jogging, or Running
Cardio will make your spine, and you, happy! Just a 30-minute walk or run triggers the release of endorphins—the happy hormone—to boost your mood. For those who love to run, don’t forget that running posture matters! Find out what that looks like here.
When cardio becomes a part of your daily routine, it helps the body stay comfortable doing everyday tasks, like tying shoes, walking upstairs, or playing with your kids and grandkids. So, grab a friend (even the four-legged variety) and start walking at any of these places near you:
- Cannon Parkway Park
Along with playground equipment, splash pad, basketball courts, and many other amenities, this park has a paved walking trail that is a little more than half a mile long. If you only want a short walk, shoot some hoops and cool off at the splash pad before heading home. A skateboard and BMX park is next to the sand volleyball courts. Hangout and get to know your neighbors while you’re there. There are public restrooms, as well–always a bonus. Our office is just across the street!
- Roanoke Community Park
Roanoke Community Park is full of activities for the whole family. The main entertainment is watching baseball and softball, but the park has much more to offer. Enjoy a scenic half-mile walk around the pond and bring your fishing gear. The pond features a pier that’s great for kids and adults alike. Picnic tables and restrooms are onsite, as well.
- Trophy Club Park
Not a fan of walking or running? How about disc golf? Trophy Club park features an 18-hole course, in addition to the woods around Grapevine Lake, which provide excellent hiking and horseback riding opportunities. Geocaching and fishing are also fun activities that this park offers. https://www.trophyclub.org/475/Trophy-Club-Park
For gentle resistance training, water aerobics is one of the best choices. This low-impact workout gets the blood flowing in your spine, which helps restore and strengthen your back, shoulders, hips, and neck. Many techniques focus on arms and legs, as well. You can try water aerobics on your own at Roanoke Community Pool or Trophy Club Pool. For instruction, check out this YouTube video that shows three water aerobics exercises for abdominal workouts.
Pilates is a great workout for strengthening core muscles which, in turn, help relieve back pain. When the core is strong, the body is more balanced and the back has more support. Starting a new exercise can be damaging if you jump in too quickly, so try these easy Pilates workouts and basic movements before pushing your body too far!
If you and Dr. Doyle decide that Pilates is a good match for you, consider joining any of these Pilates studios in the Roanoke area:
- Foreverfit Pilates Studio in Trophy Club
- Purely Pilates Center in Southlake
- C3 Pilates in Keller
To learn more about how Pilates helps strengthen core and back muscles and which exercises are best for managing pain, click here. There are also many YouTube videos and television shows that can guide you through yoga and Pilates exercises at home, at no cost. A little online research will help you find a favorite for your unique needs.
Before You Begin
If you are injured or suffer with chronic pain, before beginning a new exercise regimen, check with your general practitioner or Dr. Doyle to make sure you’re ready. If you’d like to also explore holistic pain relief options, call Dr. Doyle’s Roanoke, Tx office today at 817-767-5430 to set up a one-hour, comprehensive consultation and evaluation. The chiropractic and acupuncture clinic is convenient to Trophy Club, Keller, and Justin.
Back injuries can occur for a number of reasons. Trauma resulting from falls, auto accidents, and sports-related injuries can certainly be to blame. However, in many cases, back injuries are the product of poor habits and posture. Here, Dr. Cody Doyle – your Trophy Club chiro – shares a few tips and tricks for preventing back injuries and stop them from progressing.
Are you suffering from back pain? Schedule an appointment with your Trophy Club chiro. Call Doyle Chiropractic and Acupuncture today at 817-767-5430.
Behaviors That Cause Back Pain
Before we discuss how to prevent back pain, let’s take a look at some common behaviors and habits that can cause the condition:
- Poor posture: This strains the muscles and places stress on the spine. If left unaddressed, this can cause permanent changes in the spinal structure.
- Incorrect lifting: A common cause of back injuries, trying to lift heavy objects incorrectly can result in strain.
- Tobacco use: Though this is not commonly thought of as a culprit for back pain, research indicates that nicotine restricts blood flow to the cushioning disks in the vertebrae. Additionally, tobacco use prevents new bone growth by reducing calcium absorption. As a result, smokers experience slower healing when damage does occur.
- Obesity: Extra weight around the midsection shifts the center of gravity forward. As a result, more strain is placed on the back.
- Lack of exercise: Core strength is essential for overall health. Weak abdominal muscles can lead to poor posture, and consequently, back pain.
- A sedentary lifestyle: If back pain is already present, then a sedentary lifestyle can actually make the problem worse. Lack of activity decreases blood flow to the affected area.
- Lack of calcium and Vitamin D: Bone strength and density rely on certain nutrients. If you don’t consume enough, it can exacerbate back problems.
Prevention Tips from Your Trophy Club Chiro
While it’s impossible to prevent accidents and certain types of trauma, you can still promote spinal health by making well-informed choices. Modifying your behavior and eliminating harmful habits can improve your overall quality of life. Your Trophy Club chiro can give you recommendations based on your unique needs. In the sections below, we’ll discuss some general tips that can help reduce the risk of back pain.
Practice Proper Lifting
We lift objects every day. From heavy boxes to laundry baskets to a simple pair of shoes – what you lift (and how you lift it) – can have a profound effect on your spine. To lift correctly, bend your knees and keep the back as straight as possible. Remember to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, keep your balance, and avoid any twisting motions. This helps keep the spine in alignment, reducing the strain on your back.
Aim for a Healthier Lifestyle
Improving physical health can drastically reduce the risk of back injury. Here are a few tips from your Trophy Club chiro:
- Exercise a few times every week.
- Stretch your muscles before any type of physical activity.
- Lose any excess fat in the midsection, and strive to be within 10 pounds of your recommended healthy weight.
- Strengthen your core muscles.
- Consider sleeping on a firm mattress if you don’t already.
Address Issues Promptly
If you’ve sustained a back injury, it’s important to see your Trophy Club chiro as soon as possible. In many cases, back injuries progress if left untreated. Prompt chiropractic care can help increase blood flow and alleviate discomfort.
Contact Your Trophy Club Chiro Today
Is back pain keeping you down? Schedule a visit at our Roanoke, TX practice. Call us today at 817-767-5430 or contact us online anytime.
It is no secret that pregnancy comes with all types of aches, pains, and problems: headaches, back pain, sleep loss, morning sickness, sciatica, and more. Most women find ways to cope with this, but because drugs only mask pain, they never actually achieve lasting relief. However, there are other options, like chiropractic and acupuncture. These holistic treatments work, whether you’re pregnant or not!
Reasons to Stay Away from Medications During Pregnancy
Your OB may tell you to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) to relieve headaches, back pain, and other aches that come naturally with pregnancy. However, taking medications during pregnancy could harm to both mother and baby. Research shows that some common, over-the-counter drugs taken while pregnant can cause:
- Birth defects
- Premature birth
- Heart complications for the baby
- Excess blood loss for the mother during birth
Enduring months of headaches and pains from hormone changes, on top of an enlarging body and fluid retention, would make anyone want to turn to medication. For many drugs, we don’t yet know their effect on fetuses and pregnant women. If you’re pregnant, uncomfortable, and craving relief, talk to your doctor about drug-free, holistic chiropractic or acupuncture or call Doyle Chiropractic and Acupuncture today at 817-767-5430.
What is acupuncture and how does it help?
Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago. It’s a completely drug-free, holistic treatment that can instantly help with a long list of health issues.
If acupuncture is the right treatment ease your pains, Dr. Doyle will insert hair-thin needles through the skin, in specific locations that run along meridians in the body. The needles cause a release of brain chemicals to correct imbalances and restore comfort. Acupuncture procedures are considered safe and come with very little risk.
- Morning sickness
- Lower back and pelvic pain
- Sleep problems
Although acupuncture can reduce lower back and pelvic pain, Dr. Doyle may want to do more than just treat your discomfort. With chiropractic care, he can provide musculoskeletal manipulation to address skeletal misalignments, which might be an underlying cause of your problems.
What does musculoskeletal manipulation look like for a pregnant woman?
Growing fetuses can cause misalignment of the mother’s spine or joints, as well as incorrect posture. It can even increase curvature of the back. If a growing womb causes the mother’s pelvis to become misaligned, the baby may not have enough space to grow and develop properly.
If you have been to a chiropractor before, this visit will look much like a regular visit but it will take a little more time. (If you’ve not been to a chiropractor, learn more about the first visit here.)
The chiro will ask you to lie face-down on an adjustable table that has cutouts for your belly and face. He’ll rely on techniques that don’t involve putting pressure on the abdomen. Hormones produced in a pregnant woman cause joints to soften, so Dr. Doyle will not need to use a lot of pressure to correct misalignments.
Once your adjustment is completed, Dr. Doyle might provide you with a list of simple, safe stretches that you can do at home.
Focus on having good posture. Use pillows to support your back while lying down or sitting (in a chair, in the car, on the sofa). These few habits can go a long way toward maintaining your adjustment’s results.
Dr. Doyle will let you know when to come in for another appointment, or he may tell you to call the office and schedule when you notice aches and pains surfacing. Your body will change during and after pregnancy, so don’t forget that chiropractic and acupuncture may be a great option for you, even after your child is born.
Is chiropractic care harmful to the baby?
As long as the chiropractor has been trained to work with pregnant women, absolutely not! In fact, treatment will benefit both mother and baby. Read this story about a woman who found significant pain relief by undergoing chiropractic treatments during her pregnancy.
It should not be a secret: musculoskeletal manipulation and acupuncture have been proven to help ease and relieve the pains of pregnancy. Stories like Kelley’s are common, although they are rarely publicized.
No woman should have to endure nine months of discomfort and pain when there is a healthy, drug-free way to find relief.
Discuss holistic pain relief options with your doctor or call our Roanoke, TX chiropractic clinic at 817-767-5430 to set up a one-hour, comprehensive consultation and evaluation with Dr. Doyle.
Scoliosis is a genetic condition that causes an “S” curve in the spine. The curvature can be either mild or severe, but it can cause back pain and discomfort. Pain pills, like NSAIDs and opiates, aren’t your only option when it comes to dealing with back pain; they aren’t even the best option. Meeting with Dr. Doyle to talk about chiropractic care and acupuncture is the first of many steps you can take to help improve your life.
Although everyone with scoliosis has a different experience, there are things that you should do, and things that you shouldn’t do, to help manage pain and discomfort.
What You Should Do to Help Scoliosis
1. Work out daily.
Something as simple as walking a mile every day can make a huge difference. Strengthening the muscles in your back will help relieve pain and improve posture. Here are some exercises to start with:
- Arm/leg raise
- Pelvic tilt
- Cat and cow stretch (spine)
- Latissimus stretch (upper back)
Try these and feel the difference! You can find pictures of these exercises here.
2. Dance and play soccer!
Scoliosis shouldn’t keep anyone from the activities they love. If you love playing sports, find one that is low impact, like soccer or golf. If you love dancing, try to avoid overdoing it with backbends, but keep dancing!
3. Sleep the right way.
What you choose to sleep on matters–especially if you have back problems. If you’re a stomach sleeper, we’ve got some bad news: it’s killing your back! Laying on the bed for 6-9 hours can really help or really hurt your back.
You can purchase special pillows to use under your neck and legs, or between your legs if you sleep on your side. Raising your legs with a pillow will reduce pressure on the low back. Keeping the curvature of your neck intact with a pillow can help relieve morning neck pain.
Many people with scoliosis prefer to sleep on their side with a pillow between their knees because it keeps their spine in a more natural position or on their backs because their weight is evenly distributed across their body. If sleeping on their stomach is inevitable, it is recommended to place a pillow under the pelvis.
Also, try a mattress that is more firm for support. You will eventually find what makes it easier for you to get out of bed in the morning.
4. Try acupuncture and chiropractic care.
All of these things combined with acupuncture and chiropractic care can help stop scoliosis from deteriorating quality of life and can even help retrain the spine. Dr. Doyle is trained and equipped in musculoskeletal manipulation and acupuncture. In some cases, these drug-free, natural therapies help relieve pain. Chiropractic may also improve your comfort by retraining your spine to a healthier curvature.
What You Shouldn’t Do to Help Scoliosis
1. Don’t wear stilettos.
Depending on the severity of your condition, those extremely tall, cute stiletto heels may be the cause of a lot of pain. Opt for low-heeled shoes with good arch support. Going barefoot is also a bad idea. Solid arch support benefits for your feet, as well as your spine.
2. Don’t participate in certain sports.
Competitive swimming and football are two of the worst sports for your back. Swimming laps for hours daily can cause the curvature of the spine to progress. Because football is a high-contact sport, players can experience all kinds of injuries, the effects of which can show up years later. For scoliosis patients, sudden impact can have devastating results.
3. Don’t avoid chiropractic care.
The worst thing you can do is to put off treatment. Chiropractic care has been proven to reduce pain and inflammation and improve flexibility and range of motion. Though some people doubt the effectiveness of chiropractic, its results have been repeatedly proven by medical science. Dr. Doyle has extensive training and continues to study the latest developments in chiropractic care.
One of the major benefits of chiropractic is that it doesn’t just treat the symptoms like pain killers do, it treats the problem. Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need for your back pain. Take the first step and contact Dr. Doyle’s Roanoke, Tx office today at 817-767-5430 to set up a one-hour, comprehensive consultation and evaluation. The office is convenient to Trophy Club, Keller, and Justin.
Inflammatory arthritis, commonly known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), causes more than discomfort. The autoimmune disease can feel like an attack on your quality of life as well. At Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture, our number one concern is to restore your body so you can enjoy sports, leisure activities, and life’s pleasures.
Although incurable, many RA symptoms can be managed with traditional medications or alternative, holistic methods, such as chiropractic care and acupuncture. As you begin your treatments under the care of Dr. Cody Doyle, keep these healthy tips for living with RA in mind. Dr. Doyle serves patients in Roanoke, Keller, Southlake, Trophy Club, and surrounding areas.
Tips for Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
After your examination at our Roanoke office, Dr. Doyle may recommend a combination of the following treatments to address your RA symptoms:
- Home exercises
- Chiropractic and myofascial release therapy
- Nutritional and herbal therapies
In addition to these proven and effective treatments, patients may benefit from these tips.
We understand that the very nature of inflammatory arthritis can leave patients feeling like exercise is not an option. Your overall health plays an important role in controlling your symptoms, though. Patients who do not stay ahead of RA by staying healthy risk losing muscle mass or experiencing other forms of preventable degeneration.
Stretching is a great habit to develop. You will find yourself feeling sprier and nimbler. Many of the positive effects of stretching can boost your energy and motivate you to pursue other forms of exercise. Start each day with a simple stretching routine. Dr. Doyle will recommend several stretches that will be beneficial to your health. Remember to lightly stretch before and after exercising as well. Overstretching before aerobics or physical exercise can be counterproductive, so save any intensive stretching for mornings and after working out.
Low-impact exercises that elevate your heart rate can improve your overall health without harming your joints. Walking, biking, swimming, and cardio machines are all great options. Exercises to build muscle mass are also an important part of any workout regimen. After consulting with a trainer or Dr. Doyle, start by using light weights or resistance bands.
If your workouts are causing joint pain, take a break and consult with Dr. Doyle.
Watch what you eat
If you are significantly overweight, Dr. Doyle may suggest weight loss as part of your treatment plan. This can especially help in reducing pain in your knees, back, and hips. It is always a good idea to eat a balanced diet. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, heart-healthy oils, vitamin supplements, and fish should be your top food choices.
Consider cutting back on:
- Processed foods
- Sugary drinks
- Excessive caffeine
- Excessive alcohol
Stress is a reality of life for many of us. While we cannot prevent stressful situations from arising, we can consciously work to reduce undue stress in our day-to-day lives. If you suffer from periodic stress, try these tips.
- Talk to a professional: Dr. Doyle treats his patients holistically, meaning he is glad to listen to your concerns and anxiety about having RA. If Dr. Doyle is unable to fully help your emotional needs, he may recommend a counselor or therapist.
- Find time to unwind: Many of our patients forget to take time out to physically and mentally rest periodically throughout the day.
- Stay mindful: Activities like medication and yoga are proven to lower stress.
- Find support from your community: Your church, friends, family, and co-workers can lend a caring ear to your problems. There are many great local support groups as well. Connecting with other people who live with RA is a great way to learn how to learn coping mechanisms.
Seek Arthritis Relief Today
If you have been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis, Dr. Doyle can provide the care you need. Contact Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture today to schedule a consultation. We care for patients from North Fort Worth, including Trophy Club, Grapevine, Southlake, Argyle, Keller, NRH, and Justin.
To reach our Roanoke, TX office, you can contact us online or call (817) 767-5430.
Many of our patients come to our Roanoke, TX chiropractic clinic seeking relief from degenerative disk disease (DDD). The condition arises when an individual has a damaged vertebral disc that causes pain. The spinal disks buffer impacts to the body. Over time, the spinal disks can become worn. While many of the causes are often linked to aging, lifestyle, posture, and health-related habits play a key role in when symptoms of this condition arise.
Our team at Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture can help alleviate symptoms at our Roanoke, TX practice. If you were recently diagnosed with degenerative disk disease, many of these tips can help you manage or alleviate DDD-related symptoms.
Tips for Preventing Degenerative Disk Disease
Age is a leading risk factor for DDD. We can’t prevent aging, of course, but we can try to avoid activities and habits that increase the risk for DDD. Injury is a leading cause of this condition. If you engage in sports or weight lifting that puts undue stress on your vertebrae, you may be increasing your chances for developing degenerative disk disease. When playing contact sports, think about the long-term effects the repetitive impacts can have on your joints and back.
Exercises like running, swimming, and biking are less likely to cause injury to your back. When choosing which sports you want to engage in, keep the long-term health of your back in mind. One standard for exercising that we recommend following is set by The American Council on Exercise, which recommends taking a 30-minute walk (or similar activity) five or more times per week.
If you regularly lift weights, learn to use good form. This involves learning about body mechanics (exercises that improve posture, stamina, and coordination). Hiring a physical trainer is one way to learn how to exercise in a way that compliments your body’s natural movements. Yoga also teaches mindfulness about body posture and balance.
Other useful tips include:
- Quit smoking: Smoking is linked to a host of health problems, including disk degeneration.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Dr. Doyle may recommend diet and weight loss as part of your treatment plan. If he does, take it seriously. Individuals with a BMI of 25 or higher are at increased risk for degenerative disk disorder. Weight loss will also translate directly to lower discomfort and back pain.
- Eat a bone-healthy diet: Vitamin D is proven to promote bone health. Calcium, zinc, and iron are also known to help maintain healthy bones. Dr. Doyle may recommend other supplements as well to promote disk health.
If you are diagnosed with DDD, Dr. Doyle will provide comprehensive care to address your symptoms. Dr. Doyle has over two decades of experience in treating pain with alternative medicine and other methods. His treatment options may include:
- Chiropractic care
- Massage therapy
- Education and information
Contact a Local Chiropractor in Roanoke, TX
You do not have to live with the pain of degenerative disk disease. Unlike other parts of the body, the discs receive very little blood supply, meaning that once a disc is injured it cannot repair itself. Dr. Doyle has more than 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating degenerative disk disease. To schedule an exploratory exam, contact Dr. Doyle at (817) 767-5430 or visit our website to set up an initial appointment.