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By Haydel Chiropractic
October 26, 2020
Category: Health
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Promote better health and wellbeing through regular massage therapy sessions.

While massages are certainly used to help a person relax and unwind, they can also be used to address a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints. Whether you are dealing with pain, stiffness, a pinched nerve or limited range of motion, our Houma, LA, chiropractor Dr. Patrick Haydel can help alleviate your symptoms with massage therapy.

Ease Anxiety and Depression

While many people associate massage therapy with injuries and conditions that affect the functionality of joints, soft tissue, ligament, bones and nerves, most people dealing with depression and anxiety can also benefit from regular massage sessions.

Massage therapy may even drop cortisol levels by as much as 30 percent while boosting “happy hormones” such as dopamine and serotonin. Plus, massage provides a calming experience to help lower blood pressure and slow down the heart rate.

Say Goodbye to Tension Headaches

If you find yourself rubbing your temples during the day you may need to book an appointment with your massage therapist. After all, massage won’t just alleviate current headaches but also reduce the pain and severity of future tension headaches. Most tension headaches result from tight, tense neck and shoulder muscles. By massaging those areas and loosening up those muscles we can prevent tension headaches.

Boost Your Immune System

Massage therapy may also help you stave off the common cold and other infections. That’s right! Massage therapy can help to flush out toxins from the body while also enhancing immune system function by increasing white blood cells, which can help the body fight off infections. If you’re prone to getting sick you may want to get regular massage therapy to help support a healthy immune system.

Get Better Sleep

Massage therapy is incredibly relaxing, which can help those who have trouble sleeping. Whether you deal with bouts of insomnia or pain conditions make it difficult to get comfortable while sleeping, regular massage therapy sessions with our Houma, LA, chiropractor could help you sleep better. In fact, massage therapy may even be effective on babies to help soothe them and get them to sleep better.

Are you interested in scheduling your first massage therapy appointment? If so, call Haydel Chiropractic today at (985) 872-1133 to book your next visit.

By Haydel Chiropractic
July 08, 2020
Tags: Back Pain   neck pain  

If you're experiencing a dull ache, sharp pain or continued stiffness in your neck or back, don't wait. Contact Dr. Patrick Haydel at Haydel Chiropractic in Houma, LA. An expert in the function, dysfunction and adjustment of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, Dr. Haydel can help you manage--or even eliminate--your neck and back pain. You can feel like yourself again.

Your amazing spine

It's a mechanical wonder comprised of bones, cartilage, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and blood vessels. Due to injury, overuse, sports, age, sleep position, lifting, obesity, disease or other circumstance, you can experience neck (cervical spine) or back pain (thoracic or lumbar spine) of varying degrees. The question is, what can you do about it so you can go about your normal life?

Getting help for neck and back pain

At Haydel Chiropractic in Houma, Dr. Haydel and his team provide comprehensive chiropractic exams, X-ray imaging and services you need to lead a comfortable, functional life. Chiropractic adjustments correct your spine when it's misaligned. These subluxations can place pressure on both the hard and soft tissues of the back and neck. Subluxations lead to deterioration of associated soft tissues, leading to inactivity and further loss of function.

To help your specific problem, Dr. Haydel will put you on a treatment plan to correct the underlying problem and strengthen and balance your muscular function. Other goals include reduction of inflammation and improvement of posture, range of motion and balance and more.

Your plan may include:

  • Ice to the affected area
  • Rest (but avoiding prolonged bed rest)
  • Over the counter pain medications
  • Massage therapy
  • DTS spinal decompression therapy to reduce pressure on intervertebral discs (the spine's natural shock absorbers)
  • Physical therapy
  • Achieving and maintaining a proper body weight
  • Learning the right way to lift
  • Smoking cessation to improve circulation and to keep bones strong
  • Staying active

Back and neck pain are all too common

The American Chiropractic Association says back and neck pain is a leading reason for disability in adults across the world. Don't ignore your discomfort. Get your life back with care from the experts at Haydel Chiropractic in Houma, LA. Call for a consultation with Dr. Patrick Haydel: (985) 872-1133.

By Haydel Chiropractic
May 26, 2020
Tags: Dry Needling  

Dry needling may help decrease pain and movement restrictions caused by knots in your muscles. The treatment is just one of the therapies offered by your chiropractor in Houma, LA, Dr. Patrick Haydel.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling involves inserting thin needles in trigger points (knots) in your muscles. Trigger points cause pain and spasms in your muscles, but that's not the only issue. When your muscles are tight, it's much harder to move your joints freely. Pain may also felt in other areas of your body due to referred pain.

The therapy is called "dry" needling because the needles don't inject medication into your body like hypodermic needles. Inserting the needles into your muscles improves blood flow and releases the tension in the trigger point by resetting the nerve signals that cause knots.

Your chiropractor may include dry needling as part of the treatment plan for:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Whiplash
  • Pelvic and groin pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Athletic and overuse injuries
  • Spinal conditions
  • Lingering pain after a shingles
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
  • Spine and disc problems
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)

What are the advantages of dry needling?

Dry needling can:

  • Ease Pain and Muscle Spasms: You'll probably notice an improvement in your symptoms soon after your first treatment at the Houma chiropractic office, although you may need several treatments for long-lasting results.
  • Decrease Radiating Pain: Dry needling may reduce pain that travels to your legs, arms, buttocks, or legs.
  • Improve Range of Motion: It's much easier to move your joints after dry needling treatment eliminates trigger points.
  • Speed Healing: Improving blood flow ensures that nutrients needed for healing reach your muscles.
  • Help You Improve Your Athletic Performance: Dry needling treatments enhance muscle activation, which can help improve your speed, endurance, and performance.
  • Treat Pain Without Medication: Pain often returns as soon as you stop taking medication. Dry needling targets the source of your pain, eliminating it without any side effects.

Relieve your pain with dry needling! Call your Houma, LA, chiropractor, Dr. Haydel, at (985) 872-1133 to schedule your appointment.

By Haydel Chiropractic
April 10, 2020
Tags: Dry Needling  

Dr. Patrick Haydel of Houma, LA, provides patients with dry needling at Haydel Chiropractic. Dry needling is a treatment option for people suffering from neuromusculoskeletal pain, spasms, and inflammation.

How does dry needling work?

Needles are inserted into the skin and muscle, creating tiny lesions into the skin, muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. Dry needling stimulates self-healing by helping with the following:

  • inflammation
  • contractions
  • trophic changes
  • adhesions
  • scarring
  • blockage
  • microcirculation
  • biomechanical imbalance

More About Dry Needling

Dry needling usually works best when combined with other treatments, like spinal manipulation and exercises. Dry needling helps restore the normal function of the neuromusculoskeletal system. People who are good candidates for dry needling often suffer from neuromuscular skeletal pain, myofascial trigger points, a decreased range of motion because of contracted muscle fibers or taut bands; soft tissue restrictions caused by scar tissue or fascial adhesions; repetitive stress syndrome; post-herpetic neuralgia (Shingles); headaches: migraine and tension; complex regional pain syndrome; whiplash; and fibromyalgia.

What to expect from the procedure?

There are common, mild side effects. People may experience bruising, bleeding and temporary soreness. This procedure shouldn't hinder you from going about your regular activities.

What are the benefits of dry needling?

Dry needling relieves muscular pain and stiffness. The procedure may also improve flexibility and increase range of motion. Dry needling also helps treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and fibromyalgia pain.

Need to speak with a doctor?

If you believe dry needling is the right treatment for a condition, please call your Houma, LA, physician, Dr. Patrick Haydel, at Haydel Chiropractic by calling (985) 872-1133.

By Haydel Chiropractic
March 09, 2020
Tags: Massage Therapy   Massage  

The answer may surprise you….

When was the last time you had a massage? Did you know that most people could benefit from regular massage therapy even if they aren’t dealing with aches and pains? Of course, most of us at one time or another face muscle soreness, pain, and swelling. When this happens our Houma, LA, chiropractor, Dr. Patrick Haydel, can provide you with customized massage therapy to ease discomfort and improve how your body functions as a whole.


The Benefits of Massage Therapy

While most people associate massage therapy with a pampering, spa-like experience, the truth is that regular massage therapy is also beneficial to your health. Yes, massage can certainly reduce stress and help patients who feel tense, anxious, and overwhelmed, but massage therapy is also an important part of a person’s chiropractic treatment plan.

Massage therapy could benefit you if you are dealing with:

  • Muscle pain
  • Neck and back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sinus problems
  • Gastrointestinal disorders and problems
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Pregnancy-related aches and pains
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis and tendonitis
  • Joint pain
  • Bunions
  • Sports-related injuries such as strains and sprains
  • Muscle spasms

….and the list goes on! Even if you aren’t dealing with any musculoskeletal problems you could still benefit from regular massage therapy. In fact, by turning to a chiropractor for once-a-month treatments you could prevent pain, swelling, achiness, soreness, and flexibility issues from occurring in the first place. Children, teens, adults, seniors, and athletes can all benefit from massage therapy.


We Also Offer Aqua Massage Therapy!

Here at our Houma, LA, practice, Dr. Haydel and his chiropractic team also offer aqua massage therapy. Aqua massage therapy combines the benefits of dry heat therapy, dry hydrotherapy, and traditional massage therapy all in one therapeutic treatment. The patient can remain fully clothed during the treatment session as pressurized water jets target certain areas of the body. Aqua therapy can provide,

  • Pain relief
  • Relief from muscle tension
  • A reduction in sore and achy muscles
  • Decreased muscle spams
  • Increased blood flow, which speeds up healing
  • Improved range of motion and mobility
  • Better sleep
  • Reduced stress and anxiety

This specialized type of massage therapy offers all the benefits of traditional massage without the hands-on, manual approach.


Interested? Give Us a Call

Whether you are dealing with chronic back pain or you want to lose weight to improve mobility and your health, the medical team here at Haydel Chiropractic in Houma, LA, is here to help. To schedule a chiropractic evaluation, call us today at (985) 872-1133.

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