Back Pain Relief
in Austin











Walk-ins and crawl-ins welcome, or, Call 512-474-5433 (LIFE) to find relief today!

We're the Back Pain Specialists in Austin
And we're here to help you heal!

Is your back pain driving you crazy and holding you back from living your life to the fullest?
Does your pain leave you feeling exhausted, stiff and "old"...far older than you should feel?

If so, you're not alone!

Nearly 31 million Americans are fighting with back pain right this minute.

In fact, it's the number one disability for those under the age of 45, and when it comes to seeing a doctor, back pain is the second most common complaint!

And back pain specialists in Austin all agree that pills aren't the answer – with their toxic side effects, addictive quality and the fact that they can only mask the pain temporarily.

What you need is to find the core problem - the source of the pain and misery you're feeling in your back - and gently correct it so you can get back to doing what you love as quickly as possible.

Back pain can be triggered by any number of things:

  • Muscle strains
  • A pelvis imbalance
  • Misaligned vertebrae
  • Uneven leg length
  • A compromised (bulging, slipped, herniated or ruptured) disc

  • And while the pain can be limited to your upper back or lower back, it can also move from your low back to your buttocks or down your leg causing even more issues with your health and your range of movement.

    When your piriformis muscle puts pressure on your sciatic nerve, it can result in a tingling and numbness sensation in your hips and buttocks. We all know how frustratingly painful that can be!

    WHY IS MY BACK HURTING LIKE THIS?

    The causes of back pain are many and may include injury from a sport or car accident, strained muscle, sitting incorrectly for long periods of time, or improper lifting/moving of heavy items around the house or your workplace. Sciatica, arthritis, osteoporosis or herniated disks are additional causes resulting from structural imbalances within the body.

    Acute back pain typically lasts from 1 to 3 days, while chronic back pain lasts for 3 months or longer. Severe back pain, resulting in tingling, fever or sudden weight loss may even signal a bigger underlying medical issue. As you can see, even mild to moderate back pain is nothing to put off or ignore!


    THE 8 MOST DANGEROUS WORDS TO TELL YOURSELF WHEN YOU'RE IN MILD TO SEVERE BACK PAIN...

    “It will probably go away on its own.” It's this 'I can push through it' line of thinking that gets you in trouble because according to a 1998 study in the British Medical Journal, most back pain sufferers who don't take action to treat and correct their pain, will end up having that same pain again (often worse) within 12 months!

    And that's definitely not what you want. You want to be free from pain, with full range of motion and movement and back to feeling vital and healthy again.

    Back pain relief is just one component of chiropractic care, but it is often a patient’s first introduction. Back pain is horribly debilitating, affecting all aspects of work and personal life. At Austin Active Life Healing Center, we zero in on the source of pain, identify the cause, and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan, to bring back pain relief and educate you on how to prevent future occurrences.

    "HOW DO I KNOW THIS WILL WORK ON MY BACK PAIN?"

    We hear this question a lot, and the truth is, chiropractic can help most people suffering from a variety of pain, illnesses and issues – though there are some that may require surgery or are beyond the scope of what chiropractic can do. If you are one of those few that we can't help, we'll definitely tell you and we'll help you find someone who can help you – it's just part of what we do.

    That being said, chiropractic is still a powerful tool for healing and it has been around for over a hundred years. It works for all ages – babies to seniors – and many celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Madonna, Emmitt Smith, Tony Robbins, Joe Montana, Lance Armstrong and even Arnold Schwarzenegger swear by it! It's truly that powerful and popular.

    In fact, a recent scientific study showed that chiropractic adjustments outperformed massage treatments in reducing pain, while yet another study found that “after a median intervention period of 30 days, spinal manipulation was the only intervention that achieved statistically significant improvements.” - J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999

    Stanley Bigos, MD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery said that chiropractor’s manipulation of the spine was “more helpful than any of the following: traction, massage, biofeedback, injection of steroids into the spine and back corsets, and ultrasound.”


    How Dr. Schade and Her Team Can Get You Back to Feeling Like 'You' Again:

  • We'll listen intently to what you have to say in our consult with you and take a complete back pain history and x-rays
  • One of our highly trained doctors will analyze your pain history, exam findings and imaging studies
  • Gentle Chiropractic Treatment in Austin, Tx
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Spinal decompression (done if we ascertain that you have a herniated disc, after doing an exam and /or have MRI results.)
  • Referral for MRI and CT scans as needed
  • WHY ACTIVE LIFE IS AUSTIN'S PREMIER CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC:

    We have been successfully treating patients for over 20 years, we also are one of the few (if not the only clinic) in Austin that:

  • Has 3 highly trained and experienced doctors on our staff that are called in to consult and make sure every patient is getting the best, most comprehensive and customized treatment possible (Many clinics have one rushed doctor trying to fit in as many patients per day as possible. That can mean something can be overlooked or you may not get the personalized care you deserve).
  • Has been awarded the honor of “Austin's Best Chiropractic Clinic“ by the Austin Chronicle
  • Combines cutting edge chiropractic, rehabilitation and therapeutic massage with our Active Life Yoga and Movement Studio next door to further your active living, healing and personal growth.
  • Because we've helped over 10,000 Austinites (including celebrities, actors, politicians and famous musicians), we're confident we can help you feel vibrant and healthy again! If anyone understands what you're feeling and how to get you back in tip-top shape, it's Active Life Healing Center.

  • EXPERIENCE RELIEF FROM YOUR BACK PAIN AND SAY “YES!” TO AN ACTIVE LIFE AGAIN!

    What if the only thing standing between you and a life free from chronic and debilitating back pain was a fast and simple phone call to Active Life Healing Center? We’ve treated over 6000 Austinites for mild to crippling back pain and have stacks of success testimonials and praise letters from people just like you, to prove our methods and treatments work.

    Take back your life from chronic pain today by calling Active Life Healing Center and scheduling an appointment for our fabulous New Patient Special at our Austin office now.

    CALL NOW: 512-474-5433 (LIFE)

    You're in Gentle, Healing Hands at Active Life Chiropractic Clinic in Austin...

    • Dr Schade [and her staff]  have helped me so much with my back pain. It has gone from a pain scale of 9 to 5-6. They are a God send to me. Compared to other chiropractors I've been to, who never adjusted me and took my money, Active life has changed my persPective on the industry. Thank u :-)
      Robin Ramos
    • I've had 2 life-altering (body altering) experiences in my youth; shattered pelvis and spinal meningitis. Top and bottom of spine, scarring and a bit of an interesting shape of the pelvic basket makes for a tricky back to keep fit, strong and pain-free. Currently 59 yrs old, I have used so very many healers, so when one comes to a place where solution is realized; multiple modalities available; the search is over. I'm NOT okay with "sometimes pain". I strive to achieve zero pain; total mobility. It's a process after smashing up the body, but it's achievable; I can attest to this fact. Active Life Wellness provided me with that myriad of choices and directions at which I could point my current condition on any given day; among which are body mechanics, massage, acupuncture, nutritional knowledge, yoga; simply byproducts of having the best professional working knowledge of successful chiropractic practice. Dr. Cynthia Schade attracts the best of the best to work inside these walls. This is a wellness center I wholehearted endorse & I'd not pass up if you've found yourself left wanting in your physical wellness.
      Jan Kuchel
    • I've found a miracle in Dr. Schade. Long ago when I couldn't solve my back pains and limited mobility through conventional medicine, I looked towards Chiropractic care for help. Through a referral I visited Dr. Schade. I often speak about the euphoric experience when she first adjusted my spine, something I still enjoy. Additionally, I found my mobility returns, the pain decreases and I'm able to function and do what I want to. I had my apprehensions but I can say truthfully, once you get past what you think and try this alternative medicine, you too will come to appreciate chiropractic care. Thanks Dr. Schade!!!
      Dennis Petrash
    • I've been going to Dr. Schade's “Active Life Healing Center” for over 20 years now, following her from the original house on 6th St. to her current Brodie Oaks location. This is one remarkable Healer who has always gotten me back on my feet despite my many injuries like whiplash, low back pain, muscle spasms, falls, scoliosis, pinched nerves… and now multiple sclerosis. She takes time to Listen to me, then offers a specific remedy that does the trick for that ailment. One of the modalities that especially helps me is the “Graston” method, which breaks up scar tissue damage. I don't know of any other Clinic doing this, but it is ever so powerful and deeply gratifying! Kudos to Dr. Schade for continuing her quest in seeking out the best, most innovative clinical techniques available. This kind of passion and dedication to both her profession and her clients is rare. It is a personal quality of hers I regard HIGHLY that keeps this Clinic heads and toes above all the rest.
      Cat Ballinger, LMSW
    • I've had so much experience with chiro's and healing arts pro's and have to admit, some disappointments regarding chiropractic care.  I have old injuries of shattered pelvis and heavily scarred upper body following spinal meningitis at age 27.  YEARS later I work out, eat correctly and maintain a stable health condition. Recently neck and lower back issues were unresolved by my usual practitioners and I decided to put my body in the hands of Dr. Schade, who laid out a program fitting my schedule, budget and yet would get results.  I was hopeful, but never really thought I could be as wowed as I now am. This is ONE SKILLED WOMAN and her entire staff knows their stuff.  I can't tell you how many times I've wished I could just totally trust that I could visit a doc that would read my body and find a way to pain-free living.  I don't know how I could rate her higher.  So here's my recommendation: STOP WASTING TIME, MONEY AND MONTHS OF DISCOMFORT AND GO CHECK OUT ACTIVE LIFE HEALING CENTER!!
      Jan K.
    • The tripartite approach of physical therapy, chiropractic adjustment, and massage therapy made a HUGE difference in my chronic back pain. While i was in the intensive program they start you off with, I would sometimes even go 20 or 30 minutes feeling no pain at all, which hasn't happened to me since...ever. I was really skeptical of chiropractic at first, but I'd tried doing just physical therapy and just massage therapy at different times (as well as yoga and trigger point injections), and nothing was even nearly as effective as the program here. I wish I could have afforded to do the intensive therapy for even longer! I still do my exercises regularly, but it's not as effective without the regular massage/adjustments. They do keep you on a program where you get a massage/adjustment once a month, and that's probably enough for most people, just, alas, not for me. Anyway, if you're in pain, I highly recommend Active Life.
      Lauren O.
    • I can't say enough good things about Active Life. They have improved the quality of my life tremendously. No more pain, I can move freely. They have resolved an elbow problem, a hip muscle issue and some back pain. Check them out and you won't regret it.

      Irina S.
    • I walked into Active Life two months ago unable to walk. I had hurt my leg when trying to finally lose weight by walking because my back and hips were so out of line that I had strained my leg trying to walk crooked. In this short time, the caring, hardworking and amazing team at Active Life have not only restored my ability to walk, but I just finished a five mile walk last night...without pain, mind you...which was further than I could stand to walk before. I have lost 15 pounds working with them and am much happier. These people KNOW what they are doing and care about you and your full recovery. They work to the goal of you not having to see them any more (except for maintenance) because you are doing so well. Come see the group at Active Life as soon as you can! Active Life is an amazing place. I have never seen anything like it. Everyone there is really concerned with helping you get well as quickly as possible, no matter how long that takes. They are professional, efficient, caring, personable, and just pain kind. Dr. Schade and staff helped me be able to walk again after an injury on the trail due to the horrible shape of my spine and hips due to years of abuse. I highly recommend them to every and any one I meet. Their focus is entirely on healing the whole person, and they do that and do it well. I went from not being able to walk to walking 5+ miles a day on the Town Lake trail in 3 months due to their guidance and assistance. Very enjoyable experience. They are top drawer all the way. If you are still sitting there hurting, not sure where to go, give Dr. Schade a call. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
      Alonda M.
    • I've loved my time with Active Life Chiropractic. The staff are always pleasant, warm, friendly, and helpful. My issues weren't severe by any means, though years of bad habits and computer use had resulted in bad posture and lower back pain and pain between my shoulders. They started me immediately and, within a few weeks, the pain had gone away. The most telling moment came a month ago when a stranger asked me if I was a Marine because I was standing so well. No joke. Apparently I've made some progress! All thanks to Active Life...

      Heydn E.
    • I have been a patient of Active Life for over 8 years, and still continue to be amazed at the skill level of the entire staff, and the commitment to recommend the appropriate therapies and exercises to help with healing. Over the course of time, I have experienced severe lower back, hip, and sciatic nerve pain in the legs, and Dr Schade and her staff got me walking again and back into sports. In addition, I have experienced repetitive injury in the neck and shoulders caused by too much computer work in an inside call center role, and Active Life was able to address this injury effectively. Most recently, I experienced a rotator cuff tear in the shoulder due to a sports accident, and Dr Schade recommended the Graston treatment to help restore the shoulder function. While still in process of this treatment, I have seen significant reduction in pain, and near normal mobility. I have worked with different chiropractors off an on for over 30 years, and can attest to the caring nature of Active Life's practice, and ability to make a real difference in their patients' lives. I highly recommend Dr Schade and her staff!
      William E.
    • I was referred by my dad a couple months ago due to my chronic low back pain. I have been going there for about 6 weeks and am almost all the way better. Great knowledgable staff.
      Andrew T.
    • I have been to multiple Chiropractors for a back problem which now has gone on with pain for years. While going through 24 treatments at Active Life I have no more back pain! They are no ordinary Chiropractor, they do much more for their clients, because they care. They are organized, have great hours and I look forward to each of my visits! A word of advice; stick with the plan! I didn't feel any relief until visit 13 when I started getting slight relief and by visit 24 I was completely better and am still feeling great a year later! I still go for my "maintenance" visits twice a month. It's so worth it!
      Kaysh S.
    • Kinda hard to imagine going anywhere else or approaching spinal problems in any other way... I've been to several other chiropractors over the years, and they don't hold a candle to this place. The chiropractors are great, but the overall wellness plan is where they really shine & seperate themselves from the others. Victor, the lead trainer, is an indispensible gem!
      Chris F.
    • Austin's Best Chiropractic Care – I was sceptical of what benefit I could really receive from chiropractic care but was willing to give it a try. That was 15 years ago! They have helped me with lower back pain, carpal tunnel and knee problems. I can't say enough good things about these folks. Dr. Schade at Active Life Chiropractic is the guiding force. She is open to new ideas and continuously explores new treatments for her patients. At Active Life you get the whole package, massage, chiropractic care and other treatments! Are you still at home?
      Carolyn Fleming
    • Miracle workers – Dr. Schade and her staff are wonderful with a very holistic approach to healing- they'll treat all of you. I originally visited her back in the early 90's at their old location to treat some pain I was having and was very impressed. I recently came back approaching 40 with some debilitating back spasms and committed to more regular visits for a short time. The practice has grown and it is amazing. She's given me my life back! No more spasms, I'm running, rock climbing, biking again and- thank heavens- cooking (yes, even that was giving me spasms). I wish I had done myself a favor and visited her more frequently early on. My favorite treatment is Graston. I have had some chronic pain that I never thought I would be rid of it and it is totally gone. My whole life is truly better. An added benefit- I have never really liked floor work or indoor exercise but now religiously do the simple movements they taught me to strengthen my core and boy my abs are showing it. And it's so easy! Her staff made it fun. It's not like other dr's office where you are just sitting there in one place- you move from treatment to treatment and people are very friendly. Often, someone would look in on me and give a little massage if I were waiting anywhere. I, personally, like it. It's kind of like going to happy hour. If you are having pain you should go. The removal of the chronic pain I was in was worth it alone. If you do, I'll see you there!
      Tuetonia
    • Years of damage, reversed – After years of back pain, I found Dr. Schade and her staff. I have been a patient for 10+ years and never looked back. The damage to my back was extensive and now it is the best that it has ever been. There is only one way to explain my experience there: the doctors there are healers. Sounds strange but you will have to experience it to understand. They work with you to heal and then teach you to build muscle/flexibility to protect and prevent further damage. These folks see the bigger picture in your health. I hope they can do for you what they have done for me.
      Austin
    • Somewhere Over the Rainbow... – I am 53 yrs young with a long history of bad posture but very active nonetheless. The years took their toll on my body and it became more painful to run and exercise as I got older. Even sitting in front of a computer was not comfortable. I had chronic back and neck pain. I went to many chiropractors over the last ten years. All did chiro adjustments in different ways and alleviated my pain, BUT none have made nearly the difference that Active Life has made in my life. I had read about the Graston technique from other sources and thought it would be beneficial for me and found that this clinic practiced this procedure. However, much to my amazement they also offered SO MUCH MORE! This clinic has a complete team of the finest professionals I have ever encountered, from the front desk to massage and physical therapy, and chiropractic. You walk away with so much more than chiro adjustments. This clinic is committed to your healing and health and has the most knowledgeable team that will provide whatever it takes to make that happen. In the three months that I have been going there, my posture and spine have made tremendous significant improvements from the physical therapy exercises, deep massage body work, chiro adjustments, Graston and other therapies. There is absolutely no reason for folks to accept growing old with aches and pains, when there are professionals committed to making bodies the best they can be at any age! Thank you Active Life for making me the best that I can be!
      Diana L.
    • Walked in hunched over, walked out with hope! – When I came into ALC, I was hunched over with extreme (!!!) neck and back pain. To be honest, I was skeptical and a little fearful of chiropractic care - all the wrenching and jarring of the bones...and I was hyper-sensitive to touch. After the first visit, I had some real relief (I was upright and moving slowly) and the hope that all would get better soon. After about 4-5 visits, I was able to resume my everyday activities, and after about 10 visits, I was upright and able to move freely and rapidly. I AM SOOOOO THANKFUL FOR EVERYONE AT ALC for both their expert skill and know-how to get me moving again soon, but even more for their constant kindness and professionalism. I was always welcomed with a compassionate smile and treated with kind hands and calming, up-to-date therapies. If you are a first-timer like I was, this is the place you want to be.
      K. Fouche
    • Don't know how I lived with out them! – Totally Awesome. I had sciatic pain and muscle pain in my neck/upper back. Now, I feel terrific! I didn't know I could feel this great! I also didnt know I had a choice between manual adjustment (the back popping I'm familiar with) or the instruments, and Dr. Schade told me to communicate with them on my preference. Super sweet staff, geniunely concerned with your well being. Respectful, very important when someone is rubbing your bare butt with their hands. I don't like to think about how my body felt Pre-Active Life. I am a new woman! I can't believe I had almost reseigned myself to a life with pain, and that I could have missed out on how wonderful my body feels.
      Yogini
    • Dr. Schade and her team... what they have done to help heal me is fantastic! Three weeks ago I went to Active Life barely able to turn my neck and I had been having horrible lower back pain - causing me to miss work and basically want to lay around the apartment feeling depressed and miserable - which is very unlike me - I am normally pretty active. We have been working on what we found out was my twisted sacrum (causing the lower back to do all sorts of nasty things) and my neck alignment issues. Today I went in for an adjustment and told Dr. Schade that she should take a video of me dancing for advertisement - because I felt like I could dance again! I then showed her some of my sweet dance moves and laughed, thinking people could be amazed AND amused all at the same time :D Thanks Dr. Schade, Dr. Cole in rehab, and all of you at Active Life. I can dance again.
      Leslie Stevenson
    • I started going to Active Life to heal a lower back injury. A couple months after intense physical therapy and regular adjustments, I am happy to report that my lower spinal region has been healed and my alignment has been restored. The staff is friendly and willing to work around any schedule. I cannot recommend Active Life enough.
      David Diaz