Category Archives: Neck

Confessions of a Pensacola Chiropractor :/

man runningConfessions of a Pensacola Chiropractor… I ran a 5K with a sprained ankle.  Go ahead, tell me that was stupid. And I say, ” Maybe, but everybody else is doing it.”

When I was a runner (I got over it), I preferred to run on trails because the uneven terrain challenges your balance and core as you run.  Great idea in concept, but it increases the likelihood of a sprained ankle. When I sprained mine at the very beginning of a run, I got mad and decided to “work it out.”

Go ahead, tell me again, that was stupid. Especially stupid for a chiropractor who has passed certification examination for sports injuries. I should know better. 

But what if everybody else is doing it? – Many rational and reasonable people do it all the time with their back or neck pain. They decide to “stretch it out” or “work it out”.   BIG mistake – injured tissues need to rest so they can heal.

Micro-anatomy:
A minor injury is a muscle strain. This means there are injured muscle spindles which, on a cellular level, are torn and bleeding.  These heal very well if you don’t reinjure the muscle fibers.

The second level of injury involves tendons or ligaments. These have a lower blood supply than the muscle fibers, so it’s a longer-lasting injury and less likely to heal without treatment. This is especially true in your ligaments since they create the stability and resting alignment of almost every joint.

Have ever heard anyone say it’s better to break a bone than pulling/tearing a ligament? A broken bone will heal in six weeks, but sprained or torn ligaments may never heal in a lifetime. When you lose the stability of a joint, whether it is your knee or your neck, degenerative changes will happen unless you take action. This is rarely a surgical level problem.

I can’t think of a better solution than chiropractic and laser therapy. If you need to heal, see Dr. Neal!  If you need a Pensacola Chiropractor, call the Neal Clinic 850 479-2700

More Neurology from your Pensacola Chiropractor- Blazing a New Pathway in Your Brain

Pensacola Fl PathwayIf you have ever made your way through a thickly overgrown area, you understand the value of a machete – the huge knife used for cutting through underbrush.  If you ever learned to drive a manual transmission car, you understand the difficulty of creating a new pathway in your brain. It’s rough going at first; certainly not a smooth and easy path.

But, as you push yourself along this pathway in your brain the second or third time, it begins to get easier and the process becomes smoother and more coordinated. Eventually, you can drive the manual transmission car without any conscious thought at all; it is a well established and easy pathway.

Your first steps as a baby were difficult, but now they come smoothly. This is convenient.

When I walk the dogs, I can focus on keeping their behavior in line, and I don’t have to keep my brain occupied with making my legs take each step along our walk. These gradually enhanced pathways can be created in every area of our brain and are valuable, but sometimes they are a pain.  

Literally.

The Problem
If you have a recurring pain, that pathway can become enhanced or “potentiated” and, just like hacking your way through the overgrown brush, it gradually becomes much easier to use this pathway.  In other words, the pain pathway can be fired again and again with a lot less stimulus than was required the first few times. In chiropractic neurology we say “neurons that fire together, wire together. 

What to do?
You need a machete. (Figuratively, of course.)  You want to create new and different pathways that do not lead to recreating your pain.  In an attempt to address this in the world of medicine, patients with chronic pain are sometimes prescribed Antidepressants (TCAs ) with the general goal being to push the pain pathway into a different area of the brain. Studies have shown this medication approach to be mostly ineffective.

Changing the movement patterns within the joints of your back or neck are important.

Different movement patterns = Different nerve pathways stimulated = Break the old pain pathway

This is the definition of chiropractic.

Can I exercise it out?
Usually, no.  Increased movement and stimulation along the current pain pathway usually increases your pain. You have to change your path.

“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.”
– Variously attributed to Henry Ford, Mark Twain, and Tony Robbins

If you need to heal, see Dr. Neal at Neal Clinic of Chiropractic in Pensacola.

Class IV Laser Therapy: favorite modality of Pensacola Chiropractor

One day, every clinic will have one.  Laser therapy isn’t new; just a few years ago, the high powered Class IV lasers were costing $80,000, and research centers and professional sports teams’ training rooms were the only places you could find them. When you have a million dollar pitcher with a sore elbow or shoulder, an $80,000 Class IV laser is a bargain.

GOOD NEWS – The prices have come down enough that they are now viable in top therapy clinics.They are even used in veterinary clinics. They have become very popular at The Neal Clinic of Chiropractic! Our patients love the results they get so much – we had to purchase another one to keep up with demand.

How does it work?
Laser light stimulates the tissues and literally speeds up the healing and recovery.  Back and neck injuries heal faster with better tissue regeneration, less scar tissue and less pain.  Even chronic problems respond positively with the increased circulation and anti-inflammatory effect.

On a cellular level, the laser stimulates the mitochondria to regenerate faster and the macrophages to carry away the injured cellular products faster.

How does the Class IV laser compare to other lasers? 
Our laser is at least 24 times more powerful than the strongest Class II or Class III laser.  It has to be registered with the State of Florida and operated only by certified laser technicians in a separate laser treatment room.  Everyone present wears laser eye protection.  A 10 minute treatment with a Class IV laser does more than 4 hours of constant laser treatment with one of the lower powered lasers.  Yes, it’s a serious therapy, and we do it because we’ve seen very impressive results.

What conditions do you treat?
Laser helps just about any inflamed or painful condition.  We treat mostly back injuries, whiplash injury to the neck, disc problems, pinched nerves, hip joint pain, and some knee joint, shoulder joint, and plantar fasciitis problems too.

If you need to heal, see Dr. Neal at the Neal Clinic of Chiropractic   Call 850 479-2700