Category Archives: Treatment

More Pensacola Chiropractor confessions : “I moved 27 railroad cross ties.”

railroad cross-tiesThe big creosote coated wooden beam that runs crosswise between the railroad tracks – the beam that they drive the spikes into – that’s a cross tie. Some people use them in their landscaping. They are big, quite heavy and bulky, and you will probably hurt your back if you move them around your yard. I know this personally. I confess that have wrestled with one or two. Once. I am a quick learner. It was my patient who moved 27!

The fact is, I talk to more people who were knocked to their knees when they bent over to pick up a pen than people who carried railroad ties or some other extreme physical stressor.

Why is that?
If you have an auto accident or fall, you expect to have some pain for a while, but the longer term effects on your back or neck are really more important.  When a trauma changes the normal alignment and movement through your neck or back, it leaves you with a residual weakness. That weaker area is prone to re-aggravation with a minimal stress, perhaps just bending over the wrong way. Because it’s not properly aligned, that weaker area will gradually degenerate, deteriorate and develop arthritis much faster than all the surrounding vertebrae and joints.

If you get occasional sharp pain in the neck or back, (even if it isn’t due to a fall or carrying railroad cross ties) get that area corrected. The sooner it’s corrected, there’s a less likelihood of arthritis or surgery in the future.  

Get it straight and get it stronger at Neal Clinic of Chiropractic in Pensacola!  call 850 479-2700

Pensacola Chiropractor lays it on the line about Radical Spine Restructuring

I see some radical spines, radical misalignments, and 90+ degree curvatures in the spine. I cringe inwardly when I review x-rays with a patient that has this level of a spinal misalignment. The question is always “how much can you change it with chiropractic care?”

That question makes sense. A radical misalignment needs radical correction. Orthopedic surgeons sometimes do fusion surgery using a titanium Harrington rod to straighten a severe curve in the spine and fuse it.

What’s the Reality?
I have seen patients with severe curvatures who tell me that they were pain-free until this past week.

The rule is simple. Your body tries to adapt to misalignments as much as it can.  In order to correct the problem, we change as much as this spine is able to change, and then we’re done.  These spinal curvatures get this way gradually and a healthy person adapts.
We have lots of tools – laser therapy, interferential therapy, spinal adjusting, and deep tissue therapeutic massage.

The fact is – no chiropractor anywhere is going to straighten up a radical curvature.

What’s my Job?
Get ’em functional, get ’em stronger.  The person who can live, move, and is able to do their activities without pain is functioning and happy. That’s what a patient wants. In the end, you don’t really care how it looks on the x-rays if you are fully functional and pain-free.

That’s my job at Neal Clinic of Chiropractic in Pensacola! call 850 479-2700

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