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

A Yoga Mat For My Dog And a Cher Wig For My Cat – Confessions of a Pensacola Chiropractor

Black Cat WigPeople will buy some crazy stuff.  Remember Pet Rocks?  The person who came up with the idea for Pet Rocks made a million dollars.

So I confess, I’ve thought if I really wanted to make a few million dollars, I’d think of some kind of exotic looking new product for back pain or headaches because people would buy it in hopes of an easy, magical fix. It would make sure it looked weird, exotic, and I’d make wild claims about the miracle healing it would afford.  And, of course, it would be a lie.

Don’t buy STUFF to FIX YOUR PAIN. 

You are no dummy, but there are some out there who will buy a new mattress, a very strangely shaped pillow, a magnetic shoe insert, an electrical “Miracle Abs without exercising” device, and an odd looking back brace in hopes of fixing their back pain, neck pain, or headaches…

DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY – Some of this stuff is expensive.  I had a patient spend $6,000 on some super special “heal-your-whatever” mattress.  It didn’t fix her…  You can get a TON of top level structural work on your spine for $6,000, and you would be focusing on the causes of your pain rather than trying to magically make it disappear.

A SIMPLE, LOGICAL thought about this.  If there was some product that worked, it would be the only product out there because word would get around. Everybody would buy.  Plus, there’d be no need to advertise it since it’s the only thing that truly works.

There’s no magic device.

Chiropractic doesn’t work all the time.  If it did, there’d be nobody else working on solving back problems. Some back pain cases are surgical, need a type of therapy that I don’t have in the clinic, or some will simply resolve themselves if you go home and treat it properly.  I have the good fortune to be able to pick the cases I will accept, and give advice to those who aren’t chiropractic cases.

THE SECRET – If you have a structural problem, it’s quite likely chiropractic will help you.  Save your money on magic “stuff” and find a Pensacola chiropractor nearby. call 850 479-2700