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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

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

How to avoid a visit to the chiropractor

woman-with-back_pain-at-deskWorking on my patient’s structural problems is only half the job. The other part is finding the PROVOCATEURS – the myriad of little irritations that make your spine suffer each day.

When your spine is strong and healthy, they don’t cause a problem. When it’s weak and irritable, look out!

We always counsel our patients about the obvious stuff…
“Don’t sleep on your stomach!”

It’s the little weird things that are different for each patient. One patient finds that his recliner pushes his head too far forward and aggravates his neck and shoulders. Another discovered that sitting on the couch while working on her laptop computer was killing her low back. It’s different for everybody.

Find the provocateurs in your daily activities. It may save you a visit to the chiro!