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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

I have a headache

What if it’s a brain tumor? Sometimes it is.  Everybody has heard a story about someone who had a headache, and it was a brain tumor.  It’s always a possibility on the differential diagnosis list that I’m making in my head as I consult with a headache patient.

The problem is – it’s rare.  Really rare.  Less than 1 in 1000 headache patients actually have a tumor, so when it actually does occur, the first two doctors missed it, and instead, gave the patient medication.

back n neck_GuerThe Top 5 List of Reasons For Headaches

  1. Stress and tension – Yes and No.  See my discussion below.
  2. Sinuses – Also Yes and No.
  3. Migraines/ Vascular Headaches – Mixed cause.  See below.
  4. Eye Strain/ Need New Glasses – Also Yes and No.
  5. Didn’t Eat Today or No Coffee Today – Absolutely Yes.

So, what do I mean by “Yes and No” in numbers 1-4 above?

Think of your headache like you would an itch on your arm.  There’s a long list of possible causes that have the same result. For example, using a poison ivy treatment cream is ineffective if you have a mosquito bite.

Headaches have triggers.  If you blame it on the wrong trigger, then your treatment won’t work.  Maybe your sinuses are a little stuffy, or maybe you will see better with new glasses. But those are rarely the reason for a headache.  All of these are often triggered by neck strain and misalignment.  The only headache on the list above that wouldn’t be affected by a neck structural problem would be #5.  But, I know you know how to solve that one.

If you have a structural problem in your neck, get it fixed!  It won’t guarantee that you’ll never get another headache, but remember the straw that broke the camel’s back.  If all those other straws weren’t already there, that one straw wouldn’t be effective.  A solid, strong neck will knock out most of your headache triggers.

Good and bad decisions

Rhetorical question: How do we learn to make good decisions in our lives?

Answer:  By making bad decisions and learning a lesson.  

 I am treating a patient who had an automobile accident. Not a bad one, but he could tell something was different. The patient came in to have me check it out. We have worked on him five or six times. He’s doing much, much better – 95 to 98% improvement, so we’re almost done.

The better story here….

He went to see his family MD for another concern. During his visit, he was telling the nurse that he had been in to see us for his injury.  She said, “that was the right thing to do.” She continued to tell him that she had an accident 10 years ago, and she was never treated because the symptoms weren’t severe. Now she has a stiff neck every single day.  She regrets not seeing a chiropractor after her accident.

So…Nurse Elaine.

If you are reading this, I recommend that you get in here as soon as possible. I can still do some good work for you even though your injury was 10 years ago.  Thank you for encouraging my patient by letting him know that he made a good choice to get treatment after his accident.

I treat a lot of nurses. They see me, or sometimes, they experience all the consequences of not getting an injury properly treated, even if it is a minor injury.

If you have upset the alignment and movement patterns of a joint in your body, it will cause you problems in the future. There are very few certainties in the world of healthcare, but I can promise you a misaligned joint with an abnormal pattern of movement is going to breakdown, degenerate, and eventually, cause trouble.

Get it fixed ASAP.  It’s better for you, and it makes my job easier.

If you need to heal, see Dr. Neal!