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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

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.