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The First Chiropractor Had It Wrong

DD PalmerSeptember 18, 1895 – Dr. DD Palmer, a school teacher who had studied the newly developed Electrotherapy and Osteopathy health sciences, performed a manipulation on Harvey Lillard, the building’s janitor, and declared that he had created a new healing profession – chiropractic.

While his techniques were similar to the osteopathic techniques developed 10 years earlier, he declared that his was a new profession and different from osteopathy.

Early on, Dr. Palmer stated that the subluxation (misalignment) of the vertebrae “is the cause of 95 percent of all diseases”.  This statement has created dissension in the medical field for 119 years, although the medical journals from that time discuss spine traction using “strong cotton cloth and meathooks… bought at a hardware store”, the treatment of “Typhoid Spine” with morphine injections and electric therapy “Faradism”. There was new science theory that bacteria may be the cause of disease.

So Dr. Palmer had it wrong. Unless you allow for his generous use of hyphens. He very often wrote the word “dis-ease” and in a 1910 textbook he wrote the definition: “Dis-ease – The kind of dis-ease depends on what nerves are too tense or too slack.” My definition of dis-ease is a lack of ease, and I treat patients in pain who have a definite “lack of ease” every day of my practice.

Making Excuses?

Am I justifying or making excuses for Dr. Palmer in his dis-ease theory? No. There is published work that states that he thought chiropractic could cure a number of conditions that I would not accept for treatment today. But medicine was in its infancy at that time in history, learning what worked and what didn’t, so I can be generous and allow Dr. Palmer to have had high hopes for his discoveries. He held firmly to the theory that the body could heal itself of many ailments if there was normal structure and alignment. And I agree.

If you need to heal, see Dr. Neal! 

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.

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

More Neurology from your Pensacola Chiropractor- Blazing a New Pathway in Your Brain

Pensacola Fl PathwayIf you have ever made your way through a thickly overgrown area, you understand the value of a machete – the huge knife used for cutting through underbrush.  If you ever learned to drive a manual transmission car, you understand the difficulty of creating a new pathway in your brain. It’s rough going at first; certainly not a smooth and easy path.

But, as you push yourself along this pathway in your brain the second or third time, it begins to get easier and the process becomes smoother and more coordinated. Eventually, you can drive the manual transmission car without any conscious thought at all; it is a well established and easy pathway.

Your first steps as a baby were difficult, but now they come smoothly. This is convenient.

When I walk the dogs, I can focus on keeping their behavior in line, and I don’t have to keep my brain occupied with making my legs take each step along our walk. These gradually enhanced pathways can be created in every area of our brain and are valuable, but sometimes they are a pain.  


The Problem
If you have a recurring pain, that pathway can become enhanced or “potentiated” and, just like hacking your way through the overgrown brush, it gradually becomes much easier to use this pathway.  In other words, the pain pathway can be fired again and again with a lot less stimulus than was required the first few times. In chiropractic neurology we say “neurons that fire together, wire together. 

What to do?
You need a machete. (Figuratively, of course.)  You want to create new and different pathways that do not lead to recreating your pain.  In an attempt to address this in the world of medicine, patients with chronic pain are sometimes prescribed Antidepressants (TCAs ) with the general goal being to push the pain pathway into a different area of the brain. Studies have shown this medication approach to be mostly ineffective.

Changing the movement patterns within the joints of your back or neck are important.

Different movement patterns = Different nerve pathways stimulated = Break the old pain pathway

This is the definition of chiropractic.

Can I exercise it out?
Usually, no.  Increased movement and stimulation along the current pain pathway usually increases your pain. You have to change your path.

“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.”
– Variously attributed to Henry Ford, Mark Twain, and Tony Robbins

If you need to heal, see Dr. Neal at Neal Clinic of Chiropractic in Pensacola.