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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

What’s the best drug for a pinched nerve?

drugsIf you have a pinched nerve, I have some bad news for you.  Your body protects your brain and nervous system from anything in your blood stream.  That’s vitally important because when you have an infection, it will often get into your blood stream.  If an infection is able to get into your brain or your nerves there is now a much bigger problem (like seizures or death).

This blood-brain barrier between your blood stream and your nervous system is a good design except for one problem. When you take a drug by mouth, it can never get to your nerves because of your blood-brain barrier.  So, what’s the best drug to take for a pinched nerve? None – the meds can’t get to your nerves.

In the medical world, they will often prescribe opiates or anti-depressants for a pinched nerve.  With the opiates, you just don’t care how much it hurts.  With the anti-depressants, they are trying to redirect the pain signals from your nerves to a different area of your brain, so you don’t have as much perception of pain.

Does that work?  Sometimes.

Is that a long term solution to a pinched nerve?  No.

If there is a structural problem that is irritating a nerve, you need a structural solution.  That sounds simple and obvious – except that the medical world didn’t get it yet. Unless you count physical therapy or injecting steroids into your spinal canal.  The neurosurgeon will tell you to try conservative care first and surgery is last resort.

Chiropractic is a good structural solution for many pinched nerves.  It is the ONLY effective solution for some.

Are you one of those?

If you need to heal, see Dr. Neal!

I don’t care how bad it hurts

Okay, maybe I do, but the take away here is that the level of pain you’re having isn’t always the important factor. Bad pain doesn’t necessarily mean a surgical level problem. Nerve irritation is why you feel pain, but that’s also true with numbness (a lack of sensation). Whether it hurts a lot or just a little, the amount of pain you’re feeling is not the determinant of what treatment you need.

I have seen patients crying in pain, carried into my clinic by two friends, yet they have a simple and easy-to-fix problem. Then, I have seen patients who have minimal pain in an emergency surgery case.

The key is to discover the cause of your nerve irritation. Once you know what’s irritating your nerves, the answer to your best treatment plan is easier.

Keep in mind that the medical world is generally not fond of patients with a pinched nerve because there really aren’t any medications to treat them. (I’ll address that specifically in my next blog discussion). Talk to a doctor who has non-drug treatment options at their disposal.

A great first opinion would be a chiropractor who uses rehab, chiropractic, physical therapy, Class IV laser therapy, and deep tissue therapeutic massage. If it appears to be medical or surgical level problem, your chiropractor should recognize that and send you to the right doctor or surgeon.

If you need to heal, see Dr Neal.