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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.  

Literally.

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.

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

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!