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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.

Micro-anatomy:
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.  

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.

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!