Back pocket wallet

Back pocket wallet gives you three good reasons to carry your money in a pouch around your waist or jacket.

You've got to pick a pocket or two. Have you ever read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens? Then you will know the first good reason. If you haven't, you're missing out on a treat. It's one of the great books of all times.

It's a sobering thought that if you read just one book a month, you'll probably not get through much more than 500 tomes in your whole life. Did you know that ten thousand are published in the UK every month? Anyway, if you are a chiropractic patient, I hope you'll read one of mine. A frog in my throat is alas sold out and out of print, but you could enjoy Stones in my clog on your kindle or tablet.

I won't say that carrying your wallet in your back pocket is a cause of frozen shoulder, but it's very awkward for almost all arm conditions which limit internal rotation.

Getting your wallet out of your back pocket involves what we call the Apley's scratch movement which involves internal rotation and extension of the shoulder; it's murder for those with a frozen joint and one of the most painful and debilitating conditions treated at the chiropractic help clinic. 

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder usually comes about with frightening rapidity after an injury that is not well managed; the lower cervical spine or first rib is usually involved. Reaching for your back pocket wallet is virtually impossible.

Back pocket wallet

Back pocket wallet is a red rag to a chiropractor.

Sitting on your wallet, in the car or at your desk, obviously also will give you temporarily a crooked spine, because it raises one side of the pelvis. Only slightly you may say, but believe you me, it's significant. 

That curvature is only temporary, obviously; only whilst sitting on your back pocket wallet but you can see how a scoliosis, whether for a few moments or permanent, reaches up into the cervical spine. It can and does play havoc with your spine causing headaches and a variety of spinal complaints that continue long after you get out of the car. 

Because this twist in your back reaches right up to the skull, it has the same effect, albeit of a temporary nature, on your spine as a short leg. 

Sacroiliac joint anatomy

Sacroiliac joint anatomy is often involved.

The extra pull on one buttock when walking compared to the other has caused chiropractors to speculate that a back pocket wallet is one of the causes of the notorious sacroiliac syndrome. While this hasn't been proved to my knowledge, it does carry a certain logic. Read more about the Sacroiliac Joint anatomy … 

The "Sciatic notch"


The sciatic nerve emerges from the pelvis right in the middle of the buttock, just where your wallet fits. Direct, prolonged pressure on the area is likely to irritate these sensitive structures. Chiropractic wisdom declares this to be good for our business and bad for your health. 

Obviously I speak in jest, but seriously, if you suffer from chronic lower back and buttock pain, even radiating down the back of your leg, it would be wise to carry your wallet elsewhere. Personally I use a pouch which I clip around my waist. 

Incidentally, if you do suffer regularly from lower back pain, I strongly recommend the exercises that you'll find in the navigation bar on the left. They take no more than two minutes and, done faithfully every morning before getting out of bed, they will make a significant difference to the health of your lumbar spine. 

Just like those exercises will to your shoulder. 

Another thought about chronic joint pain; interesting research shows that ten percent of folk around sixty, and probably significantly higher the older you get, suffer from a magnesium deficiency, and it's strongly implicated in chronic arthritis. 

Many drugs leach the body of magnesium, and of course our western world is not known for a love of a healthy diet. Spinach, cooked or raw is the solution. Now how about eggs florentine twice a week? On toast unless you are banting, in which case of course you want to keep your carbohydrates way down. 

Have you got arthritis in your fingers, and in your neck, and in your knee...? Think magnesium. The deficiency predisposes you to a condition known as chondrocalcinosis, or painful calcium deposits in the hyaline cartilage in your joints. 

Do you need to lose a lot of pounds? Serious consider the Banting diet but do make sure you have plenty of greens or your homocysteine levels will soar. 

  • Chiropractic Conditions is a central page at Chiropractic Help. It provides you simply and easily with the sorts of conditions that the average chiropractor would be treating.
  • Healthy Living Tips is another vital page at Chiropractic Help. Sparkling good health is not just about having your subluxations adjusted. Our healthy living tips page gives you some insights into different foods you could and perhaps should be eating.

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Stones in my clog

Stones in my Clog is Bernard Preston's third book of chiropractic anecdotes; I'm not sure you'll find any stories about a back pocket wallet there, but he and Helen were once pick pocketed in Copenhagen; watch your bag ladies. A pouch is much safer when travelling.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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