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This is a website helping you to understand your condition from a different perspective. What does your local DC have to offer if you have lower back and leg pain, or a jaw joint causing severe migraines, or a sprained ankle? Here you will find it all, and a registered doctor in your neck of the woods.
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If you have never consulted a chiropractor before, then you probably will want to know why and what they do; that's perfectly understandable.
Manipulation of the spine goes back into the mists of time. Both Hippocrates and Galen recommended it; in fact, the former is really also the father of chiropractic though the profession in its modern form is accredited to a Canadian, Daniel D Palmer, who lived in Ohio in the United States.
Known in the middle ages as bone setters, the art of manipulation was brought to American by a family called Tietzen. From them was born both osteopathy and chiropractic.
Chiropractic is much more than the treatment of bones and joints; research now confirms that joints that are not properly in motion begin to degenerate, and release noxious chemicals that irritate any nerves that lie close by.
That may be a frank pinching of the nerve as in a slipped disc, or an irritation causing tingling in arms and hands and feet, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
In its more severe forms, wasting of muscles may also occur, though there are other causes such as muscular dystrophy and MS.
More difficult to prove scientifically is the effect on the organs supplied by these nerves; nevertheless such certainly does happen. Some infertile women fall pregnant, for example, after subluxations in the spine have been cleared.
There is an epidemic of lower back pain in the Western world, mostly due to our sedentary existence. The secret is to nip the condition in the bud before the ominous lumbar signs set in. That means spinal exercises, less sitting and a regular walk or swim, for example.
The neck and jaw joints together produce a lot of misery for mankind. Much of arm pain finds it's root in the neck, as do headaches. TMJ ear pain, because of their proximity are also often confusing, and the underlying cause for facial pain and migraine headaches.
Subluxations of the ribs, whether in the midback or where they join to the breastbone can be confused with a heart attack, if it's on the left. Like most conditions, sternal pain comes in mild and extreme doses; if it forms a swollen, tender lump then it's called Tietzes syndrome which can be extremely debilitating.
In the mid back, it's often very distressing, called a sprung rib,
causing sharp pain on inspiration; it's often associated with a violent
sneeze, subluxating the rib head. It responds very rapidly to the
chiropractic adjustment; left, the sharp stabs go slowly away but
leaving a chronic ache from the fixation.
In the front, if on the left it's often called heart attack rib but in fact has nothing to do with the cardiovascular system.
Have you done a course in CPR? Everyone should.
Chiropractors treat the rib joints on a daily basis. It's our bread and butter.
Incidently, as an aside, a meta analysis of all the butter, margarine research indicates there is no scientific justification for changing to polyunsaturates.
Chiropractors spend about 60% of their day with patients suffering from lower back and leg pain. Lumbar stenosis also responds well to Chiropractic, somewhat surprisingly perhaps.
Sixty percent of slipped disks are caused by bending and twisting simultaneously - something we do every day. Part of the solution is a daily set of exercises before getting out of bed in the morning. You can get them from Chiropractic Tips.
On the verge of surgery? What are the ominous lumbar signs? Perhaps first think chiropractic and back surgery alternatives before going under the knife. But do give your chiropractor a solid chance. Miracles we do at once, but the impossible takes a little longer!
You will probably find that your chiropractor stakes great importance on whether you exercise or not; what you eat, and don't eat, is obviously vital too.
Most of us don't eat sufficient omega 3 rich foods, and that means inflammation in the spine, and in the bloodvessels too. Fatty fish like snoek and salmon and freshly ground flax seed are the best sources; west coast pilchards too.
He or she may well introduce to delicious foods like hummus that are easy to make in your own kitchen; along with oats, apples and brinjals, chickpeas are listed amongst the superfoods that lower cholesterol. Enjoying them may well enable you to get off statins if your cholesterol is raised.
Eat as broadly as you
can, from as many different sources as possible. Fruit, salads, legumes, nuts and seeds will easily enable you to get your five coloured foods per day; that should be viewed as a minimum. I aim for ten.