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The first DCs came to South Africa in the 1920s; nearly a century ago. Spinal manipulation goes back to the mists of time; it was used and advocated by Hippocrates, the father of medicine too.

It fell into disrepute for various reasons in the Middle Ages; the modern profession was initiated by Daniel D. Palmer in Iowa in the United States.

In 1895, the same year coincidentally that Rontgen discovered Xrays; there has been a happy association between the professions with radiographs being used to examine the spine for disease and anomalies.

Pinched and irritated nerves emerging from the spine cause paresthesias and discomfort in the limbs; more controversially they certainly supply the organs, but it's the brave DC who claims to be able to cure the patient with a thyroid condition for example. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that vertebral adjustments can help with otitis media, asthma, constipation and indigestion, for example, but little hard scientific research.

Every DC has infertile patients who fall pregnant, but it's again the brave chiropractor who claims to be able to cure that malady; there is quite strong evidence though the babies with infantile colic respond well to our gentle treatment.

CHIROPRACTOR FishHoek GrassyPark Noordhoek SunValley

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Tingling in arms and hands

There are many causes of tingling in arms and hands but a good many of them are associated with the so called inter scalene triangle, a narrow passage in the lower neck through which very important structures pass to the arms and hands. A scalenus muscle spasm, a first rib fixation, cervical ribs and other conditions can cause either the artery or the brachial plexus to become compromised. The result is pain and tingling in arms and hands.

Typically the ache in the arm is worsened when raised above the head, whereas the patient with a pinched nerve in the neck gets relief.

Dr Henry Gray was a most remarkable man. In three years he made sketches of the whole body, astonishingly accurate, and then sadly whilst caring for a relative caught the dreaded smallpox from a patient and died aged 34.

Some chiropractors tend to rail against vaccinations, and periodically I have my own doubts after patients have reacted very badly, but it is a fact that the scourge that was smallpox has been wiped off the planet.

Two of Chiropractic's greatest critics, Singh and Ernst have written a compelling book, Trick or Treatment in which they give us a hard time over the opinions of a minority of DCs concerning vaccination. My own opinion, for what it's worth, is that the benefits outweigh the severe reactions when it comes to prevention of serious diseases like polio.

What about giving vaccinations against the flu? Personally I would never recommend it. A patient recently had an attack of a very severe disease, Guillain Barre Syndrome, one of the known side effects of the influenza injection.

But back to Grays Anatomy. At the next two pages you can look first at the life of the Henry Gray, and then at the second take a tour with him over the human body. I recommend both.

And then at pages like Neck pain anatomy and Atlanto Occipital Joint anatomy and ankle joint pain anatomy you can get some idea why the whole medical and chiropractic world holds this man in such respect.

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain and tingling in feet and legs consumes 60 percent of the average chiropractor's work day. It is our specialty, and even medical research is now grudgingly admitting that manipulation and exercise for the injured lumbar spine is better than drugs and surgery.

Worse, if your first port of call for low back is your medical doctor, research proves that you are more likely to end up under the knife that if you first consult a chiropractor. Vital days and weeks, sometimes months and years are wasted, giving dangerous anti inflammatory drugs, and perhaps if that doesn't help, two or more such medications, during which time the condition becomes chronically inflamed and immobilisation arthritis sets in.

Most important is to discuss fully your expectations. Recent research in Switzerland reveals huge discrepancies between what the surgeon anticipates, and what the patient expects after a spinal operation; obviously disappointment, depression and anger is frequent.

The same applies to your consultation of a chiropractor; the truth is that nothing, neither medicine, manipulation or surgery is likely to cure any difficult, chronic condition. Like incurable diseases such as diabetes, your chiropractor would be aiming to give perhaps eighty percent relief of degenerative spinal conditions; daily exercises and an occasional but regular appointment most likely lies ahead.

Pages on LOWER BACK PAIN ... L4 LUMBAR SPINE CaseFile, Lumbar stenosis and Piriformis syndrome give you a broader idea of where your chiropractor's expertise lies.

CHIROPRACTOR FishHoek GrassyPark Noordhoek SunValley

Rib pain treatment

 CHIROPRACTOR FishHoek GrassyPark Noordhoek SunValley

Each rib has FOUR joints. 24 ribs. That's a lot of joints, and each and everyone can cause pain, and disturb the nerve supply to both the organs and along the rib, under the armpit, and to the breastbone, sometimes causing a condition called Tietzes syndrome.

Chiropractors excel in the treatment of the ribs. RIB PAIN TREATMENT ...

Nutritional Corner

You'll find your Chiropractor taking a keen interest in what you eat and what exercise your are doing. The food we eat, read about broccoli facts, and what we don't eat, think of all the fish oil health benefits, has a profound affect on health, and on the hyaline cartilage in your joints, for example.

Raw fruit and veg are full of the antioxidants now known to prevent cancer. Squeeze your own orange juice, grow your own green beans and lettuce and if you have the space, plant an avocado tree. Really, this isn't rocket science, just science based good health. Eat better, move more, live longer.

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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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Just one cigarette per day ...

"Even brief exposure to tobacco smoke causes immediate harm to the body."

Surgeon General

"Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others."

Fyodor Dostoevsky

$193 billion per year

Health care costs + lost productivity

"Occasional smoking or just second-hand smoke damages DNA causing cancer."

"Most smokers are already well aware of their increased risk of acquiring lung cancer. Fewer people know about the patients I see every day, those with cancer of the lips, mouth, nose, throat, sinuses or larynx (where the voice box is located).

These cancers account for about 6 percent of all cancer diagnosed annually in the U.S. Ninety percent of these cancer victims can blame their illness directly on tobacco use."

Paul Donald, M.D.

Over 1,000 Americans per day die directly from smoking.


 - worse than cancer


"Tobacco smoke damages every organ in your body - not just your lungs"

Surgeon General



Obesity + smoking = disaster


Chiropractic manipulation + smoking?

Will Tweety have a stroke?