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We treat in the main, patients suffering from joint and muscle pain, often with radiation down the leg or arm, for example. However, irritated nerves in the mid back cause an ache that travels along the rib, sometimes all the way to the breastbone.
The jaw joint causes radiating facial pain and often, severe migraine headaches. The sensory nucleus of the Trigeminal nerve lies in the upper spinal cord, so there is usually associated neck discomfort. A chicken and egg situation arises; which is the primary?
Hip, groin and upper leg pain are equally complex; there is an interplay between the mid to upper lumbar spine, affecting the femoral nerve, the sacroiliac joint and the hip. Only a careful and thorough examination will get to the bottom of these syndromes.
Chiropractor George Knysna PlettenbergBay is for you if you are living or travelling on the Garden Route.
Chiropractors are not in principle against the judicious use of drugs. However medical research indicates that somewhere approaching 200 000 people DIE EVERY YEAR in the USA from adverse reactions by drugs.
Ironically, Medicine accuses Chiropractic of being highly dangerous - because perhaps half a dozen patients have a stroke each year after Chiropractic manipulation! And that's on the high side.
The pot calling the kettle black?
Anaesthetic Alzheimers, Dual antiinflammatory drugs, Anticholinergic side effects ... I'm very pleased that neither "she who must be obeyed" nor I take any drugs at all. Not for the last five years, and then for a mis-diagnosis. That's the power of Chiropractic help, Healthy Living tips and the exercise that counters the causes of Osteoporosis.
Injuries to the foot and ankle, inappropriate footwear and obesity cause havoc with the lower limb. Whether it's a sprained ankle whilst playing squash, or a pronation problem affecting the lower leg and ankle, chronic pain is not uncommon.
Add to that the dictates of fashion, pumps and high heels, women in particular suffer from oft disabling foot pain in later life.
When there's been enough force to break a bone in the lower leg and ankle, you can be sure that ligaments have also been stressed and joints subluxated; if these are not addressed once the fracture has healed, chronic foot pain often ensues.
Orthotics may be part of the solution but my own particular opinion is that we rely too heavily on expensive inserts in the shoe, when we should first be applying basic chiropractic to the lower leg.
HEADACHE and NECK PAIN
A substantial part of every Chiropractic day is taken up with the patient suffering from headache. Usually it stems from the upper neck, but Migraine headache often comes from the jaw joint which can cause blinding headaches.
Life is intrinsically dangerous and simply getting out of bed in the morning may be the beginning of any one of many woes; yet even more people die in their beds.
Whilst I myself fly gliders and ride motor bikes, it's not without the proper training; I'm in essence against horse riding but I'm astonished how folk will often allow their children onto the back of an unknown horse at a guest farm. A fall on the head may be the start of a lifetime of battling with headaches and neck pain.
We are thus a product of the injuries we've had, the food we eat, or don't eat and the required exercise that we do or don't get.
In a society where we eat out several times a week, and for many every day, it comes as no surprise that many of us eschew a green salad; the food is often old, hurriedly prepared and, to make it palatable, smothered in dressings that in themselves may be dangerous to our health. Whilst many of the omega 6 fatty acids are essential to good health, raising the six to three ratio is strongly inflamatory in the body.
Use rather olive oil, which is neutral in the omega six vs three debate that rages on, and make sure that you are regularly enjoying cold water fish, and freshly ground flaxseed if you are vegetarian. I in fact use both; walnuts too are rich in these healthy fats and help prevent the chronic pain syndromes seen so often in our chiropractic clinics.
Healthy living tips are only for those who have the desire to live to ninety with all their marbles and joints intact, and are ready and willing to institute a few simple changes in their lives; like take a ten minute walk most days, apple in hand.
We pay heavily for our laziness, and lifestyles so busy that we have no time for simple and basic foods, or exercise. Take mayonnaise for example. What you buy at the supermarket is fundamentally a hydrogenated food, filled with preservatives, emulsifiers, flavourants - in short, I make no apology: CRAP! The first sure step towards an early grave. And when homemade mayonnaise is so easy ...
Sauteed mushrooms recipe, olive pate, and what I call the most important page at Chiropractic help: CAUSES OF OSTEOPOROSIS.
In short what we call SLOW FOOD made fast, combined with exercise, and an occasional regular chiropractic adjustment if you have any subluxations causing headaches, tingling in your limbs and back pain; that's the not-so-secret secret to a long and healthy life.
Think too of an anti inflammatory diet; that means including regularly enjoying those foods that have a proven anti inflammatory effect in your diet. Bake pilchard fish cakes, for example, olive oil from the Klein Karoo and plant sweet basil in your garden this spring for its eugenol oil.
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