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At chiropractor Grahamstown PortAlfred Uitenhage Graaff Reinet you'll find a list of your local DCs and the sorts of conditions they treat.



Traditionally, when you think of lower back pain, you may first consider manipulation; it is strongly researched as the most effective treatment, together with exercise.

But your DC today can treat far more conditions; headaches, infantile colic and groin pain, for example; just to mention a few.

Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is the drug most widely recommended in clinical practice guidelines worldwide for acute low back pain, yet there is little scientific evidence to back it; cynical DCs would describe that as a bit rich coming from the oft used description of chiropractic, by political medicine, as an unscientific cult, but I digress.

In a recent gold standard research project, the so called double blind RCT, to test whether paracetamol is in fact effective, the Sydney Medical School, department of Pharmacy reported their findings in Lancet, 2014. 

Their findings make interesting reading. There found no scientific evidence that paracetamol improved recovery from acute low back pain, as compared to a placebo. The researchers looked at many factors; pain, quality of life, sleep and function or disability.

Add to that the fact that paracetamol is the leading cause of acute liver failure in Western countries.

It's because of the dangers of many medical practices in the treatment of lower back pain that chiropractic help is coming into its own.


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Chiropractor Grahamstown PortAlfred Uitenhage Graaff Reinet for the sorts of conditions that your doctor could help you with.

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Head Neck Pain

In the skull and cervical spine there are nearly 35 joints, including the jaw, each capable of causing significant head neck pain. Headaches today result in an enormous problem with absenteeism in the workplace, lost man hours, and costs medical insurance companies billions of rands. Chiropractor Grahamstown PortAlfred Uitenhage Graaff Reinet is one part of the solution.

Whilst the management of headaches needs to be a multi-disciplinary task, over 70% of them come from a problem in the neck. This could be due to a curvature of the spine that was poorly managed in childhood...

Certainly headaches could be coming from a cervical facet syndrome from trauma. Perhaps an untreated whiplash from a car accident or fall, sport trauma, or simply long hours in the office, spent surfing the net and playing computer games.


The jaw joints too make a massive contribution to migraine headaches that plague millions of people? Clicking, popping jaw, pain on the side of your head, perhaps radiating to the eye, nausea, flashing lights? TMJ ear pain? It could be your jaw joint that is causing your migraines.

The 'thunderclap headache' is a medical emergency. Sudden onset worst headache of my life - get to the emergency rooms quickly.


Rib pain treatment

The ribs are connected via three joints each to the spine, and one anteriorally to the breastbone. That makes 4 times 24 sources of pain in the chest, each capable of causing severe discomfort, especially with breathing. With acute, recent injuries, chiropractic rib pain treatment is amazingly effective; allowed to become chronic it can be very difficult.


After a flurry of sneezes, the sprung rib causes sharp pain with every breath. More commonly, when not treated it causes a deep ache between the shoulder blades.

A disturbance of the normal rhythm of rib movement in breathing also frequently causes disconcerting breastbone pain. Unheeded it turns into a Tietze's syndrome; a deep aching feeling in the chest. If it's on the left side patients often think they are having a heart attack. Referrals from cardiologist are becoming more common.

That chest pain wasn't angina after all, fortunately. And it's very treatable, as you can see from this Tietzes syndrome casefile.

Do you have a teenager in the house who is always slouching and complaining of backache? The solution may not be to command sit up straight, Jan, but the careful management of Scheuermann's Disease.



Slipped disc symptoms case file

Sixty percent of the average chiropractor's life is taken up with the management of low back pain, and sometimes it's a herniate disk. This slipped disc symptoms case file will give you some idea of what's likely to happen at the chiropractor.




Sprained Ankle

Many chiropractors today have been to advanced courses in athletic injuries, called FICS. Colleagues are now are being called up to attend the Olympics and World Games for example, and many top sportsmen and women have their own personal DC. Three quarters of runners will have a lower leg injury each year, with a sprained ankle being near the top of the list. Chiropractor Grahamstown PortAlfred Uitenhage Graaff Reinet is where you'll get help.



Treating the badly sprained ankle, patello femoral pain, femoro acetabular impingement syndrome pincer are, for example, all now routine in the chiropractic office. If these conditions are not carefully managed, the hyaline cartilage in the joint invariably becomes arthritic.



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LEECHES, or thoughts from COLIC CHIROPRACTIC RESEARCH?

Kate Pigot to Mrs. Newton, from Pigot Park, May 1826.

My dearest Grandmama,

"We kept Sophy's first birthday on the 13th of May, such a beautiful little girl as she is, daintily made with an abundance of gold hair curling over her head... she is not quite outgrown her early delicacy, whilst she cut her teeth her mother Sophia had cause for anxiety. By chance Dr Campbell at the Cowie that day and we called him in. He looked grave, spoke of possible water on the brain and prescribed a leech to the head, calomel and blue powder, Sophia to rub loaf sugar on the gums, and if necessary engage him to lance them. S. and me both of the opinion this treatment too harsh for a tender little child.

It so befell, a wagon came from Uitenhage with oranges for Mr. Cowderoy the customs office. Bertha recollected a recipe of her mothers for infusing orange leaves to comfort a baby's fevered gums. No orange trees at the Cowie, but some of the fruit had leaves attached, we made the infusion and applied it without reference to the Doctor! Sophy's tooth through not long after and she happy again."

Dark Bright Land by DM Fitzroy, a must read for Eastern Capers. (if you can find a copy)


Slow Food, made fast...

Most of us live busy lives, so healthy slow food made fast is probably high on your agenda. Tofu nutrition should be weekly on your menu. Cheap, high-quality protein that is ready to eat, literally, in minutes. Zero cholesterol, high in Omega-3 fatty acids that lower the undesirable LDLs whilst not lowering the healthy HDLs. TOFU NUTRITION, every woman's answer to opvliegers and other menstrual troubles.

It's disturbing that medical doctors will prescribe hormone replacement therapy, except in extreme circumstances, given that they are one of the main causes of CA; breast cancer and prevention is every woman's business.

Look for over-ripe cheap tomatoes, an onion, a couple sticks of celery and you have a delicious supper in 30 mins. What's more, it's the basic Fish Soup recipe, just add some salmon. TOMATO SOUP RECIPE, why shall EVERY man eat a tomato every day?

If you have high cholesterol, brinjal is a must, and there's no way to cook it faster and tastier than the old Lebanese dish Baba Ghanoush. I make it in 9 minutes. Delic! Baba Ghanoush ... the easy, delicious solution to high cholesterol.


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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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