Chiropractor Greenside Johannesburgcentre Melrose ParktownNorth Parkwood

CHIROPRACTOR Greenside JOHANNESBURGcentre Melrose ParktownNorth Parkwood

  • Dr Barker
  • Dr Boshoff, Willem, Greenside Clinic, 9 Gleneagles Road, 011 7820004/5
  • Dr Gray
  • Dr Lalla
  • Dr Mackenzie
  • Dr Maris
  • Dr Pleass, Leslie, 14 Torquay Road, Parkwood, 011 442 9393
  • Dr Sayers


Skilled manipulation and mobilisation of the neck have now been firmly established in the scientific literature as both safe and effective for both acute and chronic cervical spine pain and cervicogenic headache. Best is in combination for massage therapies of the soft tissues and combined with exercises.



It's true that very occasionally, after around one in two million cervical adjustments, patients do have a stroke within two weeks. However exhaustive research shows that the people having an episode within seven days of having a manipulation were just as likely to have seen their medical doctors in that period. In neither instance was the medical or chiropractic treatment the cause; they were already in the process of having the CVA and the treatment was not the cause.

In any event, it's a very rare occurrence even if the treatment was to blame, which may be the case if it happens within hours. The literature suggests that in a group of 25 chiropractors who have been in practice for 40 years, one may cause a vertebro basilar stroke in that whole time. That is far safer than taking anti inflammatory drugs, for example.

The term skilled adjustment is vital. After several strokes by physiotherapists, who had attended weekend courses on cervical manipulation in the Netherlands, it was banned by the health ministry.



Migraine headache

Often, any severe headache is labelled a migraine. Perhaps it is, and perhaps it isn't, but at the end of the day what is important is what role chiropractic has to play.



Undoubtedly, food allergies, stress and hormonal changes are sometimes, and perhaps frequently, the underlying cause. On the other hand every chiropractor will on a daily basis be treating patients with head and neck pain that has been labelled a migraine.

These people don't consult a chiropractor because they are neck crack junkies; they attend their local DC because they get significant relief of pain.

In fact, labeling a headache a migraine or other, I often think is a cul de sac. The real question is, does the patient have pain triggers in the muscles of the neck? Are there subluxations of the cervical spine? Is there a fixation in the jaw joint?

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, of course.

The jaw joint is undoubtedly one of the main spokes in the wheel.


Arm pain

tThere are hundreds of reasons why you may be having arm pain but, at the base of many of them is an irriated nerve in the neck. That could be a frank slipped disc, characterised by radiating pain into the arm when you turn your head to the same side, and simultaneously look upwards. Probably one of the most painful conditions in our clinics. The so-called "Shoulder abduction sign" will most likely be positive - you get relief by putting your hand on your head.

The first rib in the lower neck too is often the "boosdoener" as we say in Dutch; that which makes your arm angry. Very angry. It is the cause of the so-called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.


The frozen shoulder is probably one of the most disabling and painful conditions faced at the Chiropractic Coalface. Untreated, the pain may often last three years.

Three years of disturbed nights and sheer hell; it was good to hear from Mrs P today that her husband Peter is still fine. It took three months of hard work on Peter's left shoulder, but then two years ago when he had it on the right AC joint and it took two years to get better with medical care. It was intimately tied up with the fixated first rib.



Many of the arm conditions are the result of a pinched or irritated nerve, somewhere between the neck and the hand. In the case of Carpal tunnel syndrome, the nerve may be tethered in several places like between the two bellies of the Pronator Teres muscle and in the neck; the so called double crush syndrome.

Indulge yourself in a few moments of the purest delight at this Cervical compression test page. I promise you that you won't be disappointed.

Watch the video right to the climax at the end; sometimes it won't load. Try again. Breathtaking. CERVICAL COMPRESSION TEST ...


Tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome


The pelvis

CHIROPRACTOR Greenside JOHANNESBURGCENTRE Melrose ParktownNorth Parkwood

There are many structures in and around the pelvis capable of causing severe pain. The sacroiliac joint, hip arthritis, the piriformis syndrome, Meralgia paresthetica, Maignes syndrome, the Iliotibial band syndrome ...

It takes a careful and thorough examination by your chiropractor to see the wood from the trees. Remember too the little prostate gland, and the Kegal exercises ...


  • For more about the pelvis, go to CHIROPRACTIC CONDITIONS and scroll down.

  • Healthy living tips

    You will likely find that you Chiropractor takes an interest in what you eat, and don't eat!, whether you exercise your body and your mind. It's called holistic healthcare. You're not just a bag of bones!

    For example, did you know that there is a very important tomato prostate link? And an apple diet doesn't only keep the doctor away. Dyslexia, sauteed mushrooms recipe for it's anti cancer properties, it's all vital if you want to reach a healthy happy eighty.



    Intermittent claudication

    The word "claudication" means starved of oxygen. In a sense it's a problem that every smoker has. That's why a slipped disc, or any surgery for that matter, takes much longer to heal, if it heals at all.

    Personally I'm always apprehensive when treating smokers with severe low back or neck problems. I know that the likelihood of me winning are significantly less.

    Intermittent claudication refers to a condition where you get pain in the leg (primarly, it's really the same as angina which is pain in the heart muscle for the same reason, oxygen starvation) only when you exercise. At rest you have no problem. But when you walk, cycle, run... you get pain in the leg. It's caused by an artery in the groin blocked with cigarette ash! At rest just enough blood gets through. When you exercises... the leg begins to complain. "Give me air... "

    A short story from chiropractor BERNARD PRESTON ... INTERMITTENT CLAUDICATION ...



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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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    Brachial plexus


    Arm pain

    1. Shoulder

    Frozen Shoulder

    Rotator cuff

    "My thumb, forefinger and middle finger went weak after cuff surgery."

    "Hello John, I take it you've been back to the surgeon.

    It's probably temporary inflammation of the median nerve, but of course could be worse... I'm afraid I don't think chiropractic has anything to offer at this stage.

    Once everything has healed up, if you don't get the strength back, or your fingers remain numb and tingly, then I'd consult a local chiro to see if there is also a problem in your neck or the first rib.

    Dr B"

    Letter from reader looking for advice.

    2. Elbow

    Elbow pain

    3. Wrist

    How bad is your arm shoulder hand pain?