Chiropractor Middelburg Nelspruit WhiteRiver Witbank

Chiropractor Middelburg Nelspruit WhiteRiver Witbank will help you find the treatment of choice for lower back and leg pain, headaches and all your other biomechanical conditions.

Just like finding a good doctor or dentist, locating the DC who may be able to help your problem can be a bit difficult. For example there are advantages with a younger person, or a woman; and some drawbacks.



The very large patient with lower back and leg pain might find more relief with a burly chiropractor, than a tiny woman. Nevertheless, dynamite comes in small bundles, and I know some females who can give a very effective adjustment. 

The moral of the story is, do some homework. Find out what your proposed DC's specialties are. It could be that you have a child with a diagnosis of infantile colic, or KISS syndrome, and you are wondering if chiropractic can do something for you baby.

Perhaps your burly chiropractor has never treated a baby before. Whether you have a sports injury or jaw pain, or vertigo, take the time to ask.

You'll find plenty at Chiropractic Help on all these subjects; there are now over 400 pages and finding your way around can be frustrating. Use the site search function to find information about TMJ anatomy, for example, or lower back and leg pain.

Then, get on the phone, and ask friends and neighbours, and even your doctor for advice.

Enige chiropractoren hebben geen ervaring met behandeling van de voet; anderen zijn echte deskundiges. Heeft u last van de voorvoet? Mortonse neuralgie doet erg pijn. Morton's neuroma causes pain in the forefoot and sometimes toes. Definitely see your chiropractor before surgery.



Chiropractor Middelburg Nelspruit WhiteRiver Witbank

Chiropractor Middelburg Nelspruit WhiteRiver Witbank helps find your local DC.

  • Dr Rene Bruckner, 6 Liebenburg Street, Nelspruit,
    013 752 4442 / 083 574 9022
  • Dr Clarke 
  • Dr Ferreira 
  • Dr Kotze, Anton, 6 Blouberg Street, White River, 013 7511474
  • Dr Nowak 
  • Dr Salter 
  • Dr Scheepers 
  • Dr Scheepers 
  • Dr Isak Venter, 12 Brenda street, Nelspruit, 013-7522-511.
  • Dr Venter


Rib Pain treatment casefile


Chiropractor Rene Bruckner

Rib pain treatment is absolutely fundamental to chiropractic. It could have been a shower of sneezes that brought it on. In the Netherlands it could have been a tumble off your bicycle in the snow, or a fall on your fist whilst skating; in the Low Veld of South Africa perhaps a sneeze whilst casting a fly, or a frenzied climb up a tree whilst charged by a black rhino.



There's no escaping an enraged elephant cow if you mess with her or her calf; regularly they turn cars upside down when tourists come a mite too close. Make sure you get to Kruger National Park at least once in your lifetime, by the way. Our recent holiday there was text book stuff.

Whatever, rib pain is sheer misery, and the sharp stabs diminish but don't go away; hence this casefile. The key, as with all of health, is not to rush off to the chiropractor or your doctor for a niggling pain, headache or cough; but once you know it's not getting better, then it's better to go sooner rather than later. Chronic problems are far more difficult and, in the case of the neck, for example, if you've had it for six months, it's there for ever no matter what treatment you have.

Sometimes a rib subluxation can cause breastbone pain; like most conditions it comes in mild and very serious measures. At its worst it may cause a swelling over the sternal joint and cause unrelenting discomfort. It's then known as Tietze's syndrome.

It took me a long time to work out that a heavy manipulation in the middle of the back can aggravate this condition, and perhaps even cause it.

Use the site search function to find out more about these terms.


Lower back and leg pain

Lower back and leg pain are the most common complaints at chiropractors' offices.

CHIROPRACTOR Middelburg Nelspruit WhiteRiver Witbank

Chiropractor Rene Bruckner

This L4 Lumbar spine casefile will give you an idea of how your chiropractor may manage your lower back pain. However, please understand that chiropractic is an art as well as a science, so no two chiropractors would manage the condition in EXACTLY the same way. One might use traction, another an activator ... Thompson drop technique is commonly used today for sacroiliac joint treatment, but certainly not exclusively.


Infantile Colic

CHIROPRACTOR Middelburg Nelspruit WhiteRiver Witbank

Many of the troubles of adult health begin in childhood. Perhaps an inherited condition like developmental hip dysplasia that was not diagnosed at birth is the gremlin, or a fall down the steps; or an injury in the swimming pool. We don't bounce; neither do our kids.

Do you know the rule of three? The one that concerns your miserable little baby? Read more at our colic chiropractic page.



The jaw joint is a major cause of migraine and occasionally a nasty condition called trigeminal neuralgia; it produces pain on the side of the face.

It's greatly exacerbated by bruxism; grinding of the teeth at night. The extra contraction and spasm in the temporalis muscle can cause severe headaches.

There are many causes, like a blow to the jaw; it's also not uncommon if the mandible is over opened when extracting the wisdom teeth under general anaesthetic. Our advice is to have them out in the chair unless your dentist has very good reasons to do otherwise.

The ensuing popping and grinding in the jaw joint from the dislocated meniscus can and does cause life long problems. A bite plate may help, but it's better to prevent the problem.

At our TMJ anatomy page you'll find some exercises that you can do at home; they too go some way to relieving the severe pain of a misbehaving meniscus.

Absolutely try to avoid surgery in the mouth under general anaesthetic; threaten the surgeon with his life if he over opens your jaw whilst you are asleep; it will injure the meniscus.

  • TMJ anatomy - have you jaw pain or a clicking popping joint?


Rene Bruckner

Rene Bruckner, doctor of chiropractic, is located in Nelspruit; you can make an appointment for a consultation at 013 752 4442.


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Are you a Chiropractor in South Africa and registered with CASA? Then, if you are also registered at Chiropractic-Help.com (a once-off fee of R500), you can create a personalised webpage about yourself and your clinic. There's no extra charge for this service.

If you are not yet registered at Chiropractic-Help.com then please email me first via CONTACT.

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Isak Venter

Isak Venter, doctor of chiropractic is also located in Nelspruit; he uses the bio energy synchronising technique. You may have seen him on Carte Blanche recently (December, 2015). It's wonderful to see an elderly man still so passionate about chiropractic.

You can make an appointment with Dr Venter at 013-7522-511.


Foot pain

CHIROPRACTOR Middelburg Nelspruit WhiteRiver Witbank


Chronic foot pain is endemic in virtually all societies that wear boots and shoes; and clogs. The only people who seem to be spared are those who go barefoot most of the time.

Often there is an injury behind the pain. For example, a sprained ankle that was never properly managed; reduction of the talus and subtalar joints is vital. Then there's a fall, high heels, bad shoes; irritation of the nerve between  the bones in the forefoot may occur. The result may be a Mortons neuroma ...


Nutritional Corner

CHIROPRACTOR Middelburg Nelspruit WhiteRiver Witbank

There is such powerful evidence now that raised cholesterol, mostly, oddly, from eating too much refined carbohydrate rather than the red meat and dairy products, coupled with too little fibre, is associated with a host of serious diseases. Like Alzheimers for example, not to mention the obvious heart attack and stroke.

There are many simple things that you can do to lower the dangerous cholesterol fraction in your blood, and quite quickly within weeks. Consider for example these foods that lower cholesterol; then cut out all the carbohydrates that have a high glycemic index.

GI is a term that your really should understand; it's fundamental to good health. The high glycemic index foods would include white bread and rice and potatoes; obviously that chocolate cake and all sugar based colas. Does your breakfast consist of a donut and coffee? There's trouble coming.

There you face a quandrum; chemical sweeteners or sugar? It takes about three weeks to reeducate the tongue about sugar; you'll far prefer decent coffee, and tea too, once you're thrown the sugar habit. Icecream incidently is not nearly as glycemic because of all that cream.

If you have a serious weight problem, consider the Banting diet, but it's absolutely vital to get enough vitamin B6; that means green leafy vegetables. Pyridoxine, as it is called, mediates the breakdown of homocysteine. Eat all that protein without B6 and you wil get very, very sick.

The good news is that there is a positive cholesterol alcohol link. Think red wine...
Couch potatoes all have a raised cholesterol and not just because of the snacks enjoyed while watching the boob-tube. The exercise and cholesterol link is now well established, as is a change to olive oil and more fatty fish in the diet. 

Do your utmost best to stay off statins, the drugs that lower cholesterol. They have some pretty awful side effects.


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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.



Have a problem that's not getting better? Looking for a different slant on your pain? Want to pose a question?


Interesting questions from visitors

CLS writes:

Greetings, Dr B.
You helped me quite some time back with a soothing and professional response which turned out to be exactly correct. I now consult a local chiropractor. You write a superb newsletter, too.

Your own unresolved problem. Pose a question

Knowing that up to 70% of the time the correct diagnosis is made with no examination, no special tests, no xrays, but just from the history, there's a fair chance I can add some insight to your unresolved problem. But at least 30% of the time, I may be quite wrong! Give plenty of detail if you want a sensible reply.


You visited this chiropractic help site no doubt because you have a problem that is not resolving and want to know more about what chiropractors do.

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