Chiropractor Pretoria

City of Jacarandas

Chiropractor Pretoria helps you find a local DC and explains what and why we do things.

The city has a long established tradition of excellent health care. The first men and women established the art and science of manipulation in South Africa more than eighty years ago.

What is Chiropractic ...?

  • Dr Lizette Botha, Equestria Gateway Centre, CNR Simon Vermooten and Furrow, 084 4550303 
  • Dr Sindi Ludik, 82 Paprika Avenue (c/o Lois Avenue and Paprika Avenue), Newlands, Pretoria, 012 348 3460
  • Dr Pauline Moolman, Suite 110 Newlands Plaza, CNR Lois / Dely Roads, 012 3617828

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, himself used and advocated spinal manipulations and recognised that many diseases found their origins in the spine. “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite of many diseases,” said he.

Herodotus, another ancient Greek doctor, was made famous through his ability to cure many diseases. Far ahead of his time, by using spinal manipulation and rehabilitative exercise, he set a trend that reaches down to this day.

Galen, physician to several Caesars and the most prominent Roman physician, famously cured a prominent writer’s hand palsy by manipulating his neck.

Modern Chiropractic was founded by Daniel D. Palmer in 1895.

Chiropractor Pretoria

Chiropractor Pretoria has a long established tradition of excellent health care.

  • Dr Bester
  • Dr Bornman
  • Dr Lizette Botha, Equestria Gateway Centre, CNR Simon Vermooten and Furrow, 084 4550303
  • Dr Cerva
  • Dr Donkin
  • Dr Erasmus
  • Dr Glen
  • Dr Goosen
  • Dr Greyling
  • Dr Kotze
  • Dr Sindi Ludik,  82 Paprika Avenue (c/o Lois Avenue and Paprika Avenue), Newlands, Pretoria, 012 348 3460
  • Dr Moodley
  • Dr Pauline Moolman, Suite 110 Newlands Plaza, CNR Lois / Dely Roads, 012 3617828
  • Dr Neethling, Christiaan, 929 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, (012) 430 4832
  • Dr Nana
  • Dr Schalekamp
  • Dr Upneck
  • Dr van Aswegen
  • Dr van Straten
  • Dr Van Tonder
  • Dr Webb

Neck pain and Headache

Neck pain and headache can floor the toughest of human beings. Oddly, it's at the extremities of the body where pain is felt with the greatest intensity; the feet, the hands and the neck and head. Those parts of us that are most vitally in contact with the environment have the most sensory receptors. Those at chiropractor Pretoria are well qualified to treat you.

It may be just a jammed facet causing incredibly sharp stabs, or a disc affecting the nerve that supplies the upper limb; then you may have tingling in arms and hands.

If you have tingling in the fingers try to located exactly which are involved; it will help your chiropractor Pretoria make the diagnosis. Also is the ache in the lower arm relieved or aggravated by raising the limb above your head?

The sensory nucleus of the nerve that supplies the jaw joint and sinuses is located in the upper neck; a subluxated TMJ can cause very severe facial stabs and migraine headaches; and suboccipital discomfort.

You'll find a lot of information about neck pain and headache at this site; use the search function which is found in the navigation bar on your left.

That's because head neck pain care take up much of your chiropractor's time.

Scheuermann's disease

The teenager with "poor posture".

Scheuermann's Disease occurs in about 5% of adolescents and, untreated, leads to rounded shoulders and poor posture, and a deep nagging ache, usually in the midback. It is the most common cause of an anterior curve (kyphosis) in teenagers. At the thoraco-lumbar junction it can be a disaster. Scheuermanns Disease ...

- pain in the midback.

- And sometimes the lower back.

- Often associated with a scoliosis.

Lumbar facet syndrome

A leg length inequality (short leg) places unequal stress on the spine, increasingly the likelihood of a lumbar facet syndrome. Sometimes a simple heel lift can dramatically change the way your back behaves. Sometimes it does nothing, and occasionally may worsen things...

Have you got a short leg? Lower back pain with standing and walking slowly as in window shopping is the hallmark. Your chiropractor Pretoria will advise you.

Inter scalene triangle

One of the most sensitive areas in the body is a narrow passage that lies in the neck, through which the artery and nerves to the arm pass. Any restriction of these structures can result in severe pain and tingling in the arms and hands. Inter Scalene Triangle ...

Because more than one nerve root may be trapped it may affect more than one dermatome, and the tingling is worsened by raising the arm, as in hanging the washing.

What are phytosterols?

What are phytosterols is a vital questions with the mounting research proving that too much animal protein in the diet is the cause of many cancers; it behooves all of us to start think of prevention. Now, before it's too late.

Don't be surprised if your chiropractor Pretoria has much to say about your diet; it will affect your well being just as much as having a healthy spine.

That means more vegetable protein, and nothing is easier than growing green beans; a dozen bush dotted around in the garden, or a few of the climbing variety up a rose trellis?

But whilst I'm absolutely in agreement with the banters that we are eating too many starchy foods, and particularly those with a glycemic index like white rice, I'm utterly perplexed by the banning of legumes from their diet. That means more animal protein, in total contradiction with the message coming out from the world health organisation. Red meat in general, their scientists are saying, probably causes cancer, and the processed variety definitely does. Bacon and polony and the like should be kept for high and holy days.

Just as important is to increase the phytosterols in the diet. These are the anti cancer substances in food. They are powerful antioxidants, protecting your cells against attack by free radicals; they also lower the cholesterol. 

One such compound, kaempferol, has such powerful anti cancer properties that researchers are looking to use it in the treatment of malignancies. Prevention is better, and cheaper and less painful than a cure; just get it from your greens.

Lettuce, broccoli and kale are rich in kaempferol; enjoy it daily in your diet and you have strong protection against cancer.

Specifically for the prostate gland, men should eat a tomato a day and a substance called beta sitosterol which helps prevent the nasty enlargement that reduces urine flow. Half an avocado a day provides almost as much as you need.

For more information follow the links to TOMATO PROSTATE and AVOCADO FAT for beta sitosterol

Focusing on foods to reduce inflammation is important for those who suffer regularly from joint, muscle and capsular pain. Also for those who suffer from inflammation of any of the organs such as blood vessels or colon too.

You can find out more about kaempferol and cancer prevention at this link.


› Chiropractor Pretoria

Did you find this page useful? Then perhaps forward it to a suffering friend. Better still, Tweet or Face Book it.

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.

The quickest and most interesting way is to read one of my ebooks of anecdotes. Described by a reader as gems, both funny and healthful, from the life and work of a chiropractor, you'll love them. Priced right at $2.99, though Kindle fiddles the price without telling me.