Keywords; chiropractor South Coast, postero lateral disc herniation, headache chiropractic, rib pain treatment.
There are sure to be several doctors of chiropractic in your neighbourhood to help with your aches and pains.
Why would you want to do that, and what is chiropractic anyway?
Lower back and neck pain alone, together with headaches, alone constitute an enormous part of the health budget of any country. We belong to a group of practitioners known as complementary and alternate to medicine; the care of, in the main, joint conditions is done primarily with the use of manipulation and rehabilitative exercises.
Because these conditions are also occasionally caused by serious medical diseases, your chiropractor has a rigorous training in diagnosis so that appropriate referrals can be made where appropriate.
Chiropractic and naturopathic medicine have been closely allied ever since the profession was first established in 1895; over a century ago. Thus you will find that your chiropractor will also be concerned with what you eat, how much you exercise and whether you smoke for example.
The South Coast of KZN, South Africa, is a haven for fishermen. Add to that scuba diving and snorkelling, and the annual sardine run, and you have a seafood smorgasbord right on your doorstep.
Fatty fish is particularly important to the chiropractor; it is the best source of omega 3 fatty acids that are vital to healthy joints, muscles and nerves; they are anti inflammatory.
There are three of these fatty acids; two are found in fish and the third luckily from vegetable sources, in the main flaxseed.
As always it is far more healthy, and cheaper, to eat whole foods that extracts; so luckily for those living in the haven of chiropractors South Coast there is plenty of fatty fish, and flaxseed is freely available and cheap.
During his or her training, most likely at Durban University of Technology, your chiropractor will have spent two semesters in human dissection; whilst there are many causes of headaches, the most common are problems in the upper cervical spine and jaw joints. A thorough knowledge of these structures, from the inside, so to speak, is vitally important.
Whether it's car accidents, or diving into shallow water, or even old sporting injuries, neck injuries are common causing neck pain and headaches. Care for these injured joints and muscles, rather than swallowing prodigious quantities of pills is the better long term solution.
Anti inflammatory drugs and analgesics, taken long term, have serious side effects and cause many deaths; look out for black blood in the stool.
Chiropractic has become a very broad profession today; it's just not possible for one person to specialise in the treatment of infantile colic, the disorders of the hip joint, sporting injuries and the jaw joint, for example.
If you have a slightly unusual problem, say foot pain, then it's best to ask first before making an appointment whether your nearest chiropractor treats feet, or babies, or whatever.
Rib pain treatment is another hallmark of chiropractic help; whether it's a sneeze whilst twisting, causing very severe midback pain with every breath, or a referral to the breastbone causing a condition known as Tietzes syndrome, you chiropractor is well able to care for your health.
There is an epidemic of lower back pain in the Western world today, largely due to our sedentary existence; even medical research admits that manipulation of the spine and sacroiliac joints is the treatment of choice when it comes to even severe episodes of lumbago.
Whether it affects the sciatic nerve, giving pain mainly down the back of the leg to the foot, or the femoral nerve to the front of the thigh and inner lower leg, you will find your chiropractor up on the latest treatment for slipped discs, facet joint and sacroiliac syndromes.
Ever had sharp stabbing pain in the middle of the back after a good sneeze? Usually, your chiropract help can fix it quite easily - untreated, the sharp pain goes away eventually, but you may be left with a dull ache for months or years.
Sometimes the rib pain radiates all the way to the breastbone, sometimes being associated with heartburn or a heart attack. Nope. Tietzes syndrome. A more nuggety problem is breastbone pain ... TIETZES SYNDROME CaseFile.
Does the Tower of Pisa lean towards, or away from, the painful side?
Low back pain makes up 60% of the average chiropractor's day ...
POSTERO LATERAL DISK HERNIATION ....
One might not in the first instance think of a chiropractor when seeking
SPRAINED ANKLE treatment ...
having said that, one or more of four things commonly happen in a sprained ankle. A fracture, often of the distal fibula, but may be more serious; a subluxation of one of the small tarsal bones, commonly the subtalar joint or the ankle mortice joint; strained or torn ligaments; pulled muscles. Obviously in the case of fracture, orthopaedic treatment is necessary. However a subluxated calcaneus caused when spraining the ankle will cause chronic ankle and plantar fascia pain in the future, if not reduced.
"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.
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