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.


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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.

Headache Chiropractic

Headache medications take a very heavy toll on your kidneys, and may even aggravate your headaches (rebound headaches). Seek rather to treat the cause of the pain.

It's often in the atlanto occipital joint in your neck or even in the TMJ anatomy. The jaw joints are a common cause of migraine headaches and severe facial pain.

Rib Pain Treatment

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.

Postero Lateral disc herniation

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 ....

Sprained ankle and foot pain

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.


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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.

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.

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?