Chiropractic Help Blog

This keeps you up to date with what's happening at Chiropractic-Help.com, the site where lay people can find out what Chiropractic can mean for them.

As far as possible we try to keep it research based, rather than opinion. I scour the medical and chiropractic research journals regularly.

Dec 09, 2016

Barrie Lewis DC practises from 56 Groenekloof Road, HILTON, South Africa.

Barrie Lewis is also a prolific chiropractic writer under the nom de plume Bernard Preston.

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Dec 08, 2016

CHIROPRACTOR Dr Barrie Lewis

Chiropractor Dr Barrie Lewis practises in South Africa. Clinic ADDRESS: 56 Groenekloof Rd, HILTON, 3245 Clinic PHONE: 033-3432 549 Over and above

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Dec 08, 2016

pain in upper trapezius

xray shows uncovertebral arthritis. I have fairly constant tearing pain in upper trapezius area. Hello Lisa, That mid to low cervical degenerative change,

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Dec 08, 2016

Arm, midback and shoulder pain after cervical spine fusion

Arm, midback and shoulder pain after cervical spine fusion; it's usually not the cure we're looking for. Pain in upper back that gives me headache and

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Dec 07, 2016

Tietzes syndrome casefile reveals a puzzling chest pain condition.

Tietzes syndrome casefile tells the story of a young woman with three years of unrelenting breastbone pain.

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Dec 07, 2016

Swollen Sterno Clavicle Joint and upper chest

Swollen Sterno Clavicle Joint and upper chest means it could be either a medical or chiropractic problem. Dear Dr. B, Many thanks for your information

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Dec 07, 2016

Research Proposal Topics often emerge from interesting case files.

Research Proposal Topics can turn an anecdote into scientific fact.

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Dec 07, 2016

Vertigo case file is a nasty condition that responds to the Epley manoeuvres.

Vertigo case file shows the test for BPPV is called the Hallpike Dix test illustrating how your eyes spin during an attack.

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Dec 07, 2016

Artificial sweetener side effects include glucose intolerance and diabetes.

Artificial sweetener side effects is reluctant to endorse any added chemicals to the diet.

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Dec 06, 2016

Lower back pain is a very costly malady readily managed with exercise and chiro

Lower back pain is the most common complaint heard in the chiropractic clinic often radiating down the leg.

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Dec 06, 2016

Prostate gland health or else the dreaded old man's lurgy.

Prostate gland health suggests four simple foods to include weekly in your diet.

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Dec 06, 2016

Tomato soup recipe is a delicious way to get the necessary cooked lycopene.

Tomato soup recipe is about healthy food for the prostate gland but really for the whole body too.

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Dec 06, 2016

Chiropractor FishHoek GrassyPark Noordhoek SunValley Find your local DC.

Chiropractor FishHoek GrassyPark Noordhoek SunValley finds there's help in your neck of the woods for the pain.

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Dec 06, 2016

Labeling patients may lead to serious missed diagnoses.

Labeling patients often leads to doctors making wrong assumptions about your health.

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Dec 06, 2016

lower back

I'm 20 years old and have been suffering with lower back pain for 1 year. I feel clicking noises in my back and pain when I bend a little backwards. I

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Dec 06, 2016

Lower neck pain with tingling in hand

I am experiencing pain in upper back directly on the spine and have tingling in my (R) arm almost all the time for the last month. Hello Deb, There

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Dec 06, 2016

Thoracic spine pain is rarely serious but frequently very irritating.

Thoracic spine pain is the most frequently adjusted area of the spine by chiropractors because of the effect it has on the internal organs.

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Dec 06, 2016

Tietzes syndrome causes pain and tenderness over the breastbone and ribs.

Tietzes syndrome is one cause of chest pain; costosternal ache may be confused with a heart attack.

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Dec 06, 2016

Swollen sterno clavicular joint

A swollen sterno clavicular joint is usually Tietze's syndrome. I have had a hard lump on my collar bone near my throat, swollen collar bones & sternum

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Dec 06, 2016

Disturbing letters from readers make for helpful reading.

Disturbing letters suggest that all is not well in the state of Denmark, figuratively speaking, of course.

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Dec 06, 2016

Meralgia paresthetica causes numbness and or pain in the upper leg.

Meralgia paresthetica is caused by a trapped nerve in the groin causing pain classically on the side of the thigh but also sometimes in front.

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Dec 06, 2016

Ankle sprain healed incorrectly and femoral nerve damage

Ankle sprain healed incorrectly and femoral nerve damage; also patella tracking disorder are probably all connected. I badly sprained my ankle years

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Dec 06, 2016

Rotator cuff strengthening is all about shoulder pain and its rehabilitation.

Rotator cuff strengthening explains the syndrome and how is it treated?

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Dec 06, 2016

Deep pain in the left medial/superior angle of the scapula with pain intermittently to the inside left elbow.

Deep pain in the left medial/superior angle of the scapula with pain intermittently to the inside left elbow could be a neck or shoulder problem. Eighteen

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Dec 05, 2016

Chiropractor Hilton streetview enables you to find us at 56 Groenekloof Rd.

Chiropractor Hilton streetview Consult Drs Barrie Lewis and Jane Ackerman for conditions like lower back pain, headaches and tingling in arms and legs

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Dec 05, 2016

Recipe for tabouli tabouleh a most delicious and healthy side dish for any meal

Recipe for tabouli tabouleh a slow food made fast dish made from parsley, tomatoes and spring onions.

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Dec 05, 2016

Chiropractor Grahamstown PortAlfred Uitenhage Graaff Reinet; find a DC.

Chiropractor Grahamstown PortAlfred Uitenhage Graaff Reinet for the sorts of conditions that your doctor could help you with.

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Dec 05, 2016

What are phytosterols but cholesterol lowering plant compounds.

What are phytosterols like the common member of the complex, beta sitosterol, which is richly found in avocados; important in preventing prostatis.

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Dec 04, 2016

Inversion ankle sprain long term effects

Inversion ankle sprain long term effects Hello! I sprained my ankle more than 2 months ago. For the first day after the injury it was hard to walk, but

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Dec 04, 2016

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a double crush syndrome in neck and wrists usually.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is about tingling in the arms and hands.

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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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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.


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