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.

Jul 26, 2017

Chiropractic coalface stroke suggests what to do in an emergency.

Chiropractic coalface stroke gives an anecdote from a brave and honest DC.

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Jul 26, 2017

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

Chiropractor Hilton streetview invites a consultation with Drs Barrie Lewis and Jane Ackerman for conditions like lower back pain, headaches and tingling in arms and legs.

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Jul 26, 2017

Index finger sprain can be complex but often needn't be with chiropractic.

Index finger sprain is difficult because of the myriad of tiny muscles and ligaments.

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Jul 26, 2017

Quick constipation relief is important in the chiropractic practice.

Quick constipation relief research proves that grandma's recipe is indeed the best and cheapest too.

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Jul 26, 2017

Sacroiliac joint is beautifully and wonderfully made.

Sacroiliac joint is a frequent cause of low back pain and may even be the most common cause of LBP.

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Jul 26, 2017

upper and middle back and hip joint pain; do I have ankylosing spondylitis?

uUper and middle back and hip joint pain; do I have ankylosing spondylitis? Hi, My anme is Faizan, age 30; I have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis,

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Jul 26, 2017

Pubic pain help help help.

It hurt so bad when I walk 2 miles a day. It's been going for about 4 months. I stiffen up and can barely make it back to my car. Then once I sit. It's

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Jul 25, 2017

Rib pain treatment is one of the conditions chiropractors love to treat.

Rib pain treatment is usually straightforward unless associated with trauma or costochondritis.

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Jul 25, 2017

Thoracic and chest pain

I have been experiencing thoracic back pain for the past 9 months. The pain runs down my upper back causing local soreness and further travels into my

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Jul 25, 2017

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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Jul 25, 2017

TMJ anatomy takes you on a grand tour of this complex pain causing joint.

TMJ anatomy will help you understand in layman's terms what it's about and why it can cause so much migraine and facial pain.

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Jul 25, 2017

Acute knee trauma recommends considering chiropractic's role before surgery.

Acute knee trauma patients are reminded that if arthrogenic muscle inhibition is not addressed immediate wasting of the quadriceps begins.

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Jul 25, 2017

Changing chiropractors asks when is the right time to swap horses?

Changing chiropractors suggests you need good reasons to move but there's no room for sentiment.

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Jul 25, 2017

pubic bone pain often radiates to the inner thigh or groin.

Pubic bone pain may be associated with pregnancy but often lingers after the birth and can occur in any person.

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Jul 25, 2017

Postero medial slipped disk causes LBP with the potential for leg numbness.

Postero medial slipped disk often results in a painful antalgia looking like the leaning tower of Pisa.

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Jul 25, 2017

What causes headache is a question oft heard in the chiropractic clinic.

What causes headache is not an easy question to answer as there are multiple precipitating factors..

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Jul 25, 2017

Growing pains chiropractic asks why we simply have no clue of the cause.

Growing pains chiropractic suggests that in actual fact there is a real basis to your child's problem, but your doctor has no idea what the diagnosis is.

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Jul 25, 2017

Buying running shoes recommends that you take your time and do it properly.

Buying running shoes suggests choosing the right pair carefully rather than a lot more money consulting your chiropractor, podiatrist and orthopaedic surgeon for sore feet.

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Jul 25, 2017

Labeling patients may lead to serious missed diagnoses.

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

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Jul 25, 2017

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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Jul 25, 2017

Lonely road of faith is my take on the journey we all walk.

Lonely road of faith as in once sense every chiropractic adjustment is a laying on of hands.

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Jul 24, 2017

Low back pain and smoking are strongly correlated in the chiropractic clinic.

Low back pain and smoking is the largest factor in failed surgery too.

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Jul 24, 2017

Leg pain has a 101 causes so a careful examination is paramount.

Leg pain is an every day complaint heard in the chiropractic clinic; it is not always a pinched nerve obviously.

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Jul 24, 2017

Slipped disc symptoms in the lumbar spine are quite specific.

Slipped disc symptoms are usually associated with pain in the leg on sneezing and tightness in the thigh and calf on bending forwards.

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Jul 24, 2017

Developmental hip dysplasia is a condition that must be caught early.

Developmental hip dysplasia often leads unerringly to severe arthritis if not well managed.

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Jul 24, 2017

impingement just below scapula, painful right shoulder

I awoke one morning, felt as tho I got bitten, about mid back, below my shoulder blade; a month later, I still avoid pulling right arm rearward; it can

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Jul 23, 2017

Slump test for sciatica places progressive stretch on the nerve.

Slump test for sciatica is looking for confirmation that the pain in the back of the leg, for example, is not a pulled hamstring.

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Jul 23, 2017

what is the cause of my tight hip?

I have very mild numbness in right groin; significant tightness where femur meets groin; very tight right hip with limited flexion; tingling and numbness

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Jul 23, 2017

Sore knee after spinal adjustment?

This is the craziest. I had a rather extensive adjustment with the activator and the next morning had pain and swelling in my right knee. There was no

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Jul 23, 2017

Neck cracking after chiropractic treatment

I went to a chiropractor to get a maintenance adjustment done as I've never had an injury or any pain. Within a week of having the neck adjustment done

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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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