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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.

Mar 23, 2017

Mid back pain - ribs or maybe lats?

Hi, I'm a 55 year old female, quite active with sprint triathlon training. I first visited my chiropractor 5 weeks ago after pulling my hamstring whilst

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Mar 23, 2017

Ankle exercises are vital if you want your leg to be strong again.

Ankle exercises are the key to a healthy leg after a lower limb injury.

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Mar 23, 2017

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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Mar 23, 2017

Hip exercises are for problematic joints needing non weight bearing movement.

Hip exercises are vital for anyone suffering from pubic bone pain, impingement syndromes, or discomfort in the groin and sacroiliac joint dysfunction

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Mar 23, 2017

My hip is problematic with clicking and pain

Six years ago this month, and almost to the day, I was coughing and 'went out'. Falling on my butt and landing on a floor air vent, damaging my sacral

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Mar 22, 2017

Ankle pain; no obvious swelling or bruising.

I've had pain in my right ankle for several days now. The pain is only prominent when rotating my ankle to the left. There appears to be no obvious signs

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Mar 22, 2017

Neck pain and tingling around the neck

Hello I was curious if you maybe help me figure out my symptoms. I have had an MRI and tons of xrays and other tests. Heart is good, Ortho says spine looks

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Mar 22, 2017

I've had Tietze's syndrome for about 6 months

I'm just wondering how to get rid of the stiffness and how long the lumps stay. I need a lot more information, Marcus, if you want a useful reply. Dr

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Mar 22, 2017

TMJ exercises gives all you need to know if you have jaw joint and facial pain.

TMJ exercises like those for all joints and muscles will strengthen the structures and decrease pain.

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Mar 22, 2017

Are phytates bad is a frequently heard question.

Are phytates bad or good? They're both like the nutrients in all whole foods; mostly the balance of nature is better than that of food companies.

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Mar 21, 2017

Whole wheat vs whole grain is an important subject for bakers and chiropractors.

Whole wheat vs whole grain tells of the contradiction that much flour can be so labelled with only 60 percent of the goodies left.

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Mar 21, 2017

TMJ repeat after dental work

I had my first experience with TMJ a couple of years ago; I had to have both a crown and a root canal, and in between I came down with TMJ for about two

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Mar 20, 2017

Early symptoms of arthritis are best treated with chiropractic.

Early symptoms of arthritis remind us that prevention is better than a cure; there are simple proven things that make an enormous difference.

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Mar 20, 2017

Electric flour mill is only for those who are serious about bread matters.

Electric flour mill is very cost effective if you use it regularly.

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Mar 20, 2017

Healthy flour is really only to be had if you grind your own wheat.

Healthy flour is a highly perishable product because of the sensitive nature of substances like vitamin E and omega 3.

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Mar 19, 2017

Gelatine power for arthritis contains the building blocks for joint cartilage.

Gelatine power for arthritis can be made easily in the home and used to rebuild aging cartilage.

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Mar 18, 2017

I have nystagmus

I've had it for the better part of 6 years. It's constant but also causes disequilibrium. Two chiropractors have tried to correct it and have not been

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Mar 18, 2017

Quick hummus is easy to make; your own chickpea dip without preservatives.

Quick hummus using garbanzo beans that are readily available but you will have to locate a sesame seed paste and cumin.

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Mar 17, 2017

Banting for vegetarians since they can be obese too.

Banting for vegetarians can be done without a diet high in animal fat and protein.

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Mar 17, 2017

Lower lumbar back pain is often greatly relieved by a simple heel lift.

Lower lumbar back pain is successfully treated by means of addressing many factors like spinal subluxations, exercises and a limp from an old ankle sprain; and occasionally bed rest may be necessary.

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Mar 17, 2017

Olive bread recipe is a delicious healthy Greek way to enjoy lunch.

Olive bread recipe also describes a pate and a feta dip for your daily loaf.

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Mar 16, 2017

Calcification of the uncovertebral joints?

I landed on your site after asking Google for help in understanding what an uncovertebral joint was. Why? I happen to be a physician, but not in orthopedics.

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Mar 16, 2017

Vibration/buzzing in groin area

Hello, Two years ago I injured my L4, the MRI showed that I had a torn my L4, as my doctor put it I was broken; two weeks later shingles set in and as

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Mar 16, 2017

Coccyx pillow takes the pressure off the subluxated or bruised painful bone.

Coccyx pillow provides first aid to this fractured or displaced bone.

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Mar 16, 2017

Coccyx broke in 2004, now sore for four years with involved issues

Hi, I was wearing Japanese long socks without the long socks glue (Google it, it's crazy) in 2004 and slipped on my stairs, landed on my butt, breaking

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Mar 14, 2017

chronic ankle - how to heal?

I had an ankle injury 5 months back without any bruising. I did not rest much and then started playing with slight pain in the ankle. Slowly the pain went

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Mar 14, 2017

Intolerable pain in left hip and back

Pain started in middle of left back, saw a chiropractor and was told it was soft tissue and after third treatment with him he told me there was nothing

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Mar 13, 2017

Toscanini celery soup for the maestro when he felt tense.

Toscanini celery soup with all its anti arthritis properties is for everyone; delicious in any case.

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Mar 13, 2017

Healthy living tips are the simple things enabling us to enjoy retirement

Healthy living tips is primarily about the virtues of good food and drink, and more exercise.

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Mar 13, 2017

Unexplained infertility is a chapter from Bats in my Belfry by Bernard Preston.

Unexplained infertility is a delightful chiropractic story for anyone who loves to read and especially for honey lovers.

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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

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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.

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