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.

Feb 25, 2017

Lower back exercises are chiropractic videos that will strengthen your spine.

Lower back exercises must be done right otherwise they can make your lumbar condition worse.

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Feb 24, 2017

Tingling in arms and hands demands one must pay attention.

Tingling in arms and hands explains why neurological symptoms should be attended to with greater concern.

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Feb 24, 2017

Low Back Pain from old Ankle Injury?

Hi, I have just come across this article and I have noticed that you describe pretty much all of my pain symptoms that I have had now for at least 7 years.

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Feb 24, 2017

Numbness in left arm, fingers and shoulder blade

Numbness in left arm, fingers and shoulder blade suggests a pinched nerve in the neck in the first instance. Hello, For around 4/5 months I've been

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Feb 24, 2017

Atlanto occipital joint is a common cause of headache which chiropractors treat

Atlanto occipital joint is the area between the skull and the neck oft injured in whiplash injuries and falls on the head such as from a horse.

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Feb 24, 2017

Upper thigh pain is a diagnostic nightmare; careful examination is essential.

Upper Thigh Pain is tricky as there are so many possible causes.

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Feb 23, 2017

Arm pain often stems from an underlying irritated nerve in the neck.

Arm pain is a very common affliction; often, but not always obviously, the cervical spine is the underlying cause of shoulder, elbow and hand problems.

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Feb 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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Feb 23, 2017

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a not uncommon cause of an aching tingling arm.

Thoracic outlet syndrome is often the underlying cause of arm pain mostly due to a subluxated first rib.

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Feb 23, 2017

Deep upper back pain can be very difficult to diagnose and manage.

Deep upper back pain particularly if it is associated with tingling in arms and hands is often an irritated nerve and not primarily a muscular condition.

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Feb 23, 2017

TOS following ORIF clavicle surgery

Hi, I have just found your website and think it is excellent. 10 weeks ago, I fell downstairs and badly fractured my right clavicle - mid shaft comminuted

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Feb 23, 2017

Constant pain in the triceps muscle

Constant pain in the triceps muscle may be a strain, or a pinched nerve; the correct diagnosis is important. Hello, I have a constant pain in my left

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Feb 22, 2017

50 percent less pain is the dangerous time with spinal conditions.

50 percent less pain rule tells us to be extra careful as the soft tissues haven't yet healed by a half.

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Feb 21, 2017

Can heel lifts help with 'apparent' not actual leg length discrepancy?

Can heel lifts help with 'apparent' not actual leg length discrepancy? The short answer is an emphatic no. Dear chiropractor I've just been reading

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Feb 20, 2017

Numbness in different fingers on both hands

Numbness in different fingers on both hands suggests degenerative change at two different levels. Hello Doctor. My name is Julie and I had a question

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Feb 20, 2017

Migraine exercises

I have tmj disorder. Is it safe to do these exercises while having the migraine? Hello Connie, Safe but perhaps not wise; to be quite honest not sure.

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Feb 20, 2017

Colic chiropractic is loved by mums as only about 5% of irritability is organic.

Colic chiropractic relief for babies is now scientifically well substantiated; screaming for more than three hours per day is the hallmark.

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Feb 20, 2017

Femoro acetabular impingement syndrome pincer is a stiff hip in the young adult.

Femoro acetabular impingement syndrome pincer frequently proceeds to arthritis as one ages.

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Feb 17, 2017

sleeping vertigo

Sleeping vertigo may respond to the Epleys or the Brandt Daroff habituation exercises. Hello, I am Lata from Mumbai (India). I,m a 30 year old women.

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Feb 17, 2017

Sharp ankle pain when extending the foot

Sharp ankle pain when extending the foot in the absence of any recent trauma calls for ice and exercises for a few days. I broke my ankle about 4 years

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Feb 16, 2017

Head neck pain asks how bad is this misery and what can be done about it?

Head neck pain is a simple classification that gives us some objective idea of how serious our injury was.

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Feb 16, 2017

Lumbar facet syndrome is probably the most common cause of low back pain.

Lumbar facet syndrome is the name given to a myriad of symptoms often leading on to lower back and leg pain.

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Feb 15, 2017

Right arm weak after spinal fusion

I have nerve damage after surgery. My chest was severely bruised and I have numbness in my right forearm and right leg. My surgery was July 2 2014

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Feb 15, 2017

Food and Inflammation in the body are undeniably connected.

Food and inflammation looks to the phytochemicals in fruit and salads and increase our omega-3 fatty acids.

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Feb 15, 2017

Short, stabbing foot and ankle pain after several injuries

Nearly 4yrs ago I fell 6wks post partum and badly sprained both ankles. Only 6wks after that I learned that the hospital had missed a maisonneuve fracture

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Feb 12, 2017

Fosamax reviews of the standard drug for osteoporosis prevention and treatment.

Fosamax reviews reveals serious side effects that should invite questions from the chiropractor, dentist and heart specialist.

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Feb 12, 2017

Ongoing back groin and burning left thigh pain

Ongoing back, groin and burning left thigh pain may be a slipped disc into the intervertebral foramen. For a few weeks my husband has been having horrible

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Feb 12, 2017

Occipital Misalignments

I've had chronic neck issues since birth and have spent the last 25 years chasing upper cervical chiropractors claiming to help alleviate the issues but

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Feb 12, 2017

Burning Pain Neck Shoulders Arms now Legs and Feet

It all began in March - after 2 months of working on a large project at a laptop for 45 hours a week, and lifting weights at the gym a few evenings a week,

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Feb 10, 2017

Oleocanthal in olives daily enables you to enjoy anti inflammatory protection.

Oleocanthal is an antiinflammatory compound found only in extra virgin olive oil.

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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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