Reading Chiropractic

Fun Reads for all and sundry.

Keywords: reading chiropractic, chiropractic reading, healthy living, bernard preston 

Books can and should be both informative and jolly good reads. Bernard Preston's books, for example, are important resources about chiropractic, inexpensive and will greatly enrich your reading.

Finding good chiropractic resources for the lay person can be tricky. Not a great deal has been written for the man in the street but here you will find a few excellent reads.

Think about spoiling yourself this year, get yourself a Kindle or Nook. Just as you changed to digital photography, without a hiccup, you will in time change to ebooks, then only question is when.

Surprising to me, I do like the feel and smell of a good book in hand, the change was seemless and very simple. Downloading a book in less than a minute, right from your home is such a time saver.

Then, if you love old books, many of them are either free or dirt cheap. Best sellers are no longer cheaper, but just give them a year or two. Amazon is now selling more ebooks than paper books, has been for three years. You will make the change. This year?

Of course you can read bernard preston's reading chiropractic books on your tablet or smartphone too.



The kindle paperlight incidently has been independently declared the outright winner of all readers and tablets when it comes to eyestrain.

Enjoy reading and want to find out more about what actually happens at the chiropractic coalface? What do chiropractors actually do?

Stones in my clog will take you on a scintillating journey through the Dutch polders as bernard preston takes a seven year stint working in the Netherlands. A completely different culture, the third most difficult language in the world apparently, join him as he struggles to adapt and find his nitch both professionally and privately. 

Holland has one big advantage chiropractically speaking. The profession is very science oriented and chiropractors are expected to attend courses to keep abreast of new advances in chiropractic.

He discovers that chiropractic can manage many conditions like groin pain from femoro acetabular impingement syndrome, and vertigo and jaw joint dysfunction that causess severe migraine; and breastbone pain.

In fact that he discovers to his horror that his overly robust chiropractic manipulation can actually cause breastbone pain, known as a chiropractic iatrogenic illness.


And the people of the polders. What a delightful nation. Once you get used to their direct ways. They excel in calling a spade a spade.

In the face of medicine considers invading their turf, the establishment of chiropractic in many countries has been a struggle. Finally, through dogged hard work and persistence, and because chiropractic really is the premier treatment for back pain and headaches, for example, has become accepted world wide and is today being included in mainstream healthcare in many countries.

Acceptance by the world health organisation was a huge step forwards.

No where was the struggle more evident than in Hong Kong. Vaughan's book is a must read for all chiropractors, and I'm sure you as a lay person interested in chiropractic would enjoy it too.


Chiropractic Riches

A fascinating - and controversial read - mandatory for all chiropractors is Chiropractic Riches by Drs Matt and Trish Hammett, D.C.

Interviews with many of chiropractic's most well known personalities gives an different insight into the profession.

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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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