Why Chiropractic help

Why chiropractic help has come about because after forty years in the profession I've learnt a few things.

I started this website for my own patients when I began to realise that treatment sometimes failed, not because of inadequate care, but because they didn't understand what was going on.

That was really my fault. It takes half an hour to explain fully the ramifications of your problem, and what it's going to take to fix it. Time I thought I didn't have, or never made, foolishly.

Perhaps your DC too hasn't made the effort either, and you have unanswered thoughts; this website is for you. Take a few minutes to grasp what's causing that tingling in arms and hands, for example, and you'll better understand what's to be done; and be able to ask the right questions at your next consultation.

Yesterday an elderly man came to me with lower back pain. I had treated him previously for tingling in his hand, which also included the pinkie. Thus it could not have been carpal tunnel syndrome but I did not properly explain that to him. He has a very degenerate neck and nothing is going to completely cure the paresthesias.

He wasn't satisfied with the fifty percent improvement in my care, and went for a carpal tunnel operation. There was of course zero further improvement, and that he confirmed. If the tingling includes the little finger then it can't be a median nerve condition.

Why Chiropractic help?

Why chiropractic help was started because my many years of practice have taught me that treatment sometimes fails not due to inadequate care but because the patient doesn't understand what's going on.

He was furious with the surgeon as it cost him a lot of money, but really the fault was mine. Had I explained to him that it could not possibly be carpal tunnel syndrome, and that at 86 years of age he must accept that 50 percent improvement was perhaps all that he could expect, none of this would have happened.

At chiropractic conditions you can read more about the pain syndromes that we commonly treat and give advice on. Your problem may be among them. The list is obviously not totally inclusive; far from it. Each will be described, as will the manner in which your DC may manage it. Do understand though that all doctors work a little differently.

However there are varied techniques used and it's not impossible that the management of your problem may be quite different to that described at chiropractic help.

However, be warned; no two DCs are alike. At Why Chiropractic Help we describe why many conditions of the spine are so complex and individual; different forms of treatment have evolved, some of which may be more effective for your problem than others.

The roots of chiropractic are strongly tied up with naturopathic medicine; you may well find that your DC takes a strong interest in what you are eating and, even more important, what you are not consuming. We have so many patients who seem to ache from top to toe; the cause is often not a pinched nerve but generalised inflammation in the body. Despite decades of low cholesterol diets and statins, a veteran cardiac surgeon stated recently that the lumen of blood vessels seem to be redder than ever.

It's interesting that a recent meta analysis of all the cholesterol research found there is absolutely no convincing scientific evidence for benefit in changing from animal fat to margarine and sunflower oil. Type butter is back into the search engine in the navigation bar at chiropractic help.

Whilst Chiropractic Help takes a strong stance towards more fibre, more vegetables and fruit, and less animal protein, our mutton stew is a favourite. Of course it's full of leeks, carrots, eggplant, parsley and other healthy vegetables. Don't miss it; it will probably lower your cholesterol.

Why Chiropractic Help?

This page will endeavour to explain how this site may be of help to you. Firstly, you will find at CHIROPRACTIC-HELP.COM a list of

See that RSS graphic on the left? You may not want to do this right away but if, having browsed a site, you want to be reminded of regular updates, then clicking on that orange tab will add our CHIROPRACTIC HELP blog updates to your toolbar.

Here's a hint; do this only for your favourite sites, or you will soon be suffering from information overload.

Another way to do it, is to go to What's new at the very top of the Navbar on the left.

  • Secondly, why Chiropractic help? will help you understand your condition. You the patient can do much to help the course your condition will take. How not to spoil that course is also important, obviously, so some simple do's and don'ts are in order. Empowering your own progress and averting relapses is what this site is about. Knowledge is the key. Understanding your own condition will help you to work more efficiently with your doctor, benefiting you both. Discuss with her/him anything you have read on this site that is pertinent to your problem and, obviously take their advice before anything you read on the internet. There is absolutely no benefit getting into an argument with him or her; the net says this, my doctor says that, my old chiropractor did something different; be adult, and hope that he or she is too.
  • Chiropractic-help.com will include, in general chiropractic terms, suggestions concerning what you should do, what you should not do, and other things which may be beneficial. However musculo-skeletal injuries tend to be unique, so it is well nigh impossible to make totally inclusive recommendations. One person has fallen off a horse, another had three car accidents, one from the side, another person had a fall while skiing …As stated above, with Low Back Pain it is generally better to sit less, but some people find relief from sitting. As a general rule, learn to listen to your body, use common sense, and work honestly with your chiropractor.
  • I asked a young woman this week why it had taken her so long to get to a Chiropractor. I was curious, because I know that she has long known about Chiropractic. Her husband is a patient. She has had low back pain and headaches for over two years. Shamefaced, she said she had 'heard' that Chiropractic could be dangerous, could injure your spine, could give you a stroke ... and she was just plain afraid. Finally, when she could bear it no longer, and realised the danger of all the anti inflammatory drugs she was swallowing, she plucked up courage and made an appointment. Happily her headaches responded immediately, though her low back is being a challenge. She has an anomaly, an unusually shaped facet in her back, and after six weeks her back pain is only about 50% better. Only. Why Chiropractic Help is to contribute to understanding your problem.
  • I hope that having browsed this site you will realise that visiting a Chiropractor is really quite a normal thing to do. Of course there are potential side-effects - there are with every form of treatment. Any idea how many people DIE EVERY YEAR from swallowing anti inflammatory drugs ?

Chiropractic iatrogenic illness

Chiropractic iatrogenic illness does occur; doctor caused disease. However the reality is that serious injury to patients is rare; why else are our insurance premiums so low?

Please don't ever kid yourself that going to a Chiropractor is too dangerous, so you'll just swallow pills instead. Read more about DOCTOR-CAUSED or IATROGENIC ILLNESS / DISEASE.


Having said that, I have recently been in conversation with a patient in the UK who is being treated by an inexperienced, young chiropractor. The treatment it appears has been very effective, and he immediately responds postively, but he has been told not to lie down, rather to sit (he has a slipped disc in the low back). So he has been sitting all day, and soon relapses back into what I call the SIGN OF PISA.

Should you find suggestions at Why Chiropractic Help and other pages at this site that are contrary to what your chiropractor (or doctor) may be telling you, discuss it freely with him. The days of I am the doctor and you are the patient; do exactly as I tell you, and don't argue are long over! Fortunately, as, when it comes to health, the more we doctors find out, the more we realise how little we know! Your chiropractor isn't God, nor is this website the Bible. You are an intelligent, thinking person and are free to discuss things with your doctor. However, recognise your experience is limited, and he/she has probably treated hundreds of people with your condition.


If things are not going well with your problem, and you know it's because you have not followed your chiropractor's instructions, or something unforeseen or unavoidable has happened (like a sneeze, for example), don't try to deceive him. It will serve only to confuse him, to YOUR detriment.

As in all of life, be honest.

Inspirational Stories Every chiropractor sees miracles happening at his own particular coalface. For more from mine ...

Common Chiropractic Conditions

Two suggestions:

  1. Chiropractic-Help.com is a big site. Start by going to Pain Syndromes aka Chiropractic conditions and see if there is anything pertinent concerning your problem. Then at a later date, when you have the time, come back and browse the site at your leisure. There's oodles of information, and you won't consume it all in a sitting! Not in a month of Sundays either! There are over 350 pages at Chiropractic-Help.com
  2. Search this site. In the Navigation Bar on the left you'll find a facillity to help you find something you are searching for quickly and easily.

Yours in Chiropractic, in better health.

The Webmaster @ Why Chiropractic Help.

From WHY CHIROPRACTIC HELP ? to LEG LENGTH INEQUALITY ... a frequent cause of back pain.


Whilst we obviously don't expect you to bring Pooh Bear in for an examination, seriously, we at Why Chiropractic Help find that many adult conditions go back to a fall in childhood.

Did you know that consumer research in the UK found that, in a sample of 1000 teenagers, 62% have already experienced back pain?

If you think chiropractic is important for you as an adult, then isn't it doubly important for your children. The treatment is very gentle, you needn't be concerned on that score.

And, it's not totally stupid to bring Pooh along at the same time. WHY CHIROPRACTIC HELP recommends checking him out first and, by giving him a light adjustment, we can often put anxious children at rest. Take a look at this page for the Chiropractic treatment of Colic Chiropractic ... Your baby miserable? Try Chiropractic first.

COMPLIMENTS ... always welcome!

Dear Dr B,

What a huge and extensive website you have. It has taken several reads to discovers there is still more to unearth. The things I find most pleasing are your approach to a healthier life-style and your little snippets dotted about - for example: I have learnt a new word: "proprioception" and the meaning. Now to put the balancing act into practice regularly and make sure it does become possible to walk heel to toe with closed eyes. It is a stimulating read.

You must have spent countless hours setting up your site - thank you so much for doing and working positively towards the well-being of others. It makes such a refreshing change from the usual approach of the medical profession. You also extend beyond chiropractic care which is great. Few medical professionals today can do it and are unable as they tend to have a little knowledge in such matters, their training is far too stereotyped - it's all about curing, and little to nothing on preventing.

I am attempting to educate my family on the benefits of better eating, so I'm sending your website address around the globe! We have a little grand-daughter and I would be happy knowing she will not become another statistic when older. None of us can turn back the clock but we can move forwards and improved on bad habits or prior ignorance.

Well done, it's been a very enlightening and stimulating read to date. One can approach the years beyond 60 with more confidence.

Many, many thanks,


Healthy Living Tips

You will likely find that your chiropractor is also interested in your whole lifestyle; sparkling health is as much determined by exercise and a healthy and varied diet.

We try to keep this chiropractic help site research based, rather than simply my opinion; that's often difficult and researchers often disagree.

For example, you may have recently read that Butter is Back. After decades of emphasis on polyunsaturate oil and statins, a recent meta analysis of 80 major research projects on the subject has declared that there is no scientific basis for changing from butter to margarine. There's a much research pro as against. So some aspects of why chiropractic help, of necessity, remain controversial; is bedrest necessary for severe back pain, or does it hinder progress?

Nevertheless, at our Healthy Living Tips page you'll find we encourage plenty of fruits and salads along with your bread and butter.

Common Medical Conditions

Common medical conditions sometimes respond astonishingly well to chiropractic help; and also not at all. Only very rarely do they get worse.

There are plenty of "medical" conditions that respond to chiropractic help, but much of it is unresearched and unpredictable. We discussed infantile colic higher up; now for the other end of the event.

I am currently treating two women who had given up all hope of falling pregnant. Both had been thoroughly examined medically, and there was no apparent reason for their infertility.

It's such a common experience at the chiropractic coalface that I dedicated a chapter to the subject in my first book of chiropractic anecdotes, Frog in my Throat.

Yet no chiropractor would claim he could get an infertile woman pregnant; and to my knowledge it's never been researched.

And so it is that boundary between what is medical and what is strictly the chiropractic domain has become blurred.

I myself have experienced a "sequestered" disc in the lumbar spine. Normally it's considered a surgical emergency, yet my partner completely fixed it; yes, I did have to stop for a month and be careful for several more months. Even now, I do our lower back exercises very faithfully every morning before arising from bed. I never miss; the pain was excruciating. You can read more about it at femoral nerve damage if interested.


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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.

Have a problem that's not getting better? Looking for a different slant on your pain? Want to pose a question?

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.

You visited this chiropractic help site no doubt because you have a problem that is not resolving and want to know more about what chiropractors do.

The quickest and most interesting way is to read one of my ebooks of anecdotes. Described by a reader as gems, both funny and healthful, from the life and work of a chiropractor, you'll love them. Priced right at $2.99, though Kindle fiddles the price without telling me.