CHIROPRACTOR Blackheath Blairgowrie CraighallPark PierneefPark Randburg

Chiropractor Blackheath Blairgowrie CraighallPark PierneefPark Randburg helps you find your local chiropractor.

I expect, before consulting a DC, you most likely will want to know what we do and why; I would.

The tissues of the body, be they a muscle, such as that which lifts your big toe from the ground, affected by the L4 Lumbar Spine, the skin of your hand, disturbed in a carpal tunnel sydrome, and the  organs are controlled by nerves emerging from the spinal cord via a foramen.

This foramen lies neatly tucked between the disc anteriorally, in front and the facet posteriorally. Thus malalignment and dysfunction of either of these joints can materially affect the nerve emerging from the foramen.

Interesting research shows that spinal fixations release noxious chemicals which not only inflame the joints themselves, but also begin to erode the hyaline cartilage that lines the bones, arthritis, and irritate the nerve emerging from the foramen. Chiropractic Help seeks to address this problem that will not respond to medication; the only valid treatment is to get your joints in motion.

And that means Chiropractic and Exercises. And a diet rich in the anti inflammatory food stuffs like fish oil.

The autonomic nervous system chart.

CHIROPRACTOR Blackheath Blairgowrie CraighallPark PierneefPark Randburg

  • Dr Borowsky
  • Dr Brugman, Louis, 61 Cross Street, President Ridge, Randburg, (011)7892509
  • Dr Frese
  • Dr Herwill
  • Dr Jones  
  • Dr Marinus
  • Dr Marinus
  • Dr Mead
  • Dr Monvoison
  • Dr Sell
  • Dr Sutton
  • Dr Wayman, Arthur, 2nd Floor, Healthway Centre, Beyers Naude Dr, Blackheath, (011) 678 1414

The inter vertebral foramen in the lumbar spine is where the nerve may be irritated.
The extensor hallucis longus muscle raises the big toe.

Carpal Tunnel case file

Tingling in hands and arms is one of the greatest complaints at the chiropractic coalface and it's often debilitating and difficult. In this instance, carpal tunnel syndrome is what's known as a double crush condition, with the median nerve irritated in two or more places along its path.

Most commonly the nerve irritation is in the lower neck, between the bellies of the pronator teres muscle and in the wrist. Unless treatment is directed at all these potential sites of impingement, the outcome is often less than satisfactory.

There is no scientific research confirming than any treatment, medical or chiropractic, is successful in the long term; yet we have considerable success with the condition.

If you have tingling and numbness in the pinkie, then it's definitely not carpal tunnel syndrome.

The tingling starts usually in the lower arm, often spreading to the whole limb and neck; not infrequently it begins in the other hand too. It's usually worse in the early morning often wakening the patient with a deep ache and paresthesias; strange nerve symptoms, always missing the little finger.

Swinging the arm, as in a windmill, sometimes helps; so too, placing the hands in the prayer position and deviating the fingers laterally, stretching the median nerve. You'll find more carpal tunnel exercises as these links below.

The median nerve distribution excludes the little finger.

The median nerve is affected;

CHIROPRACTOR Blackheath Blairgowrie CraighallPark PierneefPark Randburg

Rib pain treatment

The ribs, protecting the organs of the chest and giving impetus to breathing each have three joints articulating with the spine, and one with the breast bone. This breathing mechanism can be affected by trauma to the ribcage, and for example by a violent sneeze. A subluxation of any one of these four joints can cause very distressing pain, sometimes making breathing difficult.

If it affects the rib-breastbone joint on the left then it often causes great alarm. "Am I having a heart attack?" This condition, sometimes called Tietzes syndrome can be simply ameleriorated with Chiropractic care.

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Children need chiropractic too

Many of the conditions of adulthood begin in childhood, perhaps with birth or in-utero trauma causing hip dysplasia, or infantile colic, or even a bad fall.

Only this morning I was consulted by a young woman who stated that she had suffered from low back pain and headaches since her early teens. On further questioning she recalls being involved when she was 11 or 12 in a chain-motor-vehicle-accident in which her mother had a serious whiplash.

Take seriously your child's complaints of headache and pains in the joints. In particular, the limping child should also be thoroughly assessed. Growing pains doesn't exist. A missed Perthes isease will have tragic consequences.

Nutritional Corner

A broccoli head is full of antioxidants.

You will most likely find your chiropractor asking pertinent questions about what you eat, and how you exercise. They have a profound affect on health; the best spinal care in the world is of little value if you get cancer, or have a heart attack and suddenly pass away. It happens believe you me, and not just to other people.

  • BROCCOLI FACTS ... a profound anti-carcinogen.
  • GROWING BUTTERNUT SQUASH ... a rich source of anti oxidant bioflavonoids.

To find links to topics in bold use the site search function in the navigation bar on your left.

Banting diet rebuttal

South Africa like America has become one of the leading obese nations of the world with all the attendant sudden death from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and knee arthritis, just to mention a few.

Enter Prof Tim Noakes and his Banting diet; it's also known as the Paleo.

There's nothing new about banting; it was first used by the renowned Dr William Harvey who propounded the theory of blood circulation some four hundred years ago.

Dr Harvey put a morbidly obese undertaker William Banting on this very low carbohydrate, yet high fat diet; despite eating large amounts of animal fat, Banting lost a huge amount of weight.

Noakes, himself an athlete, brings to the table all the passion of a convert; he had long been the proponent of a chocolate cake before a long race, until he himself became diabetic. His complete turn around on the place of carbohydrate in the diet, with all the zeal of a young convert, in the face of all current medical thinking on heart disease and animal fat, brought huge controversy and condemnation with it.

There is little doubt that banting enables the obese to easily lose weight, drop their blood pressure and even lower blood cholesterol, yet it remains controversial.

My own reservations lie not with its potential effect on cardiovascular health but, as discussed in Banting diet rebuttal, the likelihood of a steep rise in cancer. There is massive research showing that fruit and legumes have a profoundly beneficial effect on healthy. Simply by banning legumes and tomatoes because of their carbohydrate content, any long term switch to rigorous banting can only see a rise in breast and prostate cancer.

Useful links

  • Chiropractic Conditions is a central page at Chiropractic Help. It provides you simply and easily with the sorts of conditions that the average chiropractor would be treating.
  • Healthy Living Tips is another vital page at Chiropractic Help. Sparkling good health is not just about having your subluxations adjusted. Our healthy living tips page gives you some insights into different foods you could and perhaps should be eating.

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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 have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is 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 is 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 pain-free. 

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 is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he has 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 stroll 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; he has a short leg.

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. X-rays 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 few months 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 is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38-year 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 could not 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 should not be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that is so much bunkum.

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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 percent of the time the correct diagnosis is made with no examination, no special tests, no xrays, but just from the history, there is 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.

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