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This is a website helping you to understand your condition from a different perspective. What does your local DC have to offer if you have lower back and leg pain, or a jaw joint causing severe migraines, or a sprained ankle? Here you will find it all, and a registered doctor in your neck of the woods.

This is a large site with nearly 400 pages; finding your way around can be difficult. Use the search this site search function in the navigation bar on your left to find out more about these terms.

If you have never consulted a chiropractor before, then you probably will want to know why and what they do; that's perfectly understandable.

Manipulation of the spine goes back into the mists of time. Both Hippocrates and Galen recommended it; in fact, the former is really also the father of chiropractic though the profession in its modern form is accredited to a Canadian, Daniel D Palmer, who lived in Ohio in the United States.

Known in the middle ages as bone setters, the art of manipulation was brought to American by a family called Tietzen. From them was born both osteopathy and chiropractic.

Map of the Cape Town suburbs where you will find chiropractors.

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Chiropractic is much more than the treatment of bones and joints; research now confirms that joints that are not properly in motion begin to degenerate, and release noxious chemicals that irritate any nerves that lie close by.

That may be a frank pinching of the nerve as in a slipped disc, or an irritation causing tingling in arms and hands and feet, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

In its more severe forms, wasting of muscles may also occur, though there are other causes such as muscular dystrophy and MS.

More difficult to prove scientifically is the effect on the organs supplied by these nerves; nevertheless such certainly does happen. Some infertile women fall pregnant, for example, after subluxations in the spine have been cleared.

There is an epidemic of lower back pain in the Western world, mostly due to our sedentary existence. The secret is to nip the condition in the bud before the ominous lumbar signs set in. That means spinal exercises, less sitting and a regular walk or swim, for example.

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  • Dr Stuart White, The Promenade Centre, Litekem Pharmacy, Victoria Rd, (021) 4381468

Head Neck Pain

The neck and jaw joints together produce a lot of misery for mankind. Much of arm pain finds it's root in the neck, as do headaches. TMJ ear pain, because of their proximity are also often confusing, and the underlying cause for facial pain and migraine headaches.

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Rib pain treatment

Subluxations of the ribs, whether in the midback or where they join to the breastbone can be confused with a heart attack, if it's on the left. Like most conditions, sternal pain comes in mild and extreme doses; if it forms a swollen, tender lump then it's called Tietzes syndrome which can be extremely debilitating.

In the mid back, it's often very distressing, called a sprung rib, causing sharp pain on inspiration; it's often associated with a violent sneeze, subluxating the rib head. It responds very rapidly to the chiropractic adjustment; left, the sharp stabs go slowly away but leaving a chronic ache from the fixation.

In the front, if on the left it's often called heart attack rib but in fact has nothing to do with the cardiovascular system. 

Have you done a course in CPR? Everyone should.

Chiropractors treat the rib joints on a daily basis. It's our bread and butter.

Incidentally, as an aside, a meta analysis of all the butter, margarine research indicates there is no scientific justification for changing to polyunsaturates.

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Lower back and leg pain

Lateral lumbar x-ray after an operation.

Chiropractors spend about 60% of their day with patients suffering from lower back and leg pain. Lumbar stenosis also responds well to Chiropractic, somewhat surprisingly perhaps.

Sixty percent of slipped disks are caused by bending and twisting simultaneously - something we do every day. Part of the solution is a daily set of exercises before getting out of bed in the morning. You can get them from Chiropractic Tips.

On the verge of surgery? What are the ominous lumbar signs? Perhaps first think chiropractic and back surgery alternatives before going under the knife. But do give your chiropractor a solid chance. Miracles we do at once, but the impossible takes a little longer!

Healthy living tips

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You will probably find that your chiropractor stakes great importance on whether you exercise or not; what you eat, and don't eat, is obviously vital too.

Most of us don't eat sufficient omega 3 rich foods, and that means inflammation in the spine, and in the bloodvessels too. Fatty fish like snoek and salmon and freshly ground flax seed are the best sources; west coast pilchards too.

He or she may well introduce to delicious foods like hummus that are easy to make in your own kitchen; along with oats, apples and brinjals, chickpeas are listed amongst the superfoods that lower cholesterol. Enjoying them may well enable you to get off statins if your cholesterol is raised. 

Eat as broadly as you can, from as many different sources as possible. Fruit, salads, legumes, nuts and seeds will easily enable you to get your five coloured foods per day; that should be viewed as a minimum. I aim for ten.

Important considerations

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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

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