CHIROPRACTOR Constantia DiepRiver GrassyPark Pinelands Tokai Wynberg

Chiropractor constantia Diepriver GrassyPark Pinelands Tokai Wynberg is where you'll find a local Cape Town doctor to treat diverse conditions such as infantile colic, lower back and leg pain.

Care of the spine dates back to early history; both Hippocrates and Galen used and recommended manipulation as part of their treatment programs for healthy bodies in Greece and Rome, several hundred years before Christ.

Many books about spinal manipulations were written through the ages by noted scholars such as Avicenna in Iraq, the Frenchman Pare and a friar, Thomas who wrote the Complete Bone Setter.

It was one of these bone setters, Tietzen, who took these methods to the United States where they developed into the modern manipulative professions.

Recent developments include the use of DCs as fully part of the medical teams at both summer and winter Olympics and the World Games.

However it is in treatment of LBP where DCs really come to the fore, taking up about 60 percent of the average doctor's time.

There is much research conclusively proving that joints in motion are far less prone to so called immobilisation arthritis. New work recently published found that inclusion of chiropractic to the treatment of hip arthritis brought significantly better results compared to a control group.

Chiropractors in the Cape Town suburbs.

CHIROPRACTOR Constantia DiepRiver GrassyPark Pinelands Tokai Wynberg

  • Dr Ashburner, Guy,
  • Dr Sonia Bowers,
  • Dr Broome, Richard,
  • Dr De Coning, Carl,
  • Dr De Jager, Liane,
  • Dr Hobson, Catherine,
  • Dr Ingram, Helen,
  • Dr Ingram, Colin,
  • Dr Raubenheimer, Craig,
  • Dr Ross, Stuart,
  • Dr Solomon, Peter,
  • Dr Vaghmaria, Vinesh,

Infantile Colic and Chiropractic

A baby showing all the signs of infantile colic.

The treatment of pregnant women, babies and children has become a large part of mainstream chiropractic. In fact, some chiropractors deliver babies, though that is certainly exceptional.

But colic chiropractic is absolutely standard today. Do you know the Rule of Three? COLIC CHIROPRACTIC - the Rule of Three ...

Pubic bone pain is a common complaint in our clinics, usually readily treatable, and this upper leg pain during pregnancy casefile reveals the possible neurological basis of pain in the groin. Of course the evergreen Kegel exercises are a must for every woman, and interestingly improve a man's sexual performance.

Lower back and leg pain

CHIROPRACTOR Constantia DiepRiver GrassyPark Pinelands Tokai Wynberg.

The lower back and associated conditions takes up 60 percent of the average chiropractor's day. Did you know there is strong research proving you are less likely to end up in spinal surgery if your first port of call is a DC, and not your medical doctor? It doesn't surprise me. Plus many insurances now support Chiropractic simply because it saves them money, and the poor victim gets back to work much sooner.

Lower back and leg pain is the Chiropractic specialty. You may find your DC tackle your back pocket wallet. Literally, not figuratively speaking. Lying prone on the table, we can see you cash and cards bulging, and pressing unequally on the right buttock, usually. Why is that so important?

Interestingly, Mayo clinic now condescendingly agrees that Chiropractic is good for low back pain, but not if you have tingling in feet and legs. That's a load of bunkum; not a day passes when I don't treat several patients, and often ten or fifteen, who have paresthesias in the lower limb.

It is possible that you have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the canal; then it's important to discuss with your chiropractor what your expectations are. He is not going to cure that tingling and numbness; by that I mean fix it so that it goes away completely.

Surgery might, but it's a risky and expensive business; just the anaesthetic in the older person comes with very real problems.

So, it's your call. Can you live with greatly reduced tingling and numbness in your legs with a regularly monthly chiropractic adjustment, or do want it cured despite the risks. Only you can make that decision.

Every Chiropractor could each and every day write a slipped disc symptoms case file, including with leg pain, in fact probably ten cases! It's out bread and butter though every slipped disc is a challenge, as individual as your fingerprint, and needs to be carefully and thoroughly managed. SLIPPED DISC SYMPTOMS Case File ... one important factor to look out for are the red flags, or what I call ominous lumbar signs.

Surgeon and patient expectations

In interesting researched published in 2013 in the most respected medical spinal journal in the world, simply called "Spine" researchers in Switzerland foung huge descrpancies between patient and surgeon expectations after major spinal surgery.

  • 79 percent of patients expected to have little or no back pain after three months. Only 59 percent of their surgeons were as optomistic.
  • 53% of patients anticipated that they would have no leg pain; only 33% of the surgeons were as confident.
  • 59 percent of the patients expected to have no further tingling in the feet and legs; only 27 percent of the surgeons anticapted that all the sensory disturbances would be gone.
  • 27 percent of the patients expected to return to a full work program; ony 7 percent of the surgeons were as confident.

Before consulting your chiropractor, or surgeon, for that matter, it's important to discuss fully your expectations.

Nutritional corner

Two foods rate very strongly as SUPERFOODS when it comes to lowering the "bad" cholesterol in your blood. They are oats and the chickpea - you find some hints about them at our Healthy Breakfast Menu and Authentic HUMMUS recipe.

Another goody for both cholesterol and constipation is Helens 15 euro salad. A meal in one if you add for example a couple slices of smoked salmon, or a good dollop of Hummus. HELENS 15 EURO SALAD ...

If your blood cholesterol is above 200 (5.2) then would be wise to minimise these foods to avoid high cholesterol.

Because of many links to our two sister sites, and we have been accused of being a link farm, a dreaded connotation. It's irritating but to find links to the subjects in bold you have to copy and paste them into the site search function in the navigation bar on your left.

Prostate malignancies

CHIROPRACTOR Constantia DiepRiver GrassyPark Pinelands Tokai Wynberg.

Neither my wife nor myself have taken any medicines of any sort in the last five years; and then only because of a misdiagnosis. It would be easy to give a regular chiropractic adjustment the credit, but the reality is we exercise regularly, cycle and walk, and eat only nutritious food. Well, there's chocolate and beer.

And it's a pleasure to say that I can enjoy a sweet pea just as easily and readily as fifty years ago; two important fruits are vital for the prostate gland.

Firstly, there's the tomato which, if enjoyed every day, either cooked or raw, reduces prostate and presumably other cancers by fifty percent; that's well researched.

And secondly, there's a compound called beta sitosterol that prevents swelling of the prostate; it's found most richly in the avocado.

Could anything be easier than eating tomatoes and avocados regularly?

Living in a subtropical climate, we have planted three avocado trees in our garden, not just for grandpa's prostate, but the whole family loves them. My son in law, of course, also needs to be eating them, and my grandson, the latter mainly for brain growth. They are also relatively high in oleic acid and omega 3; they are nerve food.

Seriously, Water for Kids is a must for every Mum, and every man shall eat a tomato every single day. Research suggests it's even better cooked, hence our delicious tomato soup recipe.

Don't read the apple diet page, because you'll certainly eat an apple every day for the rest of your life! Cheaper mind you than bowel cancer, emphysema, heart attack ... and a dozen other conditions now strongly proved to be prevented and helped by apples. Keep the Chiropractor away? Mm, that alas I doubt.

Avocado fat

Avocado halves are amongst our top foods.

Fats have been much maligned as the cause of obesity; now it's known that the main cause of obesity is refined, high glycemic index carbohydrates like white rice and white bread; and sugary cakes and biscuits.

The obese have nothing to fear from avocado fat; sixty percent of the brain is fat, and nerves are mostly coated with a fatty myelin sheath. A high percentage of this essential nerve fat is called oleic acid; yes, the olive and avocado are amongst the richest sources.

Even butter is back and fatty fish like pilchards and snoek are highly recommended for all, and especially those wanting to lose weight oddly.


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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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