Chiropractor Durban

Chiropractor Durban will help you locate your nearest DC.

Whilst our profession goes back into the mists of time, the modern profession, and it's name, was coined some one hundred and twenty years ago in 1895 by David D Palmer; the same vintage as X ray, coincidentally; that was discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen.

Manipulation was used the ancients; both Hippocrates and Galen avidly used adjustments of the spine. In the Middle Ages they were known as Bone Setters; one of them, a man by the name of Tiezen emigrated to the United States.

In France they were known as rebouteax, in Germany knochen einrichter and the algebrista.

It is the second biggest healing profession in the United States and Europe, after mainline medicine.

There are training institutes in ever continenet except Antarctica, obviously; some 100,000 professionals around the world. There are about fifty in Tegwini,most of whom graduated from DUT; there are some 600 doctors in South Africa.

We are known as primary contact professionals, meaning that you can be examined and treated without a referral from your medical doctor. Most medical aids for care.

The Durban waterfront and suburbs have plenty of chiropractors.

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There are two training institutes in South Africa, one in Durban and the other in Johannesburg.

Head Neck Pain

Head neck pain is the second most common complaint in the offices at chiropractor Durban. Low back and leg pain have the dubious pride of first place.

If you have temporal, or facial pain make sure your chiropractor Durban also examines your jaw joints.

Like this woman, could your headaches be coming from your TMJ? The jaw joint.

There's oodles of research now confirming that Chiropractic can manage your headaches, arm pain and head neck pain better than swallowing bucketloads of pills, especially dual anti inflammatory drugs; are you taking ibuprofen AND the odd aspirin? Read more ...

If you are suffering from severe migraine type headaches and facial pain, be ready to tell your chiropractor if you get popping sounds and often pain just in front of the ear in one or both jaw joints. Do you clench your teeth at night?

  • Dr Aaron, Mark, Medicross, 54 Lighthouse Road, Bluff, 031 466 5030 
  • Dr Adamson 
  • Dr Black 
  • Dr Botha 
  • Dr Bower 
  • Dr Coetzer
  •  Dr De Busser, Nikki, 183 Musgrave Road, 031 2019569 
  • Dr Docrat 
  • Dr Dogan 
  • Dr Duke, Bazil, 117B Musgrave Park, 18 Musgrave Road, Berea, 031 2024724 
  • Dr Dyson, David, 70 Wood Street, Montclair, (031) 4694192 
  • Dr Gilbert 
  • Dr Grossberg, Morris, Northbeach Medical Centre, 37 Sol Harris Crescent, (031) 332 6060 
  • Dr Harpham, Graeme has relocated to the UK.
  • Dr Khoury
  • Dr Korporaal, Charmaine, Chiropractic Day Clinic, 11 Ritson Road, Berea, 0313732511 
  • Dr Kretzmann, Heidi 
  • Dr Lakhani, Ektha, Medicentre, 1st Floor, 78 Lorne Street, 083 7750807

Rib treatment

Rib treatment is an essential ingredient of every one of those listed in chiropractor Durban.

Rain pain is extremely common, partly because each rib has four joints; three with the spine and one articulating with the sternum. In its more extreme form it can cause a very disabling condition known as Tietze's syndrome which affects the breastbone.

Right lower rib pain invites questions about the gall bladder and liver which lie just beneath.

Each rib - 24 of them - has three joints where they meet the spine, plus one where they articulate with the sternum. Nearly one hundred joints of potential rib pain. Think about Chiropractic rib pain treatment.

But a correct diagnosis when it comes to chest pain, and heart attack symptoms and signs, is obviously crucial.

One nasty little condition that responds well to chiropractic is Tietzes syndrome. It's often confused with a heart attack, causing breastbone pain.

  • Dr Maartens
  • Dr Maharaj, Praveena , 11 Shannon Drive, Autobank Medical CTR, Suite 1, Reservoir Hills, 0312627490
  •  Dr Matkovich, Grant, 360 Clark Road, Glenwood, 031 2018204 
  • Dr Naidoo
  • Dr Naidoo 
  • Dr Ndlovu 
  • Dr Pillay 
  • Dr Pillay 
  • Dr Rethman, Ray, 213 Musgrave Park, 18 Musgrave Road, Berea, (031) 202 8991 
  • Dr Shaik, Junaid, Durban University of Technology, Cnr Mansfield and Ritson Roads, Berea, (031) 204 2588 
  • Dr Sood 
  • Dr Sutherland 
  • Dr Talmage 
  • Dr Vadachia 
  • Dr van Lingen 
  • Dr Walker, Caileen, 5 Claribel Road, Morningside, 031 3035578
  •  Dr Whitlock

Tingling in arms and hands

The inter scalene triangle is the source of many of the problems affecting the arm.

Over and above the more common causes of tingling in the arms and hands, usually due to degenerative joints of Luschka in the cervical spine after a poorly managed whiplash injury, the narrow inter scalene triangle at the base of the neck is not infrequently at the root of a deep ache in the upper extremity, as anatomists call it.

Your chiropractor Durban is well qualified to treat this nasty condition; occasionally surgery is needed, but not unless you've left it too long.

If you have radiating pain and tingling going down your arm from your neck, then there are two important questions that you should be able to answer when first consulting a chiropractor.

It helps him or her make the correct diagnosis. An MRI scan would confirm it, but for the majority that's out of reach. An X ray is mandatory if there is numbness or weakness in the limb.

  • Exactly which fingers are affected if the tingling goes into the hand?
  • Is the ache in the lower arm relieved or aggravated by lifting your arm above your head as in hanging the washing?

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In the management of arm pain, the narrow passage between the scalene muscles and the first rib should always be considered.

Any spasm of the muscles or fixation of the first rib may be the underlying cause of the deep ache in the limb.

An important point in the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome is that the tingling and ache never affects the little finger; the median nerve supplies the first four only. It's a so called double crush condition; in the wrist and elsewhere in the forearm, shoulder or neck.

Lower back pain is probably the most common complaint treated in chiropractic clinics; it's a serious problem particularly if a nerve root is affected. If you have an aching leg, with associated tingling and weakness, don't expect the condition to be fixed in a couple of treatments. Miracles we do at once, but the impossible takes a little longer.

The most commonly affected nerve causes sciatica; it supplies the back of the thigh, the calf and the foot. If you bend slowly forwards the affected leg will be much tighter than the other. A simple provocation of the pain is done using the Slump Test; you can do it yourself at home.

Neglected, it causes a drop foot, or an inability to raise the great phalanx, or stand on the toes.

In the older person, the Femoral nerve is more often affected; usually, but not always, bending backwards and to the side provokes the pain down the leg. The front of the thigh, and the inner lower limb aches and frequently tingles or is numb. The knee may give way when climbing stairs.

The Sign of Pisa

Notice how this man has a twist in his spine; it's a temporary affair known as an antagia; once the herniated disc has been correctly treated using chiropractic adjustments, he will stand up straight again.

It's a serious sign and often leads onto a painful sciatica; in my book, intermittent bed rest, exercises and chiropractic help is the solution.

An antalgia towards the side of pain means a postero medial disc herniation.

Lower back and leg pain

If you're an Medical Aid executive, then the words lower back and leg pain are likely to make you retch! And that's the reason they're seriously interested in Chiropractic. Because research after research confirms that Chiropractic does it better, and saves them bucketfuls of boodle.

Even Edzard Ernst, a serious critic of Chiropractic, can't deny it. Whether it's L4 lumbar spine, or even L2 that is the cause of Meralgia Paresthetica medicine's own research shows we do it better than drugs and surgery. Actually there is no recognised medical treatment for Meralgia Paresthetica

Can you raise the big toe?

EHL is the muscle that lifts the big toe.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

Aristotle 384-322 BC

Lumbar Facet Arthropathy

Chronically subluxated lumbar facets (the lumbar facet syndrome ) is characterised by pain when bending backwards and to the side. If you allow them to remain chronically subluxated, starved of oxygen and nutrients they start to degenerate: lumbar facet arthropathy.

Find relief at Chiropractor Durban; there's a doctor in your neighbourhood. For those in the Waterfall area, you'll find help at Chiroplus.

Education Chiropractic

Durban is privileged to have a top class chiropractic institution at DUT. Thanks to the vision of the Chiropractic Association of South Africa and men and women like Dr Glynn Till and Dr Charmaign Korporaal, the institute was started despite great opposition some two decades ago. Without it, and the newer programme at JU there would today be no more than a handful of aging chiropractors in South Africa.

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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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