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Chiropractor GlenHazel Highlands Linksfield Oaklands Waverley is where you'll find help for your aches and pains.

It is now widely accepted in the literature that patients suffering from repeated episodes of lower back pain should look to various stabilization exercises to improve the neuromuscular control during various activities, such as using the vacuum cleaner, for example.

There is much interest in the literature currently as to whether some may be more effective than others for different types of lower back pain; for example, whether you go into what is known as a pelvic shift, also called an antalgia. In common usage, do you periodically look like the leaning tower of Pisa?

For example, the very simple abdominal hollow exercise has been shown to be more effective than no treatment at all, regular medical treatment and general exercise like walking.

Every morning, before arising, simply lie on your back in bed with hips and knees at ninety degrees; rapidly contract and relax the tummy muscles without lifting the pelvis or arching the back.

You can find more lower back exercises in the navigation bar on your left.

Such exercises have addressed the

  • Abdominal muscles
  • Deep lumbopelvic muscles
  • The multifidi
An antalgia to the right.

CHIROPRACTOR GlenHazel Highlands Linksfield Oaklands Waverley

  • Dr Kavonic, Brett, 85 Leigh Avenue, Glen Hazel, 011 8827982
  • Dr Kaye-Eddie, Cheri, 42 African Street, Oaklands, 0117280582
  • Dr Trautmann

A healthy body requires and fully functioning nervous system, plenty of activity and a complete diet; that should include some vegetable protein, like chickpeas, very little high glycemic carbohydrate and nutritious fats including those from fish, olive and avocado.

Notice how the nerve emerges from the spinal foramen neatly between two joints; the facet joint posteriorally and the disc joint anteriorally. A disturbance in either joint causing what is called a fixation, or subluxation, can irritate the nerve causing what is known medically as a paresthesia.

Ignored, the skin will become first very sensitive, and then numb, and the muscle supplied by the nerve may begin to atrophy or shrink.

Your chiropractor will test the reflexes and use a pinwheel to assess the sensory status of your skin.

Most commonly affected muscles are those that raise the heel and great toe in the foot, the quadriceps at the knee, and triceps at the elbow; less commonly those in the hand.

Tingling in arms and hands

Tingling usually means a disturbance within your neurological system, though a decreased blood supply can also cause tingling. This could be in the brain, spinal cord, or anywhere along the course of the peripheral nerve, but the most likely entrapment is as the nerve emerges from the spine

A good lumbar foramen is essential for passage of the nerve roots.

Organs supplied by the nerve are also affected. Interesting research for example shows that subluxations in the midback cause a higher incidence of stomach ulcers. The stomach is really just a specialised muscle...

Diagram illustrating where the nerves and artery are affected in thoracic outlet syndrome.

The thoracic outlet syndrome is another condition where a subluxated first rib, amongst other things, can affect the nerves passing to the arm, making one vulnerable complaints such as frozen shoulder.

Risking criticism for gross generalities, chiropractic is centred on hyaline cartilage and healthy fats. That means movement of the joints and a healthy diet.

Facets and discs are lined with hyaline cartilage which has no blood supply of its own. It is supplied by the synovial fluid in the joint. In the presence of subluxations, the oxygen and nutrients are not adequately refreshed. The result is immobilisation arthritis, the most common cause of stiffness in the spine.

Waste products too build up in fixated joints irritating the nerves in the foramena as they exit from the spine.

Just as important, those nerves are lined with a fatty sheath (called a myelin sheath). It's vital for healthy conduction that your nerves are coated with the healthy fats, predominantly those from fish, the olive and avocado. Nuts and other foods of course also contain smaller amounts of the healthy fatty acids. Research strongly recommends avoiding the trans fats form in hydrogenated foods.

Tingling in feet and legs

CHIROPRACTOR GlenHazel Highlands Linksfield Oaklands Waverley

Diagram of the piriformis muscle and how it can cause sciatica.

Likewise in the lower extremity an irritated or frankly pinched nerve can cause tingling in feet and legs. TINGLING IN FEET AND LEGS ...

This could be due to a Slipped Disk for example, SLIPPED DISK ... a Spondylolysthesis, a Piriformis Syndrome and many other spinal conditions.

Coloured foods

Researchers advise us to eat a minimum of FIVE coloured fruit and veg per day. For example, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, beetroot... the list is endless. At Chiropractic Help we recommend you aim for TEN. The coloured foods are full of antioxidants. Cancer prevention. They also lower cholesterol and homocysteine. Apart from anything else, they taste damn good!

  • Organic Food Greens
  • Growing butternut squash

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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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