CHIROPRACTOR Greenside JOHANNESBURGcentre Melrose ParktownNorth Parkwood
Skilled manipulation and mobilisation of the neck have now been firmly established in the scientific literature as both safe and effective for both acute and chronic cervical spine pain and cervicogenic headache. Best is in combination for massage therapies of the soft tissues and combined with exercises.
It's true that very occasionally, after around one in two million cervical adjustments, patients do have a stroke within two weeks. However exhaustive research shows that the people having an episode within seven days of having a manipulation were just as likely to have seen their medical doctors in that period. In neither instance was the medical or chiropractic treatment the cause; they were already in the process of having the CVA and the treatment was not the cause.
In any event, it's a very rare occurrence even if the treatment was to blame, which may be the case if it happens within hours. The literature suggests that in a group of 25 chiropractors who have been in practice for 40 years, one may cause a vertebro basilar stroke in that whole time. That is far safer than taking anti inflammatory drugs, for example.
The term skilled adjustment is vital. After several strokes by physiotherapists, who had attended weekend courses on cervical manipulation in the Netherlands, it was banned by the health ministry.
Often, any severe headache is labelled a migraine. Perhaps it is, and perhaps it isn't, but at the end of the day what is important is what role chiropractic has to play.
Undoubtedly, food allergies, stress and hormonal changes are sometimes, and perhaps frequently, the underlying cause. On the other hand every chiropractor will on a daily basis be treating patients with head and neck pain that has been labelled a migraine.
These people don't consult a chiropractor because they are neck crack junkies; they attend their local DC because they get significant relief of pain.
In fact, labeling a headache a migraine or other, I often think is a cul de sac. The real question is, does the patient have pain triggers in the muscles of the neck? Are there subluxations of the cervical spine? Is there a fixation in the jaw joint?
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, of course.
The jaw joint is undoubtedly one of the main spokes in the wheel.
tThere are hundreds of reasons why you may be having arm pain but, at the base of many of them is an irriated nerve in the neck. That could be a frank slipped disc, characterised by radiating pain into the arm when you turn your head to the same side, and simultaneously look upwards. Probably one of the most painful conditions in our clinics. The so-called "Shoulder abduction sign" will most likely be positive - you get relief by putting your hand on your head.
The first rib in the lower neck too is often the "boosdoener" as we say in Dutch; that which makes your arm angry. Very angry. It is the cause of the so-called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
The frozen shoulder is probably one of the most disabling and painful conditions faced at the Chiropractic Coalface. Untreated, the pain may often last three years.
Three years of disturbed nights and sheer hell; it was good to hear from Mrs P today that her husband Peter is still fine. It took three months of hard work on Peter's left shoulder, but then two years ago when he had it on the right AC joint and it took two years to get better with medical care. It was intimately tied up with the fixated first rib.
Many of the arm conditions are the result of a pinched or irritated nerve, somewhere between the neck and the hand. In the case of Carpal tunnel syndrome, the nerve may be tethered in several places like between the two bellies of the Pronator Teres muscle and in the neck; the so called double crush syndrome.
Indulge yourself in a few moments of the purest delight at this
Cervical compression test page. I promise you that you won't be
Watch the video right to the climax at the end; sometimes it won't load. Try again. Breathtaking. CERVICAL COMPRESSION TEST ...
CHIROPRACTOR Greenside JOHANNESBURGCENTRE Melrose ParktownNorth Parkwood
There are many structures in and around the pelvis capable of causing severe pain. The sacroiliac joint, hip arthritis, the piriformis syndrome, Meralgia paresthetica, Maignes syndrome, the Iliotibial band syndrome ...
It takes a careful and thorough examination by your chiropractor to see the wood from the trees. Remember too the little prostate gland, and the Kegal exercises
You will likely find that you Chiropractor takes an interest in what you eat, and don't eat!, whether you exercise your body and your mind. It's called holistic healthcare. You're not just a bag of bones!
For example, did you know that there is a very important tomato prostate link? And an apple diet doesn't only keep the doctor away. Dyslexia, sauteed mushrooms recipe for it's anti cancer properties, it's all vital if you want to reach a healthy happy eighty.
The word "claudication" means starved of oxygen. In a sense it's a problem that every smoker has. That's why a slipped disc, or any surgery for that matter, takes much longer to heal, if it heals at all.
Personally I'm always apprehensive when treating smokers with severe low back or neck problems. I know that the likelihood of me winning are significantly less.
Intermittent claudication refers to a condition where you get pain in the leg (primarly, it's really the same as angina which is pain in the heart muscle for the same reason, oxygen starvation) only when you exercise. At rest you have no problem. But when you walk, cycle, run... you get pain in the leg. It's caused by an artery in the groin blocked with cigarette ash! At rest just enough blood gets through. When you exercises... the leg begins to complain. "Give me air... "
A short story from chiropractor BERNARD PRESTON ...
Changing chiropractors, or your medical doctor for that matter, can be a difficult and emotive issue. It shouldn't be. Do you feel you don't "click" with him or her for one reason or another; consider your options.
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