Chiropractor Hilton

Chiropractor Hilton, South Africa, explains why and what your local DC may be doing, and where you can find him or her.

  • Dr Jane Ackerman - Lewis, 56 Groenekloof Rd, Hilton. 033-343 2549 
  • Dr Nicole Descoins, 21 Hilton Avenue, Hilton, 033 3431835
  • Dr Julia Forsyth
  • Dr Barrie Lewis, 56 Groenekloof Rd, Hilton.  033-343 2549
  • Dr Melissa Taylor

  • Chiropractic Conditions is a central page at Chiropractic Help. It provides you simply and easily with the sorts of conditions that the average chiropractor would be treating.
  • Healthy Living Tips is another vital page at Chiropractic Help. Sparkling good health is not just about having your subluxations adjusted. Our healthy living tips page gives you some insights into different foods you could and perhaps should be eating.

Chiropractor Hilton

Chiropractor Hilton in South Africa helps find your local DC in the Midlands.

The rationale for Chiropractic treatment

It's been long established that loss of movement in a joint decreases the movement of the synovial fluid that feeds the hyaline cartilage in the joint; this is at the very heart of the rationale for chiropractic treatment. It has profound effects:

  • The deficiency of nutrients and oxygen causes immobilisation arthritis, a condition quite distinct from other forms of rheumatism though the end result is much the same; painful, stiff and swollen joints. 

* Early symptoms of arthritis ...

  • The build up of noxious wastes, normally flushed away by the synovial fluid, forms a sea of inflammatory chemicals that bathes the joint and, in the case of spinal joints, the nerves emerging from the spine. The result? Altered nervous system activity; in its simplest form causing tingling in arms and hands, and feet and legs. More profound is the effect on the organs of the body. For example, people with conditions in the midback, where the nerves emerge to the stomach, have a higher incidence of ulcers and heartburn. 



Hypomobility, a fixation, or subluxation in a joint in the foot for example completely alters the way in which a person walks. The knock-on effect is increased wear and tear in the knees, hips, back and all the way up the kinetic chain. A subtly altered gait can be the cause of your headaches.

These altered motor patterns, be it from the fixation in the subtalar joint in your ankle, the SIJ or any other part can play havoc with the whole body.

Invariably, hip arthritis is associated with fixations in the sacroiliac joints. It is of course a chicken and egg situation, but in Chiropractic we believe that correct mobilisation of a locked up hip, can save the spine and SIJ, and vice versa, can prevent degenerative changes in the ball and socket secondary to subluxations elsewhere.

Look at how the tilted sacrum in this lumbar casefile has led inexorably to severe facet arthritis and spinal stenosis. Altered biomechanics has severe knock-on effects distant to the subluxated or injured joint, short leg and many other conditions causing the altered motion.

X-ray of a tilted sacrum causing a curvature of the spine.
Scan showing how a tilted sacrum causes facet arthritis.

What is chiropractic?

We think understanding what is chiropractic is important.

The term CHIROPRACTIC THERAPY has evolved from two Greek words: Chiro (hand) and Practis (the practice of). Used by the ancients, doctors like Hippocrates and Galen actively used and promoted manipulation of the spine; at chiropractor Hilton we still adhere to these principles.

Modern Chiropractic was founded by a Canadian, Daniel D Palmer, in 1895. Today, after Medicine and Dentistry, Chiropractic is the third most powerful force in healing in the West.

What do Chiropractors do?

What do chiropractors do? A very diverse number of treatments, but at chiropractor Hilton we still use manipulation of the spine, exercise and nutrition.

A demonstration showing Teddy being adjusted.

Barrie Lewis

Barrie Lewis DC graduated from the National College of Chiropractic, as it was known then, in Lombard, Illinois. Here, Tweety gets an adjustment at Chiropractor Hilton.

Tweety gets a chiropractic adjustment.

Chiropractors use a variety of manual methods to "adjust" (or manipulate) the joints primarily of the spine and pelvis, but in fact of all joints in the body, including the jaw joints, the rib joints, the Sacroiliac joints and the joints in the feet that may be causing your foot or ankle joint pain. ANKLE JOINT PAIN

Jane Ackerman

Jane Ackerman is the first third generation chiropractor in South African. Her grandparents, Dr Unity and Dick Lewis, from Lincoln and Palmer were pioneer DCs in SA. She too practises at Chiropractor Hilton.

Lower back exercises

Many patients suffer from chronic, recurring episodes of LBP. One of the secrets is to go through the rehab programme. Lower back exercises done faithfully every morning in bed before arising (they take less than two minutes) will do much to ameliorate the suffering and cost you may be experiencing from low back pain. You can expect your chiropractor Hilton to absolutely insist you get involved in your own prevention programme. Only two minutes each and every morning, same as brushing your teeth.

Head neck pain

Ask any chiropractor and you'll find that head neck pain is complex; there are so many variables. One person has fallen off horses umpteen times, another several car accidents; some have a scoliosis due to a short leg and that stresses the cervical spine; head neck pain is inevitable. We see them all at chiropractor Hilton.

Today I had a new patient who's Accessory nerve was cut during surgery to remove a swollen lymph node beneath the jawbone; it supplies two vital muscles involved with head neck pain. The surgeon apparently graduated in the lower half of the class, and anatomy wasn't his forte.

Others has been to a DC or physiotherapist who hurt them, and so it goes. At chiropractor Hilton can you expect the best care available; still, head neck pain can be very trying.

Iatrogenic illness, or doctor caused disease occurs in every medical and chiropractic practice; we can't promise you that we are above it. Yet, first, do no harm, the dictum of Hippocrates, remains firmly in our minds.

Nearly 50 percent of the average chiropractor's day is taken up with people suffering from headaches or neck pain, the latter often radiating to the arm.

Behind most carpal tunnel syndrome cases for example lies an irritated nerve in the neck which is the underlying cause of the tingling in the lower arm, usually the thumb and two or three fingers; the pinkie is always spared. 

At chiropractor Hilton you can expect a thorough examination. Unfortunately the research indicates that no matter what treatment you have, including chiropractic, if you've had the pain for six months, it's there for ever. It can be relieved and helped, but it will come back; the solution is an occasional but regular consultation.

If you've had head neck pain for three or four months, then do something about it now; or expect to suffer for the rest of your life.

Tingling in hands along the median nerve distribution.

Another spot where the Median nerve may be pinched is in the forearm as it passes between the two heads of the Pronator Teres muscle.

Diagnosis is a vital part of Chiropractic Hilton. Treating the right tissue, at the correct level is obviously important. That means a thorough examination...

Tingling in arms and hands can also be caused by the pronator teres muscle.

Migraine headaches

Migraine headaches are complex, and caused by many different factors, but it's often in the jaw joint; we understand it at chiropractor Hilton.

Do you have a clicking, or popping TMJ, pain on the side of your face and head, and nauseous making headaches?

At chiropractor Hilton we specialise in the treatment of migraine headaches. Having wisdom teeth removed under a general anaesthetic, with excessive opening of the mouth is frequently a cause of injury to the meniscus in the jaw joint.

The TMJ anatomy of the temporo mandibular joint needs to be carefully assessed to determine if that TMJ ear pain and MIGRAINE HEADACHE is coming from your neck or jaw joint, or is really an allergic reaction to peanuts, red wine, anchovies, or blue cheese.

Other conditions treated at CHIROPRACTOR HILTON

The ankle mortise and subtalar joints.

Chiropractic treatment for scoliosis

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR SCOLIOSIS as in the case above is highly specific and gentle. This elderly lady could barely walk when she first consulted us; can you see the severe twist in her lumbar spine? There are plenty of challenges at chiropractor Hilton.

Scoliosis of the lumbar spine.

Chiropractic excels in the treatment of lower back pain, though it can be very difficult, and occasionally referral to a specialist is indicated.

Newsletter #28

This copy of our monthly newsletter features some simple lower back exercises and a few thoughts on the prevention of breast cancer.


Much of the Western world eats too much red meat, despite a mountain of research associating red meat with heart disease, raised cholesterol, and cancer.

The humble green bean is the alternative, and Witsa climbing beans grow like weeds in Hilton. Next spring, plan to sow a few Witsa every week.

Try this green bean and lentil soup. Made in a jiffy, absolutely healthy and delic. SLOW FOOD MADE FAST. GREEN BEAN AND LENTIL SOUP ...

To find links to the topics in bold copy and paste them into the site search function in the navigation bar on your left.

The villages of Hilton and Winterskloof are renowned for their avocado trees. The most popular varieties are the Hass and the Fuerte trees due to their resistance to mild frosts.

The avocado is rich in healthy fatty acids, has zero cholesterol, has more protein than a glass of milk, and is rich in fibre and many minerals and vitamins.

So rich are the avocado benefits that the fruit is certainly classed amongst the health foods. I try to eat one every day. AVOCADO BENEFITS ...

At chiropractor Hilton you can expect searching questions about how much you exercise and what you eat; the ratio of omega 6 to omega-3 in your diet has a profound influence on your joints and muscles.

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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.

Do you have a problem that is not getting better?

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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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