Chiropractor Milnerton Tableview

Chiropractor Milnerton Tableview helps you find your local DC, for treatment of your lower back pain for example.

Perhaps you live in Cape Town and have a health issue that medicine hasn't been able to serve; could spinal manipulation provide the solution?

Injured nerves emanating from the spine have been identified as the source of many problems since the early mists of time. Both Hippocrates and Galen employed spinal manipulation as part of their treatment regimens.

The art of manipulation can be traced through the knochen einrichters of Germany, the kloge folk of Denmark and the bonesetters of Britain.

One such family, the Tietzens, took their art to America where the skills were refined by a DD Palmer, who first used the name chiropractor in 1895.

The first chiropractors came to South Africa in the 1920's. The professional is today highly regulated, as is medicine, and organised under the banner of CASA, the Chiropractic Association of South Africa.

Be sure to choose only a chiropractor who submits to the authority of this disciplinary body; ask if he or she is a paid up member. All doctors of every ilk must practise within a certain code of ethics that is stipulated and regulated by their professional colleagues.

This gem was coined about one of London's early practitioners, a woman by the name of Sarah Mapp. Her fame went out far before her, and she was considered a thorn in the side of the medical profession at the time.

You surgeons of London, who puzzle your pates,

to ride in your coaches and purchase estates,

give over, for shame, for your pride has a fall,

and the doctress of Epsom has outdone you all.

You can find the rest of the poem by typing Chiropractic in Europe into the Site Search function at the top of the navigation bar on your left.

Chiropractor Milnerton Tableview

Chiropractor Milnerton Tableview asks if spinal manipulation could help your problem.

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Consulting a Chiropractor

What can you expect at your first consultation with a chiropractor? And why would you want to see one in the first place?

Well, there is very powerful, convincing evidence that Chiropractic is both more constructive, and more cost effective, for complaints such as low back pain.

Chiropractors can now claim to work within what is known as evidence based therapy. In fact it's not only their research, but medical findings too that verifies that manipulation is more effective for your lumbago than  medication.

What's more, if you first consult a chiropractor for low back pain, research confirms you are less likely to end up under the knife.

Whilst there are potential side effects and dangers associated with all treatment, the dangers of anti inflammatory drugs and surgery are considerably greater than those of Chiropractic. That's especially true if you are taking two medicines like aspirin and brufin simultaneously; so called dual antiinflammatory drugs.

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Shoulder pain

Diagram showing how thoracic outlet syndrome can affect the nerves and artery that supply the arm.

Shoulder pain is often, though not always related to subluxations in the lower neck or first rib which causes the so-called thoracic outlet syndrome; you can expect a thorough examination for your chiropractor Milnerton Tableview. 

Another spoke in the shoulder wheel is the AcromioClavicular Joint that joins your collar bone to the shoulder blade. It's right on the tip of the shoulder and is a prime cause of many shoulder conditions;

Probably the most difficult shoulder condition faced in the chiropractic clinic is the so-called Frozen Shoulder. The capsule of the shoulder becomes tightened and shrinks causing severe shoulder pain which disturbs every aspect of life, including sleep. The key is prevention. Don't let a shoulder problem turn into a frozen shoulder, you will have hell. Get to your chiropractor sooner, rather than later if you are having shoulder pain.

These rotator cuff strengthening exercises work like a treat if you have torn or strained a muscle in your shoulder.

Hip and groin pain

There are a number of chiropractic conditions that present as hip and groin pain. One of them is Maignes syndrome which is pain radiating from the upper lumbar spine into the front of the thigh. Together with its first cousin, Meralgia Paresthetica, a pinched nerve in the groin, pain in the thigh is very treatable with chiropractic.

Then there are more serious hip conditions like Femoro Acetabular Impingement Syndrome (FAIS) and Developmental Hip Dysplasia (DDH), and Perthes Disease that require early diagnosis. Research done by medicine candidly admites that on average it takes over three years for FAIS to be diagnosed. But as a chiropractor I examine the hips of every single patient, even should you consult me for headaches. After all, a quick screen can be done in 30s... Failure to diagnose these disease early leads inexorably to serious hip arthritis.

Low back pain

Low back pain is probably the most common reason why patients consult a chiropractor Milnerton Tableview. There's an epidemic, largely because we sit too much and spend too little time hiking up the mountain and swimming.

Exercise or ache are your choices; you'll find low back pain exercises in the navigation bar on your left.

Healthy Living Tips

You will most likely find your chiropractor asking questions about your general health and making a few healthy living tips. After all, what you eat, whether you exercise and how often you take a holiday all have a profound affect on your general health. Did you know for example that Omega-3 oil dramatically affects how your child behaves, your memory, heart disease and even dyslexia? Think about growing butternut squash, along with fish, a rich source of the essential Omega fatty acids.

You can expect your chiropractor to make research-based tips like these to promote better health. Slow food made fast, that's our slogan at Chiropractic Help.

  • Healthy choice foods
  • Growing butternut squash and a delicious simple soup recipe.

The Western Cape has an abundance of healthy foods; whether it's the fruit, the proximity to olive garden nutrition, fatty fish from the icy Atlantic waters, or to the wheat that supplies the bread basket of South Africa.

Healthy wheat is not easy to get hold of; mostly it's been refined and even so called wholemeal flour has often been robbed of much of it's bran and germ. If you bake bread, consider purchasing a wheat grinder; they are expensive.

Home bake is so much easier with a bread machine.


On a personal note, two of my hobbies are buying wheat and raw olives directly from the farmer, at a fraction of the price I might say, and then preparing them; wonderful bread and pickled fruit. Both are abundantly available in the Western Cape.

Well-being doesn't come in the main from great expense, but the little things like enjoy an apple a day, baking your own 100% real bread and taking a walk.

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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.

Have a problem that is not getting better? Looking for a different slant on your pain? Want to pose a question?

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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