CHIROPRACTOR Pietermaritzburg

Chiropractor Pietermaritzburg lists the DC's in the Midlands of South Africa, and the sorts of conditions they might treat.

Here you will find the names of DCs registered both with CASA, our professional association that controls and regulates practitioners, and at this site; and also those in Hilton, Howick and Underberg, Dundee and Newcastle.

If you are swallowing bucket loads of pills, then you might like to consider our headache page. At our clinics we endeavour to treat the cause of your headaches rather than simply take medication for the symptoms.

Even 5 to 10 anti inflammatory drugs every week, will have ultimately a detrimental effect on your health; and perhaps sooner than you think. Watch the stool for any black signs, and of course stomach pain. 

Research shows that taking a cocktail of dual anti inflammatory drugs like aspirin and brufin simultaneously is deadly.

The City Hall in Pietermaritzburg will guide you to its chiropractors.

  • 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.


Only Chiropractors registered with CASA may register at ... Below is a list of Chiropractors in the Midlands registered BOTH with CASA AND with CHIROPRACTIC-HELP.COM

Scroll further down for a list of all the Chiropractors in Pietermaritzburg registered with CASA.

  • Dr Caroline van Lingen, 10 View Avenue, Athlone, PIETERMARITZBURG 033-3452569 
  • Dr Jane Ackerman, 56 Groenekloof Rd, HILTON, 033-343-2549 
  • Dr Nicci Descoins, 31 Cedara Road, 21 Hilton Avenue, HILTON 033-343-1835 
  • Dr Barrie Lewis, 56 Groenekloof Rd, HILTON, 033-343-2549 
  • Dr Greg Bisset, 2 White House Centre, Main Street, HOWICK, 033-3305860 
  •  Dr Doug Hawley, 74 Patterson St., Newcastle, 03 43-155854. 41 Wilson St., Dundee, 03 42121959. 


Anti-inflammatory drugs and a million more.

If have you have regular headaches and neck pain then rather consider these Stiff neck exercises for neck pain, gentle chiropractic mobilisation or manipulation, massage or acupuncture. They are much safer and more effective. After all you are treating the CAUSE not the symptoms. STIFF NECK EXERCISES for neck pain ...

The source of most headaches can be located in the anatomy at the base of the skull and the jaw joint. Popping jaw joint and headaches? Suspect the jaw joint.

Or, do you hold the telephone between your neck and shoulder whilst jotting down notes?

Holding a telephone with the shoulder can cause a pinched nerve in the neck.


Arthritis is central to Chiropractic. There is an abundance of research now proving that what you eat and whether you are sedentary or are exercising contributes abundantly to your pain.

The vitamin C in limes and lemons especially has been shown to be strongly anti-inflammatory and has a profound influence on the cartilage in your joints.

Expect your chiropractor to address these subjects, uncomfortable as they may be.

Immobilization arthritis is directly caused by joints and bodies that are not in movement. So too is the connection between obesity and arthritis; there really is no need to have all that pain, but getting your body into motion will be necessary.

It is now acknowledged by leading authorities that early symptoms of arthritis are not seen on X-ray. Treating those fixated joints has been conclusively shown to reduce the progressive development of  osteoarthritis.

CHIROPRACTOR Pietermaritzburg

Chiropractor Pietermaritzburg has these five DCs registered with CASA:

  • Dr Dippenaar 
  • Dr Kidson 
  • Dr Helen Schlebusch, Parklane Centre, Chief Albert Lithuli St, PMB. 033-345-4020. 
  • Dr Caroline van Lingen 10 View Avenue, Athlone, 033 3452569 
  • Dr White


CHIROPRACTOR Pietermaritzburg

"Fifty percent of chiropractors (and medical doctors!) graduated in the bottom half of the class."

FIND A GOOD CHIROPRACTOR ... makes sense before making an appointment. Talk to your friends and neighbours, even your medical doctor, for direction. There are unfortunately better and worser doctors, surgeons, chiropractors... in every barrel.

Don't be put off with the words "you have arthritis and there's nothing to be done. Take these painkillers, adapt your lifestyle, and learn to live with the pain." Probably at least half the patients in a the average chiropractic clinic have arthritis.

Heard that Lentogesic and Synap Forte were described last year by medical researchers as the "worst drug in history"? Propoxyphene Worst drug in history ... it's killed more patients than any other drug in history. Other propriety names for Propoxyphene are: Doloxene and Doxyfene.

Iatrogenic means "doctor-caused". It's the third most common disease in the West. There are some dangers associated with Chiropractic too.

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Immobilisation arthritis

Physiologists have now confirmed what chiropractors have been saying for years; immobile, fixated joints which are not in motion become arthritic. Be sure your doctor will be advising you to walk, swim, cycle and do back exercises.

Perhaps for the majority who have a stiff neck, or episode of lower back pain, there is probably no need to return for regular treatment. But for those who have chronic conditions, and arthritic joints, an occasional, regular manipulation does mean less ache and disability, and often lower cost as compared to waiting for the next acute onset.

  • Interestingly, Alzheimers and exercise are also intimately related. ALZHEIMERS AND EXERCISE ...


  • CHIROPRACTIC HILTON Streetview ...

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


  • Dr Greg Bisset 2 White House Centre, Main Street, 033 3305860 


  • Dr Doug Hawley 74 Patterson St., Newcastle, 03 43155854. 41 Wilson St., Dundee, 03 42121959.


  • Dr Cartwright

Chiropractic help

Piriformis muscle and its relationship to the sciatic nerve.


The average chiropractor spends 60% of his/her time with pain in the low back, often radiating down the leg. There are a huge number of conditions that can cause lower back and leg pain. The sacroiliac joint anatomy will give you some idea of the complexity of this condition.

Before considering lower back surgery do read this Slipped Disc symptoms Case File ... LOWER BACK SURGERY ...

Caroline van Lingen

Caroline van Lingen, 10 View Avenue, Athlone. 033-3452569. She is a member of chiropractor Pietermaritzburg.

Jane Ackerman

Jane Ackerman, 56 Groenekloof Rd, HILTON, 033-343-2549

Dr Jane is a prominent member of chiropractor Pietermaritzburg.

Greg Bissett

Greg Bisset 2 White House Centre, Main Street, Howick, 033 3305860

Dr Greg has made a great contribution to the treatment in particular of the elderly as a member of chiropractor Pietermaritzburg and Howick.

Meralgia Paresthetica and Maignes syndrome

Both of these lumbar spine conditions may radiate to the side and front of the thigh and groin... Upper leg pain is a common complaint at the Chiropractic Coalface.

Hip Dysplasia, Femero Acetabular Impingement Syndrome, Hip arthritis ...the hip is the source of a great many painful conditions with groin and upper leg pain.

Drs Caroline van Lingen, Nicci Descoins, Greg Bisset, Brad Nelson, Douglas Hawley, Jane Ackerman, Barrie Lewis.

Nutritional corner

Pietermaritzburg is blessed with a climate where you can grow fruit and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C, an essential anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, anti-infection food. If you check out the Orange Juice Facts page you won't be buying any more OJ, but squeezing your own oranges. Plant a tree in the spring. ORANGE JUICE FACTS ...

Perhaps surprisingly, broccoli is even richer in vitamin C than orange juice, and late summer is the time to get half a dozen plants into the garden; the pepper family too.

Start preparing a 1 cubic metre hole right now, filling it with waste from the kitchen, grass cuttings, manure and some rough twigs and branches for a Butternut patch in the spring. Growing butternut squash couldn't be easier but they are greedy feeders, one of the few vegetable sources of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, very rich in vitamin A and moderately high in vitamin C. Butternut soup is one of my all-time favourite foods...

  • GROWING BUTTERNUT SQUASH ... including a butternut soup recipe

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Authentic hummus recipe

Statin drugs for the control of raised LDL cholesterol have numerous side effects. Far safer and more sensible is manage your diet correctly:

  1. Eating more foods that lower blood cholesterol
  2. Eating less of the foods that raise the noxious types of cholesterol.

Oats, Authentic hummus recipe (make it in only 4 minutes) and foods rich in phytosterols should be daily on the menu. What are PHYTOSTEROLS?

Hummus is made from chickpeas, cheaply available from the Debi Market in Northdale and the spice shop next to the Pick and Pay in central Howick.


Drs Caroline van Lingen, Helen Schlebusch, Nicci Descoins, Greg Bisset, Brad Nelson, Douglas Hawley, Jane Ackerman, Barrie Lewis

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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.

Have a problem that's 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% of the time the correct diagnosis is made with no examination, no special tests, no xrays, but just from the history, there's 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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