Chiropractor Port Elizabeth

Chiropractor Port Elizabeth is well placed to treat your joint problems and many other conditions such as your baby's infantile colic.

Your DC is dedicated towards helping you improve your own health. Do you have unanswered questions about what to do when you know deep down that your problem is not improving? Or heaven forbid, getting worse? Here you will find many answers.

What is chiropractic, anyway, is a question you may well be asking.

The purpose of our therapy, the so called adjustment, is to restore normal movement to the spinal joints and then resolve any resultant biomechanical instability, and the physiological and neurological effects of the segmental hypomobility.

What does that mean in ordinary English? For a variety of reasons, for example injury, whiplash, a short leg and so on, spinal and pelvic joints become jammed up (fixated, subluxated) and this has major consequences for the movement of the body, and sometimes profound neurological changes, one of which is pain.

The word chiro means hand.

The Chiropractic adjustment is done in the main by hand, though your Chiropractor today may well use various modalities such as an activator gadget, and a table with drop pieces, and may also use acupuncture and other therapies.

Thompson drop table for sacro iliac joint treatment.

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Headache can ruin a life, literally. Chiropractic has changed that for millions of people. Few things have struck me more forcibly in practice than how chronic headaches have made many, many people's lives totally miserable.

Probably a week never passes when I don't have a new patient who has been suffering for thirty or more years from headaches. Chiropractic can and does change that.

If you are taking analgesics on a regular basis, and your doctor has nothing more to offer, and the other treatments that you have tried have been at best palliative, then it's time to try chiropractic. 

Chiropractor Port Elizabeth

  • Dr Blake
  • Dr Chettiar 
  • Dr Dugmore
  •  Dr Dugmore, Neville, 169 Fordyce Road, Walmer, 041 5811177 
  • Dr Dugmore 
  • Dr Hill, Russel, 108 Main Road, Walmer, 041 581 3990
  • Dr Hitesh
  • Dr Manga 
  • Dr Moolman
  • Dr Nagel, Bernhard, 4 Trevordea, 16 Frank St, 041-364-3621
  • Dr Pieterse
  • Dr Raad
  • Dr Riggien 
  • Dr Ritchie 
  • Dr Tait 
  • Dr Vlok

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Neck pain anatomy and arm pain

Neck pain anatomy and arm pain go hand in glove.

During any 12-month period, neck pain will be experienced by 70% of the general population, and up to 48% in workers.

However, pain in the neck with associated DISABILITY is less common: 12-month prevalence ranged up to 11.5% in the general population.

Neck Pain Anatomy will give you some idea of the complexity of your neck pain ... and why you should be considering CHIROPRACTIC HELP. Neck Pain Anatomy ...

The neck is of course most often the origin of arm pain. Can you get relief of the pain in your arm by placing your hand on your head? Or does it aggravate the pain? This is very significant. ARM PAIN ...

Shoulder abduction relief sign.

Rib pain treatment @ chiropractic Port Elizabeth

Rib pain treatment in the chiropractic setting is adapted to the beautiful design of the ribcage. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

The ribcage was designed to give protection to the vital organs, in particular the heart and lungs. However, compromise was needed to enable us to breathe.

So these organs are surrounded by a cage of bone, interspaced with small gaps filled with rib muscles and some other structures including nerves and an artery.

The ribs have to rise, increasing the space in the chest, drawing fresh air into the lungs, and then drop again as we exhale.

But, this compromise has made the joints vulnerable to injury. A shower of sneezes is very traumatic and sometimes causing the so called sprung rib with very sharp pain in the middle of the back with every breath.

Lightly run your fingers along the attachment of the ribs to your sternum on the side of your pain. Are the cartilages tender? You may be about to get a painful condition called Tietzes syndrome that we see and treat on a frequent basis in the Chiropractic clinic. If it involves the chest on the left, patients often think they are having a heart attack.

Lower back and leg pain

Lower back and leg pain is where 60% of most chiropractors' time is spent. It's an epidemic in today's world, and extremely costly. In fact, in the USA uses up more medical dollars than any other condition. LOWER BACK AND LEG PAIN ...

Does your posture, stance, go all crooked sometimes? You feel like a flesh and blood leaning tower of Pisa!

Antalgia from a PL disc herniation.

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This is a very sure sign of a lumbar disc bulge, in this instance the so-called Postero Lateral Disk herniation with this young man leaning AWAY from the painful side. It's a serious sign and should never be taken lightly.

Pain and tingling down the leg may be only a sneeze away; or just a prolonged sit, enemy number one of the lower back when injured.

It's controversial, but in my book intermittent bedrest, with exercises and ice packs, is part of the care of an antalgic posture; it's important that it resolve within a few days.

More commonly it's the Sacroiliac Joint Anatomy that's the spoke in your wheel, producing a myriad of signs from local buttock pain, to pain in the groin, pain down the side of the leg. It's also frequently the cause of the Failed Hip Operation. Nothing wrong with the surgery after a hip arthritis op, but no sacroiliac joint treatment was considered necessary to loosen up the accompanying fixation in the SIJ.

Maignes Syndrome is a uniquitous condition producing radiating pain from the upper lumbar spine that can radiate to the buttock, side of the thigh and the groin. Everywhere at once! Specific treatment will be done by your Chiropractor and these Maignes Syndromes exercises may help. Always check with your Chiropractor that he is happy that you are doing them.


Spondylolysthesis casefile

Spondylolysthesis has two causes. The one is a childhood fracture in the low back, invariably undetected, and frequently causes no great dramas. The other, due to arthritic hyaline cartilage in the facet joints, is rarely stable, often affecting the nerve and causing spinal stenosis. Case histories are never straight forward.

  • SPINAL STENOSIS explanation ...

Interesting links @ Chiropractor PE

You can easily and cheaply make at home a rich source of your own Glucosamine chondroitin sulphate mixture that helps for the restoration of joint inflammation and the healing of hyaline cartilage.

This mixture is made from chicken bones that you need to store in your deep freeze until you have enough to make a rich bouillon that you can use to make a delicious soup.

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Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA)


CASA is the association that has been established by Chiropractors. It has a dual function serving their needs as well as protecting your rights. Should you feel you have been mistreated, CASA is the place to begin, and thus we recommend you only consult CASA registered Chiropractors. It gives you a modicum of protection.

Our insurance premiums are extremely low in comparison with our medical colleagues because there are very few complaints and law suits against chiropractors.

You may get some temporary after-pain after your treatment but it's very rare that a chiropractor will cause you serious injury as happens after taking many medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs. Read more about doctor-caused disease, also known as Iatrogenic Illness.

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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.

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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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