Chiropractor Somerset West, Strand and Swellendam

Chiropractor Somerset West, Strand and Swellendam helps you find a local DC.

Before a consultation for your back pain, or even oddly taking your baby who is suffering from infantile colic to your local DC, you will probably want to know more about the profession. Just how fringe are they?

The profession belong to what is called the CAM stable; complementary and alternative medicine.

Not complimentary, that's something quite different.

There's considerable debate within the profession whether to remain in CAM, or become a part of mainstream medicine, as dentistry is. There are pros and cons.

Recent research published in Spine, the premier medical journal for back pain care, confirms that adding chiropractic help to standard medical care produces much higher patient satisfaction.

Where a score of 10 meant totally pleased with your progress, the medical plus chiropractic treatment group were on an average of 8.9. The medical group alone registered only 5.0.

There was significantly improved mobility and function too, and reduced pain, in comparison with those patients treated with the usual medical treatment alone.

Chiropractor Somerset West, Strand and Swellendam

Chiropractor Somerset West, Strand and Swellendam is where ten odd doctors are to be found.

  • Dr Muller 
  • Dr Rivene 
  • Dr Geoff Tasker, Block 2 J, Arun Place, Somerset West, (021) 851 7263 
  • Dr Tychsen 
  • Dr Van Breda 
  • Dr Van Breda
  • Dr Van der Walt
  • Dr Van Zyl
  • Dr Von Horsten

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Although there is considerable specialization these days, most chiropractors will treat spinal conditions like neck pain and headache, thoracic and rib discomfort and the serious slipped discs in the lower back producing acute and chronic symptoms and weakness radiating down the leg.

Some chiropractors may specialise in the treatment of jaw joint pain, for example, or the many syndromes affecting the hip joints.

Others specialise in the care of the elderly, or infants who suffer from specific problems related to their age.

Since the emergence of FICS, and specific training for chiropractors wishing to treat athletes, a very large number of DCs are attending to those at the regional as well as international sports events, including the Olympics.

Others have specialised in the management of foot pain and the various syndromes affecting the lower leg. A limp from an injured ankle for example certainly has a knock-on effect on the whole spine.

Chiropractic Association of South Africa

All professions need a body to whom it's members are accountable. The Chiropractic Association of South Africa upholds the standards within the profession and controls the day-to-day running of a large profession.

There are nearly 100 Chiropractors registered with CASA in the Western Cape alone. We recommend you only consult only registered members of CASA; they are accountable to peer review. Ask before making an appointment if the yoiuhave phone is registered with CASA.

Lower back and leg pain

About 60 percent of the typical chiropractor's day is taken up with the treatment of low back and leg pain. There is an epidemic in the Western World of lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint conditions; research shows that if you first consult chiropractor Somerset West, Strand and Swellendam you are less likely to end up under the knife.

The onset of pain and tingling in the lower limb is an ominous sign, often demanding that you must stop whatever you are doing if you wish to avoid lower back surgery.

Usually sitting will be prohibited for a period, and even intermittent bed rest, coupled with very specific exercises, and chiropractic manipulation may be required; we call it massaging bed rest with exercises. 

This is especially true if you have gone into the antalgic posture mentioned below, when standing is impossibly painful, and sitting is prohibited; lying down for a period is the only option, though usually you will be instructed to stand up at least every hour and walk about the house.

Try very hard not to cough or sneeze and include plenty of fibre in the diet to prevent constipation at this time; using the Valsalva manoever to bear down will increase any bulging disc.

Sacroiliac joint

Hip conditions too, often causing pain in the groin, are also a common complaint in the chiropractor's office; the sacroiliac joint is often involved. Your chiropractor Somerset West, Strand and Swellendam is the expert.

Developmental Hip Dysplasia Casefile will give you some idea of how we manage hip and groin pain.

If you find yourself looking like a question mark when standing in front of the mirror, then it's definitely time to see your chiropractor; this posture is known as an antalgia and is often the prelude to severe leg pain.

Interestingly, research shows that if you FIRST consult a chiropractor with low back pain, you are much less likely to end up under the knife.

The antalgia seen in a man with a postero medial disc herniation.

  • 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.

Lower arm pain

Many conditions that cause both upper and lower arm pain have their origin in an irritated nerve in the lower neck. It could be from the cervical spine itself which you can read about in this lower cervical facet anatomy page, LOWER CERVICAL FACET ANATOMY ... or from the first rib which often interferes with the "plexus" of nerves emerging from the neck on their way to your arm causing the so-called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME ..

Tennis elbow and Carpal Tunnel Case Files like this one are a daily event in our clinics.

Healthy living tips

You will find your chiropractor has a passion for clean living, so you will get plenty of healthy living tips about rehabilitation, diet and subjects such as growing butternut squash. Butternut is full of Omega-3, a vital 'essential' fatty acid that are absolutely necessary for normal nerve conduction.

  • GROWING BUTTERNUT SQUASH ... incl a delish butternut soup recipe. Plant in spring.
  • Because we treat many elderly people as well as babes and children, the causes of osteoporosis is very high on our agendas. CAUSES OF OSTEOPOROSIS ...


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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.

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Interesting questions from visitors

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