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 is where ten odd doctors are to be found.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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