Chiropractic weekly tips

Chiropractic weekly tips contribute to the small things that often make a difference.

Along the way, every clinician learns small things that can make a huge difference. Like, if you have a cervical spine problem, and must go for a general, please make sure the anesthetist knows about it. Holding the neck in extension for a couple hours can cause months of misery.

  • A sudden twist to the side to avoid sneezing on your computer screen can have a serious affect on your lower back if it's a vulnerable spot.
  • Two minutes spent every morning before arising doing a few lower back exercises is probably the most important single thing you can do for your spinal health; that's all it takes. Of course, repeated in the evening would be better still; browse the navigation bar on your left. 
  • Obesity and diabetes are major issues at the chiropractic coalface; they make a huge contribution to degenerative changes in the knees for example, and neurological disease. A change from sugar based sodas to diet free if often recommended. However, research published in reveals that daily consumption of diet soda is associated with 67% greater relative rise of type 2 diabetes. What's wrong with water and various teas? Diet Soda Intake and Risk of Incident Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes in the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis (MESA)
  • If you want to seriously upgrade your health then consider making your own hummus and enjoying it daily on a green salad. Once you're in the groove it takes only five minutes.
  • If you have the crossed sciatic sign where straightening your one leg causes pain in the opposite leg then take your chiropractor's advice very seriously. You may be on the verge of surgery.
  • If you have generalised muscle and joint pain consider getting onto an anti inflammatory diet; that means daily enjoying foods rich in omega-3, like fatty fish and freshly ground flaxseed. There then are the chili family, olive oil, coloured foods in general like butternut. And avoiding the inflammatory foods containing white flour and sugar for example.
  • Despite the best will in the world, occasionally you'll miss a consultation. Sometimes it may even be your chiropractor's fault. If you have chronic problems and are under maintenance care, make sure you apologise and reschedule.
  • Discuss fully with your DC what your expectations are from the treatment. I've recently been treating an older person with quite severe spinal stenosis causing deep ache and tingling in the lower limb. The pain was much improved but not the tingling and he's gone for major surgery. I realised we never discussed fully what the prognosis was. Now to see if the operation will cure the paresthesias.
  • If you or a loved one have had a total hip replacement, and you are still really battling, have your chiropractor check the sacroiliac joint. It often becomes totally fixated, locked like concrete, with an arthritic ball and socket; then, if it's not released after the operation walking remains problematic. Deep soft tissue therapy down the ITB and in the adductor muscles is often very beneficial; you can even do it to yourself.
  • Surgeons are now finding that use of Charnley cement in fixing hip cups has a 13% failure; they come loose; discuss the advantages of a fusion.
  • The medial lumbar disc protrusion usually responds very quickly to chiropractic care, but it still takes 6 weeks to heal; it's very difficult persuading the patient, when the severe pain has gone inside of a week, that they have had a serious injury, and must wait the full month and a half before getting up to mischief. A second episode will almost certainly end up with radiating pain down the leg, and more drama.

Migraine headaches

  • Must you have your wisdom teeth extracted? Plead with your dentist to do it in the chair. Under a general anaesthetic it can cause horrors to your jaw joint, when forced too wide. Lifelong migraine headaches may be the result. We see this injury commonly to the TMJ anatomy; an important chiropractic weekly tip.

Chiropractic weekly tips

  • Chiropractors and medical doctors aren't right all the time. In fact studies show they get the diagnosis right less than half the time. Nevertheless you need good reasons to ignore your doctor's advice.
  • If you suffer regularly from neck pain, on awakening, just lie quietly. Don't stretch, don't move, just gradually regain consciousness. It's very significant that very acute episodes of neck pain often begin moments after wakening.
  • Going for surgery and a general anaesthetic? If you have a neck problem, always tell the anaesthetist. Extension of the cervical spine for a prolonged period can result in months of neck pain.

Lower back and leg pain

  • Suffer from chronic lower back and leg pain? Half the solution is a series of chiropractic adjustments. The other half is lower back exercises faithfully done every morning before arising; my most important chiropractic weekly tip.
  • 50% of Americans are taking AntiCholinergic drugs ... anticholinergic side effects include forgetfulness, mental fogginess and confusion! Becoming forgetful...? 
  • Always be careful for a day or two after your adjustment. Your back may be fragile. You would do the same after a new filling or a groin hernia operation, and it also applies after a Chiropractic adjustment. 
  • 80 percent of a group of fit young men with low back pain had a short leg, half of them less than 5mm. Can Chiropractic help? 
  • Constipation is a killer. Literally but there's a simple solution. Type constipation into the search this site facility and look for beetroot and prunes. 
  • If you're a smoker quit for the duration of your sciatica pain, or don't bother with chiropractic. In fact, don't go the surgeon either; they also bemoan the fact that you won't heal well. Denied its full complement of oxygen, that disc just won't respond to any treatment.
  • Don't be hasty with severe lower back and leg pain and rush off the doctor; remember you have a significantly high likelihood of ending up under the knife if you first consult a medical person.
  • Don't expect the severe pain to be lessened with the first two or three treatments; folk sometimes get panicky, rush to the doctor, and end up unnecessarily in the surgeon's arms. But if you are not 50 percent better in the three weeks, you should be considering a second opinion.

  • A short lower limb is one of the main causes of a scoliosis. Search for leg length inequality.
  • Under treatment for low back pain? For most, but not for all, depending on the diagnosis, it's better to sit less and avoid so called comfortable chairs, the couch and the car as far as possible.
  • Always use the hand rail on the stairs. Why? At chiropractic help clinics we regular see shocking injuries like this ankle joint pain casefile.
  • There's interesting new research shows that sedentary seventy year olds who started walking three hours a week actually grew their brains, as seen on mri. Along with fatty fish and freshly ground flax seed, it's probably the best thing you can do to keep senility at bay. 
  • It's never been researched but I believe a joint shouldn't be manipulated more than perhaps twenty five times in a year, and that may be far too much. It will be extremely difficult to research, but like too many drugs, though they save lives, excess is detrimental.
    Regularly, people who crack their own spines come into our clinics, and it's always bad news. Popping the neck without distraction, ten times a day, causes terrible injury to the cartilage. You're certainly not saving money. One proper adjustment every 4 to 6 weeks, some exercises and a regular massage will save you from a terrible ache down the arm; and a visit to the neurosurgeon. 

  • Never carry a child on your neck and shoulders.
  •  Are you relocating? Do yourself a favour and hire a removal company. Their staff are equipped and experienced to move your piano, the stove, the dining room table. Yes, you will pay, but it will be much cheaper than paying for chiropractic help; less painful too.
  • If your holiday is going to be one mad rush, take a tip from chiropractic help. Enjoy a few days at home first, having a holiday. Otherwise you are likely to get sick, or hurt your back, or drop dead. It happens often on holiday.
  • Subscribe to Chiropractic Tips; they are free; for things you can do to help yourself. Five short emails that will arrive about a week apart. CHIROPRACTIC TIPS ...
  • Ankle joint pain casefile.

Untreated ankle pain

You have no idea how many letters I get from readers on the subject of untreated ankle pain causing serious problems down the road. My chiropractic weekly tips include getting your ankle sprain evaluated by someone expert in its management if you know you've had a significant injury.

A common, and really often simple to fix, is a subluxated talus or calcaneus; it's not seen on x-rays and often assumed there is nothing wrong. It causes incredibly sharp pain on walking in the initial phase; the fixated joint then gets immobilisation arthritis if not reduced; and it's usually simple to do.

  • 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.

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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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