Our review process

Our review process is where trust begins; concerning wellness we are sure you are looking for information that is straightforward, reliable and practical.

Information that is workable too; going to the gym three times a week for an hour may be impossible, but could you do lower back exercises lasting two minutes every morning before arising?

There is masses of information on the net, but everyone has an angle on what is the truth. We always go back to the original research to elicit what the conclusions of the authors were.

Let us be honest; well-being is extremely complex and there are many confusions and complexities. Added to that, everyone is trying to make a living and so bias slips into the equation, often in a deliberately misleading way.

Alas, greed is rife in healthcare.

We do try hard to make our assertions and recommendation research-based. We do not shrink from what is known as iatrogenic disease; that which is caused by doctors, including our own profession.

We also try to look at the whole person; you are not just a spine and, in any case, the wellness of your back is fundamentally dependent on lifestyle, whether you exercise or not, and what you eat and drink.

We also look at the Brother Ass principle. St Francis described his body as being like a stubborn donkey; we know what to do, but somehow cannot commit. In that sense, well-being is a spiritual process; choosing the right thing to do is often very difficult.

Our mission

To help you make right choices about your spinal and general health, based on reliable, scientifically-based research. We are not anti-medicine though we unashamedly champion treatment that is conservative and in the words of Hippocrates, first will do no harm.

Our content

We are committed to creating content that is not overly complex, yet is comprehensive and helpful in the decision process that you are in.

We do strive to upholding high standards of journalism and will never deliberately mislead you. Where there are other opinions in conflict to ours, we will not withhold them from you.

Our review process

Chiropractic Help is now fifteen years old; it has taken a long time to outline accurately as possible the many conditions that we treat. We constantly review old information to ensure that it is still current, and in line with the profession.

Our sources

We have strict guidelines, ensuring that our sources of information are up to date, authoritative and not partisan. Each article is thoroughly researched and references are given, either within the content, or at the bottom of the page. 

Staying current

We are constantly on the lookout for new, current information.

Should you have issues with the content, such as inaccurate or outdated information, we encourage you to alert us of your concerns at contact.

Our style

Our style is direct, yet we try hard to remain compassionate, and not be uncompromising. Yet some subjects are so overwhelming important and beyond debate, that we do take a strong stand.

Smoking and obesity are two that come to mind. Doctors of all persuasions will want to remind you of some of the basics of wellness, even when it is painful and perhaps confrontational.

Brother Ass is one very stubborn body periodically.

Hagar and better health.

Finances

We peddle nothing at Chiropractic-Help. Our only remuneration is from my Bernard Preston DC books that you can purchase.

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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

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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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