About Barrie Lewis

Hello. I am Dr Barrie Lewis, DC

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About Dr Barrie Lewis, DC describes my background as a high school teacher of mathematics and physical science for seven years, followed by four years study in Lombard, Illinois in the United States at the National University of Health Sciences.

Thereafter the exciting and challenging part of bringing better health to thousands of people with chiropractic, a nutritionally sound diet, and plenty of exercise, in South Africa and the Netherlands.

Probably the biggest challenge has been trying to convince folk there are no short cuts to wellness, no magic bullets. We humans are always looking for an easier way out; we are very reluctant to change our habits. Sometimes I think we would rather die than give this or that up, or start doing some specific exercise program. Yes, there have been times of cynicism, fed up with patients wanting a sugar coated pill that will bring them sparkling good health; pie in the sky.

Spines are difficult; period. It's with good reason that after cardiovascular disease and cancer, treatment for spinal conditions, in particular lower back pain, is the third greatest user of medical insurance funds.

It's only after graduation that one really starts to learn how backs tick; and people too. Motivating patients to exercise and care for themselves has been a great challenge. It's my great conviction that if everyone spent just two minutes every morning before arising, in bed, doing a few stretches and simple strengthening routines, lower back surgery would be halved. Prevention will always remain better than a cure, the truism totally ignored by many and even most.

About Barrie Lewis

About Barrie Lewis describes his qualifications and experience at the coalface.

1969: BSc - majoring in physics and chemistry. Natal University, South Africa.

1970: UED - university education diploma to teach high school science and mathematics. Rhodes University.

1974: BEd - Natal University.

1980: DC - National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, Il, USA.

1981 - 2003: Private practice in South Africa.

2003 - 2010: Employee in a practice in the Netherlands.

2011 - current: Semi-retired.

2018 - enrolled in a high powered diploma course on the ketogenic diet.

Particular interests include conditions of the hip joint like dysplasias and impingement syndromes. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent the formerly presumed inevitable progression to degenerative joint disease.

Thoracic outlet syndrome causing pain and tingling in the arm, Tietze's syndrome of the costo-sternal joints and managing acute sciaticas and femoral neuritis are his other specialties.

Use of non-inflammatory dietary principles to enhance chiropractic treatment is an important part of Dr Barrie Lewis' practice.

Dr Barrie Lewis DC was born into a chiropractic family; both his parents were chiropractors, as is his daughter. A life largely without medication has been and continues to be his goal, and to share that with others. That includes inter alia a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. At seventy years of age neither he nor his wife take any chronic medication.

About Barrie Lewis must surely include his three chiropractic books, anecdotes from the coalface, written under the nom de plume Bernard Preston.

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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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