Chiropractic Help Blog

This keeps you up to date with what's happening at Chiropractic-Help.com, the site where lay people can find out what Chiropractic can mean for them.

As far as possible we try to keep it research based, rather than opinion. I scour the medical and chiropractic research journals regularly.

Dec 03, 2019

Consulting a chiropractor

Consulting a chiropractor

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Nov 30, 2019

Fish soup for heart and neurodegenerative condtions like Alzheimer's.

Fish soup is delicious, easy to prepare and rich in omega-3 salmon oil for prevention of arthritis too.

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Nov 14, 2019

Breast cancer and prevention is far better than a cure.

Breast cancer and prevention is vital with one in eight Western women now getting boob CA; it is time to think about phytochemical foods.

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Nov 09, 2019

Help for sciatica pain is at hand with chiropractic help.

Help for sciatica pain luckily exists as it is one of the most miserable of afflictions springing from the lower back.

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Nov 09, 2019

Quick constipation relief is important in the chiropractic practice.

Quick constipation relief research proves that the recipe grandma used is indeed the best and the cheapest too.

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Nov 04, 2019

Maignes syndrome is thoracolumbar pain that radiates into the buttock.

Maignes syndrome comes from the lower back region following the superior cluneal nerves.

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Nov 04, 2019

Anaesthetic Alzheimers is a medical disaster after surgery.

Anaesthetic Alzheimers research suggests as many as 10 percent of older patients run the risk of losing brain function after surgery.

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Oct 24, 2019

Rib pain treatment casefile can happen after a fall or sneeze.

Rib pain treatment casefile suggests a chiropractor if you have discomfort in your chest, but no fever; especially if it hurts when taking a deep breath.

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Oct 16, 2019

Baba ghanoush is a delicious Mediterranean dish; it is easy to prepare

Baba ghanoush is made from eggplant which is known for lowering cholesterol.

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Oct 15, 2019

Neck arm pain also causes many shoulder and hand syndromes.

Neck arm pain call for a cervical spine examination as well as the heart; magnesium from your food, as in spinach will benefit both organs.

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Oct 09, 2019

Lignans are estrogen-like compounds found in many plants.

Lignans block the malignant effect of circulating hormones on the breast and are found especially in flax, wheat and sesame seeds.

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Oct 03, 2019

Thigh pain

My thigh pain started more than year ago. It has been misdiagnosed several times. I was told by surgeons that having a laminectomy of L4 disk would clear

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Oct 03, 2019

Tingling in my thumb

The tingling comes and goes, I'm not sure how often, but it is frequently there. Dr. Barrie Lewis   Hello Ernest, The thumb by itself does not belong

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Sep 26, 2019

L4 Lumbar Spine is a troublesome area of the low back.

L4 Lumbar Spine can cause a serious list to the side making you look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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Sep 25, 2019

Notice board today asks questions about chiropractic promotions.

Notice board is in the main for messages from me to you when there is no other way to make contact.

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Sep 25, 2019

TMJ exercises give relief from jaw and facial pain.

TMJ exercises like those for all joints and muscles will strengthen the structures and decrease reliance on doctors and analgesics.

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Sep 24, 2019

Food and Inflammation are undeniably connected to chiropractic.

Food and inflammation looks to the phytochemicals in fruit and salads to reduce the anger in our joints and to increase our omega-3 and other anti-oxidants.

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Sep 24, 2019

Make tahini is easy if you have a cheap coffee grinder with a blade.

Make tahini involves toasting sesame seeds, adding some olive oil, and then blending.

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Sep 24, 2019

How to make tahini suggests all you need is sesame seed and olive oil.

How to make tahini and it takes no more than five minutes to blend your own paste using a simple coffee grinder.

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Sep 24, 2019

Thoracic spine pain casefile asks just when should you x-ray?

Thoracic spine pain casefile reminds us that after trauma to the chest including surgery the suffering can be horrific.

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Sep 24, 2019

Healthy flour is really only to be had if you grind your own wheat.

Healthy flour is a highly perishable product because of the sensitive nature of substances like vitamin E and omega-3.

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Sep 23, 2019

Stiff neck exercises for neck pain should be done regularly.

Stiff neck exercises for neck pain is a simple routine to do on a daily basis whether it is sore or not.

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Sep 21, 2019

Apple diet is one way to lower cholesterol and improve lung function.

Apple diet shows you the benefits of this not so humble fruit; the pectin is a resistant starch that is not digested in the SI so less effect on blood glucose.

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Sep 10, 2019

Drinking water asks just how much do we need?

Drinking water weighs a few aqua myths and suggests some cheap and nourishing fruity teas that you can enjoy.

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Sep 09, 2019

Vertigo case file concerns the treatment of choice called the Epleys.

Vertigo case file shows the test for BPPV called the Hallpike Dix illustrating how your eyes spin during an attack.

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Sep 09, 2019

Vegetable high in protein is contrary to a world hungry for red meat.

Vegetable high in protein so you do not fall on your own sword by getting one of the malignant bone conditions that can confuse your chiropracrtor and doctor..

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Sep 07, 2019

Are phytates bad is often debated in regard to mineral absorption.

Are phytates bad or good? They are like the nutrients in all whole nourishment; mostly the balance of nature is better than that of the food companies.

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Sep 06, 2019

Nobles test is used to confirm an ilio tibial band syndrome.

Nobles test is used to examine lateral knee pain in the athlete especially in the absence of trauma.

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Sep 06, 2019

Complications of surgery considers what is called iatrogenic disease.

Complications of surgery should cause one to consider the alternatives before going under the knife.

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Sep 06, 2019

Neck pain anatomy casefile tells how x-rays can be very misleading.

Neck pain anatomy casefile asks your chiropractor if the bad arthritis in the cervical spine actually is the cause of the symptoms.

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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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