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.

Apr 18, 2018

Ankle Pain

Hi, I'm a average, fit, active 50 year old male, but I get occasional bouts of sudden pain in my ankle. It comes without any warning or injury. It feels

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Apr 16, 2018

Does chiropractic help the pain of Adhesive Arachnoiditis?

I have a diagnosis of Adhesive Arachnoiditis from a neurosurgeon at a major university. The diagnosis was based on a CT Myelogram performed at an hospital.

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Apr 16, 2018

Back pain after seeing Chiro

I am a 70-year-old woman who previously saw a chiropractor for 27 years (off and on) and had great results with very little pain. He retired. I am now

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Apr 16, 2018

No Back Pain. 25 yr old sciatica

I believe my issue is a complicated one. So I will try and be as factual as possible. Medical History: Over a year a go I managed a slight perforated

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Apr 16, 2018

Refer a chiropractor near me. Who can adjust my ankle?

Severe ankle sprain. I have been to several chiropractors who are useless. Please refer someone who can adjust my ankle. I am in lots of pain. Thank you!

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Apr 12, 2018

Dental Neck

My husband has been a practicing dentist (gen'l) for 44 years. He has now had an MRI of the neck. He has never been T-Boned or had trauma to the neck or

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Apr 12, 2018

Lower back and leg pain is the most common complaint in our clinics.

Lower back and leg pain go hand and glove together; an irritated or pinched nerve causes tingling, numbness and a deep ache.

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Apr 06, 2018

Flax seed nutrition information suggests omega 3 before Ritalin.

Flax seed nutrition information and fatty fish are the two most important sources of these very important fatty acids.

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Apr 01, 2018

Pavlik harness is used in the treatment of the infant with dysplasia.

Pavlik harness is used constantly for the hip in the first six weeks after which the baby is weaned off the device over the next couple months.

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Apr 01, 2018

Roast vegetables recipe is delicious, easy to make and very healthy.

Roast vegetables recipe can be made in a jiffy but there is a higher energy cost; it also raises the glycemic index.

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Apr 01, 2018

Sacroiliac joint case file for info on chiropractic care of leg pain.

Sacroiliac joint case file gives an unusual lumbar and lower limb condition of a woman after a total hip replacement.

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Apr 01, 2018

Hip arthritis is more treatable with chiropractic than first thought.

Hip arthritis occurs mainly after fifty but correction of sacroiliac fixations is extremely important in both prevention and management; so is mobilisation of all stiff joints for that matter.

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Apr 01, 2018

Thunderclap headache is characterised by a very sudden onset.

Thunderclap headache is often described as the worst of my life.

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Apr 01, 2018

Ways to cook salmon starts with what's in fatty fish and why we eat it

Ways to cook salmon is important for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and arthritis because it's a rich source of omega-3.

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Apr 01, 2018

What is cumin but a spice rich in phytosterols and flavour?

What is cumin I hear you asking; a Middle Eastern condiment which I love in our authentic hummus recipe and chicken dishes.

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Apr 01, 2018

Eight colors eggs Florentine gets all the requirements in one meal.

Eight colors eggs Florentine makes the perfect, simple, delicious breakfast if you're banting or consulting a chiropractor.

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Apr 01, 2018

Tingling and numbness from elbow to tips of fingers especially thumb and pointer

2 months ago I had a lot of pain in the right shoulder that went into my arm. I had one massage thinking if I could relax the muscles it might relieve

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Mar 29, 2018

Inter scalene triangle is a narrow passage affecting nerves & artery.

Inter scalene triangle conditions cause pain and tingling in arms and hands which increases when raising them above your head.

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Mar 28, 2018

TOS and blue index finger

I have been diagnosed with TOS and told I have a cervical rib. GP gave me difene which helps but pain returns when I stop taking them Tried 3 physiotherapists

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Mar 28, 2018

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a not uncommon cause of a tingling arm.

Thoracic outlet syndrome is often the underlying cause of upper limb pain mostly due to a subluxated first rib.

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Mar 28, 2018

Disturbing letters from readers make for helpful reading.

Disturbing letters suggest that all is not well in the state of Denmark, figuratively speaking, of course.

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Mar 28, 2018

Left side pectoralis, latissimus and triceps weakness with tingling in the hand

10 days ago, after three days of hard crossfit training I developed awful pain in right upper back just medial of the right shoulder blade. Pain has receded

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Mar 28, 2018

Free weight loss programs is how to lose that excess healthily.

Free weight loss programs is about simple ways to get extra flab off permanently.

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Mar 27, 2018

Tabbouleh bulgar wheat is what I learned to make from my Lebanese mum.

Tabbouleh bulgar wheat is a delicious mixture of tomato, parsley, mint and spring onions.

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Mar 27, 2018

Tofu nutrition is about a cheap high protein food for all.

Tofu nutrition comes originally from China; it's a soya bean milk extract so it is a very valuable nutrient rich in amino acids that are not from an animal source.

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Mar 27, 2018

Tomato soup recipe is a delicious way to get the necessary lycopene.

Tomato soup recipe is about healthy food for the prostate gland but really for the whole body too.

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Mar 27, 2018

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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Mar 27, 2018

Vertigo dizziness can turn you upside down but there is a DC solution

Vertigo dizziness is an extremely distressing syndrome but chiropractic manipulation should only be used with the greatest discretion.

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Mar 27, 2018

What are phytosterols but cholesterol lowering plant compounds.

What are phytosterols like the common member of the complex, beta sitosterol, which is richly found in avocados? It's important in preventing prostatis.

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Mar 27, 2018

Marked cervical curvature to the right and type 2 acromion.

I have had trouble with my neck involuntarily turning to the right for years but recently it's increasingly difficult to control and accompanied by pain

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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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