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.

Oct 13, 2018

Quick constipation relief is important in the chiropractic practice.

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

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Oct 12, 2018

Tingling in arms and hands demands one must pay attention.

Tingling in arms and hands explains why neurological symptoms should be addressed with greater concern; your chiropractor will be examining you to see if there are also signs like loss of a reflex.

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Oct 12, 2018

Benign essential tremor syndrome causes uncontrollable shaking.

Benign essential tremor syndrome most often affects the hands for example when holding up a book but can affect any part of the body.

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Oct 11, 2018

Personal medical insurance asks if you've considered zero back up?

Personal medical insurance suggests that it is only if you are totally committed to a wholesome lifestyle is it possibly an option.

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Oct 11, 2018

Education chiropractic is to be found on six continents.

Education chiropractic varies considerably around the world but mostly it's status is on a par with medical training. Only Antartica remains out in the cold without a College.

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Oct 11, 2018

About Barrie Lewis gives this chiropractor's background and education.

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

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Oct 05, 2018

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

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

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Oct 03, 2018

severe upper thigh and buttock pain

No painkillers have given me any relief, last resort is oral morphine sulphate but still no relief. What's needed is not pain relief but a diagnosis;

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Sep 30, 2018

Severe lower thigh pain above both knees. Trapped in bed for 3 months

Hi I'm 38 yr old male, not overweight. I had a hurniated disc at L3/L4 and multiple MRIs. Caused by chopping wood 5/2017. It caused a ton of back pain

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Sep 14, 2018

Follow up on my email about chiropractic-help.com

Hi there, I sent an email your way regarding how we can help chiropractic-help.com recently. I am just checking to see if you received it. Do

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Sep 14, 2018

pain and tingling in left shoulder and fingers

I'm 79, female reasonably healthy and active. I do have arthritis and some problems with my spine according to Xrays. I went to my GP about 6 months ago

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Sep 14, 2018

25 y.o. with ongoing shoulder/ back pain

Hi there. I am 25 years old and have been dealing with ongoing shoulder/ back pain for the last year. It started last August and I felt a burning/ constant

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Aug 28, 2018

Pelvic alignment paper

Dear Dr. B, I hope you are well. I have an academic question, and I am interested to hear your professional opinion: I have tried to upload images

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Aug 27, 2018

Colic chiropractic is loved by mums as only about 5% is organic.

Colic chiropractic relief for babies is now scientifically well substantiated; screaming and irritability for more than three hours per day is the hallmark.

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Aug 27, 2018

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 isn't digested in the small intestine so it doesn't raise blood glucose like a potato would. Instead it is fermented in the colon making for a happy bowel.

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Aug 27, 2018

What causes headache is a question oft heard in the clinic.

What causes headache is not easy to answer as there are multiple precipitating factors including some that having nothing to do with a chiropractic subluxation.

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Aug 27, 2018

Arthroscopy knee surgery could be a dodgy business.

Arthroscopy knee surgery is the most common procedure for pain and osteoarthritis yet medical research casts considerable doubt on the operation.

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Aug 27, 2018

Mushroom soup recipes make proven anti cancer food.

Mushroom soup recipes that you can prepare in half an hour if your chicken bones bouillon is ready in the freezer.

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Aug 21, 2018

50 percent less pain is the dangerous time with spinal conditions.

50 percent less pain rule tells us to be extra careful as the soft tissues haven't yet healed by a half. This is arguably the most important page at this chiropractic site.

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Aug 20, 2018

Trying to find source of right hip pain

I'm 35 years old, male. Right hip pain, started as low back pain. Herniated disc L5S1, treated with ESI injections. Still have hip pain. Hurts when I flex

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Aug 19, 2018

sudden onset of nerve shooting pain from groin down thigh when mobilising

I have a labral tear of my right hip, diagnosed by arthrogram around 7 years ago but probably occurred many years before. I have had 2 pelvic fractures,

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Aug 19, 2018

LEFT SIDE ONLY, NUMBNESS WEAKNESS IN FACE ARM AND HAND

Hello, I am 34 yo. The only condition worth referring that I have since I'm 22 is Diabetes Type 1. Doing insulin and trying to stay healthy and control

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Aug 17, 2018

Neuropathy and toes

I was diagnosed with idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy in 1995. Since then some of my toes have turned sideways and are overlapped by others. My toenails

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Aug 15, 2018

Thoracic spine pain is rarely serious but often very irritating.

Thoracic spine pain is the most frequently adjusted area of the body by chiropractors because of the effect it has on the internal organs.

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Aug 15, 2018

Acromioclavicular joint is key to the frozen shoulder syndromes.

Acromioclavicular joint acts as a pivot giving stability to the scapular girdle.

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Aug 14, 2018

Chiropractor grabbed ankles and flayed me on table

When he quickly grabbed my ankles and pulled me down on the table and gave two severe slams to my lower body down on the table and that motion left me

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Aug 14, 2018

sprained ankle and leg swelling

Hi, I sprained my left ankle almost 2 weeks ago; I can only move it a little. I am starting to just about walk on it but the more I do the more it swells

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Aug 13, 2018

severe low back pain after kickboxing class

I am a 50 year old woman who took a kickboxing class last Monday. The day after class my back started to stiffen up. By Wednesday I was in excruciating

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Aug 13, 2018

Pecans nutrition is rich in many important vitamins for a chiropractor

Pecans nutrition research proves that three nuts a day are not fattening compared to the Step I diet.

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Aug 12, 2018

Lumbar disc protrusion says take it seriously before the leg pain.

Lumbar disc protrusion finds that if you neglect a small problem in the back you may well end up with a serious condition requiring surgery..

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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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