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 11, 2018

After chiropractic treatment pain is not uncommon.

After chiropractic treatment pain is not unusual, as with most other medical procedures, but how severe and frequent is acceptable?

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Dec 10, 2018

Cholesterol lowering foods are really just many of those basic meals.

Cholesterol lowering foods are for all who want to have their fat and eat it; like your butter and pork rind?

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Dec 08, 2018

Healthy living tips are the simple things enabling us to enjoy life.

Healthy living tips is primarily about the virtues of good food and drink, and more exercise so that retirement can be a pleasure instead of an endless list of pills and doctors' consultations.

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Dec 07, 2018

Thoracic spine pain CaseFile asks just when should you xray?

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

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Dec 07, 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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Dec 07, 2018

Why do we hiccup addresses a very distressing condition in infants.

Why do we hiccup is something that chiropractic treats successfully and every mother should know about it.

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Dec 07, 2018

Stroke chiropractic is less likely than being struck by lightning.

Stroke chiropractic investigates the research concerning the safety of cervical manipulation.

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Dec 07, 2018

Sexual advances chiropractor certainly occur and should be reported.

Sexual advances chiropractor can be avoided by taking a companion if treatment may encroach on any of the sensitive areas.

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Dec 07, 2018

Straight leg raise is also known as Lasegue's test.

Straight leg raise test is a test used daily by chiropractors for sciatica.

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Dec 07, 2018

Leg pain has a 101 causes so a careful examination is paramount.

Leg pain is an every day complaint heard in the chiropractic clinic; it is not always a pinched nerve obviously.

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Dec 07, 2018

Upper lumbar thigh pain connection is both neurological and muscular.

Upper lumbar thigh pain is a complex and often mysterious syndrome.

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Dec 07, 2018

Varicose veins and herbs is the treatment of choice for an ankle ulcer

Varicose veins and herbs offers another solution to ulcers which respond to a mixture of honey and phytosterols.

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Dec 06, 2018

Anecdote of the jar is another page from the chiropractic coalface.

Anecdote of the jar reminds us that these case histories are no more than stories and have absolutely no scientifical validation.

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Dec 06, 2018

Alzheimers and exercise proves that keeping fit also saves your brain

Alzheimers and exercise brings convincing new evidence confirming what we already know that mental and physical activity help prevent cognitive decline.

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Dec 05, 2018

Adsons test is part of the examination of tingling in the arm.

Adsons test is especially when the paresthesias get worse when your raise your hands above your head as in hanging the washing or changing a lightbulb.

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Dec 04, 2018

Arthritis pain in knee hurts and worse is very disabling.

Arthritis Pain in Knee calls for understanding it to avoid surgery and worse; neither the anaesethetic, hospital acquired infection nor an embolis from surgery are kind.

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Dec 04, 2018

Acute knee trauma recommends chiropractic's role before surgery.

Acute knee trauma patients are reminded that if arthrogenic muscle inhibition is not addressed immediately wasting of the quadriceps begins.

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Dec 03, 2018

Active rehabilitation enables you to escape life long disability.

Active rehabilitation means accepting that the problem will return; how soon is determined by your commitment to exercise.

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Dec 03, 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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Dec 03, 2018

Arthritis in lower back can utterly ruin your life but there is hope.

Arthritis in lower back means that sometimes I am utterly humbled by the power of chiropractic.

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Dec 03, 2018

Barrie Lewis DC practises from 56 Groenekloof Road, HILTON, RSA.

Barrie Lewis is also a prolific chiropractic writer under the nom de plume Bernard Preston.

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Dec 03, 2018

Attention deficit Bernie relates how I have suffered from this malady.

Attention deficit Bernie expresses alarm that today he would certainly have been treated as a child with mind altering Ritalin.

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Dec 03, 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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Dec 03, 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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Dec 03, 2018

Chiropractic conditions covers some options to your health problems.

Chiropractic conditions is a navigation page to the complaints commonly treated; it is obviously not all inclusive.

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Dec 03, 2018

Chiropractic help is for you when you need more information.

Chiropractic help is about what DCs do and the conditions they treat.

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Nov 28, 2018

Hydrogenated foods are processed to make them more useful.

Hydrogenated foods have a serious downside however in that toxic byproducts that damage healthy nerves are formed.

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Nov 23, 2018

What foods have trans fat is a vital to avoid heart disease and DM.

What foods have trans fat research proves that butter is not the villain of the piece.

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Nov 21, 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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Nov 21, 2018

Headache chiropractic can justly claim to have the best treatment.

Headache chiropractic probably managed better by no other profession and without the serious side effects of chronic medication.

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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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