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 06, 2020

Initial clinical consultation fee asks what a DC should charge?

Initial clinical consultation fee questions if your high initial fee is the stumbling block to your new patients numbers?

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Apr 05, 2020

Tingling in feet and legs case file adds clinical significance.

Tingling in feet and legs case file means that the nerve root has been affected; issues of wellness are additive. There is the plus of exercising and nutrition.

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Apr 05, 2020

Chiropractic therapy raises questions as to what it is and how safe.

Chiropractic therapy

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Apr 05, 2020

Leg pain and tightness. Left knee and right hip pain while walking

Hi Doctor, I am Vinod; I hope you and your family are staying safe during this Covid 19 outbreak. About my condition; I have both leg tightness(both upper

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Apr 04, 2020

Placebo special needs weighs a survey of 700 randomly selected doctors

Placebo special needs considers a survey which shows wide use of inactive drugs. How does this impact on Chiropractic?

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Apr 04, 2020

Hyde Park corner has some thoughts from my soapbox.

Hyde Park corner considers the need for a large toolbag so that one can help more patients.

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Apr 03, 2020

College research topics requests conditions that puzzle chiropractors.

College research topics is a site where students may find interesting ideas from the great pool of doctors in the field.

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Apr 03, 2020

Causes of dizziness covers Herdman's book Vestibular Rehabilitation.

Causes of dizziness are legend; this is a must on every chiropractor's bookshelf.

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Apr 03, 2020

Flip test for sciatica is the most commonly used exam in my clinic.

Flip test for sciatica effectively puts the sciatic nerve under increasing tension to examine for possible entrapment.

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Apr 03, 2020

Chiropractic home office drastically reduces overheads.

Chiropractic home office saves you an hour or more per day fighting peak traffic.

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Apr 03, 2020

Solo chiropractic practice is often the norm.

Solo chiropractic practice means long hours, high expenses and few proper holidays.

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Apr 02, 2020

Professional codes of ethics pertinent to Chiropractors.

Professional codes of ethics considers a few of the factors at the coalface.

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Apr 02, 2020

Six golden rules for chiropractors were written by Dr Lamberts MD.

Six golden rules for chiropractors is an attempt to see things from the patient's perspective.

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Apr 02, 2020

The journey of Scott Haldeman is a spinal specialist and researcher.

The journey of Scott Haldeman plots the tumultuous yet successful history of chiropractic science and interdisciplinary cooperation.

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Apr 02, 2020

Knee joint distraction shows promise for arthritis in young patients.

Knee joint distraction research reveals dramatic increase in cartilage volume, thickness and bone covering.

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Apr 01, 2020

Knee Arthritis and Exercise reveals that walking thickens cartilage.

Knee Arthritis and Exercise research was done at Alfred Hospital to determine whether exertion prescribed for heart patients was in fact aggravating their joints.

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Apr 01, 2020

Definition of professionalism sets high goals for chiropractors.

Adherence to a definition of professionalism at the end of the day is what separates all doctors from second-hand car salesmen.

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Apr 01, 2020

Walking speed interestingly is a good predictor of longevity.

Walking speed is important obviously but research is needed to prove that moving even faster will increase your lifespan further.

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Apr 01, 2020

Exercise class benefits arthritis weighs the effect of movement.

Exercise class benefits arthritis evaluates the influence of a structured programme in patients with osteo and rheumatoid inflammatory disease.

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Apr 01, 2020

Stop smoking permanently and save at least ten years of your life.

When a book like Stop Smoking Permanently is still available from Amazon after 25 years, and is in twenty different languages, then you know you have a winner.

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Apr 01, 2020

What is chiropractic is a chapter borrowed from Frog in my Throat.

Chiropractic is a health care discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.

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Apr 01, 2020

Atherosclerosis symptoms and low back pain asks what the facts are.

Atherosclerosis symptoms and low back pain research indicates there is a close association between vascular disease and disc degeneration.

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Mar 31, 2020

Short leg and low back pain has news from Journal of Rheumatology.

Short leg and low back pain may be effectively treated with a shoe lift according to a leading medical researcher.

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Mar 31, 2020

Maignes syndrome exercises for pain in the thoraco-lumbar area.

Maignes syndrome exercises have been specifically designed for the QL muscle and the lower back facets joints.

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Mar 31, 2020

Plantar myofascitis makes walking a misery and an end to hiking.

Plantar myofascitis is a painful condition of the sole of the foot in athletes and the general public; it often affects the heel.

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Mar 31, 2020

Free pain pills reminds us that analgesics come at a heavy cost.

Free pain pills are only for incurable terminal conditions and after surgery; for the rest rather treat the cause.

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Mar 31, 2020

Propoxyphene is the worst drug in history and at long last is banned.

Propoxyphene is the worst drug in history is described as addictive, not very effective and toxic. It is marketed as Darvon, Darvocet and Lentogesic; and Synap Forte.

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Mar 30, 2020

Trick or treatment is a rebuttal by Dr Barrie Lewis.

Trick or treatment is a controversial evaluation of Chiropractic by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst.

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Mar 30, 2020

Chiropractic iatrogenic illness profiles some adverse effects of care.

Chiropractic iatrogenic illness invites doctors and patients to share painful experiences.

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Mar 29, 2020

Cervical compression test is used daily in the chiropractic clinic.

Cervical compression test is a lighthearted look at a very basic procedure. This is great fun.

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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 have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is 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 is 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 pain-free. 

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 is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he has 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 stroll 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; he has a short leg.

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. X-rays 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 few months 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 is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38-year 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 could not 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 should not be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that is so much bunkum.



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