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.

Aug 20, 2019

Olive garden salad recipe is simple and quick to prepare.

Olive garden salad recipe is a traditional Greek appetiser, enjoyed with olives and quite senstational; it is central to the much acclaimed Mediterranean diet.

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Aug 20, 2019

Results from mri and opinion

I have been having tingling in fingers for years but never when I am asleep nor do I awake with it. It only occurs after I am up and around. It is in both

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Aug 20, 2019

Before and after THR severe pain in front and side of lower leg. Femoral nerve?

Since my surgery, the pain in my lower leg is excruciating. Sometimes the pain shoots through my lower leg without my doing any movement at all. Often

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Aug 12, 2019

Degenerative lumbar disc disease case file runs down the anterior leg.

Degenerative lumbar disc disease case file with a spondylolysthesis of L3.

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Aug 09, 2019

Varicose veins and herbs is the treatment of choice for a skin ulcer.

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

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Aug 09, 2019

Chiropractic alternative medicine was founded by Daniel Palmer.

Chiropractic alternative medicine is the leading member of the CAM stable; complementary and alternative. The profession as we know it today goes back to 1895.

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Aug 09, 2019

Cervical rib case file shows they are usually of little significance.

Cervical rib case file often cause other syndromes in the upper limb such as shoulder pain or carpal tunnel provoking tingling arms and hands.

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Aug 08, 2019

Rib pain treatment is one of the conditions we love to manage.

Rib pain treatment is usually straightforward for the chiropractor unless associated with trauma or costochondritis.

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Aug 02, 2019

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 fats; more effective than HRT in the management of menopause.

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Jul 30, 2019

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

Healthy living tips is primarily about the virtues of good food, and more exercise, to avoid a retirement that becomes an endless ordeal of pills and doctors.

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Jul 30, 2019

Hydrogenated foods are processed to make them more useful.

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

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Jul 30, 2019

Leg pain during pregnancy casefile discusses a typical patient.

Leg pain during pregnancy casefile is an interesting yet slightly embarrassing consideration from the chiropractic coalface.

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Jul 30, 2019

Let your food be your medicine was the advice of Hippocrates.

Let your food be your medicine does mean choosing nourishment that is not highly refined; how it's grown and processed obviously is important too.

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Jul 30, 2019

Neck pain and headache are kindred spirits born in the same pod.

Neck pain and headache are so connected because of highly sensitive receptors in the cervical spine; the jaw joint too can profoundly affect them both.

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Jul 30, 2019

Lower back surgery asks what is the chiropractic take on the subject?

Lower back surgery admits that when all else fails sometimes you may have no other option.

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Jul 29, 2019

Frozen shoulder is a most painful and debilitating condition.

Frozen shoulder is a relatively common and extremely painful chiropractic condition often associated with a first rib subluxation.

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Jul 29, 2019

Cervical facet syndrome is a common sequela of MVAs and other whiplash

Cervical facet syndrome faces the chiropractor on a daily basis; headache, neck and radiating arm pain are the result.

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Jul 29, 2019

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 and associated scalene muscles spasm.

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Jul 28, 2019

Arm pain case histories are anecdotes from the chiropractic coalface.

Arm pain case histories helps you see how others are progressing when suffering from tennis elbow and a frozen shoulder.

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Jul 23, 2019

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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Jul 21, 2019

Vegan weight loss is an easier way to lose 10 to 20 pounds.

Vegan weight loss is safe only if carefully and scientifically followed as serious deficiencies are possible.

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Jul 20, 2019

Mouse arm is often related to a poor setup at the computer.

Mouse arm is in epidemic proportions; is your laptop the guilty party?

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Jul 20, 2019

Developmental hip dysplasia casefile tells more about chiropractic.

Developmental hip dysplasia casefile usually have pain in the groin as the commonest complaint.

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Jul 20, 2019

Good reads are fun books about chiropractic and greater well-being.

Good reads about the role of manipulation in medicine are hard to find but Bernard Preston is one of my favourites.

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Jul 20, 2019

Generalised muscle weakness is the story of beriberi and vitamin B1.

Generalised muscle weakness explains why the chickens belonging to the rich got sick and died but those of the poor were strong and vibrant.

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Jul 19, 2019

Olive garden nutrition parades the virtues of this humble fruit.

Olive garden nutrition provides information about why the monounsaturated oil in the Mediterranean diet is so beneficial particularly for nerves and joints.

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Jul 19, 2019

Pesto is a delicious dish of basil, parmesan cheese and pine nuts.

Pesto like olive pate and hummus is so easy to make in your own kitchen; the anti-inflammatory nature of sweet basil and olive oil helps with chiropractic care.

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Jul 19, 2019

Pickled beets are God's gift to the constipated colon.

Pickled beets is a very simple recipe that you can prepare in 30 mins if you have a pressure cooker; important for those undergoing chiropractic care for LBP.

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Jul 19, 2019

Postero medial slipped disk causes lower back and often leg pain.

Postero medial slipped disk may result in a painful antalgia looking like the leaning tower of Pisa.

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Jul 19, 2019

Prostate gland health or else the dreaded old man's lurgy.

Prostate gland health suggests four simple foods to include weekly in your planning; if a family member has had a breast tumour then you have a higher risk.

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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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Interesting questions from visitors

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