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 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 18, 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 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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Aug 12, 2018

Hyaline cartilage is the vital substance lining your joints.

Hyaline cartilage is vulnerable because it has no blood supply.

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Aug 12, 2018

Heart stroke diabetes explains how we can reduce the risk by 50%.

Heart stroke diabetes is about responsibility for our own health; otherwise where are you planning to live?

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Aug 12, 2018

Ankle joint pain comes from a complex organ causing a lot of misery.

Ankle joint pain is usually the result of an old sprain or stubbing the toes against a cupboard or some such thing.

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Aug 12, 2018

Avocado benefits include healthy monounsaturate fat and antioxidants.

Avocado benefits are the delicious flavour and they are loaded with nutritional value; good for the prostate which is always important in chiropractic practice; and perfect with the banting diet.

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Aug 12, 2018

Drinking water asks just how much do we need?

Drinking water weighs a few aqua myths and suggests some cheap and healthy fruity teas that you can enjoy.

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Aug 10, 2018

Arthritis and obesity is a review of the research by Dr Matt Constas.

Arthritis and obesity are intimately connected; not surprisingly it not only causes arthritis in the weightbearing joints but also in your hands for example.

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Aug 08, 2018

Masseter muscle pain years post wisdom teeth extraction

Masseter muscle pain especially after eating, but it is a constant pain mainly in the left masseter muscle right side not as bad. There also seems to be

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Aug 08, 2018

Femoral nerve pain shooting down front of thigh when mobilising

I have a right labral tear, diagnosed 7 years ago by arthrogram. Went on to develop classic paresthetica meralgia in left thigh. Now getting shooting

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Aug 07, 2018

Symptoms of whiplash are quite individual as every accident is unique.

Symptoms of whiplash describes the plethora of signs and symptoms that may occur and the need for careful management to prevent or reduce the inevitable arthritis that ensues.

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Jul 14, 2018

Tingling in two fingers after shingles.

In Early December 2017 I was diagnosed with shingles. It effected my right arm and part of my right upper back. By the end of May 2018, the shingles

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Jul 13, 2018

Anticholinergic side effects include memory loss & mental fogginess.

Anticholinergic side effects occur in drugs taken by 50% of Americans including sleeping tablets, codeine, NSAIDs and many other medicines.

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Jul 07, 2018

Best calcium for osteoporosis is from your diet and not a bottle.

Best calcium for osteoporosis is found in real foods like hummus, pilchard fish cakes, tofu and freshly pressed citrus drinks. Fermented dairy products like kefir too have many befits including stronger bones and better digestion.

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Jul 06, 2018

tingling in fingers and 1 and 2

What is the best vitamin that can be taken to help reduce the problem of disc degeneration? Hello Fathimath, The best solution is not a vitamin but to

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Jul 04, 2018

Tingling in spine and severe pain

Hello, I am so needed an answer to what is going on with me possibly. I just woke up one morning five months ago with severe pain between shoulder blades

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Jul 02, 2018

Bicep weakness, aches, and shaking

Hi, I've been diagnosed with tos neurogalgia and have been rehabing with a chiro for 3 months and off work for the moment. While it's been helping resolve

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Jul 02, 2018

feet and soles are numb and tingling and getting worse.

started over a year ago, gp thought it was peripheral neuropathy and offered gabapentin, i declined. nerve conductivity test normal, neurologist offer

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Jun 29, 2018

Causes of osteoporosis should be the concern of every young woman.

Causes of osteoporosis are mostly to be found in your lifestyle which means you can do plenty to prevent it.

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Jun 28, 2018

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

Prostate gland health suggests four simple foods to include weekly in your diet; if a family member had breast cancer you have a higher risk of getting the disease.

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Jun 27, 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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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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