Chiropractic Tips

This chiropractic tips page is about the small things that make for better health.

This series consists of 7 emails, chock a block full of ideas about enriching your life. From lower back exercises to suggestions on stimulating the mind and the spirit; and on unusual subjects not expected on a chiropractic help site, such as pubic pain and osteoporosis.

You will enjoy these little gems. They come only every two weeks so you will not end up with information overload.

Along with our monthly newsletter where we include information on various conditions and nutritional information on arthritis for example, these health flashes will increase your knowledge about what you can do to help yourself.

These chiropractic tips are simple suggestions that you can easily incorporate in your everyday lifestyle, that will help you avert illness. These days prevention is the buzzword because health care has become so prohibitively expensive, so learning how to nip them in the bud makes a lot of sense; a lot less pain too. 

Often one is faced with two divergent roads. Either you invest some time and energy in your own well-being by exercising and healthy living habits, or you will spend a lot more hours, and money, not to mention the pain and disability of coping with a diseased body.

Many of these changes are not difficult; like eating half an apple or a few prunes every morning and taking a short ten minute walk at lunch time.

However, some of them are immensely hard; losing fifty or more pounds to save yourself from disabling knee arthritis will not be easy. It can be done by grasping the meaning of glycemic index; usually it is processed carbohydrate that makes us fat. Could you give up refined rice and white bread? Sure you could to save yourself from total misery. 

Banting has some merit but I'm totally against banning all legumes and the healthy carbohydrates like butternut; they have a low GI in any case.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Robert Frost

I recommend the road less travelled; the one that leads, often admittedly with twists and turns, to better health.

Enjoy the whole of the road not taken, at core poems.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

  • Chiropractic Conditions is a central page at Chiropractic Help. It provides you simply and easily with the sorts of conditions that the average chiropractor would be treating.
  • Healthy Living Tips is another vital page at Chiropractic Help. Sparkling good health is not just about having your subluxations adjusted. Our healthy living tips page gives you some insights into different foods you could and perhaps should be eating.

Avoiding anti inflammatory drugs in one of the big chiropractic tips.

Number one of our chiropractic tips is simply starting our 40 second lower back exercises programme every morning before getting out of bed; I have absolutely no doubt they will make a vital difference to your life. I do them myself every morning; I never miss. Subscribe now to Chiropractic tips; it's free.

The second is to avoid the back pocket wallet syndrome.

And feel free to forward them to friends and family if you find them beneficial.

Dealing with subluxations long before immobilisation arthritis and stenosis sets in is a big chiropractic tip.

Six golden rules for chiropractors

By all means add your pennyworth, either as a doctor of chiropractor or a patient to these golden rules which you can submit to contact.

Originally written for medical doctors, they are equally relevant to for our profession.


Many patients are on analgesic medication daily, month in and out, because of chronic joint pain causes what are they, and are there alternatives to bucketfuls of pills every day?

Give the patient high blood pressure pills, rather than persuade him to lose weight or stop smoking. Don't organise any rehabilitation and get the patient exercising, that way he's more likely to hurt his back again. That's the cop out for both doctor and patient.

After all, if you do not look after your body, where are you planning to live, eh?

The tough part is that you have to invest that time and energy first, when you are are young and strong; generally when you are convinced that illness only pertains to others. And then the benefits flow from your commitment to wellness living.

These tips cut right across that, and some of it may be uncomfortable for you. The Dutch have a nice saying; those who will not listen, must feel. And so it is.

Follow these chiropractic tips, and our monthly newsletters, and you will stay out of your doctors' clutches; and that includes your chiropractor too. Just starting our lower back exercises would make a profound difference to the well-being of your spine; could you commit two minutes every single morning before getting out of bed? Of course, but will you?

Having said that, for many people, an adjustment every few months does seem to prevent acute episodes. My experience is that patients who come for half a dozen visits a year, and do their exercises, end up having much less pain and fewer treatments too.

Wellness chiropractic management may be controversial but it's no different to the way medicine manages the patient with diabetes, dangerously high blood pressure, kidney disease and a whole lot of others.

Will you take two minutes in the morning to crack three pecan nuts or walnuts, eat an apple or a few prunes, and a squeeze an orange instead of drinking juice from a carton? Would you make up a bowl of oats based muesli? If raw oats gives you a belly ache, boil it for five minutes.

Spend the time, or get ready to spend many more hours consulting doctors.

There's an enormous difference between your own orange juice and OJ. The latter has a very high glycemic index and has many of the nutrients removed. Freshly cracked pecans and those out of a packet are chalk and cheese. The vulnerable fatty acids in nuts are oxidised once you open them, leaving foul tasting and toxic rancid breakdown products.

Chemicals, preservatives, emulsifiers, flavour enhancers are added to almost every conceivable food the industry can get its hands on. Yes, going back to basic cooking does take time, but our slogan is slow food, made fast. Our quick hummus you can make in five minutes with a bit of practice, for example. I make a large tub at least twice a week.

Even baking our low GI bread takes only five minutes.

Incidentally, this is very large site; finding how to make hummus or homemade low GI bread, can be difficult; use the site search function in the navigation bar on your left; with 460 pages at Chiropractic Help, you'll be surprised what you'll find.

Now, how do you crack a pecan nut? The Helpful Elf brings you this chiropractic tip.

The RATIONALE for the Chiropractic adjustment

Basic science is now providing solid backing for the "Chiropractic Adjustment" proving that fixations cause increased arthritis, increasing bombardment of the spinal cord with noxious input and much more ...

The rationale for the adjustment. Chiropractic therapy and how it is applied.

IMMOBILISATION ARTHRITIS is the degenerative change that progresses from fixated joints.

Is your Chiropractor always RUNNING LATE ..?

Running far behind schedule is a common complaint heard in doctors' rooms in general. A few thoughts on the subject at RUNNING LATE.

Tingling in arms and hands

About 5-10 people contact our help desk every day asking for advice about this or that; at least half of them are suffering from pain or tingling in arms and hands. Much of chiropractic tips addresses these questions.

That could be from a large number of conditions like:

and many others too numerous to mention. Another common problem causing tingling in arms and hands is a fixated first rib causing what is known as a thoracic outlet syndrome.

Lower back exercises

Do you suffer from frequent episodes of crippling low back pain? Half the secret is spending two minutes every morning, in bed, before arising doing some simple lower back exercises. It is one of our most important chiropractic tips.

The very basic programme takes only forty seconds; that would be a good start. Could you do that EVERY morning to save yourself from the misery of a very sore back? Sure you could.

The full programme takes less than two minutes. I never miss myself. Do doctors get sick? Can chiropractors hurt their own backs? You can read about my own particular misery at femoral nerve damage; ouf, it was sore and it's only thanks to a very skilled chiropractor, my daughter that I was spared the knife. I do my lower back exercises! Few things will ruin your retirement sentiments like a back operation.

Pubic bone pain

I wrote this page after treating a few women with what I thought was a fairly rare problem; little did I realise the interest there would be in the page. In its worst form sex becomes impossible since the woman cannot open her legs. Ouch, pubic bone pain really hurts; chiropractic treatment isn't usually very painful, but this may be. I am afraid there are no home chiropractic tips that I know of that will help.

Slow food made fast

Slow food, made fast is our slogan; it is one of my most important chiropractic tips. Look for healthy basic recipes that your grandmother would have used, but don't hours to prepare. She almost certainly didn't work outside the home and enjoyed the luxury of time.

We might summarise this by suggesting that this is a good place to start.

Anti inflammatory omega 3 is found most richly in fatty fish and freshly ground flaxseeds.

Dips made with cream cheese make any salad a lot more interesting. Let's increase the number of coloured foods we are enjoying.

Low GI bread has less effect on blood glucose.


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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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Greetings, Dr B.

You helped me quite some time back with a soothing and professional response which turned out to be exactly correct. I now consult a local chiropractor. You write a superb newsletter, too.

Your own unresolved problem. Pose a question

Knowing that up to 70 percent of the time the correct diagnosis is made with no examination, no special tests, no xrays, but just from the history, there is a fair chance I can add some insight to your unresolved problem. But at least 30% of the time, I may be quite wrong. Give plenty of detail if you want a sensible reply.

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