by Colleen
(Kiepersol, Mpum.SA)

Sacro iliac joint. I have been doing Stotts Pilates for five years which has helped me tremendously.

I am 74 yrs old and active. I run the family construction business office, for 40 yrs, and yes the sitting is a problem; also I assist with the family farm.

I have an S shaped scolosis between the shoulder blades and between the hips; born with the problem.

I manage quite well but going away on holidays or travelling becomes a problem when the SIJ somehow slips. My Chiropractor is Rene Bruckner in White River.and formerly before his retirement Anton Kotze also of White River. My visits are mainly due to SIJ problems.

Thank you. Thoroughly enjoy your newsletters.

Kind regards

You're an inspiration, Colleen; the way to live a long, full life is to keep busy as long as possible, and you are in the process of confirming it.

Holidays are often a time when folk get sick or sore. Try taking a day at home before going on holiday; not a work day on the farm, but a day to just what you feel like doing.

A small cushion, or rolled up towel in the small of the back helps on long journeys.

Thank you for message, and regards to Rene.

Dr B

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Jun 20, 2015
Wellbeing of a crooked spine
by: Colleen

Hello Dr. B.
I dreaded my Chiro moving on to another town BUT I found a marvellous replacement. Dr. Lisa`s treatment is very different but very effective and preferable. Being a Pilates enthusiast herself she reports back to my Instructors after every treatment . This is so cool.

After nigh on 30 years plus with Chiro treatment and nearly 7 years with Pilates, I am so grateful for my good health and eagerly recommend that everybody try this way of living, if possible. I have been told that with 48% curvature of an S-shaped spine I should be deformed... well I am not. The Chiro wants an artist`s impression of this wobbly spine to hang on her wall!
Of my own account I have had back, hips and knees xrayed...all good except arthritis and osteopenia. I am managing this well and still work fulltime. Deeply grateful.
A friend in her seventies has just had a double knee replacement; after four weeks to the day since her op she drove to Pilates. P I L A T E S .
Kind regards and thanks for your very interesting newsletters.

Your story says it all, Colleen. Fantastic.

Dr B

Jun 07, 2015
Groin injury
by: Colleen Robertson

Hi Dr B,
My 45 year old son hurt his groin in a hockey match. He has not been able to play for three weeks now. I have told him that he should see a Chiropractor as I feel that it may have something to do with his back. Would this help ? Thanks Colleen

Hello again Colleen,
What's needed is a diagnosis. What is the cause of the pain. If it's a pulled muscle, which it often is during sport, then anyone interested in the care of sportsmen is satisfactory.

Yes, it's possible that something in the back, or sacroiliac joint, or the hip itself in fact may be the underlying cause. Or the length of his leg and lots of other possibilities.

Dr B

Sep 15, 2014
PRIVATE Perhaps best not to publicise
by: Colleen Robertson

My Chiropractor has informed me that he is moving to a larger town making it even further for me to travel. BUT do tell, why has he been turned away from four different centres by resident Physiotherapists : their reasoning : they don`t want him in the same building?? I asked my Chiro (you know him Dr. B ) why? Surely the reason is not competition. I have been advised once or twice, if you go to a Physio don't tell them you also go to a Chiro if needs be. I have no qualms about telling my Chiro that I have been to a physio.

Hello Colleen,
There are a lot of Colleens in this world living in small towns so there's no need to keep this private. You raise interesting issues.

Firstly you've been badly advised; you should always tell all the people treating you what other care you are having; if they can't handle it, that's their problem, not yours. Anything less is being disingenuous and can only lead to difficulties for you.

Secondly, whilst we would vehemently deny that it's an issue, medical doctors, surgeons, chiropractors and physiotherapists are all striving for your dollar. There's almost always an undercurrent of keeping the competition at bay. I wouldn't be in the slightest bothered that PTs have ganged up to keep your chiropractor out. The opposite could be just as true.

If you know him well enough, why not suggest he open up a home practice as I have done. With no overheads I work half as hard and still earn the same amount; in fact probably more since we have been able to downsize to one car. Just a thought.

Thank you for your contribution.

Dr B

Jun 18, 2014
Pressure point treatment
by: Colleen

Oh.. I thought all chiropractors use this instrument.

Chiropractic is enormously variable now as different techniques have evolved.

Dr B

Jun 16, 2014
Treadmill walking for SIJ/Scoliosis
by: Colleen

I am back again Dr. B.
Several years ago I could walk any distance and loved it. Walking on public roads and on the farm these days has proved dangerous crimewise so I took to walking (not running/jogging )on a treadmill in my home.
I have been advised by a physiotherapist that its a `no-no` for scoliosis sufferers.
My Pilates instructors disagree and feel that walking on the incline or decline might not be advisable but walking `on the straight` would do no harm.
When I have the opportunity to accompany others on a walk I use my `skiing sticks` which are very comfortable.
One more question: wearing a backpack whilst walking (without sticks) seems easier on my problematic back than going without. Why is this? Does the backpack stabilize my posture ?

Hello Inspiration Colleen,
If you have a significantly short leg, walking on your treadmill may be a problem, though usually it's only affected when walking slowly. Otherwise I don't have difficulty with the treadmill. More dangerous for the brain than the back, though I understand the safety issue.

Interesting the backpack helping; yes, I think it's probably because it acts as a brace. Wear it, but keep it light.

dr B

Jun 16, 2014
Pressure point treatment
by: Colleen

Alternative treatment to manipulation: what are the pros and cons of having triggered pressure point treatment done (with an electrically operated `gun` ) ? The first time it worked well but this week treatment from top to toe proved very painful.. and behind the knee, thigh and hip are still painful. I was told that the force of the pressure is the equivalent of 40 kgs,.
Thanks Doc B.

I'm afraid I have no knowledge of that gun. If it works for you, fine.

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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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