Teddybears' picnic

A teddybears' picnic; at the chiropractic clinic? In the woods, surely!

Millions of teddybears

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These are old friends donated by the children of Holland for a super duper teddybears' picnic before going on the long trek to visit orphans in Africa and South America. How about suggesting to your chiropractor that he starts a teddybears' picnic in his clinic? Then all those sad and lonely old toys can have a lovely teddybears safari in Africa! Watch out for the lions, Bears!

But of course they they must be given a clean bill of health before they can be sent on their safari.

A good examination is in order!

Chiropractic help

Chiropractic help is for kids too; but does it have a place at the teddybears' picnic?

Teddy being examined

Teddybears' picnic

Time out! It's important to be relaxed before you have your treatment, Teddy. A bit of Lego first, just to take your mind off things? Perhaps you'll meet Tigger there, or Blackbear. What a wonderful teddybears' picnic.

Teddybears' picnic at the chiropractic clinic

Mm, are you suffering from indigestion, Teddy? INDIGESTION HEARTBURN ... I find some subluxations here in the middle of your back, and your midback is very stiff and rigid. I wonder if you could have Scheuermann's disease? You're so round-shouldered too.

Teddy being adjusted

Isn't it funny

How a bear likes honey?

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

I wonder why he does?

Straighten up, bears!

It's really important for bears to be able to stand up straight. Otherwise they won't be able to reach the honey! Important for kids too. At CHIROPRACTIC TIPS, you will find some lovely exercises you can do for your back. Look better, feel better.

Ask Mom or Dad to take a look at our Chiropractic Tips.

Not good. Christopher Robin dropped Teddy before they went off to the woods to the Teddybears Picnic, and he rolled down 15 stairs! He's getting terrible headaches now. HEADACHE CHIROPRACTIC... We'd better adjust your neck, Teddy.

Tweety receiving a chiropractic adjustment.

Oops! That's not Pooh Bear. Is that Tweety? How did he get invited to the teddybears picnic? It's probably Pooh's honey bread that he's after!

Brownbear's got a problem too. A subluxation at the base of his neck. We can't let him go to Africa like that! What would those kids think?!! Some chiros think he might have asthma as a result.  I have my doubts.

Teddy's upper thoracic spine being adjusted

Lucky only two teddies had subluxations, so now the doctor can relax. Oh, and Tweety, of course. Whew, the cat's been at the cream again.

Off to Africa, teddies. Look after those orphans nicely and have a lovely teddybears' picnic there too.

Web search engines like many of us are very bad at grammar. So I have been teaching you some very bad things at the teddybears picnic. It should be teddybears' picnic, shouldn't it?

Ask your teacher what the difference is between teddybear's picnic and teddybears' picnic. It's important.

You wouldn't want your Teddy going on a teddybear's picnic? Why not? Because they are terribly lonely for bears.

But a teddybears' picnic is such a fun time for everybody; can you spot the difference? It's all about where you place that darned apostrophe.


Dyslexia does make life difficult, but did you know that many kids with the problem are actually very smart? Do you understand what it means "to get the wrong end of the stick"?

Ask your teacher. It's what happens in school all the time, particularly if your spelling isn't too good.

Christopher Robin is a very bright lad, but because he can't concentrate in school, he is always getting muddled. He suffers from a nasty condition called dyslexia, so his spelling isn't too good and he is always in trouble with his teacher.

But that all changed since his teacher recommended he start taking a mixture of fish oil and evening primrose oil. Ask Mom or Dad to type "dyslexia evening primrose oil" into Google.

But when Christopher Robin started teaching Pooh some Bible stories that he had learned in school, things started to go seriously wrong! Just look at what Christopher was writing! Ask Mum or Dad to help you. DYSLEXIA ...

Dyslexia writing

Teddybears' picnic

If you go down to the woods today,

you're in for a big surprise;

If you go down to the woods today,

you better go in disguise.

If you go out in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise.

If you bring your teddy to the chiropractor today, you’d better go

in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain,

because today’s the day the teddy bears are having their

chiropractic adjustments!

If you go down to the woods today,

you're sure of a big surprise;

If you go down to the woods today,

You better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was,

will gather there for certain because,

today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

At six o'clock their mummies and daddies,

will take them home to bed,

because they're tired little teddy bears

Water for kids

Water for kids. Even bears must drink more water, and elephants too. I wonder how similar a teddybears' picnic is to one where the ellies are cavorting about.

Drinking water for elephants


Did I tell you that that ogre Christopher Robin makes me drink water when we go on a Teddybears' picnic? He uses a lemon drop drink recipe; actually with a little raw honey it's simply delicious. Now that I've got used to it, it's really quite nice.

But I really can't get that apostrophe right. When is it it's and when is it its. Should it be Teddybears' picnic? Or Teddybear's picnic? It's just too much for a bear! But I do know it certainly shouldn't be Teddybears picnic, right?

But getting back to that water, Christopher has come up with some delicious other ways to drink water.

This is your friend Christopher Robin again. Don't you love snuggling up with mom or dad before going to sleep with a good book? I do!

When I ask mom to read a paragraph, it helps me get the pronunciation right. And then I say it. Gosh, that's more difficult.

But my teacher tells me my reading and writing are so much better since we started enjoying a book together in bed before my sweet dreams.

My dad says, if you can't read, and he tells me lots of people can't, then we are going to have a really hard time in school; and even more difficult after we leave.

I'm so glad I can read better now. School is much more fun. Poor Christopher's spelling! MORE DYSLEXIA ...

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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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