At YES TO HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC we aim to exceed your expectations as health care providers. Our personalized service together with a friendly, relaxed and vibrant atmosphere will make you feel comfortable and cared for from your first visit. Expect us to take your problems seriously and spend the required time finding the right solution for you.
Dr Michiel Opperman and Dr Sindi Ludik are the resident chiropractors of YES TO HEALTH CHIROPRACTORS based in Newlands Pretoria. They are both registered with the ALLIED Health Professionals Council of South Africa (AHPCSA), The Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA) and The Board of Health Care Funders (BHF).
WHAT IS A SUBLUXATION?
When a vertebra or joint in your body loses its normal position and motion it is referred to as a subluxation.
Joints that are not aligned properly will not move properly and this generate stress on the surrounding tissues, (muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs) and joint surfaces causing these structures to become injured or even damaged.
Subluxations also place pressure on nerves and cause them to malfunction. Your nervous system controls and coordinates ALL the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals travelling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100%.
WHAT CAUSES SUBLUXATIONS?
Subluxations are caused by everyday activities that place strain on your body:
1. Physical causes include acute trauma to the body, repetitive motions, bad postural habits, improper workstation design, weak or imbalanced musculature, etc.
2. Chemical causes include poor dietary and nutritional practices, drug and alcohol use and abuse, and the ingestion of chemical toxins in the foods you eat, air you breathe, and water you drink.
3. Emotional causes refer to excessive stress or inadequate stress management skills.
HOW ARE SUBLUXATIONS CORRECTED?
Doctors of Chiropractic are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations. Chiropractors locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them through a series of chiropractic adjustments. This is the application of a quick but gentle corrective thrust into the subluxated vertebrae or joint. The adjustment can be delivered manually through the hands or can be applied through the use of a specialized tool. Other techniques such as flexion distraction, spinal decompression, traction, mobilisation techniques, massage, heat and cold therapy, dry needling, strapping techniques, stretch and exercise programs, etc. are often used as complimentary treatment modalities.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE MY CHIROPRACTOR?
Signs and symptoms commonly associated with subluxations:
• Neck pain, tenderness, soreness and stiffness
• Back pain, tenderness, soreness and stiffness
• Dizziness or balance problems
• Spinal muscle spasm, tightness or weakness
• Reduced spinal mobility
• Pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities
• Joint pain and stiffness
• Low energy
• Poor overall state of health
• Poor tissue healing
• Low back pain during pregnancy
COMMON CLINICAL CONDITIONS TREATED BY CHIROPRACTORS:
Colic, crying baby, vertigo, disc pain, degenerative joint disease, facet syndrome, instability, headache (cervicogenic, cluster, migraine, tension), muscle strain, ligament strain, jaw pain (TMJ syndrome), torticollis, sacroiliac syndrome, leg length inequality,spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, costosternal syndrome, postural problems, thoracic outlet syndrome, rotator cuff strain, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervain’s disease, game keeper’s thumb, coxavalga, coxavara, hip synovitis, chondromalaciapatellae, genu algum, genu varum, iliotibial band syndrome, ankle sprain, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, forefoot varum, rerefootvarum, hallux rigidus, hallux valgus, hammer toes, claw toes, morton’s foot, pescavus, pesplanus, plantar fasciitis, pronator syndrome, piriformissundrome, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, neck pain, back pain, rib pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain.
When you are not experiencing pain or discomfort it does not mean that you are "subluxation free". Pain is only a symptom of the disease process. Subluxations are similar to tooth cavities in that many times a significant amount of damage is present before symptoms such as pain are felt. This is why we recommend that individuals seek periodic spinal evaluations and maintenance therapy to check for the presence of subluxations and other spinal abnormalities, even in the absence of pain.
- dry needling
- manual adjustments
- orthopedic pillows