Spondylolisthesis is an intimidating word at first glance, but all you need to do is break it into 4 sections: spondy-lo-lis-thesis. Then it’s not so hard to say. Spondylolisthesis is also not so hard to understand if you think about its Greek root words: spondylo means “vertebra” and listhesis means “to slip.”
Spondylolisthesis is when one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it. Most often, that happens in the low back (lumbar spine) because that part of your spine bears a lot of weight and absorbs a lot of directional pressures. In other words, your lumbar spine has to move quite a bit (rotate in various directions) while carrying your body weight. Sometimes, this combination can put so much stress on the vertebrae that one of them slips forward. Continue Reading →
If you watch one of the many Emergency Room medical drama shows on TV you could be forgiven for accepting the myth that modern medicine has triumphed over nature. It often appears that people’s conditions can be healed within one single half-hour episode (including the time taken to bring you the important messages from their sponsors).
The encultured belief in our society is that there is a drug for every condition and if the condition can’t be suppressed or eliminated then you need to seek a more powerful solution quickly. We have adopted a ‘this for that’ mentality where we expect to be ‘fixed’ or cured instantly from whatever ails us so we can get back into life again, (which is usually what caused the problem in the first place. Continue Reading →
In 1927 R.W. Stevenson defined 33 principles that cover the belief structure of chiropractic. Whilst a lot of what was described in 1927 was not provable at the time it is amazing how much of what was stated then has been accepted as scientific fact now.
The purpose of today’s article is to draw your attention to the first of those 33 principles, which states:
“A universal intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence”.
So, what does this mean? Continue Reading →
For most of us, our journey into this world is no picnic. After a tortuous passage out into the light of day the child is taken from the mother for weighing and measuring, blood is taken for a PKU test and then Vitamin K is injected into the newborn. What a welcome!!!
Parents of newly born babies face a stand up battle in the delivery room with the hospital staff if they decide on any other course of action. Seldom are these procedures of an emergency nature and it is only in the most obvious cases of maternal malnutrition that this intervention should be considered. There is no reason to further trauma-tize the poor baby by sticking another needle in them to inject something that is most likely unnecessary in the first place and possibly very dangerous to their future health. Continue Reading →
In the 1970’s Ivan Illich wrote a number of books including The Disabling Professions: and Diseasemongers: How doctors, drug companies and insurers are trying to make you feel sick. He wrote about the process of turning ordinary life and its ups and downs into medical conditions, the so-called medicalisation of society. He observed how the definitions of diseases are being widened in order to boost demand for doctors’ services and new products. He foresaw the alliances that have formed between groups of specialists, drug companies and even some patient groups, who all have a vested interest in making their particular condition look as widespread and serious as possible.
The media plays its part in disease mongering by using the biggest, most dramatic estimates of how many people suffer a disease and by featuring the most severe cases of disability. Continue Reading →
Chiropractic recognises two types of interferences to peoples nerve systems. One is the QUANTITATIVE or the amount of nerve energy getting through to the body. The other is the QUALITATIVE or the quality of the nerve messages getting through to the body.
The quality of nerve energy has a profound effect on your health. People who are moody, nervous and susceptible to stress tend to subluxate more frequently, have a weaker immune system and succumb to degenerative diseases more easily than their calm, happy and supported friends. Continue Reading →
If there’s one thing we can count on in our life it is that whatever is going on now, will change. We live in a sea of change. All things in our universe, our solar system and our world, including our very bodies are changing. As we observe a little baby we notice the little one taking on new behaviours daily.
The infant’s nerve system is constantly questioning its environment and changing in response to the feedback it gets. Gravity takes me down, fire means hot, dirt tastes yukky (sometimes) and No means No (or maybe try a different approach so I don’t get caught). By the time a child is 11 they have the most nerve cells they will have in their life and from then on the number of nerve cells steadily diminishes. Herein lies a clue to aging. Continue Reading →
Morning Sickness is a common ‘condition’ of early pregnancy. Up to 70% of pregnant women experience this unpleasant situation. Within the medical community it is common for morning sickness to be referred to as a ‘symptom’ of pregnancy, as if pregnancy were a disease. The medical approach in dealing with this ‘symptom’ seems to be that morning sickness makes women distressed, so let’s alleviate the symptom, usually with drugs, and thereby relieve them of their discomfort. Continue Reading →
Chances are if you’re like 95% of the population, you would have suffered a headache at some stage in your life. For those who only get headaches rarely, when they are sick, or self indulge, it is a problem that presents little interruption to your life and will cease once the aggravating factor is no longer present.
For others though, headaches and the more severe migraine, can be a regular, persistent and life affecting event. Migraines can cause people to loose days off work and even have trips to the hospital in extre Continue Reading →
The 17th principle of chiropractic states that every effect has a cause and every cause, an effect. Pretty obvious, you might say. One cannot exist without the other, but when it comes to our health we seem to too often forget that a temporal relationship between the two events exists.
Medically, we tend to think that the appearance of a health ‘condition’ just happened and if we can’t find a cause that makes sense at the time the condition is noticed, we tend to put the condition down to bad luck or genetics or something as equally inane and treat the effects, leaving causes to remain. Continue Reading →