Meet Dr. Rautenbach

Dr Gerrit Rautenbach qualified with a Master's degree in Chiropractic from the University of Johannesburg in 2018, and was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society.

During his studies he was privileged to work at UJ's Chiropractic Clinic as an assistant clinician as well as an auxiliary myofascial dry needling lecturer to the 5th year Chiropractic students.

He has a passion for sports, and finds Chiropractic an effective tool in the treatment and prevention of sports injury, improving overall sporting performance and endurance. In addition to this, Gerrit is a part of Chirosport SA and is currently studying to qualify as an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP) after completing the hands on module in September 2017.

Gerrit is part of the Chiropractic association of South Africa (CASA) and strives to provide the entire family with the care required for a pain free daily life.

what we treat

Lower back pain or upper back pain can vary from mild to quite severe. Back pain can occur for a number of reasons related to poor posture, osteoarthritis and degenerative conditions. Other common types of back pain can include:

• Disc herniation (slipped disc)
• Pinched nerves and facet joint syndromes
• Muscle strains and myofascial trigger points
• Spinal stenosis

Problems in the lower back can also refer pain to the buttocks and legs, this is known as sciatica. Chiropractic adjustments are used to treat back pain and chiropractic treatments are recognized as one of the most cost-effective treatment options for lower back pain

Neck and shoulder pain is common in most people and can sometimes result in headaches or migraines. Office or desk jobs which involve working in front of a computer all day can put a lot of strain on the muscles in the neck and shoulders. Other causes of neck pain can include:

• Whiplash
• Osteoarthritis and degenerative conditions
• Myofascial trigger points
• Pinched nerves and facet joint syndromes
• Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS)
• Upper crossed syndrome

There are many types of headaches that can be subdivided into common groups:

• Tension Headaches
• Migraines
• Cluster headaches
• Cervicogenic Headaches
• Traumatic, systemic or pathologic headaches

Chiropractors typically treat headaches that have a musculoskeletal component. These are called cervicogenic headaches and present as pain referred from the neck or occiput. Cervicogenic headaches respond very well to chiropractic treatments which can include adjustments to the neck and releasing tight muscles with various soft tissue modalities such as massage or dry needling

Scoliosis or kyphosis are abnormal bendings or twisting deformations of the spine.  In mild cases, scoliosis can be functional and due to posture and muscle imbalances and can usually be corrected with strengthening exercises and stretching. More severe cases will usually require bracing or surgery to correct if conservative treatment has failed. Conservative treatment for scoliosis or kyphosis can include spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy as well as therapeutic exercises.

Shoulder injuries can occur in sports or from muscle imbalances in and around the shoulder and upper torso. Poor posture can also put a lot of strain on the shoulder joint which can result in chronic impingement syndromes. Some examples of shoulder injuries are:

• Rotator cuff strains
• Impingement syndromes
• Tendinitis and tendinosis
• Frozen shoulder
• AC joint sprains
• Labral Tears

Problems in the shoulder can often lead to issues in the neck and upper back as a result of compensatory changes in posture and biomechanics.

Some common injuries to the elbow can include:

• Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
• Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
• Ligament sprain
• Bursitis

Treatment for elbow pain can include chiropractic adjustments to the affected area, dry needling, soft tissue therapy, IASTM/FAKTR

Some common injuries to the elbow can include:

• Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
• Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
• Ligament sprain
• Bursitis

Treatment for elbow pain can include chiropractic adjustments to the affected area, dry needling, soft tissue therapy, IASTM/FAKTR

Injuries to the lower leg, ankle, and foot are usually seen with high impact activities such as running.
Some injuries in the lower leg and foot can include:

• Ankle sprains
• Shin splints
• Muscle strains
• Plantar fasciitis

what we treat

Lower back pain or upper back pain can vary from mild to quite severe. Back pain can occur for a number of reasons related to poor posture, osteoarthritis and degenerative conditions. Other common types of back pain can include:

• Disc herniation (slipped disc)
• Pinched nerves and facet joint syndromes
• Muscle strains and myofascial trigger points
• Spinal stenosis

Problems in the lower back can also refer pain to the buttocks and legs, this is known as sciatica. Chiropractic adjustments are used to treat back pain and chiropractic treatments are recognized as one of the most cost-effective treatment options for lower back pain
Neck and shoulder pain is common in most people and can sometimes result in headaches or migraines. Office or desk jobs which involve working in front of a computer all day can put a lot of strain on the muscles in the neck and shoulders. Other causes of neck pain can include:

• Whiplash
• Osteoarthritis and degenerative conditions
• Myofascial trigger points
• Pinched nerves and facet joint syndromes
• Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS)
• Upper crossed syndrome
There are many types of headaches that can be subdivided into common groups:

• Tension Headaches
• Migraines
• Cluster headaches
• Cervicogenic Headaches
• Traumatic, systemic or pathologic headaches

Chiropractors typically treat headaches that have a musculoskeletal component. These are called cervicogenic headaches and present as pain referred from the neck or occiput. Cervicogenic headaches respond very well to chiropractic treatments which can include adjustments to the neck and releasing tight muscles with various soft tissue modalities such as massage or dry needling
Scoliosis or kyphosis are abnormal bendings or twisting deformations of the spine.  In mild cases, scoliosis can be functional and due to posture and muscle imbalances and can usually be corrected with strengthening exercises and stretching. More severe cases will usually require bracing or surgery to correct if conservative treatment has failed. Conservative treatment for scoliosis or kyphosis can include spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy as well as therapeutic exercises.
Shoulder injuries can occur in sports or from muscle imbalances in and around the shoulder and upper torso. Poor posture can also put a lot of strain on the shoulder joint which can result in chronic impingement syndromes. Some examples of shoulder injuries are:

• Rotator cuff strains
• Impingement syndromes
• Tendinitis and tendinosis
• Frozen shoulder
• AC joint sprains
• Labral Tears

Problems in the shoulder can often lead to issues in the neck and upper back as a result of compensatory changes in posture and biomechanics.
Some common injuries to the elbow can include:

• Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
• Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
• Ligament sprain
• Bursitis

Treatment for elbow pain can include chiropractic adjustments to the affected area, dry needling, soft tissue therapy, IASTM/FAKTR
Injuries to the lower leg, ankle, and foot are usually seen with high impact activities such as running.
Some injuries in the lower leg and foot can include:

• Ankle sprains
• Shin splints
• Muscle strains
• Plantar fasciitis

frequently asked questions

Chiropractic is a health profession specialising in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. Chiropractic combines the Greek term cheir (hand) and praxis (practice) to describe a treatment done by hand.
Doctors of chiropractic are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of spinal conditions, which is why an increasing number of back pain sufferers are turning to them for fast, effective, and reliable care. Similarly, more and more hospitals and private practices are now working closely with doctors of chiropractic in order to ensure the best quality of care for patients who suffer from spine-related injuries and dysfunction. The benefits of chiropractic care have also been shown to extend beyond reduction of back and neck pain. In fact, chiropractic has proven itself as useful in the reduction of headache pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, jaw pain, sciatica, and tingling in the arms and legs. The rewards of chiropractic care are numerous. People under chiropractic care report better health and well-being and many families have realized the benefits of chiropractic care for their children.
Adjustments or spinal manipulation are treatment techniques used by chiropractors to restore normal motion to a dysfunctional spinal joint. The manoeuvre is a High-velocity, Low-amplitude thrust that is usually accompanied by an audible release or “cracking” sound. This sound is a cavitation occurs as a result of an expansion of gas bubbles within the joint. During the examination, a chiropractor will use a technique called Motion Palpation to feel for restricted movement and a reproduction of pain/symptoms at each vertebral level along the spine. Once a restricted segment has been identified, the chiropractor will correct this dysfunctional movement with an adjustment.
Nerve interference can affect anyone, which is why people of all ages experience relief and improved health through chiropractic care. A qualified doctor of chiropractic will best determine the appropriateness of care for you or your family. No method of health care has proven itself to be more effective than chiropractic in helping those who suffer from back and neck pain. Doctors of chiropractic are the most highly qualified professionals in evaluating and caring for these, as well as many other health problems.
Chiropractic is extremely safe. It is a non-surgical, drug-free approach to health places chiropractic among the safest of all health care practices.
Like all primary health care providers, Chiropractors undergo extensive education and training before becoming licensed professionals. Students begin by fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements, with a strong emphasis on the core sciences such as chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and physics. The professional program leading to the Masters degree in Chiropractic is very demanding. Chiropractic students continue their study of the sciences, including pathology and biochemistry, at a highly detailed level. Their education continues into the advanced clinical sciences including orthopedics, neurology, examination procedures, differential diagnosis, and X-ray interpretation. During this entire process, aspiring chiropractors gain knowledge of the philosophy and practice of health care and chiropractic.
On your first consultation, your chiropractor will take a thorough case history followed by a physical examination and orthopaedic testing, which will be performed to find an appropriate diagnosis. Once your chiropractor has reached a diagnosis, a relevant treatment protocol will be decided on. If required, you may be referred out for X-rays or to see a specialist.
Following consultation and examination, a program of care will be designed and customized to your specific needs.  This program is centered around the chiropractic adjustment, a method of treatment unique to chiropractic, which corrects spinal subluxations and dysfunction. The primary goal of an adjustment is to improve spinal alignment and motion, thereby relieving nerve irritation, pressure, and pain. You may feel immediate improvement after an adjustment, although most people experience gradual, progressive relief of symptoms. Since adjustments restore motion to previously locked joints, ligaments and tendons begin to stretch back to their normal length. This lengthening may cause slight muscle soreness similar to that brought on by rigorous exercise. If you experience these sensations, be assured that within days you’ll likely be enjoying the benefits of improved spinal motion with less pain that results from a healthier spine. For the best results, follow  the plan that your doctor of chiropractic recommends for you.
The number of visits you make to your chiropractor depends on the nature of your condition and your personal goals. Many people use chiropractic as part of a preventive health care routine, scheduling chiropractic appointments on a regular basis to keep their bodies functioning at their best. Others seek care and treatment for specific conditions with the primary goal of treatment being pain relief. It is important for you to discuss your objectives with your chiropractor in order to develop a treatment plan that works best for you. Keep in mind, healing rates vary from person to person. Children tend to respond more quickly to treatment, whereas adults and seniors may respond more slowly. A good rule of thumb is that the longer the spine has not been working properly, the more extensive the care plan may be to achieve desired results.
Chiropractic has demonstrated itself to be one of the most cost-effective forms of health care. At Rautenbach Chiropractic we charge medical aid based rates, however we are contract out of medical aid. You settle your account at the practice, and can then send a paid invoice to your medical aid for reimbursement.
IT’S AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR BACK PAIN
Chiropractic came out on top in this article relative to hospital out-patient physiotherapy treatment.
Meade et al. Low back pain of mechanical origin: randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment. British Medical J, 1991.

IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM
This is the system that controls and regulates all functions in your body.
Haldeman, S. Neurological Effects of the Adjustment. JMPT 2000; 23

IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR POSTURE
This paper suggests that you may need more than one or two adjustments if you want to improve your posture and get rid of bad postural habits
Troyanovich et al. Structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture: rational for treatment beyond resolution of symptoms. JMPT 1998.

IT CAN MAKE YOUR MUSCLES STRONGER AND MORE FLEXIBLE
Here’s why getting adjusted can improve neurological control as well as muscle strength.
Smith DL, Cox RH. Muscular strength and chiropractic: theoretical mechanisms and health implications. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 1999-2000; 3(4):1-13.

IT KEEPS YOUR JOINTS YOUNG AND WELL-LUBRICATED
Chiropractic adjustments can help restore normal joint range of movement and mechanics, and help remove adhesions or scar tissue around the joint.
Nugent-Derfus GE, et al. Continuous passive motion applied to whole joints stimulates chondrocyte biosynthesis of PRG4. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2007 May;15(5):566-74.

IT IS GOOD FOR YOUR OVERALL HEALTH
Measurement of thiol levels in the blood reveal that the higher the level, the healthier you are, thus the lower your risk of disease. This research found that people without pain or symptoms who were getting adjusted had high serum thiol levels. Surrogate Indication of DNA Repair in Serum After Long Term
Chiropractic Intervention – A Retrospective Study Clayton J. Campbell Bio, Christopher Kent Bio, Arthur Banne Bio, Amir Amiri Bio, and Ronald W. Pero Bio. JVSR. February 18, 2005

IT IS GOOD FOR YOUR FAMILY
Especially babies with colic, as it may stop them crying and this makes parents happier!
The Short-term Effect of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Infantile Colic: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial with a Blinded Observer. Wiberg JMM, Nordsteen J, Nilsson N. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1999 (Oct); 22 (8): 517-522

IT CAN IMPROVE YOUR COORDINATION
ignificant improvement to hand-eye coordination was noted in this article following a series of chiropractic adjustments.
Dean L. Smith, DC, PhD, Marvin J. Dainoff, PhD, and Jane P. Smith, DC. & The effect of a Chiropractic adjustment on movement time… Fitts law. JMPT May 2006

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