Chiropractor

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    Jul 08, 2010 12:32 AM GMT
    So I got an appointment with a Chiropractor next week and I wanted to get some feedback from people about what they do. I have no idea what Chiropractors do other than re-adjust the bones, and whether or not it works.

    I have talked to others, some swear by them that they work, others call them a faux-medical practice.

    What have been your experiences with them?
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    Jul 08, 2010 12:39 AM GMT
    Chiropractors are God's/Nature's gift to mankind.

    Edit: Make that GOOD chiropractors...
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    Chainers saidSo I got an appointment with a Chiropractor next week and I wanted to get some feedback from people about what they do. I have no idea what Chiropractors do other than re-adjust the bones, and whether or not it works.

    I have talked to others, some swear by them that they work, others call them a faux-medical practice.

    What have been your experiences with them?


    Hey man! I'm a chiropractor! haha so here is the 411. There are two types of chiropractors out there....one is a straight chiropractor and the other is a mixer chiropractor.

    Straight: they only adjust the spine and that's it, no muscular therapy to relax and rehab muscles...they believe in only adjusting the spine and make you come in a shitload of times over months and it is usually a 5 min treatment. The good thing about it is that it stimulates the nervous system and promotes proper movement of your joints and proper organ function. These are usually the chiros that are called the "Quacks" cause they believe that just by adjusting the spine you can treat almost anything.


    Mixer: They can adjust multiple joints in the body aside from just the spine PLUS they work on your muscles to relax and rehabilitate them, not so much like a massage but more like pinpointing your pain and going straight for it! haha massage is great but tends to be more general in most cases. Mixer Chiropractors are good cause they want to treat your pain and get rid of it, so your appointments become less frequent over time (1-2months) and you'll come in for maintainence just like you visit the dentist for you teeth but once every month or two to keep you aligned, whereas straight chiropractors will have you come multiple times in the week and for at least months! like anything, too much of one this is not good for you in the sense that your joints could become more mobile, and you'd feel like you become dependent on a chiropractor. With mixers also they can treat sports injuries and chronic repetitive stress injuries which tend to be more muscular related.

    so in inclusion....haha checkout what kind of therapy the chiro will do on you, mixer is the way to go, in my opinion, cause not only are you getting adjusted but your stressed out muscles are also being treated.

    can you tell I'm a mixer chiropractor? ;) hahaha. think about this....if for example your muscle along the right side of your spine is sore and tight but not treated and relaxed and you just get adjusted in the area....that muscle is still tight and it is just gonna pull the joint back out of place.....then you have to keep getting adjusted, but if the chiro treats and relaxes your muscle on the right side of the spine and then adjusts you, the adjustment will hold longer in place rather than being pulled out of alignment again soon after.

    hope this helps man, goodluck a chiropractor can do wonders!!! and don't worry the adjustments don't hurt and it is NOT dangerous! haha
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    Jul 08, 2010 3:05 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidChiropractors are God's/Nature's gift to mankind.

    Edit: Make that GOOD chiropractors...


    Thanks for the support Paul! you are a gift to us too! icon_razz.gif CHEERS!
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    Jul 08, 2010 5:08 AM GMT
    Chainers saidSo I got an appointment with a Chiropractor next week...
    For what reason did you make an appointment? Was this a referral from a doctor?
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    Jul 08, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
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    Chainers saidSo I got an appointment with a Chiropractor next week...
    For what reason did you make an appointment? Was this a referral from a doctor?


    He is in my business exchange network, and I asked him what a chirpractor does, so he is giving me a free appointment so I know how to refer people to him.
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    Jul 08, 2010 6:03 AM GMT
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    Chainers saidSo I got an appointment with a Chiropractor next week...
    For what reason did you make an appointment? Was this a referral from a doctor?


    He is in my business exchange network, and I asked him what a chirpractor does, so he is giving me a free appointment so I know how to refer people to him.


    Oh. Well, here's my recommendation. Don't let him crack your neck. Stupidest "treatment" I've ever heard of...high risk of injury and possible stroke, and there's no medical benefit. For the most part the other joint manipulations will be relatively benign.

    As far as referrals, let an M.D. make the referrals. If you're not an M.D., you're not qualified to recommend this chiropractor for treatments on others. But enjoy the experience.
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    Jul 08, 2010 6:03 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidChiropractors are 100 times better than medical doctors (drug dealers.) I agree 100% with Chiropractic philosophy. I don't agree with medicine or do any surgery like other regular boring doctors. Med doctors are waste of money.


    Nice knowing you. Good luck with that.
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    Jul 08, 2010 6:18 AM GMT
    they work at what they do, but remember its not medical... so faux-medical is not an inaccurate description (you need to pretend to be medical to be faux-medical icon_razz.gif)
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    Jul 08, 2010 6:19 AM GMT
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    Chainers said
    mickeytopogigio said
    Chainers saidSo I got an appointment with a Chiropractor next week...
    For what reason did you make an appointment? Was this a referral from a doctor?


    He is in my business exchange network, and I asked him what a chirpractor does, so he is giving me a free appointment so I know how to refer people to him.


    Oh. Well, here's my recommendation. Don't let him crack your neck. Stupidest "treatment" I've ever heard of...high risk of injury and possible stroke, and there's no medical benefit. For the most part the other joint manipulations will be relatively benign.

    As far as referrals, let an M.D. make the referrals. If you're not an M.D., you're not qualified to recommend this chiropractor for treatments on others. But enjoy the experience.



    actually that's not true at all....neck adjustments have proven to be very beneficial for treating vertigo, headaches (big time), and relieving joint and muscles aches in the neck. I know cause i've adjusted 1000's of patients and many have benefited from it. As far as injury, if the chiropractor knows what he is doing, which in over 90% of cases he does, as he has earned a Doctorate in the field you should have nothing to worry about, ofcourse like in any profession or job whether it be a dentist, a medical doctor, or a mechanic or plumber....there will always be the dumb asses in any field that may not pay attention to detail or be careless with their work, that's a risk you have to be willing to take.

    for stroke, you have a higher chance of being attacked by a shark! haha the chance of a stroke from a neck adjustment is 1 in every 5.85 million adjustments! just like going into a hospital for an operation and coming out having a totally different procedure done, or being administered the wrong drug! which has a higher incidence of happening. So it's very rare for something like that to happen, we are trained and know the risks and red flags and how to check to see if one is in potential harm of a stroke and if that be the case, we just dont adjust the neck....simple!
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    Jul 12, 2010 7:41 AM GMT
    crazycool said
    mickeytopogigio said
    Chainers said
    mickeytopogigio said
    Chainers saidSo I got an appointment with a Chiropractor next week...
    For what reason did you make an appointment? Was this a referral from a doctor?


    He is in my business exchange network, and I asked him what a chirpractor does, so he is giving me a free appointment so I know how to refer people to him.


    Oh. Well, here's my recommendation. Don't let him crack your neck. Stupidest "treatment" I've ever heard of...high risk of injury and possible stroke, and there's no medical benefit. For the most part the other joint manipulations will be relatively benign.

    As far as referrals, let an M.D. make the referrals. If you're not an M.D., you're not qualified to recommend this chiropractor for treatments on others. But enjoy the experience.



    actually that's not true at all....neck adjustments have proven to be very beneficial for treating vertigo, headaches (big time), and relieving joint and muscles aches in the neck. I know cause i've adjusted 1000's of patients and many have benefited from it. As far as injury, if the chiropractor knows what he is doing, which in over 90% of cases he does, as he has earned a Doctorate in the field you should have nothing to worry about, ofcourse like in any profession or job whether it be a dentist, a medical doctor, or a mechanic or plumber....there will always be the dumb asses in any field that may not pay attention to detail or be careless with their work, that's a risk you have to be willing to take.

    for stroke, you have a higher chance of being attacked by a shark! haha the chance of a stroke from a neck adjustment is 1 in every 5.85 million adjustments! just like going into a hospital for an operation and coming out having a totally different procedure done, or being administered the wrong drug! which has a higher incidence of happening. So it's very rare for something like that to happen, we are trained and know the risks and red flags and how to check to see if one is in potential harm of a stroke and if that be the case, we just dont adjust the neck....simple!


    Hey I'm just wondering what would be an average reasonable price for a visit for a competent chiropractor?

    I think chiropractic can be helpful, but it probably should be considered among a multitude of choices for treatment. I think it probably works best when combined with other kinds of treatments. Totally and offhandedly rejecting either conventional medicine or chiropractic without fully understanding how they work and what they can and cannot do will present a very circumscribed view. That said, everyone has their right to choose the type of medical treatment that would work best for them, but there's no need to denigrate others for their choices or beliefs.
  • Webster666

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    Jul 12, 2010 7:57 AM GMT
    I LOVE my chiropractor !

    Some people need to go once in a blue moon.
    I need to go every 4 weeks.

    We start out with me lying on my stomach.
    He does some regular massage, and he uses a couple of power tools (I'm serious) that have been adapted for medical use. All of that is supposed to loosen up the muscles.

    Then, he pushes down hard, in 2 or 3 places along my spine. That fixes my back.
    Then, he twists my head one direction, then the other. That fixes my neck.
    Then, I lie on my side and he does this move that looks like he's kick starting a motorcycle. LOL. That fixes my hips.
    Then, I lie on my back and he uses his fingers to hit some pressure points in the back of my neck.
    Then, he cracks my toes. LOL. Seriously.

    And, I float out of there feeling GREAT !

    I can't understand why chiropractics isn't more main stream. It's better than any pills or yoga or acupuncture or anything else.
  • mtneerman

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    Jul 12, 2010 3:46 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Webster666 said[/cite]Then, he cracks my toes. LOL. Seriously.

    And, I float out of there feeling GREAT !quote]

    i'd crack your toes too!

    i've been to a chiropractor many times and would not hesitate to do so again. i would not let them put me on a traction table again tho. i had a seriously ruptured disc (L5-S1) but didn't realize it was anything that bad and after several visits with no relief he strapped me onto the traction table. i could barely walk afterwards.
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    Jul 12, 2010 4:38 PM GMT
    I swear by my chiropractor. It is true that you want to be sure that they are experienced and licensed, etc. But in general, it's well worth it. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 12, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    From people's posts here, it sounds ike chiropracty is even better than thai massage or osteopathy ... any thoughts on that?
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    Jul 12, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    amar_m saidFrom people's posts here, it sounds ike chiropracty is even better than thai massage or osteopathy ... any thoughts on that?


    C-H-I-R-O-P-R-A-C-T-I-C

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    Jul 12, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    crazycool saidactually that's not true at all....neck adjustments have proven to be very beneficial for treating vertigo, headaches (big time), and relieving joint and muscles aches in the neck. I know cause i've adjusted 1000's of patients and many have benefited from it. As far as injury, if the chiropractor knows what he is doing, which in over 90% of cases he does, as he has earned a Doctorate in the field you should have nothing to worry about, ofcourse like in any profession or job whether it be a dentist, a medical doctor, or a mechanic or plumber....there will always be the dumb asses in any field that may not pay attention to detail or be careless with their work, that's a risk you have to be willing to take.

    for stroke, you have a higher chance of being attacked by a shark! haha the chance of a stroke from a neck adjustment is 1 in every 5.85 million adjustments! just like going into a hospital for an operation and coming out having a totally different procedure done, or being administered the wrong drug! which has a higher incidence of happening. So it's very rare for something like that to happen, we are trained and know the risks and red flags and how to check to see if one is in potential harm of a stroke and if that be the case, we just dont adjust the neck....simple!


    I'm sorry, I have to ask: what test do you do to determine that someone is at risk for stroke or not? Being that you are not an M.D. (doctorate in chiropractic is not equivalent to an M.D.), what medical qualifications do you have?

    There are other treatments for headache, joint pain and muscle ache that do not consist of cracking the neck. Why not massage? Benefit: no drugs.

    That statistic that you quote: 1 in 5.85 million. Where is that cited? Someone calculated that chiropractors did 6 million neck adjustments in a certain period of time, and only one recorded stroke? OK, no other spinal injury? Not that I'm trying to move the goal posts for you, but stroke is just one possible issue, and implying it's safe to do neck manipulations because stroke is rare is a rather willful omission.

    I'm sure it's just hyperbole, where you mention that 90% of chiropractors know what they're doing, implying 10% don't, so maybe you'll want to adjust that figure.
  • Cdnontherun

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    Jul 12, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    I too am a great fan of good chiropractors. However, like everything else, I believe that we do ourselves a great disservice by not combining approaches. I don't look at it as either chiropractic or massage or naturopathy vs medical. They all have benefits and downsides so do your homework and mix them up. Personally, I see a chiropractor, get massages and have an MD who is also a naturopath. The best of all worlds.
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    Jul 12, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    Back to the OP:

    What you've gotten is a marketing pitch. "Try it, and see if you like it."

    What legitimate medical professional recommends you TRY a treatment first (without identifying that you have a problem to treat)? Oh, I know: a drug dealer.

    As I mentioned in my post above, go to a chiropractor if an M.D. refers you to one. There are legitimate chiropractic treatments, and they don't involve neck manipulations.
  • mtneerman

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    Jul 12, 2010 7:21 PM GMT
    amar_m saidFrom people's posts here, it sounds ike chiropracty is even better than thai massage or osteopathy ... any thoughts on that?


    my dr specializes in osteopathy, and he does the same manipulations for my back that my chiropractor does. my insurance covers 12 chiropractor visits free every year, so i use them.
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    Jul 12, 2010 8:04 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidI LOVE my chiropractor !

    Some people need to go once in a blue moon.
    I need to go every 4 weeks.

    We start out with me lying on my stomach.
    He does some regular massage, and he uses a couple of power tools (I'm serious) that have been adapted for medical use. All of that is supposed to loosen up the muscles.

    Then, he pushes down hard, in 2 or 3 places along my spine. That fixes my back.
    Then, he twists my head one direction, then the other. That fixes my neck.
    Then, I lie on my side and he does this move that looks like he's kick starting a motorcycle. LOL. That fixes my hips.
    Then, I lie on my back and he uses his fingers to hit some pressure points in the back of my neck.
    Then, he cracks my toes. LOL. Seriously.

    And, I float out of there feeling GREAT !

    I can't understand why chiropractics isn't more main stream. It's better than any pills or yoga or acupuncture or anything else.



    WOW that's my treatment! hahaha glad you love us!
  • Geoedward

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    Jul 12, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    I have had good ones and bad ones. I haven't found a good one in a long time. The one I used to see moved away. All the others I have tried usually try to sell me a bunch of crap and that is a turn off right away. I wish the one that moved would come back. That is all he did at his office and he was awesome.
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    Jul 12, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
    mtneerman said
    amar_m saidFrom people's posts here, it sounds ike chiropracty is even better than thai massage or osteopathy ... any thoughts on that?


    my dr specializes in osteopathy, and he does the same manipulations for my back that my chiropractor does. my insurance covers 12 chiropractor visits free every year, so i use them.



    My osteopath is 100% approved by Workers' Comp., but he does NOTHING for me. So, I go to see him just to keep Workers' Comp. happy.
    He won't prescribe chiropractics.
    Workers' Comp. won't pay for chiropractics.
    But, chiropractics is the only thing that works for me.
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    Jul 12, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    I love my chiropractor. He specializes in weight lifters, runners and other athletes and doesn't do any of that regular quacky chiropractic stuff that give them a bad name, such as unnecessary x-rays and trying to sell you ice packs for 6 times the price they should be ect.

    In fact, i just went to him today because i was having some problems with my knees and shoulders, he knew what was wrong as soon as i walked in with out me even having to explain.... and i feel awesome now.
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    Jul 12, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    it is because of chiropractors, yoga, and massage that i can walk after all the years of dance training i've had. good chiropractors can change your life. even after over 20 years of dancing, at my last x-ray i was told i have the hip joints of an 18-year-old.