Chiropractic

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    Apr 05, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    Just about 2 weeks ago, I heard a crackle from my lower back when making a not very difficult maneuver. Right away, I knew the next movement was going to hurt a lot, and it did. Other than going to work, I've been pretty much homebound, keeping pretty still. Couldn't even sleep for more than an hour at a shot because I couldn't get into a position comfortable enough to stay asleep. The pain subsided enough, finally, that for the last two nights I was able to sleep through the night. I had some xrays done and they found compression between the l4 and l5 vertabrae as well as potentially some scoliosis. The scoliosis is probably the result of a broken leg some years ago causing my right leg to be shorter than my left by nearly an inch. My right hip sits lower than my left. In any case, I thought I'd get through life w/o the need for a chiropractor but my luck didn't hold out. Starting Monday, I'm going for "adjustments". I'm wondering if anyone here has experience and could tell me what I might expect. The chiropractors I'm seeing seem very competent, the facility is a chiropractic and sports medicine facility (plus, they do hair removal - like I need that). I hate pain. Am I going to be in more pain?
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    I've been to see a chiropractor a few times. The whole experience was pain free and the results were noticable in a day or two. I usually use them for the primary adjustment and then go to physical therapy and core excersizes to maintain and strengthen. The only drawback to seeing a chiropractor in my eyes is their constant sales pitch to see them routinely. At $75.00 -$100.00 a visit I understand he may have other reasons besides my well-being in mind when he gives this advice. I also like to be more proactive in my health care so I typically go once or twice and then I resort to other methods. Your first visit will take longer and cost more due to x-rays and initial exam/diagnosis etc.
  • UncleverName

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    Apr 05, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    I've seen 6 different Chiropractors in my life, and they were all a bit different.
    Most of them didn't really do things the way I wanted them to.

    Their measure of success was to ask me how I felt when I was seeing them. That's great, as far as it goes, but what I really want to know is that my spine is properly aligned and that I'm not going to have any more pain sometime in the near or far future as a result of bad posture or weird imbalances. My understanding is that regular chiropractic visits should actually prevent the compression that you experienced.

    Another thing that I've noticed is that many of them don't seem to pay attention to or care whether or not the adjustment causes you discomfort. For me this leads to a spiralling pattern. In order for an adjustment to not hurt, I have to be relaxed. If an adjustment hurts, then the next time they do it I tense up, causing the adjustment to hurt even more. The best chiropractor I had made me do exercises to get blood into my back, and to warm me up. The adjustments always felt much better when we did this.

    The third thing that I've noticed is that the best chiropractors are those that are interested in the subject and their patients. These guys really know their stuff, like talking about it, and they usually know tons about muscle development, sports and sport injuries. These guys are great because they can usually give you advice on non-spine related injuries, make suggestions on how to fix bad form when you are lifting/running/swimming etc, and generally just know a lot of useful info. Plus, they are more than happy to share this info with you.

    To answer your actual question, I would guess that seeing any chiropractor will help you to feel better in the short term. Just remember to relax as much as possible when they are doing the adjustments, and ask lots of questions. Find out what you did that caused the injury, what you should not do in the future, and if you need to do exercises to correct the imbalance from your differing leg lengths.

    It might also help you to post a quick smart ass remark to my comment. Or maybe that would just make me laugh?

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    Apr 05, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    I have been going to a Chiropractor for several months now. My PT advised it because my left shoulder hurt when doing some exercises. Oh, after reading the above posts, I want to add up front that my chiro specializes in sports injuries.

    I knew going in that I had scoliosis and lordosis. But I had no discomfort from them. In there, I learned that I had kyphosis (rounding of the shoulders forward) and an exaggerated protruding neck. And thats just the skeleton...

    I had lost a lot of range of motion due to the stiffing of the muscles in my neck, back and chest.

    So...

    I have been given "adjustments." That is where the chiropractor does that famous snapping of the head and neck that makes all that noise. Also, adjustments to my spine and my pelvis. This was all to put the bones back into place and alignment.

    Other adjustments are pushing down on the vertebrae to push them back into position. A bear-hug squeeze to snap the spine. Laying on my side to have my pelvis adjusted.

    Then I was also taught the exercises to do to strengthen the muscles to hold everything in proper place. The chiropractic office worked with my PT to coordinate what I did in the gym with my treatments.

    The upshot of all of this...

    I immediately felt the improved range of motion in my neck...I almost gave myself whiplash turning my head to look behind me in the car.

    My upper back and shoulders have greatly improved from the curved shoulders. I have strengthed the proper muscles now that I stand much more erect. The doc has also released my pecs so my shoulder were not being pulled forward, too

    My shoulder is totally cured of pain. I am working on strenghtening the rotatory cuff muscles now, too.

    I still have the lordosis to work on. I will talk to the doc at my next appt more about that.

    All treatments are done with my clothes on....I didnt know what to expect in that regard when I first went in. I do take off my shirt and have my treatments in my undershirt. It just seems less confining.

    Oh, they also do electric stimulation to the sore and stiff muscles. That feels good. They usually put hot pads on the muscles too. I didnt do that because it caused hot flashes.

    Oh..that noise you hear when they snap your neck. That isnt anything about the treatment or it's efficacy. It is just nitrogen bubbles trapped in spaces in the muscles. I think they are cool to hear tho.

    Ask me anything else, if I havent answered what you wanted to know.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:23 PM GMT
    Thanks a bunch, gentlemen. I feel pretty good about the chiros I spoke with the two times I've been there (once for xrays, once to review the results). They have a masseuse on staff and a 15 minute massage takes place before any adjustments. The xrays and results review were free of charge (I about fell on the floor at that news). They were very forward in giving me information and describing what's going on with my back. They do seem to enjoy what they do. It's a pretty well stocked facility with a rather large gym they use for PT. I was told my treatment would inlude adjustments, PT and traction as well as massage. They also don't bill over what the insurance pays (another thing that almost made me fall to the floor in amazement).

    Thanks again. I feel a bit better about what to exprect. So far, I've spoken with one person who said she'd never go back to a chiropractor because she felt worse after her one an only adjustment.
  • UncleverName

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    Apr 05, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    Wow, no quick smart ass comments in this thread from McGay? That's the only reason I read it at all!
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    Even us comic geniuses have to get serious sometimes. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:48 PM GMT
    Are you using this opportunity to have other problems treated? I looked at my visits as my "mid-life" adjustments....as long as I am in there, let's get it all done. The range of motion improvement is what really amazed me.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:52 PM GMT
    What brought me there was the length of time my back pain lingered. Any other time I had back pain, say from shovelling snow, it only lasted a few hours. This wasn't going away. Now that they've pointed out some of the other issues I have (hips, spine curvature), I'm looking forward to those being corrected. Other people tell me I'll experience peripheral benefits as well, like clearer sinuses, a larger penis, a tighter anus, greater suction power in the mouth and hair restoration, but I don't know about all that.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    ......icon_rolleyes.gif

    Honestly, why do I even bother!

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    Apr 05, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    For love?
  • SkyMiles

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    Apr 05, 2008 7:41 PM GMT
    I started seeing a 'cracktopractor' over a year ago after I started waking up with really bad back pain. Basically, my spine was kicked out of alignment by a couple of bad falls I've taken over my life. I was skeptical at first, but after about a month of treatment, it stopped happening so I'm a believer now.

    I've known so many people who've had back surgery and that's a big, painful crapshoot. I kind of like getting my adjustments then like 10 min. on the massage table. And if there's even a small chance this will keep me off the operating table, I think it's an investment well worth making.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Apr 05, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    I have been to see one because I have bad posture. It was a big wast of money. I was going for months, and I am just as bed today if not worse.

    But saying that some people swear by them icon_confused.gif

    BTW McGay, tell him to lay off the funny bone icon_smile.gif

    Mike
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    Apr 05, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    My take is that there's some things a chiropractor can fix and some things they can't. The only way I even considered for a SECOND going to see one is that I knew two people who recommended their doctor very, very highly.

    Keep in mind, asking a chiropractor how your spine is is like asking the barber if you need a haircut icon_biggrin.gif
    You DO have to make your own judgement ultimately.

    Either way, I hope you get better. Back pain SUCKS.
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    Apr 05, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    Colbert_Nation saidMy take is that there's some things a chiropractor can fix and some things they can't.

    Ditto. I saw one for back pain years ago and he was very helpful with that. I was fine after a couple of sessions.

    Then I went to see him for tennis elbow. I went for months and months and got no relief at all. Along the way he kept trying to sell me supplements.

    The x-rays are usually free, McGay, because they ALWAYS find something wrong.
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    Apr 05, 2008 10:20 PM GMT
    I had a nagging problem in the fall for a month or two. I went to see a chiropractor 3 days a week for about a month and about half way through I was feeling great. Its pretty much gone now. It was very low back pain by the way, near the sacrum.
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    Apr 05, 2008 11:19 PM GMT
    MikePhil saidI have been to see one because I have bad posture. It was a big wast of money. I was going for months, and I am just as bed today if not worse.

    But saying that some people swear by them icon_confused.gif

    BTW McGay, tell him to lay off the funny bone icon_smile.gif

    Mike


    According to my chiropractor, bad posture is due more to weak muscles than bone misalignment.

    Did your chiro. give you exercises to do, MikePhil?