chiropractor help

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    Jan 04, 2010 6:23 AM GMT
    Hello, I've never been to a chiropractor before, and I would like some advice from anyone that either uses one regularly or did go to one until the problem had been solved.

    my back is very flexible, but somewhere in the thoracic region is more flexible than the rest, for when I try to bend to touch my toes (while seated on the ground, legs stretched in front), my thoracic region has a significant bend from the rest of the spine, which should be straight.

    Since this I've also gone down in size, almost an 1" ... to 5'7 ... so I was wondering if a chiropractor would help me achieve my most again.

    Andre
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    Jan 04, 2010 2:10 PM GMT
    It is important that you determine what is the cause of your spinal curvature. Simple muscle spasm can cause temporary curvature and this will respond well to hands on treatments like chiropractic, message therapy and physiotherapy. This happens to me when I hurt my back exercising. I have pain, spasm and end of leaning to the left. There is no way that I can straighten up. In a few days the problem always resolves.
    If the curvature is permanent, such as occurs in scoliosis or excessive kyphosis, hands on therapy will not be as effective.
    The Adam's Forward Bend Test is used by school nurses to check teenagers for scoliosis. If someone with scoliosis bends forward at the waist, the curvature will be noted. Scoliosis is curvature in the coronal plane (side to side plane). On forward bending one shoulder will be higher.

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    Kyphosis occurs in the sagittal plane (front to back plane) . You can see the excessively curved spine if you look from the side.

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    Spinal curvatures can result in loss of height.
    You need to see a health care professional for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:10 PM GMT
    Thank you for your reply, I believe from the pictures that I have a very mild kyphosis, it's only observable when I bend. Otherwise my back is straight, I had a physical about a year ago and there was nothing noted on my spinal posture.

    Interesting how one's spine can change in such quick time.
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    Jan 04, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    I would say get to a dr and be checked. I am not a dr but I imagine there could be a number of problems causing this. The longer you wait for some problems, the harder they are to treat. Instead of a chiropractor, I would visit an Osteopath, who can treat you medically, as well as manipulatively.
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    Jan 04, 2010 5:17 PM GMT
    Stretch your hamstrings (lie on your back with your spine in neutral position and use a strap or belt to raise your leg until you feel a mild/moderate stretch). Stretch your pectoralis (chest muscles). Strengthen the muscles in your thoracic region (seated row, lat pull downs, reverse flys). Strengthen your core musculature with core stabilization exercises.

    See an MD if you have any recurrent pain or discomfort in your spine.

    See a chiropractor if your MD recommends chiropractic treatment.

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    Jan 04, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    Chiropractors are quacks. Spinal manipulation doesn't work. It is ineffective for the treatment of any medical condition.
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    Jan 04, 2010 5:29 PM GMT
    I'm of the belief that manipulation can give temporary relief but certainly does not resolve the underlying cause, be it being out of shape, over-weight, weak, bad technique, etc.

    If you work out, and are in good shape, it's pretty hard to get out of whack.

    I have a number of different ways I can pop myself through my back and pelvis, but, know from my own experience, being strong, and in shape is the cure.

    An osteopath, is, in my view, a much better choice than a chiropractor.