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Old 05-16-2012, 03:44 PM
 
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I have a few friends that swear by them....me?..I'm too scared to go to one..Chiropractic Adjustment..............http://whatstheharm.net/chiropractic.html
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:03 PM
 
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I went to a chiro for a short time after I was involved in a car accident. It was painful and I do believe it made my condition worse.

There is no evidence at all that 'adjustments' are of any benefit whatsoever When it comes to my health, I tend to trust science, not vague theories that have no backing. At my chiro's office they showed me a list of all the different things adjustments could help from...it ranges from headaches to IBS to cancer pain.

In my experience, anything that claims to cure everything is snake oil.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:13 PM
 
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Inversion Tables... I'm just sayin!
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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I think good sex is better for you than a chiropractic adjustment. Does you a wonder of good and doesn't cost a thing! (So long as you don't get knocked up! )
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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I totally agree haggardhouseelf
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Our chiropractor is excellent. He is also a college professor 1 day a week teaching anatomy and physiology. He has helped my husband tremendously with his herniated discs, osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. He even ordered the MRI for my DH.I wouldn't trade him for anything. I understand people are skeptical and we were too before we started going him 4 years ago. It's now to the point where my husband only has to see him once a month instead of 3 times a week.
My husband just had a similar great experience for the same condition from a chiropractor...his GP prescribed steroids, pain pills and after the pain kept returning, wanted him to go see an orthopedic surgeon. Instead we got a referral from a friend to a chiropractor who specializes in back pain--and who helped her husband who was in so much pain he could barely walk.

After reviewing x-rays this doctor taught my husband back exercises to do 5-6 times a day--he did no adjustments on his back, but carefully examined DH's suppleness and spine alignment.

After faithfully doing the exercises, the long-term pain my husband has had with his back disappeared after one week. He's to do these exercises indefinitely. It's quite magical really...I firmly believe my husband avoided serious back surgery under the care of this chiropractor.

Not all MD's are the same, not all chiropractors are the same--get a referral from friends and family who have had good experiences/outcomes with a chiropractor in treating the same problem as you are suffering.

Me? I'd try almost anything to avoid surgery and get relief from pain without dangerous prescribed drugs with serious side effects.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:06 AM
 
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I've always been skeptical about chiropractors, you know, mostly because of that persistent "chiropractors are quacks" rumor. So even though I've had some back-breaking aches in my day, I've never gone that particular pain management route. Just because I figured it wouldn't do anything to help.

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I have used chiropractic treatments for lower back pain with strong sciatica symptoms. I did not receive any relief from the chiropractors that I saw. The last one who used a number thumping-bumping type of mechanical benches was actually, in my estimation, harmful. He was also messianic in attitude, seemingly convinced that every illness could be cured by chiropractic treatsment, and he kept trying to enroll me into committments to a further large block of treatments - despite the fact that my symptoms were worse.

I left and shortly afterward was so much worse that I consulted and orthopedic specialist and a neural surgeon.

I brought the several sets of x-ray that the last chiropractor had taken to these doctors. Both the neurologist and the orthopedic doctor comment that the x-rays indicated serious problems and indicated the need for an MRI or CAT really assess what was happening with the soft tissue, which is not visible in x-rays. When I had an MRI there was a lot of disc damage, but surgury fixed the problem and returned me quickly to a normal life.

No, I would not go to a chiropractor again.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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My husband just had a similar great experience for the same condition from a chiropractor...his GP prescribed steroids, pain pills and after the pain kept returning, wanted him to go see an orthopedic surgeon. Instead we got a referral from a friend to a chiropractor who specializes in back pain--and who helped her husband who was in so much pain he could barely walk.

After reviewing x-rays this doctor taught my husband back exercises to do 5-6 times a day--he did no adjustments on his back, but carefully examined DH's suppleness and spine alignment.

After faithfully doing the exercises, the long-term pain my husband has had with his back disappeared after one week. He's to do these exercises indefinitely. It's quite magical really...I firmly believe my husband avoided serious back surgery under the care of this chiropractor.

Not all MD's are the same, not all chiropractors are the same--get a referral from friends and family who have had good experiences/outcomes with a chiropractor in treating the same problem as you are suffering.

Me? I'd try almost anything to avoid surgery and get relief from pain without dangerous prescribed drugs with serious side effects.
Yeah we wanted to avoid the surgery route and he did not want shots in his back either. The chiropractor was a life saver. Prior to seeing him my husband was on pain killers and muscle relaxers and he felt like a zombie. He also tried physical therapy which did not work. I finally got him to agree to go see a chiropractor who was recommended to us by a co-worker of my husband.He's even given me a few adjustments when my neck and back have been stiff. But luckily I really don't have any major back problems. In fact he is going there tonight after work for his monthly adjustment. But like people have said, not all Doctors are the same and not all are bad either.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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The Chiropractor I worked with knew I did massage part-time, and she loved to diss/criticize massage therapists, stating many have done more damage than good! Competition?

Interesting! As, over the years, I've had people who have come to me who said they benefited more from massage than seeing a Chiropractor, after they may have been in car accident.

I have no doubt that there are unscrupulous massage therapists, who could do more harm, but as it's been stated before, no matter what profession it is, it's largely a matter of luck in finding the right one. And what a stressful decision it is, to choose the one who's going to give you the maximum amount of benefits.

I found, in the year I worked at this Chiropractic clinic, the ones who were the cash patients ($25) were better off than those who had insurance (we billed the insurance company $125/extra $100). With the cash patients, the Chiropractor knew she was limited in what she could charge them, and she couldn't order them to come repeatedly.

It's highly regrettable how costly it is for someone to go through a Chiropractic College, saddled with student loans, and then there's the expenses of buying equipment, finding an office, paying office staff, advertising costs, malpractice insurance, etc. so is it at all surprising that there are unscrupulous Chiropractors?

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Old 05-22-2012, 06:36 AM
 
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I've been going to a chiropractor ever since I was a child...have several back problems, and they helped.
I believe it depends on the injury...and also believe as in any other doctor, they can't treat everything.

one thing that really sends chills up my spine, (no pun intended) when the news media and other reports make this very claim...

According to a recent study, most of the "randomized clinical trials" done on chiropractic treatments "failed to report any adverse effects."

Pardon my french, but that is such an assinine comment and I cannot believe they would make such an unintellegent comment to prove they're points.

What RECENT Study? If it was recent, how long was the study, and did they monitor people over years, they would have had to monitor people with all the same types of injuries. In other words, and this is purely a guess) but 10 people with herniated discs, 10 people with whip lash, and on and on...and then, it would have to be done for years, to see what effects treatments had...not randomized clinical trials??????? Clinical Trials takes years...

As a matter of fact, some doctors will actually recommend chiropractors, and insurance companies now cover visits.

Again, as in any thing else, while chiropractors have not helped some people, they have also improved the conditions of many people, so you can't just make a general statement, and if your skeptical like the author of this article, then I would suggest, you just stay away, and not waste your time trying to disprove it, b/c you don't believe in it. If you don't believe in it, it isn't going to work anyway, and you'll tense up during treatments....

there are many chiropractors out there who believe in a less agressive treatment, with machines, heat and cold, and I'll tell you, it does definately work for me.
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