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Old 02-14-2007, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Where the grass grows
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Hello, everybody!

I have had some trouble with my health and I'm thinking about going to the chiropractic. This practice isn't habitual in Europe but a friend says that chiropractics are well considered in USA, like a medical practice or something similar...

So, do you have any experience with chiropractics? Is it really well considered in USA?
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Old 02-14-2007, 02:45 PM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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A lot of people go to Chiropractors here but I had a bad experience with one years ago and will probably never go back to one again. I was going three times a week for adjustments for over a year and I would never get better,so then I went to an Orthopedic doctor and received physical therapy and was better within a few months. Never had to go back.

Everyone I know that visits a Chiropractor never stops, they just have to keep going.
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Old 02-14-2007, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I have had both good and bad experiences. If a chiropractor tells you that you can be fixed all at once RUN! A good chiropractor will make small adjustments, but make them often.
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Years ago I had been in a car wreck that messed up my back. I did the chiro thing for 3 months straight and never got better. One day I crawled into an acupuncture place. It was cheaper and in 3 sessions was cured. Never had a back problem since. Rumor has it the 2 work great together for fixing back problems. The needles are very tiny and you can't feel them unless you get to moving around. I highly recommend acupuncture.
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Where the grass grows
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Thanks for the advises and excuse my chiropractics/chiropractors mistake ,
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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We've been to a few chiropractors and have had good experiences overall. I would encourage you to interview the chiropractor on your first visit. Find out their philosophy of healing. Many chiropractors are in the business for repeat patients. We have had the wonderful experience of finding chiropractors that really have tried to fix the problems. My wife has been in many car accidents, through no fault of her own thankfully, and her back is messed up badly. With her chronic asthma it makes it worse. When she gets adjusted at the chiropractor she almost always feels an immediate relief on her lungs and is able to take deeper breaths.

I'd highly recommend visiting a chiropractor as it has helped all of us, including our young children (who sleep better at night...which is always a good thing). Note that adjustments on kids are very different and they usually use a tool versus the traditional method as used on adults.

If you have any questions I'll check the posts or pm me. Best of luck!!
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Old 02-14-2007, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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My sister-in-law is a third generation chiro. Most chiro's are adequite as they have to pass state tests. Then there are the ones who are really good. I have personally found those who go into it instead of med school are not the best. I also do not like anyone who uses an activator (the metal tool) instead of using their hands. It's a subtle art and the touch of hands not only helps in healing but develops in sensitivity as to what needs to be done. I also request that I don't get a full head rotation. I prefer the partial one.

The theory behind chiro is that the nervous system which travel from the brain on down the spinal cord branches out all along the way reaching each organ and every nerve in your body. When they become pinched from any number of activites, your body doesn't function correctly. This can mean pain, lack of feeling, or encumbored function anywhere in your body (organs/muscles/nerves).

Depending on your problem, if severe, you may have to go a couple of times a week for a month or two. If it's something less problematic you should see progress within two weeks. You may also need a tune-up once or twice a month for a couple of months till you finally fall into health and correct mechanical structure. Then again you may not. Sometimes all it takes is one or two appointments.

Most chiros should be able to help you. However, if your problem is not showing improvement within a week I would try another one and keep trying till I found one who worked for me. Most won't touch you without Xrays if you've had an accident (which are clearer than those taken at the hospital).

I've been to several but when I had a bad fall that kept me in bed for months for which the ER and my Dr had no clue (incl my then chiro), I finally found one who was in his 70's who saved my life. Within 5 minutes he zeroed in to the exact place that started the feeling tingling back into my previously weak legs.

An uncle, another chiro, was able to tell a patient whose Dr could find nothing wrong with her though she was having problems, exactly where to Xray her to reveal a tumor behind her heart. Some are better than others just like medical dr's.

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Old 02-14-2007, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I have been to a few chiropractors, I found one I really loved, I have fibromyaliga, along with other health issues, buldging on the disk in my neck, etc. he would fix me where I was fine for a while, I only had three to four treatments each time, because some have you going three times a week and they never stop having you come in.
Mine was great, went back when I had problems, he put me back into the world with less pain, then I had to give him up due to my husbands insurance would not cover for his office any more, he refered me to another one, this one did the acupuncture, and he also was great, I haven't had to go back yet. So if you find a good one, I would highly recomend them. Yorkie
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I have a ton of back problems (deteriorated disk, crooked neck, arthritis, etc.), and have been seeing a chiropractor for years... I personally love them, and really notice the difference when I stop going for a while. But I agree with the others, that it's important to find a good one. My current chiro. is terrific, and in fact I just had a satisfying adjustment today - ahhhh. They do the standard hands-on adjustments, but there are other techniques, like NUUCA & activator... I've tried both of those, and they work well long-term, but I find the regular way is best for immediate relief. Anyway, I hope you find something that helps!

P.S. My sister is a HUGE fan of acupuncture, and has been urging me to try it for years... I just haven't gotten around to it, but would like to eventually.
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:45 AM
 
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I would not let anyone do the HVLA (high velocity low amplitude thrusts) on me. A good one knows the gentler manipulation modalities. Or better yet, one who ALSO does acupuncture.
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