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Do you trust chiropractors?

Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by ecs1516, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. etringali

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    I don't let people manipulate my skeleton. Got enough issues without someone moving things around.
     
  2. Charlotte'sMom

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    I was in a car accident in 2003. Six months later I started having horrible headaches concentrated at the back of my head/neck. I went a doctor who gave me muscle relaxers, including a shot of some muscle relaxer injected into the back of my head. I went to physical therapy regularly where they did some exercises and someone would massage my head for 30 minutes. More muscle relaxers. (which only worked temporarily, btw) I was in so much pain I spent a lot of time crying. This went on for months. And I honestly never felt like the doctors or physical therapists knew what was wrong with me.

    Finally someone suggested a good chiropractor. He took xrays and everything. And after talking to him, I felt like he knew/understood what was going on more than any other doctor or physical therapist that I had seen up until that point.

    I walked out of his office crying because I felt so much better after just one adjustment. I continued to see him a couple times a week for a few months, until I felt like it was healed.

    I don't go to chiropractors regularly, only if I need something. Which really isn't that often. Just a handful of times in the last few years. But I do think that chiropractors can do things doctors can't. You just have to find a good one, and not one who thinks he can cure everything under the sun with simple adjustments.
     
  3. Charlotte'sMom

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    I don't get what's funny either. Perhaps you could elaborate and let us all in on the little joke rather than just posting rude, sarcastic comments.
     
  4. swellman

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    What I found funny is that, in my view/opinion of conventional chiropractic, going to one every two weeks for 40 years and a spouse going once a month they have you exactly where they want you.

    I wasn't being sarcastic as I thought the funny part was intuitive.

    The "I'm sorry" part up front was meant to convey that I obviously didn't have any idea of the reason for 40 years of visits but it still read funny - not her condition, of course. She mentioned that her chiropractor was also a surgeon - which implies he has both an MD and a DC - which would not place him in the conventional chiropractic category.

    I can see how you might think that one post was rude, however, the rest were informative and on topic to the OP - neither rude nor sarcastic.
     
  5. emm142

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    So, what exactly is a chiropractor? :eek: Don't know if it's something we have over here or not, or whether I just don't know about them.
     
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    Supposedly chiro's can be used to treat a whole bunch of ailments, most of witch in my own opinion is a bunch of bull however when it comes to back pain, my chiro is the first one I call and he's never failed to get me back on my feet again in regards to back pain.
     
  8. maryellen816

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    I have a pro-chiropractor story. My 16 year old daughter has had back pain for 2 years. Her life has been very limited because of it. She has had x-ray, MRI, pain medications, 2 courses of physical therapy and no relief. The PT made it worse, in fact. She has seen a pediatrician, an osteopath and a pain management specialist. We tried massage, which helped more than anything, but the pain returned before the next scheduled massage.

    So I made an appointment with a new chiropractor in town. Turns out he has Type 1! What a coincidence. Diagnosed in college.

    This has been the best thing EVER. She is finally able to do everything a teenager does WITHOUT PAIN! She has been seeing him since April and now is starting to only go monthly. The month of June is the first time she has gone 4 weeks without pain.

    He did examine the MRI and xrays before doing anything.
     
  9. swellman

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    Can you share what the MRI and x-rays indicated the problem was and what he did to fix it?
     
  10. ecs1516

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    Well, I finally went today. I had been to a chiropractor(once) many years ago and didn't have a good experience. Messing with my neck scared me. Today I went to one recommended by someone that has been in the past when he has a problem. Never very often. I had been to my doctor(muscle relaxers), ortho(pain pills and therapy but can't work me in till July 13th) The 4 xrays of my ribs and spine showed no broken ribs(which we wondered). The ortho said everything looked fine on the xrays but thought my problem was a pinched nerve on T7 or T10. I thought him telling this is strange because they don't recommended or mention chiropractor. Anyway, the chiro said by my pain it was T5 through T11. I am able to sit tonight without shooting pain. I did not let this chiro touch my neck but now that is the only part of my that feels tight. Weird. He said it may take a few more times to get it all correct. I wish I had gone the day it happened.
     
  11. Lee

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    I LOVE going!!!! I was in pain for 5 yrs before I went! My life changed the first treatment - and I let him do my neck with no problem. It is tough and nerve wracking - but it works!
     
  12. Midwestmomma

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    I personally have been going to Chiropractors since I was 12 years old, and have loved it. I was the kid that grew TOO tall to fast...hence i was in pain alot (xrays done). I have uneven hips, a skight curve in spine and suffer from MAJOR migraines, and all have been helped by gettig "popped" back into place.

    No, I dont go every week since I was 12..just when i am in pain and have pain...and it has always helped.

    I hope you have a great experience, and it helps alot.:)
     
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    Ok - since you seem a little doubtful, I will share my story:

    In the AF, I was rear-ended. My base doc was also a bone cracker - not a licensed chiro, but he wanted to be. So, he lays me and my dislocated shoulder down, pops my shoulder in, cracks my neck and tells me to lie there and not move for 10 minutes or else I would never walk again. The nurse came in after about 30 minutes and asked me what was taking so long!!!! :eek:

    So then, I was in PT for 6 weeks - traction, where they pull on your neck with a weight. It was killing me. They finally took me out of PT and put me back in the field. I could not take any pain meds or anything or else I would loose my PRP (Personnel Reliability Program - without it, I wouldn't be allowed near a missile and would get kicked out of the AF).
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    Fast forward 4 years - I am out of the AF and carrying my 1 yr old around- my arm dies and I drop her on the floor. This is not the first time my arm has lost all feeling and control, but this was a catalyst. So I went to a specialist. He said that I have a golfball size muscle lump - he shoots it full of cortisone and Novocaine - it hurt worse then the initial accident! He also does a nerve test and I have lost 50 to 75% of feeling in my fingertips. They put me back in traction, which just made it so much worse. I was put on muscle relaxers and pain meds...

    Specialist was no help, AF and then the VA was absolutely no help.

    So, 5 years after the accident, I go see a chiro that my coworkers had been raving about. He does an xray - MY FIRST ONE! He then shows me my cracked vertbrae in my neck - the traction just aggravated it, and I was damn lucky the bone cracker didn't kill me.

    I had massage therapy and adjustments once a month for 8 years - it cost me less then my pain med rx.

    Unfortunately, mt current insurance does not cover it - I still need it - I have permanent damage to the muscle in my shoulder for waiting so long.

    Do I think the chiro changed my life- Yes - I did the first time I walked out of his office and could look straight, instead of at my feet! He did what no other physician or PT could.
     
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    But how do you find a good one??? :cwds:ali
     
  15. ecs1516

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    Ask people you trust who they recommend.
     
  16. ecs1516

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    Some of my pain in one spot came back this morning. I still feel better though. He said I would have to come back a couple of times. I wonder if it is because I it went on for 15 days before treatment it takes longer for the nerves/muscle to calm down?
     
  17. Midwestmomma

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    Most likely. The way I look at it...you have to get them parts to "stay" where they are supposed to be...so repeat visits are usually helpful, well with me anyway.

    I hope you get to feeling better soon....
     
  18. buggle

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    In most states (maybe all now), osteopaths or DOs are fully-licensed physicians like an MD. They can prescribe drugs, perform surgery, etc. They do residencies and can specialize, exactly like an MD. My SIL just finished DO school and she is doing a pediatric residency at a hospital, along with MDs. She's planning on being a pediatric nephrologist. They are also trained in spinal manipulation -- I think it's similar to chiropractors.
     
  19. dqmomof3

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    I am a firm believer in chiropractic when it is done by a reputable chiropractor. I have had the best success with my back when I'm working with both a chiropractor and a physical therapist who are communicating with each other.

    In looking for a good chiropractor, ask good questions. As my favorite chiro used to say, "I'm a straight, not a mixer. I can't cure cancer, I can't cure scoliosis, I can't make all of your ailments go away. But I can make your back feel better!"
     
  20. maryellen816

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    He did not find anything on the MRI or xray. But he wouldn't jump in and start manipulating without them. I guess that was the point that I was trying to make - that he was careful. And I wouldn't let a chiropractor start manipulating without the xrays/MRI.

    Her problem is that a certain group of muscles in her back contract and stay contracted. It was diagnosed as neuro-myo-facial-pain-syndrome by the pain management specialist. A large area of muscle knot that you could feel and sometimes was hot to the touch. While the massage could work it out and provide relief, it always came back.

    The chiropractor noticed that her hips were uneven and felt there was a connection between that and her pain. He couldn't say whether the uneven hips caused the muscles to contract or if the contraction caused the uneven hips.

    He adjusts her hips and does a laser treatment on the muscles at each visit. Each time she went back her hips were still out of alignment but less and less so. Once she gets her hips and muscles re-trained, she is supposed to start strength training to build up all the core muscles to be able to keep everything in alignment. She has terrible core strength because she has been avoiding certain movements because of the pain for over 2 years.

    To the OP - glad you have found relief. I wish that we had gone to out chiropractor sooner also.
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2010

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