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Old 10-13-2004, 11:35 PM   #1
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Chiropractic Experiences?

I'm trying to figure out chiropractic care... I had an appointment today and it was weird to have my neck cracked. And kinda scary!!

Nothing bad seems to have come of it, but, I tried doing research online about chiropractic and came up with lots of problems and cons and many chiropractors trying to debunk that they are quacks. Its very worrisome!

Has anyone gone to both a chiropractor AND an osteopath? I've heard that an osteopath is better educated (a true Medical Doctor rather than a "doctor of chiropractic" degree), which makes me want to find one instead.

Any experiences or thoughts!?

 
Old 10-14-2004, 10:05 AM   #2
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Re: Chiropractic Experiences?

I have been going to my chiro for constant treatment for my back and feet problems. It seems that my back is better but not my feet. Remember to relax when your chiro is making adjustments or doing those 'cracking'.

For any kind and ways of treatment, there are bound to be pros and cons; everyone of us benefit from any treatments differently. So I guess it's a wait and see thing... Make sure that any professional that you go to... they are regconised(it's better this way).

 
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Old 10-15-2004, 01:16 AM   #3
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Hi, chiro has me touching my toes again! Try Gonstead Chiropractors- very gentle, modern. My 1st chiro experience 5 yrs ago was OK. I could barely walk, pain radiated down my legs. After a few Xrays and three days of adjustments, I saw light at the end of the tunnel. The doctor however was a bit strange, so I did a little research and switched to the Gonstead method. I now go about every other month to keep things in check. After two previous bouts of severe back pain that had me totally disabled, I wouldn't be without a good chiropractor.
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Old 10-15-2004, 09:18 AM   #4
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Re: Chiropractic Experiences?

I started going back in May to a chiro. My first time, even though I've had back problems for years. I have to say that overall I feel better. My back still gives me troubles, I had a slipped disk and it won't stay in. But I go there as soon as I feel something pulling and he adjusts it. I am a bit skeptical still, I wonder at all the claims they make in the phamplets. But I try to go every week and if I miss an appointment, I end up starting to feel bad again. So I think I'm hooked, even though I swore I wouldn't go to a chiropractor long term. Also, I don't have as many headaches as I used to.

 
Old 10-15-2004, 09:11 PM   #5
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Chiros have their place but one place, they shouldn't be doing neck manipulations especially if you have herniated or bulging discs and it will do no good with the arthritis. I've gone to chiros on and off for years for lumbar and it helps but my chiro won't touch my neck, too many problems caused by prior chiro that didn't take xrays and he did more damage than good. My chiro also warns about chiros who can treat sinus, stomach, gall bladder etc etc problems doing manipulations as it really is bunk. That coming from a chiro says more than what anyone else can tell me, besides he said to look at anatomy and physiology and there is no connection at all, just more money for the Dr.

 
Old 10-16-2004, 05:29 AM   #6
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JEN: Can you give us some actual citations on that "scientific research" into chiropractic?

For instance, in regard to your Dr.Ronald Pero immunnology statement, I did some research & found that according to the December 1, 1989 issue of DYNAMIC CHIROPRACTOR (which appears to me to be a PRO-chiropractic trade/professional journal), the following statement was made in that issue after reviewing Dr. Pero's 1988 "200% greater immune competence study":

"That review demonstrated that the conclusions reported by Dr. Pero's work were inappropriate and the actual data does not support them".

Further Reference: Dynamic Chiropractic, Sept. 21, 1998, Vol. 16, Issue 20, "FTC Questions Chiropractic Claims".

 
Old 10-16-2004, 06:48 PM   #7
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Re: Chiropractic Experiences?

[QUOTE=itskiwi]I'm trying to figure out chiropractic care... I had an appointment today and it was weird to have my neck cracked. And kinda scary!!

Nothing bad seems to have come of it, but, I tried doing research online about chiropractic and came up with lots of problems and cons and many chiropractors trying to debunk that they are quacks. Its very worrisome!

Has anyone gone to both a chiropractor AND an osteopath? I've heard that an osteopath is better educated (a true Medical Doctor rather than a "doctor of chiropractic" degree), which makes me want to find one instead.

Any experiences or thoughts!?[/QUOTE]

I am currently seeing a Chiropractor/PT. Great combination. But, I would not see him for anything beyond a simple adjustment. He is helping me with my SI.

I also see an Osteopath as my primary. He does a bit of everything. He sends me out for PT. I see another Osteopath that performs manipulations. That is all that he does. He doesn't see anyone for anything else. He specializes. He does far more than the PT/Chiroprator does.

An Osteopath is a person trained in Medicine, same as MD, but who specializes in manipulations. They believe that everything is interconnected.

The ***top dog***, the most highly trained in manipulations and PT, is the Physiatrist, who is trained and specialized years and years beyond an MD or a DO. They are hard to come by. The can afford to pick and choose their patients.

Any old doctor can hang a shingle out and call themselves a spine specialist and it depends on where they fell in their graduating class and their experience, who is the one to see. If an MD or DO graduated, say, 100th in their class, out of a class of 110, then that is not who I want to see. There is information on them on the net. You pay $14.99 and you can find out pretty much anything about your doctor or chiropractor.

MD's receive very little training in the area of orthopedics. This is why you need to do a lot of reseach before letting anyone touch your spine.

If you have a Physiatrist in your area, I would try to see them first. Primaries will usually give you a referral if you need one.

good luck,

 
Old 10-17-2004, 09:06 AM   #8
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Many, many years ago (well over 40), I consulted a Chiropractor when I was having both neck & shoulder problems. He worked with me over a long period of time, plus, since he also ran a men's gym, he also gave me a set of exercises to do at home (some of which these many years later I still ocasionally do to keep back/shoulder problems at bey). In general, I would say I found his treatments worked quite well. He never claimed that chiropractic treatments might/would help alleviate or prevent other maladies though.

About 10 years ago, my wife was in a serious accident...fortunately the only result being a compound fracture of her left wrist. One side effect of surgery was being in a cast for quite awhile, which led to a frozen shoulder. Out of curiousity, she consulted a "sports-injury" Chiropactor, who did a lot of range-of-motion manipulation over half a dozen visits, & my wife seemed quite pleased with the outcome (though, to be truthful, she also did a heck of a lot of range-of-motion exercises herself at home so it woud be difficult to assign benefits strictly to her chiropractic sessions). Subsequently, when she had the very painful sprain or strain injury of her knee a few years ago, she tried to make an appointment with that same chiropractor, but unfortunately he was traveling out of the country that month, so we'll never know if chiropractic attention would have helped in that particular situation.

Would either of us see a Chiropractor for OTHER than "skeletal" conditions? Heck No.

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Old 10-19-2004, 04:23 PM   #9
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Re: Chiropractic Experiences?

Thanks to everyone for all this information. Wow... its a lot to think about. I really appreciate it.

I'm not expecting a "miracle cure" with one adjustment by any means. Anything takes time. But, I also am not willing to just "keep at it" blindly without good, solid information to back it up.

The chiropractor I went to (a woman) showed me a video all about chiro, the training, etc. She went over my Xrays with me. I asked lots and lots of questions -- probably to the point of making her crazy. I also picked up her text books and spine model and started reading them (after the video ended and while she was working on other people)... that's just how I am. I like in-depth info, data and personal experience too.

Most people (except my SO) have volunteered good experience data to the pool, so that's promising.

 
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