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Old 09-24-2003, 04:00 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I have been seeing a Chiro for awhile to help with alignment and headaches (which may be contributing to my overall problem). My neck didn't hurt before all the adjustments, but hurts a lot now. It almost feels weak and there is discomfort. Is this normal and something that will go away, or is this a bad sign? The Chiro keeps saying it is ok and it will all go away when I cut down or quit the adjustments--in his words "it HAS to". Is this true, or is he ruining my neck? Any opinions would be appreciated. By the way, I think my ligaments are all somewhat lax, but my doctor didn't think they were so lax that he couldn't do adjustments.

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TC

 
Old 09-24-2003, 04:28 PM   #2
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Hi TC!
Oh TC, I don't know about that. I have always felt much better after my adjustments, now I do respond well to adjustments. The first couple of times I would be a little sore, but that would be gone within a few hours. Did I get you right that they said once your stop the adjustments you will feel better???? That doesn't make sense to me at all.
Have you thought about taking a break from the chiro to see how you feel?

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Old 09-24-2003, 05:07 PM   #3
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HI Diane,

I don't feel sore at all right after an adjustment. It starts later on and it feels pretty bad. He said the knot I feel is something (I forgot what he called it) getting inflammed. Great. He wasn't concerned, but since I have the ligament thing, it scares me. I have cut down to once a week and if things don't go well this week I may quit altogether. The problem is, if it does help with the headaches I hate to quit, but don't want to trade one problem for another. Then, I'll just end up with 2 problems when I have to quit because my ligaments are all stretched. Why can't things ever be easy? Your neck never feels weak, tight and painful starting about a couple days after your adjustments?

Thanks for the reply. Take care,
TC

 
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Hi TC,

I went to a chiropractor once during this nightmare and after she adjusted my neck, it was sore for a couple of weeks. After that I saw a NUCCA (upper cervicle) chiro and had one adjustment. This specialized type of chiro treatment requires x-rays to see what the upper vertebrae are doing before and after treatment. I was out of alignment but after once everything has been holding, at least 6 weeks now.
I am now seeing a physio therapist because I realize that my vertebrae are ok and the problem lies with the muscles.
Between splint therapy, and PT I have not had a headache for a couple of weeks. Used to have to take tylenol every a.m. Still have the brain fog tho, which is muscle related from what I can gather.

Take Care,
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HI Grace,

Wow, that's great that you have been holding your one adjustment for so long. Even when I leave the office, he can tell (not on my neck, but on my hips, etc) that I am not holding yet. I don't know if this is good for me, or not. How can it be good if it makes me hurt where I never did before?

Thanks so much for your help.

Take care,
TC

 
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Hi TC,

I wonder if your neck muscles are rebelling against the adjustments? Just a thought.

Grace

 
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HI Grace,

It is totally possible, but I am seeing a massage therapist once a week as well. It doesn't seem to help the neck all that much. I just hope it isn't a muscular problem caused by stretching the ligaments. That would be bad.

Thanks again for being so nice and helpful.

TC

 
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Hi all! I saw this post and wanted to ask if you thought your chiro and massage therapy apts were helping with your tmj at all? I have been considering these options for awhile now, but still trying to figure out if it will help me or be a waste of money...I am having alot of problems with my neck recently and not sure if it is the tmj or the stress causing it...my neck muscles have been feeling really weak like I can't hold my head up and sometimes when I try to hold my head still it shakes! (very troubling!) Several years ago I was diagnosed with something called "acute wry neck syndrome" after I went to the ER with a stiff neck...I was blow drying my hair one evening and my neck just went stiff! They took x-rays and sent me home with pain medication and muscle relaxer and told me not to baby my neck or I would make it worse...eventually it healed up and went away...but lately here I feel like I might benefit from some kind of massage therapy...any advice??

 
Old 09-25-2003, 06:50 AM   #9
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HI Mamaslittlehelper,

So far the Chiro and massage therapy haven't helped me. They have, however, helped others. I didn't have the real neck problems UNTIL I started the Chiro (which I started b/c of the headaches) so I can't help you there. If you start any type of therapy, I would be sure to let them know about the neck problems you have had.

Take care,
TC

 
Old 09-25-2003, 06:51 AM   #10
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mammaslittlehelper - i definitely recommend massage therapy.. it's very relaxing.

i havent gone to a chiropractor for a long time because i am untrusting.. hehe. i want to find a reputable one.

- saaraah.

 
Old 09-25-2003, 07:00 AM   #11
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I personally don't trust them, If there is nothing wrong with your bones, then, the problem is with the muscles and the muscle pain should subside and go back into place after proper splint/
jaw repositioning therapy.

My tmj specialist didn't want me to get adjustments because he said that it can throw off the whole chain of muscle repositioning. Unless you know a good chiro who knows about tmj(very rare).
Massasge therapy is better for the sore muscles.

Good Luck

 
Old 09-25-2003, 07:03 AM   #12
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Hi Pinkypriscilla,

My x-rays showed C2 was rotated. The last time my Chiro adjusted me my neck wouldn't adjust to one side. He said it was the first time it had done that. He said it was C3 that is stuck now. Great!! Even if the neck is the problem, I guess you can't always 'fix' it with Chiro..or anything?

Thanks,
TC

 
Old 09-25-2003, 07:40 AM   #13
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This is hard to find out but you need to find out if tmj
is primary and the neck problem is secondary /or a result
of tmj problems.

 
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