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2007-03-09 1:07 PM

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How many of you see a chiropractor for ajustments? I have never been to one before, but I'm thinking about it. Any advice would be great.


2007-03-09 1:27 PM
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Funny you should bring this up....

I am seeing one for the first time ever. I am having adjustments, and it really does seem to be helping with my issue, I am in less pain, and what pain is there is diminished from what it was. This after 3 adjustments.

Sample of 1 I know, but I won't argue with the results.

One thing I have noticed, there is a fairly significant time commitment in the course of treatment, at least in my case.

2007-03-09 1:40 PM
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I know it's a controversial topic, but here's my 2 cents.  I went to one years ago when I was having problems with my back (sport-related, mostly).  Over several months of 2-3 visits a week, he fixed the problem, and it hasn't recurred. 

I think it's great for muscular and skeletal problems that can be caused by poor alignment.  I'm suspicious of chiroprators who claim to be able to cure other ailments (asthma, digestive problems, etc.)  I'd only see one who specialized in treating athletes, and I'd steer clear of one who told me that, with just one or two additional visits a week, that he could cure my dry skin, nasal congestion, acid reflux, etc.

Again, I realize it can be a controversial subject, and obviously, some people have had succee getting treated for these kinds of things, but I don't buy it. 



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2007-03-09 1:58 PM
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I'm a big fan, assuming you can find the right guy!  My chiro has fixed my bum IT Band, and because he's Ironman, he doesn’t give me any crap for our crazy workout schedule.  My general practitioner said to stop running, and my IT band would fix itself...which by the way is not true!

 

I go back once every couple of weeks to get aligned and my leg worked on. 

 

 

2007-03-09 2:03 PM
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jmk-brooklyn - 2007-03-09 12:40 PM

with just one or two additional visits a week, that he could cure my dry skin, nasal congestion, acid reflux, etc.

Again, I realize it can be a controversial subject, and obviously, some people have had succee getting treated for these kinds of things, but I don't buy it.

 

This is a good point to make.  Being a Chiropractor, definitely sports oriented, I've seen a bunch of weird things recover, pretty miraculously as a result of the work we've done with that patient.  Skin problems, IBS, stomach issues, etc.  BUT, all of these successes were incidental to what I was treating.  THe bulk of our practice here is based upon neuromusculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries.  Being that Chiropractic has a relationship to the overall function of the nervous system, other unexplained ailments can be significantly improved.

That said, if a Chiropractor says that the adjustments will cure things like skin disorders and the like...he or she is stretching the limits of their abilities.  However, if a patient asks me if Chiropractic care could help, the answer in some cases is "it might, but it's not absolute".

 

Cheers,

brad. 

 

2007-03-09 2:04 PM
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I love my guy.  I go see him more than any other medical professional.  He's an avid runner and I got his rec from the local running club (he's a beloved member).  He's also a climber and a cyclist, so he's active and appreciates that I'm not going to stop doing things.  He also knows how WHAT we do can be contributing to problems, and he knows how to help me make slight changes to avoid the problems.

He's been very helpful.  He made my custom orthotics, which have saved me a lot of pain over the years.   I just learned that he can help me with my bike adjustment, so I'm looking forward to taking my bike in for a fitting.

I have heard stories of less reputable chiropractors out there, so you might need to be wary for the first couple of visits.  Or get a rec from someone you know.

Good luck! 



2007-03-09 2:11 PM
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I went for the first time yesterday. My back has been tight for the past 6 months but I did nothing about it. I found out a wife of a friend was in chiropractor school and needs patients in order to graduate. I was nervous about seeing a student but they are over seen by an actual doctor. When I lef that day I saw a noticable difference in my back and also my knees which also have been hurting. She wants me to go 2x's a week but I don't want to get to used to it or pay the money even though it is discounted.
2007-03-09 2:19 PM
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As in just about anything, if you find a good one... they work. The chiro i visit helped with my itband issues last year (ART done vs adjustments). I know see him one a month for routine visit. It also helps that he works quite a few IM Events (world championships last 3 years as a an ART specialist) He mainly deals with athletes
2007-03-09 2:31 PM
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Its probably just like with any doctor or therapist, if you get a bad one, then chiropractors are the devil and all the bad you heard is true! But as others have said, you find one through recommendations, etc, normally your fine, and oh yeah it helps. 2 weeks before my adventure race, I pinched nerves up in my neck and my hands and feet went numb. She got me in there a few times, kept adjusting, and I made the whole 15 hours without pain (ok, at least not my neck pain, and i could feel my hands and feet), and came out ok after.
2007-03-09 2:39 PM
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kproudfoot - 2007-03-09 3:11 PM I went for the first time yesterday. My back has been tight for the past 6 months but I did nothing about it. I found out a wife of a friend was in chiropractor school and needs patients in order to graduate. I was nervous about seeing a student but they are over seen by an actual doctor. When I lef that day I saw a noticable difference in my back and also my knees which also have been hurting. She wants me to go 2x's a week but I don't want to get to used to it or pay the money even though it is discounted.
chiro-fan here, so here's my 2cents.

the whole "get adjusted alot at the beginning" sometimes turns people off (like the DC is trying to milk you in the beginning) - but it was explained to me this way, if you look at a young sapling tree that was held in a bent position for a while, upon release, it will only straighten part way. over time, it will eventually stand tall, but not right away. the repeated, frequent adjustments are to help your body slowly get used to being in alignment again. once you're good, you just need maintenance to counteract the daily stresses of life upon your spine - sitting for long periods, sudden trauma like bumping into things, etc...

also, the idea that chiropractic can cure things depends upon your point of view. if you believe the body can heal itself (a basic tenet of chiropractic care) then its not far fetched to believe that when the body is in optimum alignment, it can better regulate itself and be healthy.

i am in search of a DC who has a specialty in dealing with athletes, so you all who say you've got one, feel lucky, cuz ya are!

2007-03-09 3:08 PM
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another chiro fan here...

I have been going to my guy almost a year now. My husband goes as well as my two older daughters who are extremely active in sports (both soccer players, one gymnast, one ski racer). My husband has significant back problems with his work...and really would not be working if it were not for our chiro. He has helped me with my nutrition as well, helping me to lose 15 pounds. He is not a crack your body kind of guy. Everything is very gentle and it is all about adjustment so that you are aligned to work right. There is SO much to it...but I am a believer.

My nine year old is a flat footed gymnast (not good). He has worked with her feet so that she has no pain at gymnastics anymore. He shows her stretches for splits, etc...

Really an amazing experience for all of us. Money well spent.



2007-03-09 3:36 PM
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Another vote for chiro. It's awesome. I'm getting adjusted tomorrow before I race on Sunday and I can't WAIT. I'd totally recommend at least trying it. Instant relief!

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2007-03-09 3:43 PM
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I see a chiro who is also certified in Sports Medicine and Active Release Technique and I swear by her. I went and saw her every 2 weeks last season (by choice) and I was injury free all year. Luckily my insurance covers my visits.
2007-03-09 3:56 PM
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Never have, never will. I'll just leave it at that. I won't post how I really feel about chiros because then things would just get ugly, and I don't want to be accused of starting a mess.
2007-03-09 4:04 PM
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MikeTheBear - 2007-03-09 2:56 PM Never have, never will. I'll just leave it at that. I won't post how I really feel about chiros because then things would just get ugly, and I don't want to be accused of starting a mess.

thanks for the post about what you don't want to post.

2007-03-09 4:13 PM
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My dad was a chiro, so I grew up getting adjustments. They're great, if you find the right doc. Don't be afraid to shop around for someone with reasonable pricing and who does a good job.
I'm looking forward to when I get out of grad school so I can afford a chiro appointment more often than emergency "I slipped and now my tailbone hurts and I can't ride my bike" situations.


2007-03-09 4:34 PM
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MikeTheBear - 2007-03-09 4:56 PM Never have, never will. I'll just leave it at that. I won't post how I really feel about chiros because then things would just get ugly, and I don't want to be accused of starting a mess.

how can you have an opinion when you've never been and never will go to one? just curious.

2007-03-09 4:57 PM
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I love my chiropractor (who is also a cyclist). I was having a lot of numbness in my hands and feet while riding. My riding buddy dragged me in and I've been going ever since. I think this is one of those things you either love or hate.

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2007-03-09 5:04 PM
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MikeTheBear - 2007-03-09 4:56 PM Never have, never will. I'll just leave it at that. I won't post how I really feel about chiros because then things would just get ugly, and I don't want to be accused of starting a mess.

how can you have an opinion when you've never been and never will go to one? just curious.



My opinion is based on the underlying science and there is no science that supports the existence of "subluxations" or the need for "regular adjustments." Now, a lot of chiros will say that they have a high patient satisfaction rate, and people who go to chiros will say that they feel great afterwards. Unfortunately, subjective "good feelings" don't prove the underlying science. I can go to an astrologer who will say that I have a great future ahead of me, and I can leave feeling good about what the future holds. This does not prove that there is any scientific evidence behind astrology.
2007-03-09 5:11 PM
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holy smokes what a load of uninformed garbage. The underlying science of the no-science?

You should have left it at the "i just wanted to post to let you know that I wont' be postingt" response.

better to say nothing under the suspicion of being stupid vs. opening your mouth and removing all doubt.

b.



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2007-03-09 5:14 PM
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It's always a waste of time to argue with people on the Internet, but for anyone who is thinking of seeing a chiro and perhaps has doubts, I strongly encourage you to read the following two sites:

http://www.chirobase.org/

Chirobase is maintained by an M.D., so the natural reaction is to denounce the site as yet another conspiracy by the medical community against chiropractic. Read it and judge for yourself. I've actually considered joining Dr. Barrett's board of legal advisory.

http://chirotalk.proboards3.com/index.cgi

Chirotalk is an eye-opening site. It is maintained by DCs who ultimately determined that chiropractic was a bunch of BS and decided to leave the field. The immediate criticism here is that these guys are losers who couldn't hack it in practice. Actually, there are some successful chiros who post on there who say that, despite the fact that they are making money doing chiro, they nevertheless have come to the conclusion that there is no science behind what they're doing. They keep doing it anyway because they need to pay their student loans. As to whether or not everyone on that board is a loser, judge for yourself: one went on to get an M.D., another a Pharm.D. (from what I understand, pharmacy is a very tough program), and others have gone on to other healthcare professions such as PA, physical therapy, and nursing. Read it and see for yourself.


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MikeTheBear - 2007-03-09 4:14 PM It's always a waste of time to argue with people on the Internet, but for anyone who is thinking of seeing a chiro and perhaps has doubts, I strongly encourage you to read the following two sites: http://www.chirobase.org/ Chirobase is maintained by an M.D., s

yet you picked one.

 

Ah yes the old www.chirobase.org argument . Why not check out quackwatch.org as well. What about www.faact.com ...definitely check those highly objective sites for your truth.

If it's on the internet, it must be true.

Thanks for the entertainment Mikey, still in the same "location" btw?

 

b.



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2007-03-09 6:38 PM
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How about everyone just go to their respective corners on this one? The original question was:

"How many of you see a chiropractor for ajustments? I have never been to one before, but I'm thinking about it. Any advice would be great."

It seems to me that it was more directed at people who already go to chiropractors, and not to debate the relative merits (or lack thereof, depending on your view) of the field itself.

So everybody should calm down. Besides, in my experience, no one has every significantly changed their views on ANY topic based on what they read on a message board.


Just my 2 cents.

Edited by RJSuperfreaky 2007-03-09 6:43 PM
2007-03-09 7:41 PM
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I had a free screening form a ciro once and well I did not trust him. He said I have a clear muscle imbalance because my spin has to be curved and I need to see him right away. I thought it was because I always breathed from the left side. Since I have not had back pain and my body was level means my spine is really screwed up and just is really far out of wack.

I was going to do his more detailed screening out of curisouuty since I never been but when the lady at work told me her horror stories I had to decline.



2007-03-09 7:44 PM
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I have found chiropractic treatment to be helpful. I have moved 5 times since I started using one and I would definitely agree that the quality of the doctors varied but I would say the same about professionals in every field.
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