chiropractic care

raee_gwSeptember 21, 2006

Hi. I have neck injury and have just started going to a chiropracter for therapy...I am wondering what experiences others have had, what I should perhaps be looking for...It seems that there are different techniques and machines and therapies, and I frankly do not have a lot of confidence in a profession that claims to be able to prevent or cure nearly everything with "adjustments", but this type care seems to be more logical for my problem than what an ortho or neuro MD would offer. Does anyone have experience you'd like to share with me?

Raee

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rthummer

I am going out on a limb here but I went to a chiropractor for 5 years and yes, he did my back some good. But, I never could quit going. It's like I never got "well." In those years I went to him I bought alot of the herbs, vitamins, minerals and supplements he suggested. I had a slew of the stuff both liquid,tablet and capsule. Slow release, fast release I probably even had one that said no release.
Then one day I was looking at one of those shopping channels and came upon this thing you strap yourself in and it turns you upside down. I bought it. Hey, I could send it back in 30 days if I didn't like it. Besides it only cost about 3 visits to the chiro. My husband thought I was mad. But walla..... with occasional use I am doing fine. Back no longer is in pain... and what is so funny is my husband uses it more that I do!!! I wasn't so mad.
Now, I do not know how bad your neck is, and I would not want you to hurt yourself but you might want to at least look into this...it helped me.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2006 at 8:42PM
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socks

I know people who have been helped and think their chiro. is wonderful, and I know people who thought their chirop. hurt them.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2006 at 9:03PM
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jenn

It depends on the chiropractor and his/her particular philosphy of chiropractic medicine. I had an awful experience several years ago with one who practiced the bogus "I can cure all that ails you" method by cracking my back and neck every week. I felt strongly against having my neck adjusted but he insisted. Finally I decided I'd had enough of the hard-sell nonsense and stopped going, but even that required twisting his arm to get out of it.

I posted my story on my web site which is currently down, but I have had two chiropractors from two parts of the country send me email to say that my story is representative of BAD chiropractic care.

Look up "bad chiropractor" and you should find at least some of the links I have posted at my site.

Whatever you do, DON'T sign a contract up front agreeing to go 3x/week for several weeks, then 2x/week for a few weeks, then tapering off to a "maintenance" schedule of once a week for any length of time (which will turn into eternity because your spine will then be dependant on being adjusted every week).

If something doesn't seem right, STOP GOING. If I had listened to myself right from the start, I would have saved several hundred dollars.

If I were you I'd go to an orthopedic specialist and request a referral to a good physical therapist who can perform (and teach you) exercises to heal and strengthen your neck. If your chiropractor practices the philosophy described at the link below, then you may be in good hands.

The link below will inform you about the scope of proper chiropractic care. Be sure to read the second paragraph under "INTRODUCTION"... but the rest of the page is informative as well. Also check out the links at the bottom of the page. By then, you will be a lot more informed than I was before my experience. If I can steer one person away from that type of care then it will have been worth it.

Jen

Here is a link that might be useful: National Assoc. for Chiropractic Medicine

    Bookmark   September 22, 2006 at 1:10AM
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raee_gw

Thank you Jenn, that is so valuable! I am sorry you had to learn from bad experience--that is what I want to avoid. Likewise, rthummer. I will talk these things over with the chiro I am seeing. So far there have been no attempts to sell packages, supplements, and she did show me exercises to do at home. But, if I don't feel improvement after 2 weeks I will head to an MD. Thanks again!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2006 at 1:20PM
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