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Chiropractors

  • MisterSmiley

    Maybe, but its been true of the 4 different plans that I've been under in my career.

  • I went to a chiro in 08 for about 2 months. I have never felt better in my life during that time. I slept better, stood straighter, got far fewer headaches and from someone who gets migraines regularly that is huge. I haven't been since and of course I get headaches etc. I am going back as soon as my new insurance kicks in.

    Pic Sigs are for losers.

  • PLEASE respond to this statement (because i'm guessing the answer isn't as simple as true/false)

    true/false: cracking joints is bad for you?

    my father-in-law is a doctor of internal medicine (hope that is the right phrase) and told me that a chiropractor "adjusting" the lower back was probably fine, but warned that "adjusting" the neck was a bad idea. as some background, he made that statement in the context of the orthopedist he referred me to referring me to a chiropractor. when my issues started, he felt my hips and they were about 1.5 inches out of level. i could barely stand up straight.

    while i did have one very good experience, i just can't shake my leeriness of chiropractors. i feel like i can do "good enough with stretching and strengthening that i'm not in pain, can exercise (i did have to stop running) and can play golf. i'm 30. what else do i really need? yes, my back is better in the days following a chiropractor visit, but i feel like those visits and my body's reaction is unsustainable. i want to be able to not be pain, exercise, and play golf when i'm 65.

  • As with any other profession, there are the good ones and bad ones (goes for MDs too obviously). Just unfortunate that the bad ones are also moving bones around. The chiropractors that understand Biomechanics, that use soft tissue techniques/corrective exercise as well as adjustments, are the ones to go to. (For people in the Baltimore area, I've had great experience with Dr. Ballenger and Dr. Kling in Timonium. Very helpful for athletes and they take insurance).

    My understanding: for most people, pain is typically one of the last symptoms of dysfunction. Prior to pain you get loss of range of motion, altered firing pattern of your muscles, other compensations, etc. These issues have usually been there for longer then your pain and although the adjustment often helps initially, your body tends to fall back into the same pattern a couple days, weeks, months later without proper exercise and adjustments. Anyway, seems to help a lot of people and certainly better than simply taking a bunch of pills that just mask the problem.