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A chiropractor who doesn't do x-rays? What's up with that?

Answered on October 31, 2017
Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I finally broke down and decided to see a chiropractor.

I've heard many good things about the chiropractor in my neighborhood, so I called to inquire about charges & appointments.

I learned he doesn't use x-rays at all. The first apt. is $80 for 45 minutes, and includes an adjustment. Subsequent appointments are $40 and are for 15 minute adjustments. I live in Philadelphia.

1) Isn't a chiropractor without x-rays like a pilot without a map? Is he just flying blind? Does he do the same adjustment to everyone? This was very unsettling to me.

2) I'm not even sure that a chiropractor is the right way to go for my problem: I get tension headaches (tightening around the scalp muscles), achy (maybe dry) feeling in my eyeballs, accompanied with muscle cramping, sometimes twitching, and sometimes with swelling in the ankles, severe brain fog. Of course this sounds like a problem of electrolytes and/or hydration, even though I drink 3 liters of water a day. Sometimes, I wake up extremely dehydrated with a headache, which seems to ease when I drink fluids. I've bothered everyone here with a bunch of questions about magnesium, calcium, sodium & potassium. I've done trials with high/low quantities of each of these. I can't seem to get this nailed down. It really does seem to be related to food, and most recently, it seems like I'm really sensitive to sodium, even though I don't consume very much at all (like 1/2 tsp a day). In any event, it doesn't seem normal for a 44 year old healthy male who takes no prescriptions to be that sensitive to salt, assuming my observation is correct. Though my food challenges suggests that foods high in histamines make me sneeze, I don't think that's necessarily the root cause. Maybe a histamine release affect hydration or something, I don't know. My theory as to why I was thinking of trying a chiropractor was that since everything's connected, maybe my kidneys or something else isn't doing a proper or consistent job of regulating fluids & electrolytes due to an alignment issue. This seems like a big stretch, especially since my primary care doc ruled out anything kidney related with a blood and urine test.

Thanks for any thoughts. This is driving me crazy and has really been affecting my quality of life. BTW, I recently located an osteopathic doctor from the paleo physicians network. Though I got a nice consult on cholesterol and cardiovascular health, he wasn't really able to address this problem at all.

Mike

3720f5eb63757f8cdbf393ac7530c1c3

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Mine too and the guy is awesome, worth every penny I pay him!

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on April 09, 2013
at 12:46 AM

So is mine! I love him. (Alas, gay.)

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on April 08, 2013
at 08:36 PM

Ultrasound is harmful to your body as well. I have read a research somewhere that ultrasound does more harm than good for pregnancy screening and should be used only once.

3720f5eb63757f8cdbf393ac7530c1c3

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on April 08, 2013
at 08:23 PM

Plus hes really into paleo! :D

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on April 08, 2013
at 06:55 PM

My chiropractor has never done x-rays on me. He figures out the issues by giving me motility tests, asking me questions about my symptoms, and using his hands to see where things are off.

3720f5eb63757f8cdbf393ac7530c1c3

(259)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Mine too and the guy is awesome, worth every penny I pay him!

3720f5eb63757f8cdbf393ac7530c1c3

(259)

on April 08, 2013
at 08:23 PM

Plus hes really into paleo! :D

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on April 09, 2013
at 12:46 AM

So is mine! I love him. (Alas, gay.)

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on April 08, 2013
at 10:18 PM

I had a chiro who really helped me with some soft tissue manipulation and made my hiatal hernia completely go away (had upper endoscopies before and after working with him, and a barium swallow afterwards, no signs or symptoms anymore).

However, when it came to other issues he was trying to help with, like an apparent leg length discrepancy I had and a hip imbalance, crooked ribs, it was going no where. I eventually broke down to see an osteopath, and after one visit, she had me all straightened out. I didn't have one leg shorter than the other, I just had one hip really jammed up. Ever since going, I have been in awe at the symmetry of my body, because the hip adjustment fixed up everything, I bear equal weight on my feet, my hips are straight which makes my torso finally symmetrical (one side had boyish curve and the other side had a deep exaggerated waist curve) and my ribcage is evened out. She never used x-rays either, just watched how I walked and felt my bones and body with her hands. She is out of network (like most who do OMM -osteopathic manipulative medicine - seem to be).

Funny enough, I had seen one of the best podiatrists in NYC a year before seeing her, this guy who handles all of the big NY sports teams' athletes, and he just measured my leg once, said one leg was shorter than the other and gave me orthotics with a small lift.. so osteo for the win on this issue.

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on October 31, 2017
at 08:05 PM

I am in nyc, thank you so much!!!

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on October 31, 2017
at 08:03 PM

 @Jz Lilia Gorodinksy.  Are you in NYC?

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Edd95e00b4c44f14e0ccf6b15c8002f5

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on October 31, 2017
at 03:33 AM

 Hi @Jackie_4! Can you please provide the name of the osteopath that helped you? Would be extremely helpful

Thank you

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on April 08, 2013
at 06:48 PM

Please read this: http://scienceblogs.com/whitecoatunderground/2008/01/18/why-chiropractic-is-patently-r/

There are things that chiropractic can potentially help with, and this is a good read that will help you decide if it's right for you.

Don't let the title sour you on the article, chiropractic gets a fair shake in this post.

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on April 08, 2013
at 07:04 PM

X-Rays accelerate aging. Use ultrasound or MRIs instead.

Your chiropractor is right.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 08, 2013
at 08:36 PM

Ultrasound is harmful to your body as well. I have read a research somewhere that ultrasound does more harm than good for pregnancy screening and should be used only once.

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