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Does anyone use a chiropractor?

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Created July 06, 2011 at 11:18 PM

If so, what is the verdict?

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on July 08, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Tom: Structure effects function (regardless of symptoms). In some cases even relatively mild scolioses can have significant effect on the NMS system and possibly even effect overall/global health. This is Anatomy & Physiology 101. Your assumption is correct-"most" chiros address mainly pain and symptoms. But a minority of chiros have received post-grad training in how to deal with global distortions of spine. Some are absolutely masterful, others so-so..it is a true art form. We call it postural correction or spinal/postural correction. So you would ask any potential chiro about their training

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on July 07, 2011
at 04:11 PM

That's awesome Harry! I'm pretty blessed with my osteopath. I'm a massage therapist and he gives me tips on cranial-sacral therapy and such. Love the profession but it does seem hard to find DOs who do OMM.

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Yes I use them but check their skill set and abilities before I refer liberally. I think we need to assess chiropractors just like another health professional.

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:15 PM

I recently discovered that I have a bend in my spine between the shoulder blades (apparent adult onset scoliosis) but I've not been to a MD for it since its asymptomatic. Is this something that could potentially be cured by a chiropractor? I'm unclear about what exactly they can and cannot do. I always assumed they just treated back pain.

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on July 07, 2011
at 02:38 AM

Yes! My chiropractor is a gonstead practitioner. This is the Dr. Gonstead quote that got me in the door: "Find the subluxation. Accept it where you find it. Correct it. Leave it alone." I was thrilled with the idea of someone who went looking for the problem, fixed it, and then left it alone.

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on July 07, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I would love to find an osteopath who still did adjustments. My paternal grandparents were both DOs.

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on July 07, 2011
at 12:42 AM

A treatment contract? Seriously? Ye gods and little fishes.

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on July 07, 2011
at 12:41 AM

I went to one once for ART. I fear chiros, I'll be honest. I think there are too many bad ones. Like yoga teachers and Crossfit teachers.

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:56 PM

Chiropractic has been great for me as well. But they are not all created equal. Do some research before visiting one.

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B534ceedfc9a3518f6d661f486bf4d4b

on July 07, 2011
at 01:36 AM

When i was 22, i couldnt empty my bladder.like I would try to pee but I couldn't, but I could feel that my bladder is full. I worked at one of the top hospitals in the country, for a urologist believe it or not, and no one could figure out what was wrong with me. Urology said it was a neurology problem and visa versa. After multiple trips to the er, to get my bladder drained (sometimes over 850ccs, near bursting) and many "accidents", especially at night, they taught me how to straight cath myself and put me on flomax (a drug for older men with prostate issues) I went to a wellness Chiropractic office for a non related issue, they took X-rays and asked if I had any bladder or bowel issues. They said the subluxation in my spine relates directly to those issues. I was amazed bc I didn't even think to mention my problem to them. After a few adjustments my issue seemed to clear up and I've since stopped the meds. Never had a problem with it since. My chiropractor is actually the one who first told me about paleo and crossfit. Now that I crossfit regularly, I go for regular checks. I've experienced a variety of other benefits from a combo of chiropractic & paleo: irregular periods have become regular, mid back pain from work/driving is much improved, I'm rarely sick, numbness in my legs has gone away, I sleep better and deeper, etc. I think chiropractic is essential, though quality is important. I recommend gonstead chiropractors (gonstead.com). Many wellness chiros are paleo as well.

11dff0119e8ca2babb4acf40a5ef6ac4

(233)

on July 07, 2011
at 02:38 AM

Yes! My chiropractor is a gonstead practitioner. This is the Dr. Gonstead quote that got me in the door: "Find the subluxation. Accept it where you find it. Correct it. Leave it alone." I was thrilled with the idea of someone who went looking for the problem, fixed it, and then left it alone.

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E17addea7e1019a6cdbaec44f0b12728

on July 06, 2011
at 11:42 PM

I was a chiropractic holdout. I didn???t want to be sucked in.

I was in a mountain biking accident July 2009. By January 2010, I still was having issues with my shoulders/arms going numb at night. Went to see a chiropractor and after 2 visits I was able to sleep through the night. I had a few other issues dealing with menstrual cycle resolve themselves after about 4 months of care. (our whole family ended up signing up for care)

Our 2 year old son had suffered from repeated ear infections since birth. Speech therapist contributed his babbling to the fact he had fluid in his ears???he heard as if he were underwater! Since seeing chiro... no ear infections. Hasn't even had a cold. (1.5years)

Choosing a chiropractor would be hard I think...different trains of thought within their field.

Fe87afa634afe26f4f6fd956abe0b46a

(565)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:56 PM

Chiropractic has been great for me as well. But they are not all created equal. Do some research before visiting one.

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5a901eefdef8aa8b9547e4ccb694e2ae

on July 07, 2011
at 02:12 PM

I actually am currently a chiropractic student and avid crossfitter and paleo eater. I feel they all compliment each other very well! Everything i have learned from paleo sources has been backed up by the things i have been learning in school...several times over. All the cleanses and nutritional therapies have basically been "paleo" or a supplented version of paleo. Highly recommend chiro as a primary care doc! Just like anything else, shop around amd find one you like! (there are some goofs out there)

This question really made me happy! Chiro+paleo+crossfit=happy & healthy

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Dbb6872f139877fe1a94aeb471baa7d1

on July 07, 2011
at 11:51 AM

My chiro is absolutely awesome. My family has been seeing him for upwards of 25 years. I can walk in there with my butt dragging, feeling like my whole body is out of balance, but after heat, stem, and whatever magic he works, I practically dance out an hour later. The problem is that a good chiro is FANTASTIC and a bad one can really hurt you, so do a lot of research before you go lay on that table.

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on July 07, 2011
at 11:46 AM

Verdict for me was a big positive. The guy is part of my integrative medicine center; in other words, insurance covers it. The weird vibrating machine was not my favorite (he put electrodes on my neck!) but his adjustments and posture advice allowed me to go back to playing soccer after severe whiplash.

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:42 AM

When I was swimming the team had a Chiropractor who we had access to 24-7. I was lucky, he was good but it was very very addictive. Have a headache? Get a "crunch." When I stopped racing my body definitely went through an adjustment period afterwards so I turned to yoga, stretching, massage, and now my new friend the foam roller, to take care of me. I have friends who see Chiro's here in NYC for recovery from bike accidents, with great results, and can recommend who they're seeing if you're in the vicinity. If not, definitely check with your friends to see if they are seeing one, or can give a recommendation, and do your research. Be cautious and conscientious about your choice because just like everything else - there are good ones and there are bad ones, and you don't want a bad one. Good luck and be well!

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:04 AM

I see the chiro regularly. In my experience, it has taken a regular schedule of visits (vs. the occasional, "I have to have something done because I'm is so much pain" visits") To really see progress. After a couple months of adjustments there is a marked difference in how stress and tension manifests in my body. I went from being so tense through my shoulders and upper back that I couldn't even feel the tension, nor purposely relax my muscles. About a month or so into adjustments I started feeling the tension, but still couldn't relax my muscles down. Now I can can identify the tension and relax my muscles when I concentrate on it. It's made a big difference in how I feel. Some of my tummy/ digestion issues eased with adjustments. My overall "feeling" of well being has improved greatly.

All three of my kids get adjustments as well (6, 4.5 and 2 years old). They love getting adjustments. My 6 year old has had chronic issues with GERD/ Acid reflux and was on meds for some time. After adjusting for a few weeks we took her off the meds and she's yet to go back. She went from complaining multiple times a day (even on meds) to rarely complaining... it just a few weeks!

I agree, do your research. I found that one thing that really made me comfortable with my Chiropractor what the fact that she was very interested in educating... Not just in taking my money.

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on July 07, 2011
at 12:36 AM

i saw a chiropractor when i was at my worst some 10 years ago. i had a locked up hip joint that she identified immediately, but would not unlock till the following day after i signed a treatment contract that required three adjustments per week for 20 weeks. after two months of treatment i was taking 10 of my husband's T3s a day and was unable to pick things up off the floor.

she used to say "the absence of pain is not an indication you are getting better". on my last visit with her she attempted a new adjustment on my hip that caused me to scream out in pain; she left me sobbing on her table. i never went back and she never called to say "but you signed a contract".

i'm sure she is an example of the worst out there.

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(233)

on July 07, 2011
at 12:42 AM

A treatment contract? Seriously? Ye gods and little fishes.

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on July 07, 2011
at 02:49 AM

I go to a chiro who works out at our local CF gym. Several of the athletes from the gym get ART done by him and recommended it. I always considered chiro to be "voodoo" medicine of some sort and avoided it. Now that I've been to see him for ART and a little "adjustment," I can attest that chiro is no more voodoo than traditional medicine. I actually prefer it for injuries, strained muscles, etc. rather than going to a traditional doctor who will probably prescribe some pill and then up the dosage when it doesn't work. If you have a physical ailment that doesn't involve illness, I would suggest giving it a try if you need some relief. If you don't like it, don't go back.

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on July 07, 2011
at 01:55 AM

Yes. I have used them. My first significant use of a chiropractor was for chronic back pain in my mid-20s.

What was the Verdict? Guilty! He was 'guilty' of eliminating my chronic mid-back back pain that I had for years. The PT and Yoga-like stretching did nothing for it, in my case. Not only did he help elim. the pain that badgered me for years, but he taught me a whole bunch about my spine, educated me about a mild scoliosis that I did not know I had (as well as an anatomic leg-length discrepancy) and was the first to truly educate re. posture. Yes, he wanted me to come back monthly after pain was gone (he explained why) and I chose not to. He shook my hand and said farewell.

I guess this particular success had an impact on me, because some years later I decided to change careers and went back to school at age 30 to become a chiro. I was an Engineer first. I have an engineering degree and I am 100% science-committed and most (not all) of what is considered mainstream chiropractic is HIGHLY-scientifically-valid. IMHO, folks in our society are so brain washed by the dominant drug-based "diagnosis and treatment paradigm" that rules our economy, that yes of course we chiros have a less-than-ideal rep (in general) according to some surveys. So what? What intelligent young person in our society has any blind faith in any dominant paradigm in our society? I hope none of you do. If they do, they are "suckers" ;-). Thankfully, most of us chiros have pretty thick skins and carry on helping folks, day in/day out.

I think it is important to realize that the profession is a broad field and there is much diversity. The field has not (yet) been 'commoditized' ("widgetized") and brought under corporate control and corporate domination, like so much of the rest of health care. So, yes, you have got to do some homework to find a DC that is more likely to work best with what your priorities are. i.e., if this Paleo-lifestyle is important to you, then perhaps check out Rob Wolff's Paleo Physician list and see if you can find someone near you.

I am more than happy to help vet/appraise any chiro doc that you are considering using to see if they might match up with your goals. Just pm me or email through my website.

Good luck.

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(1081)

on July 07, 2011
at 03:15 PM

I recently discovered that I have a bend in my spine between the shoulder blades (apparent adult onset scoliosis) but I've not been to a MD for it since its asymptomatic. Is this something that could potentially be cured by a chiropractor? I'm unclear about what exactly they can and cannot do. I always assumed they just treated back pain.

417ac0e162dc468b8ca61a574e5cd3c0

on July 08, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Tom: Structure effects function (regardless of symptoms). In some cases even relatively mild scolioses can have significant effect on the NMS system and possibly even effect overall/global health. This is Anatomy & Physiology 101. Your assumption is correct-"most" chiros address mainly pain and symptoms. But a minority of chiros have received post-grad training in how to deal with global distortions of spine. Some are absolutely masterful, others so-so..it is a true art form. We call it postural correction or spinal/postural correction. So you would ask any potential chiro about their training

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on July 07, 2011
at 01:02 AM

I was a skeptic for a long time , but a crossfitter at our gym is a chiropractor , so I decided to go and see him. First off , his knowledge is amazing and the fact that he understands the type of workout I do, makes a tremendous difference. He sat with me and took all relevant info, talked with me for a long time and didn't force a bunch of x-rays on me. After 3 visits I do notice a difference. I would say - shop around - ask friends and relatives for referrals and don't be afraid to ask questions. A LOT OF QUESTIONS. I think if you find the right doctor for you -- it can be a good experience.

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on July 07, 2011
at 12:55 AM

I get chiropractic adjustments even few months.

Several months ago I went a couple of times a week for three weeks. This was to treat a neck mis-alignment that left me unable to sleep on my side/stomach with a head facing right. After the treatment, I can and do sleep with my head facing right or LEFT. The treatment WORKED! Much more comfortable and much nicer!

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on July 07, 2011
at 12:23 AM

I have facet joint arthritis in my lower back and neck. I see a chiropractor. I don't care whether he thinks an adjustment will clear up my sinuses or help with allergies. I care whether or not I can bend over to pick something up off the floor, and I care that I can do that without having to take a ton of NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, and pain killers. If that's your standard for a verdict, I'm all thumbs up.

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Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

on July 06, 2011
at 11:45 PM

I use an osteopath. He's awesome. He's helped me work through several injuries, plus he was in my profession before he became a DO so he has a great sense of mind and body connections.

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on July 07, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I would love to find an osteopath who still did adjustments. My paternal grandparents were both DOs.

Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

(1098)

on July 07, 2011
at 04:11 PM

That's awesome Harry! I'm pretty blessed with my osteopath. I'm a massage therapist and he gives me tips on cranial-sacral therapy and such. Love the profession but it does seem hard to find DOs who do OMM.

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:44 PM

Yes, I have used chiropractors regularly for about 25 years. That monthly tune up keeps my spine in good shape. It is important to choose carefully. Avoid the ones that have huge ads saying "whiplash specialist" or other over the top stuff.

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on July 25, 2012
at 06:55 AM

I can give you my example as I had been also suffered from chiropractic problem with neck some time before. Even I was not able to lift 1k.g weight, but Very soon I got treated at http://www.espritwellness.com/ and now I am completely fine.

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:16 PM

this is an old post. i have been a chiropractor for 11 years. i've been getting adjusted weekly for 16 years. my concentration is wellness and recently promoting paleo as the best lifestyle there is!

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