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Chiropractors... Good? Bad? Work? Don't Work? Healthy? Unhealthy?

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Created November 11, 2012 at 2:51 AM

I am thinking of going to a Chiropractor for the first time sometime during the holiday season. Before I made a decision, I wanted to get the Paleo Community's opinion about the field?

Is seeing a Chiropractor good for the body and your health? Does it hurt you in any way? Positives? Negatives?

Any and all advice and suggestions are welcome.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 11, 2012
at 06:15 PM

^And you have to take the severity of your problem into consideration. When I was 15 I had a herniated disc and the Ortho was prepared to do surgery (laminectomy) after PT had failed. We went to a Chiropractor instead. It took 3 months of relatively intensive treatments (3x/week), but all symptoms resolved and 20 years later now I still have had no need for surgery. He did not however recommend more than one month of treatment at a time. At each month he re-evaluated effectiveness and proceeded from there.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on November 11, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Luckily when we went to our first one, and the guy seemed kind of scammy, we asked a friend who was in chiropractic school at the time, at a school with a huge emphasis in evidenced based medicine. Our friend said that if they want to see you multiple times a week for a long time, it's a scam. The usual treatment protocol does not require that much.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on November 11, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Oh, something else I forgot to mention: if you're putting strain on your vertebrae because of poor alignment, posture can help a lot. My husband read through Esther Gokhale's book "8 Steps to a Pain Free Back" and has implemented her techniques, and that has cut way down on his back pain and need to see a chiropractor.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 11, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Yeah, that guy is sick. To be honest most FM practitioners around me (MD and DC) tend to charge 300-400 dollars for the initial visit...+recommended testings and supplements.....then 200 dollar follow ups. So it is definitely not a cheap route to take, but there is no reason you should be spending several thousands up front.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:55 PM

Oh my god. I just watched that video. It made me want to throw up. Jesus.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Yup. For anything structural (neuromusculoskeletal) any doctor of chiropractic should be your first stop. For more internal or hormonal issues there are many chiropractors that also have specialized training in Functional Medicine. You just have to research a bit to find one of the latter.

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Wow--sounds like you hit the chiropractor jackpot! :D I'd definitely suggest one then. For structural issues, I find them more useful than most MDs.

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:25 AM

Joe - I have lower back pain, upper back pain, pain in the arch in my back, I do in fact have TMJ, and the alignment in my hips is off.

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8d6390b3b8991a9cb653a3d13c1cbf6a

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:15 AM

I suppose it depends on what's wrong with you. Are you having back/neck pains? Does your gait seem off while walking? TMJ problems? If not, I would probably skip it.

I have had good luck with a chiropractor for those issues. Sometimes pain relief is dramatic. A few years ago I thought I was becoming crippled (have arthritis in my back, and pain/stiffness there had gotten dramatically worse), but one treatment took out a lot of the pain, and a few weeks later I was in good shape.

In terms of being painful, the only thing that has hurt is TMJ work--that is fairly brutal and I drug up before going.

8d6390b3b8991a9cb653a3d13c1cbf6a

(543)

on November 11, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Wow--sounds like you hit the chiropractor jackpot! :D I'd definitely suggest one then. For structural issues, I find them more useful than most MDs.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 11, 2012
at 03:25 AM

Joe - I have lower back pain, upper back pain, pain in the arch in my back, I do in fact have TMJ, and the alignment in my hips is off.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 11, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Yup. For anything structural (neuromusculoskeletal) any doctor of chiropractic should be your first stop. For more internal or hormonal issues there are many chiropractors that also have specialized training in Functional Medicine. You just have to research a bit to find one of the latter.

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on November 11, 2012
at 01:50 PM

I've had good experiences with chiropractors & osteopaths, but for someone with multiple problems you shouldn't expect miracles. Treatments can take months & you can rack up the bills. I haven't been for many years but I used to go regularly and got great relief.

My own experience is that they provided a great deal of relief but didn't cure anything. To get my body to heal I took up tai chi & qi gong which realigned my body and improved my mobility over a number of years.

Since doing those things I have been able to go back to the gym and rebuild my strength which was seriously lacking due to the misalignments in my skeleton and the unusual amount of time it took me to recover from any type of physical activity.

So in my view they are a great place to start, but once you are reasonably pain free you need to build up your fitness.

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:36 PM

There is a new con going on in the field of Chiropcractic doctors that people should be aware of. I personally love chiropractors for adjustments and I know many of them have an alternative approach to health that includes nutrition, and, I don't fault them for that, but.....

Everyone should watch this expose at http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/chiropractor-s-videos-show-how-he-s-cashing-in

I found this after having gone to a chiropractor who wanted me to pay thousands of dollars, up front, for a treatment plan. I came home from this attempt to indoctrinate me into believing that he had THE treatment plan (incorporating diet and supplements purchased through his office) that would manage my autoimmune and inflammation health issues wondering what just happened. This chiropractor was sooooo smooth and convincing but my practical nature led me to wonder why I should pay thousands up front for something that had no guarantee and no money back policy.

Hence, went online and did my due diligence and found the main leader of this new movement to seduce patients out of their money with fear and manipulation was a chiropractor who is making millions teaching other chiropractors how to con people, first and foremost, before healing people.

Once you read the expose, check out ALL the many videos that channel 7 news posted on this guy (his name is Brandon Credeur Of Functional Endocrinology Center of Colorado).

I feel badly for honest and legit chiropractors who will be hurt by these money-mongering healers who grossly overcharge for a treatment plan that they openly tell you will only work if you, the patient, are determined enough to make it work. While I agree with the statement that we are all responsible for our own health, I don't agree with someone bilking me out of thousands of dollars before I even know if the plan is even close to having some success.

Enough, said. Good luck to all out there trying their best to be healthy and conscious of living a quality life.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 11, 2012
at 06:15 PM

^And you have to take the severity of your problem into consideration. When I was 15 I had a herniated disc and the Ortho was prepared to do surgery (laminectomy) after PT had failed. We went to a Chiropractor instead. It took 3 months of relatively intensive treatments (3x/week), but all symptoms resolved and 20 years later now I still have had no need for surgery. He did not however recommend more than one month of treatment at a time. At each month he re-evaluated effectiveness and proceeded from there.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on November 11, 2012
at 03:55 PM

Oh my god. I just watched that video. It made me want to throw up. Jesus.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 11, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Yeah, that guy is sick. To be honest most FM practitioners around me (MD and DC) tend to charge 300-400 dollars for the initial visit...+recommended testings and supplements.....then 200 dollar follow ups. So it is definitely not a cheap route to take, but there is no reason you should be spending several thousands up front.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on November 11, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Luckily when we went to our first one, and the guy seemed kind of scammy, we asked a friend who was in chiropractic school at the time, at a school with a huge emphasis in evidenced based medicine. Our friend said that if they want to see you multiple times a week for a long time, it's a scam. The usual treatment protocol does not require that much.

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on November 11, 2012
at 03:20 AM

Both my dog and my husbands have seen chiropractors, and they have either been terrible (charging a lot and doing nothing) or great. My dog has seen three, and the only good one was our vet who got trained in chiropracty. She was amazing and we saw a major difference in his gate. The adjustment held up for months, but usually he'd get back out of alignment again, some 6 months or a year later (probably from playing ball). My husband's always had a bad back, and had a lot of pain relief from the good chiropractor. The first chiropractor he saw didn't do much, and seemed scammy.

I think a lot depends on where they went to school and how good they are. It seems the business isn't regulated in any meaningful way, so there are a lot of fakers. Make sure you get a recommendation. But if you can find a good one, it's excellent.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on November 11, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Oh, something else I forgot to mention: if you're putting strain on your vertebrae because of poor alignment, posture can help a lot. My husband read through Esther Gokhale's book "8 Steps to a Pain Free Back" and has implemented her techniques, and that has cut way down on his back pain and need to see a chiropractor.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 12, 2012
at 07:31 PM

I have had bad luck with chiropractors. I have gone to a few, including ones associated with my college, with the local pro soccer team, and one that was recommended by a doctor I trust. Every single time I get short-term benefits, and poor to negative long-term benefits.

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