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Do you go to the Chiropractor?

I am truly curious how you all feel about chiropractic medicine. Do you go to a chiropractor? How often do you go? What do you go for?

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Jonathanhughes Jonathanhughes 9 years
I saw something on the web dealing with chiropractic. I’ve been studying this for some time and I had to say something. Even thought I’m a guy. Look for chiropractors who are upper cervical specific only, Use x rays; Lateral, nasium, a-p open mouth, base posterior or vertex. Base posterior is under the chin. It is the only one the accurately shows the amount of rotation of the atlas under the foramen magnum on the sagittal plane. No amount of palpation can tell the chiropractor the amount of rotation.. Instrumentation should be used before and after adjustment. The adjustment should have no twisting of neck and no popping. You can’t untwist the atlas when twisting the neck. Use of infrared scanners is very useful as a tool to track progress. He my chiropractor uses the wavy lines on the computer from an infrared scanner and superimposing them on a graph representing the 24 vertebra. Then He can track where the nerves are being pinched and how much and if there is a stagnant pattern. This would indicate another adjustment for the healing process to continue, Even so the national upper cervical chiropractic association, international chiropractic association and the international upper cervical chiropractic association, and palmer upper cervical specific Are good choices .Even thought they; the, IUCCA use the older knee chest technique They still have an impressive list of ailments they have helped. On this note you should have your self checked any how because when the nerves are not fully performing their functions whatever the percentage, many will not alert you with pain only symptoms .this is what is supporting the pharmaceutical industry .So it would be good for every one to be evaluated by a good upper cervical chiropractor even infants can be evaluated and adjusted. Just ask them if they are trained in the pediatric adjustment technique. I hope this will take the mystery out of finding a good chiropractor.
Martina-29-88 Martina-29-88 10 years
This is a very long post, but VERY INFORMATIVE …PLEASE READ!! I have been going to a chiropractor on a regular basis for the past 8 years. At first, I was going to a full spine chiropractor (he would adjust any vertebra in my spine that was subluxated), but now I go to an upper cervical chiropractor (he only adjusts atlas—the first bone in the neck). I go for wellness and health maintenance. I am a student at Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, GA. I am in my last year of school and incredibly excited to graduate! From reading many of the comments/answers to this question, I can see that many of you (along with majority of the population in the U.S.) are quite misinformed about chiropractic. I just wanted to comment on a few of your comments and, hopefully, educate you a little more on this passion of mine called CHIROPRACTIC! First of all, “chiropractic MEDICINE” is an incorrect term. Chiropractic is a natural healthcare field that does not use drugs (“medicine”) or surgery. We adjust subluxations. A subluxation is a misaligned vertebra (one of the bones in the spine) that is causing interference to the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves). When there is interference to the nervous system, your brain and spinal cord are not able to communicate properly with the rest of your body. Your nervous system controls everything in your body and when it is not functioning properly, other parts of your body eventually function improperly as well (that’s when various symptoms start to show up). Put a rubber band around your finger for a few minutes, and notice how your finger feels. Think of the rubber band as a misaligned vertebra and your finger as your nervous system. The rubber band is causing many uncomfortable changes in your finger, and that was only after a few minutes of pressure and interference. Imagine what years of interference would do. Many people think that chiropractors are back, neck, and headache specialists, but in reality, we indirectly affect the nervous system and your whole body by directly correcting the spine. We help with so much more than just your typical back and neck pain. A chiropractor CORRECTS THE CAUSE of your problem so that YOUR BODY CAN HEAL ITSELF! “THE POWER THAT MADE THE BODY HEALS THE BODY!” We do not want to merely hide your symptoms, numb your pain, or remove the symptomatic part of your body. Secondly, the benefits of chiropractic care greatly outweigh the risks!! There are risks with chiropractic care (just like there are risks in all other healthcare fields), but the risks are very minimal. A chiropractic doctor’s malpractice insurance is somewhere between 10 and 50 times LESS than a medical doctor’s malpractice insurance. The numbers don’t lie—obviously the insurance companies know where the risks are. With regard to the VOICES group wanting to petition to congress to outlaw all cervical “manipulation”, it is illogical to ban cervical adjustments because they are a main part of chiropractic care. There are many different chiropractic techniques that adjust the cervical spine in many different ways—some being safer than others. Before petitioning to congress, this group should do a lot more research. Thirdly, a chiropractor usually wants to see you for long periods of time for 2 reasons. 1) It takes a while to CORRECT your subluxation, and 2) you need to MAINTAIN the correct position of your spine. If you have ever had braces, then you know how long it takes to move those bones (your teeth). Even after you get the braces removed, you usually have to maintain their position with retainers. I still wear my retainers every now and then even though I had my braces removed 14 years ago! The spine is the same way! Even though you don’t feel pain or have any other symptoms anymore, it doesn’t mean that your problem is corrected for good! By the way, your bones are NOT CRACKING! It is called cavitation, and it is the sound of air being released within the joints. Chiropractic care is for EVERYONE, including infants and elderly. Everyone has a spine and nervous system, so shouldn’t everyone get checked for subluxation? For most of us, our first subluxation occurred at birth (forceps, vacuum delivery, manual pulling, etc.)! I agree that there are both good and bad chiropractors just like there are both good and bad people in every profession. The best way to choose a chiropractor is by referral from family members or friends who go to a chiropractor. Your chiropractor should be willing to answer any questions and concerns and have you read and sign an “informed consent” before he/she begins any care. They should educate you and inform you on every step of the care plan. If you aren’t satisfied or comfortable with your chiropractor, don’t give up on chiropractic altogether! Instead, find a new one that you like better! Trust your instinct! “WHEN YOUR ONLY TOOL IS A HAMMER, EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE A NAIL.” That’s a very good quote; I’ve heard it before. I’m assuming that M.D. meant “When your only tool is an adjustment, everything looks like a subluxation.” If medical doctors can say this about a chiropractic doctor, then chiropractic doctors can say it right back. “When your only tool is drugs and surgery, then everything looks like a drug deficiency or diseased organ that needs removed.” You don’t have a headache because you have an aspirin deficiency! Lastly, chiropractors are definitely DOCTORS! If they aren’t doctors, then what are they?? Legally, our degree is called a D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) degree! Chiropractors, physicians, podiatrists, dentists, dermatologists, etc. …ALL DOCTORS! When I graduate next March, I will have completed about 8 years of college education after high school. I received my B.S. degree in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh, then chiropractic school is another 3.5 years of year-round (no long summer breaks) education after that. If chiropractic school was based on the traditional semester schedule like most other colleges, then it would be a total of 5 years after your undergraduate degree! Then, we need to pass all 4 parts of the rigorous national board exams to get our national license and another state board exam if our state requires it. We also have required continuing education credits to complete after receiving our license. We have extensive education in anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, chiropractic analysis and adjusting, and much more! At this point, I hope you feel more informed about chiropractic care. Please don’t hesitate to post comments or questions—I am open to all remarks!
Julie2812 Julie2812 10 years
I've gone to see one. I've tried a physiotherapist but with my swimming injury, it was the only thing working.... I recommend it..but choose your chiropractor carefully.
rocknrollmaw rocknrollmaw 10 years
Wow i was really thinking about calling a chiropractor , actually i did but they were at lunch, i threw out my back somehow 2 weeks ago and it sucks i'm in so much pain, so i want it to be done with and figured oh i'll just have it popped back in place, if tha'ts the case. i dont know i just need the pain to stop so i'll try anything and regular docs just seem to be drug happy lately and i really dont want that. i barely like taking tylenol. I loved all the comments though this is a contrversal topic though. I saw the article in SELF too and will not have my neck popped NO WAY , what if he breaks it? it sounds horrible like some scary horror movie ewe! no !
LindaSue LindaSue 10 years
I will not see a chiropractor, but understand that for some, such body work will provide them relief. Instead, I have a WONDERFUL massage therapist here in Austin, whom I trust completely. For me, massage is a very important part of overall fitness. Happy Friday, y'all!! :)
conebaby conebaby 10 years
they also did one where elaine is dating a podiatrist and after jerry makes fun of him, the guy refers to himself as a doctor and elaine says, "well, a podiatrist". hehehe
julieulie julieulie 10 years
I love that Seinfeld episode! Pimple Popper, MD!
mallomar mallomar 10 years
Haha SaraSmile- reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry is dating a dermatologist. She says she's saving lives by saving people from skin cancer etc... and George is like "Please, she's one step away from working at a Clinique counter."
SU3 SU3 10 years
:ROTFL: SaraSmile LMAO!
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
I dated a chiropractor - he used to refer to himself as doctor, and every time I would correct him. Obviously we didn't last.
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
My dad has gone to a chiro... I have not. However, My boss goes to one that I think is a wack job and he's there to stiff people. He needs like 10 sessions to "fix" you. The guy that my ada used to go to in 1 or 2 sessions, boom you're done.
Renees3 Renees3 10 years
my dad goes to the chiropractor ad my mom was trying to get it covered by insurance. They were like yea totally, if they are really doctors, closest actual doctor was over 2 1/2 hours away. and they don't live in the boonies or anything. So just be Careful!!!
wiggle wiggle 10 years
I say go to a chiro someone you know recommends...there are good ones out there and bad. They should want to get you better and not have you come in every week, or buy a yearly plan. A good chiro is a healer who wants to get you better and not come back on a regular basis.
Hajduk5 Hajduk5 10 years
When I broke my foot, one of the side effects was pain in my lower back and hips. Going to the chiro was a good way to get things back in line. I only went for a 6 month period, and have not had the need to return.
Vsugar Vsugar 10 years
The tool that chiropractors use, ie: manipulation (physical, not emotional) can be very powerful and effective when used appropriately and correctly. It can also cause injury and death when used incorrectly. And while chiropractic can help certain musculo-skeletal problems, it is not going to cure liver cancer (for example) or any of the other stupid and ridiculous things that chiropractors claim they can cure. My favorite comment ever comes from a doctor, on his feelings about chiropractors: "When your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."
krEnElk krEnElk 10 years
i used to go twice a week but can't afford it anymore
kevindineen kevindineen 10 years
People who speak badly about chiropracters... do you know what it is that "cracks" when you hear that sound? It's air! Nothing is cracking. I've had back issues, & seeing a chiropracter helps me.
conebaby conebaby 10 years
I think some of it likely has to do with the kind of problem you have, and then the kind of chiropractor, and then what you are comfortable with. Since so much of chiropractic is about alignment it's no wonder yoga and pilates have minimized my sciatica problem which at it's most severe would leave me unable to walk, sit, or stand comfortably for days or weeks. I went to yoga with my chiropractor once! :-) I agree that doctors should be consulted for certain kinds of back problems or for those who just want all the information before they embark on a course of treatment. In my case going to a doctor was out of the question - I literally could not put weight on my feet - I could barely crawl without collapsing (ex. the 15 foot trip on my hands and knees to the bathroom took 20 minutes round trip and left me drenched in sweat). I am definitely only speaking positively about my experience. That being said, people have bad experiences with doctors all the time but they don't stop going to doctors - they find a better one.
lady-T lady-T 10 years
i've never been to a chiropractor!
AMP AMP 10 years
I've never been, but everyone I know who has gone says its just a temporary relief, not a permanent fix.
SU3 SU3 10 years
Wow, lots of opinions! I've always been iffy about chiropractors. I've never had to go nor do I think I would go... but I guess it works for some!
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