Chiropractic Care

  1. I pulled a muscle or something and am unable to move my head without discomfort. Hubby wants me to see his chiro, but I've read some negative articles about their therapy. I used to see one but it has been some time.......what do you think? Anyone have an opinion if it is beneficial or not???
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   meownsmile
    I wont give an opinion one way or the other. It is a individual decision because only you know if it feels and what your thoughts on chiropractic and/or medical care are. Good luck.. Hope you feel better soon.
  4. by   luluann
    I never used to believe in them myself but have now been going for about 3 years on and off. He does wonders for my shoulders.
    Mine is good in that he believes that if he can't make things right within a couple of weeks then he refers you to an M.D. Some are not like that, they will try to treat you for a lot longer time. It's a personal decision though. Good luck.
  5. by   MishlB
    I had a kink in my neck..couldn't turn it at all..chiropractor helped tremendously! What exactly are you afraid of?
  6. by   sjoe
    For some things it works, for some things it doesn't work.

    For things like this, I usually try ice packs and anti-inflammatories for a few days--while avoiding movements that might make it worse. If that doesn't work, then I proceed to a chiro, GP, acupuncturist, or whatever seems like the thing to do next.

    Good luck.
  7. by   duckboy20
    I do believe that chiropractors are very usefull. I work in an ER where one of our doc's used to be a chiropractor. He has adjusted my neck many times. It is the best feeling ever. Great for headaches. As for alternatives to medicine, I do not believe that. My best friend is in chiro school and I think that they teach that chiropractory can alleviate any ailment. That is crazy!
  8. by   emily_mom
    I have sciatica and go to the chiro often. I am in love with the man....

    Kristy
  9. by   cactus wren
    How about a DO ? They are doctors, and do manipulations, also..love em
  10. by   dspring
    All I can say is I have personally had good results with some, and bad results with others. I did take care of a guy with a vertebral artery dissection after having his neck manipulated.
  11. by   baseline
    As always, I am a massage therapist person. The whole reason I can walk without pain....but I used to see a chiropractor..... Nothing wrong with it.....even insurances are paying for them in some instances. They are legitamate. Therapeutic massage is what I use now tho. Relieves pain AND stress!!!
  12. by   mattsmom81
    I would urge caution with chiropractic manipulation to the neck...it is quite forceful and could be harmful in certain conditions.

    Unfortunately I let my hubby talk me into one following a car wreck and he did nothing but make things worse in the neck, and my pain spread down my spine and shoulders...also believe he tore some muscles in my shoulder prescribing exercises I should never have been doing, according to my ortho and neuro docs.

    After 4 months of his 'therapy' I told him I needed to see someone else and he became very angry and ugly. Many like to think they're medical docs... but they aren't. He didn't think I needed a MRI but when my ortho ordered one and looked at it, he referred me immediately to a neurosurgeon.

    I ended up needing neurosurgery with screws and clamps as anchors....for ruptured discs (my docs in retrospect after hearing how my symptoms worsened, think there was possibly only slight bulging initially...but ruptured during the force of chiropractic care)

    I'm now better after surgery but still do have some residual nerve problems ... and needless to say I regret ever seeing that chiropractor. I wish you luck whatever you decide...I know this is only my experience and I'm sure others have good stories to share.

    My hubby now sees an osteopathic doc for manipulations on his spine after he saw what happened with me. His osteopathic treatments keep him comfortable for much longer periods of time than the chiro so he is happier. Chiros crack bones and force things ... osteopaths work more on the tissues and fascia which is so important.

    And I agree...massage is very therapeutic.
  13. by   howie122832
    Quack... Quack.... Quacks........

    Just my opinion..... Been there,.... done that..... don't even want to think about the t-shirt!
  14. by   baseline
    I don't believe they are quacks, but like any profession, do your homework. Ask a friend who has been to a chiropractor with good results. Just like doctors and dentists etc, some are good, some are darn right frightening. I still recommend massage. If you can find someone who does orthobionomy.....even better.

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