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How often do you see a chiropractor?


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How often do you see a chiropractor?

  1. I've never been and have no opinion. I like to click poll buttons. (21 votes [23.08%] - View)

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  2. Never! They're all quacks and I've never been to one! (22 votes [24.18%] - View)

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  3. I went once and never again! (3 votes [3.30%] - View)

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  4. Once every few years. (5 votes [5.49%] - View)

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  5. Once a year. (4 votes [4.40%] - View)

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  6. Multiple times a year. (36 votes [39.56%] - View)

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 03:24 PM

...and do you recommend it?

I have a colleague who highly recommended regular visits and was nice enough to separate fact from fiction for me last week (ie don't expect a chiropractor to magically fix your allergies). Jordan Spieth has specifically thanked his chiropractor after a streak of wins and obviously a team of chiropractors tour with the PGA players and offer regular checkups/alignments/whatever-they-call-it.

I'm on the fence, it sounds expensive and possibly useless but on the other hand I could see how a golfer could really benefit considering how bad we are on our spines and joints.

If you have visited one please let me know what you think and what your situation was that put you in their office.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 04:15 PM

As often as I would place my faith in magic crystals.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 04:21 PM

I have a great chiropractor. After I ruptured the discs in my neck nothing worked and I was in quite a bit of pain. My brother-in-law (a doctor who also a master's degree in pain management), urged me to go to this particular practice. It took a while, but I finally went. On of my better decisions. I see the chiropractor for "routine maintenance" about every six weeks. More frequently if I have an injury.

That said, like anything else there are good ones and bad ones. I was fortunate enough to get one of the former ones.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 04:41 PM

I will go months without seeing one and then something will happen and I'll see them several times in a row.  It really depends on what I've done to put my back or a rib out.  There is a bit of snake oil in the chiropractic world, but if there is a specific injury, they can work miracles.

If I had gone to the chiropractor when I should have about 5 years ago (I didn't until it was too late), I could have avoided the sciatica that took me off my feet for 3 months and nearly ruined my golf game.  I was stubborn and didn't and a couple of timely visits could have changed things.
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Posted 03 June 2017 - 06:23 PM

Never been to a chiro, may try at some point, but for now, I'm trying a Jedi mind trick on my own arthritic, corkscrews-shaped back.

Recently read a book by John Sarno, in which he suggests a mind-body connection that traditional therapies might be missing.  After the reading, I think he might be onto something.

Not a shill for the guy...in fact, I recommend not buying any of his books (he's got a few), but try find one to check out from your local library instead, and see if it resonates.  

Not 100% sold myself, but I am intrigued by what my body is telling me right now.  Decades-long lower right side back pain and sciatica are almost completely gone in less than a week, which obviously goes all the way to "if it sounds too good to be true...."

Anyway, just posting this in case someone might find some value here.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 11:41 PM

Medically they can mess you up man.  The spine is not to be messed with.  In Medical training of Medical Doctors (MDs) they are told never ever ever mess with the spine.  Only Neuro Surgeons can touch the spine and they go to school for some insane amount of time like 12 years in a row.  In the MD world they are the Gods.  Them and Brain Surgeons.  So if they need 12+ years and society demands it, then you shouldn't have joe blo messing with your spine.  
You could become paralyzed very easily.  Just letting you know.

I bought a seat pillow off Amazon I ride in the car with, its memory foam (looks like a U) and I've added excercise, just walking on a treadmill for an hour.  All that took care of my lower back pain.  Good to strengthen the muscles in the core to help the back.

Edited by BB28403, 03 June 2017 - 11:50 PM.


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 04:00 AM

You only need a lacrosse ball and get the trigger points out of the way. Then strenghten the core by doing planks.
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Posted 04 June 2017 - 06:34 AM

 BB28403, on 03 June 2017 - 11:41 PM, said:

Medically they can mess you up man.  The spine is not to be messed with.  In Medical training of Medical Doctors (MDs) they are told never ever ever mess with the spine.  Only Neuro Surgeons can touch the spine and they go to school for some insane amount of time like 12 years in a row.  In the MD world they are the Gods.  Them and Brain Surgeons.  So if they need 12+ years and society demands it, then you shouldn't have joe blo messing with your spine.  
You could become paralyzed very easily.  Just letting you know.

I bought a seat pillow off Amazon I ride in the car with, its memory foam (looks like a U) and I've added excercise, just walking on a treadmill for an hour.  All that took care of my lower back pain.  Good to strengthen the muscles in the core to help the back.
I remember that when my rib has popped out and I can't move enough to pick up my golf ball.  I'll have my neuro surgeon on speed dial and he'll come and pop it back into place for about 15 grand.  Three months later.

When I had my sciatica and I could barely stand for 5 minutes without having to sit down because of the pain, I got to see a neuro surgeon (3 months later) and he told me there was nothing wrong with me.  Gods my a$$.
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Posted 04 June 2017 - 06:39 AM

Adjustments are helpful

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 06:59 AM

I have heard of catastrophic injuries from a simple adjustment.  It may have some merit.  But it seems the risk is too great


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:11 AM

My next door neighbor went in for an adjustment a month ago and had an artery in her neck rupture. She ended up having 2 strokes and some paralysis on right side of her body. I've gone to a chiropractor a few times, but I've never got the feeling of them correcting anything and remain skeptical.
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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:23 AM

You'll notice nobody just goes to a chiropractor just "once" or "once a year".  They screw up your back so much that you have no choice but keep going back again and again.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:24 AM

 BB28403, on 03 June 2017 - 11:41 PM, said:

Medically they can mess you up man.  The spine is not to be messed with.  In Medical training of Medical Doctors (MDs) they are told never ever ever mess with the spine.  Only Neuro Surgeons can touch the spine and they go to school for some insane amount of time like 12 years in a row.  In the MD world they are the Gods.  Them and Brain Surgeons.  So if they need 12+ years and society demands it, then you shouldn't have joe blo messing with your spine.  
You could become paralyzed very easily.  Just letting you know.

I bought a seat pillow off Amazon I ride in the car with, its memory foam (looks like a U) and I've added excercise, just walking on a treadmill for an hour.  All that took care of my lower back pain.  Good to strengthen the muscles in the core to help the back.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:43 AM

 breakingbad, on 04 June 2017 - 06:59 AM, said:

I have heard of catastrophic injuries from a simple adjustment.  It may have some merit.  But it seems the risk is too great

I've seen catastrophic plane crashes, yet it still remains the fastest way to travel and people still line up to get on one.

I've been to the chiro several times in the past and it definitely helps. These folks are educated in what they are doing; its not like they don't go to school for 4 years undergrad and 4 years Chiro MD.

My father was a skeptic at one point, but a nagging pain that a "real" doctor couldn't find or fix drove him to the chiropractor after great urging by me and my mother.  After a few weeks he was pain free. What's that old saying about pudding and proof?
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Posted 04 June 2017 - 09:44 AM

I go about once a month. I'm stiff and sore when I go in and feel great when I come out. YMMV. I actually prefer and recommend an Applied Kinesiologist. Basically the same thing but they seem to do more muscle manipulation than "cracking".
  True story, years ago I had a really sore shoulder. I was into basketball big time back then but couldn't lift my right arm over my shoulder. Went to the Dr. , got anti-inflammatories, no help, went to PT, no help. Happened to mention it to my AK when I went in for an adjustment. He dug in there with his fingers for a few minutes, and bam, I played basketball the next day. Say what you will, it works for me.


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 09:46 AM

 BB28403, on 03 June 2017 - 11:41 PM, said:

Medically they can mess you up man.  The spine is not to be messed with.  In Medical training of Medical Doctors (MDs) they are told never ever ever mess with the spine.  Only Neuro Surgeons can touch the spine and they go to school for some insane amount of time like 12 years in a row.  In the MD world they are the Gods.  Them and Brain Surgeons.  So if they need 12+ years and society demands it, then you shouldn't have joe blo messing with your spine.  
You could become paralyzed very easily.  Just letting you know.

I bought a seat pillow off Amazon I ride in the car with, its memory foam (looks like a U) and I've added excercise, just walking on a treadmill for an hour.  All that took care of my lower back pain.  Good to strengthen the muscles in the core to help the back.

   Yet the Olympic teams have official chiropractors as do most NBA , NFL and MLB teams on staff.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 09:49 AM

 garyt, on 04 June 2017 - 09:46 AM, said:

 BB28403, on 03 June 2017 - 11:41 PM, said:

Medically they can mess you up man.  The spine is not to be messed with.  In Medical training of Medical Doctors (MDs) they are told never ever ever mess with the spine.  Only Neuro Surgeons can touch the spine and they go to school for some insane amount of time like 12 years in a row.  In the MD world they are the Gods.  Them and Brain Surgeons.  So if they need 12+ years and society demands it, then you shouldn't have joe blo messing with your spine.  
You could become paralyzed very easily.  Just letting you know.

I bought a seat pillow off Amazon I ride in the car with, its memory foam (looks like a U) and I've added excercise, just walking on a treadmill for an hour.  All that took care of my lower back pain.  Good to strengthen the muscles in the core to help the back.

   Yet the Olympic teams have official chiropractors as do most NBA , NFL and MLB teams on staff.

And Johnny Miller can talk about turning over face faster to hit a draw. Doesn't mean they're right
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Posted 04 June 2017 - 09:56 AM

No chiro for me I do a modified electric stimulus program. Here's the guy I see but only when he's in town.

Edited by glk, 04 June 2017 - 09:56 AM.


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:08 PM

I know a Chiro who properly diagnosed Stage IV cancer on a dear friend when 3 prior doctors and 3 X-rays did not.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:16 PM

Usually they don't tell people they have stage 4 cancer because it is systemic in your organs.  Hospice would be your only option from a logical stand point.  They could try radiation or whatever but once it's stage 4 it's spread everywhere and an oncologist can't really help you, let alone a chiropractor.  Maybe try a dentist too?

Im sorry about your friend :(.  I hope they were the 1%.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:20 PM

2 ruptured discs in my lower back, and I've tried everything (including chiropractors to deal with it.

IMO chiropractors are quacks, insufficient medical training, insufficient scientific basis for what they do, and I don't believe that what they do is helpful. Anyone else is free to disagree but please note the giant IMO before my statement.

I do believe in physio, but it's time consuming, monotonous, and frequently painful. I have had success with it though.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:23 PM

 Thrillhouse, on 04 June 2017 - 01:20 PM, said:

2 ruptured discs in my lower back, and I've tried everything (including chiropractors to deal with it.

IMO chiropractors are quacks, insufficient medical training, insufficient scientific basis for what they do, and I don't believe that what they do is helpful. Anyone else is free to disagree but please note the giant IMO before my statement.

I do believe in physio, but it's time consuming, monotonous, and frequently painful. I have had success with it though.

Try massages, like a 90 minute does wonders.  Sorry about your discs.  Damn the back! Doh!

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 02:00 PM

 Socrates, on 03 June 2017 - 04:41 PM, said:

I will go months without seeing one and then something will happen and I'll see them several times in a row.  It really depends on what I've done to put my back or a rib out.  There is a bit of snake oil in the chiropractic world, but if there is a specific injury, they can work miracles.

If I had gone to the chiropractor when I should have about 5 years ago (I didn't until it was too late), I could have avoided the sciatica that took me off my feet for 3 months and nearly ruined my golf game.  I was stubborn and didn't and a couple of timely visits could have changed things.

+1.

Regular maintenance every 5-6 weeks and "as needed" when I do something stupid.

Keeps me in playing shape more than I deserve.

My dream schedule would be a chiropractic adjustment/checkup on the first of the month and a massage on the 15th of the month.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 02:49 PM

Never used a chiropractor but I have seen a sports massage therapist a few times when by back has been really bad.  What has saved me and keeps my back in good shape, is the daily use of a blue Rumble Roller - just love the feeling of things clicking back into place and painful trigger points melting away - never had a back spasm since using it.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 03:54 PM

Complete and absolute quackery. I have a buddy who used to be a chiro (now in real estate sales) share w me some of the BS he would say or do to get people to sign up for weekly "adjustments". Said it was all or mostly hocus pocus. Said that's the main reason he left the field.

Then had a niece that got treated by a chiro in a long term, 30 day intensive program directed by a Chiro for scoliosis. Parents were very excited about it all but sadly did nothing for my niece and they actually believe she went backwards not forward.

The key is to get preventative maintenance via shiatsu or related massage techniques. Zero danger and keeps the body in top form


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:23 PM

I used to see a chiropractor about every 3 weeks. About 12 years ago I bought a Teeter Hang Up and haven't been back since. I use it everyday.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 09:50 PM

 BB28403, on 03 June 2017 - 11:41 PM, said:

Medically they can mess you up man.  The spine is not to be messed with.  In Medical training of Medical Doctors (MDs) they are told never ever ever mess with the spine.  Only Neuro Surgeons can touch the spine and they go to school for some insane amount of time like 12 years in a row.  In the MD world they are the Gods.  Them and Brain Surgeons.  So if they need 12+ years and society demands it, then you shouldn't have joe blo messing with your spine.  
You could become paralyzed very easily.  Just letting you know.

I bought a seat pillow off Amazon I ride in the car with, its memory foam (looks like a U) and I've added excercise, just walking on a treadmill for an hour.  All that took care of my lower back pain.  Good to strengthen the muscles in the core to help the back.

For the record Neurosurgeons and 'Brain' surgeon are the same thing. No one actually formally becomes a brain surgeon - it is slang. You become a neurosurgeon and perform surgery on the nervous system which includes the brain.

Funny enough my brother is a Neurosurgeon and he swears by his chiropractor. All the standing around sometime in awkward positions in surgery all day does mess his back up and he uses chiro to help it.

Here is a Neurosurgeon's advice on chiro - http://www.businessi...ractors-2016-10

Edited by 2bGood, 05 June 2017 - 12:02 AM.


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 10:29 PM

 2bGood, on 04 June 2017 - 09:50 PM, said:

 BB28403, on 03 June 2017 - 11:41 PM, said:

Medically they can mess you up man.  The spine is not to be messed with.  In Medical training of Medical Doctors (MDs) they are told never ever ever mess with the spine.  Only Neuro Surgeons can touch the spine and they go to school for some insane amount of time like 12 years in a row.  In the MD world they are the Gods.  Them and Brain Surgeons.  So if they need 12+ years and society demands it, then you shouldn't have joe blo messing with your spine.  
You could become paralyzed very easily.  Just letting you know.

I bought a seat pillow off Amazon I ride in the car with, its memory foam (looks like a U) and I've added excercise, just walking on a treadmill for an hour.  All that took care of my lower back pain.  Good to strengthen the muscles in the core to help the back.

For the record Neurosurgeons and 'Brain' surgeon are the same thing. No actually formally becomes a brain surgeon - it is slang. You become a neurosurgeon and nervous system which includes the brain.

Funny enough my brother is a Neurosurgeon and he swears by his chiropractor. All the standing around sometime in awkward positions in surgery all day does mess hi back and he use chiro to help it.

Here is a Neurosurgeon advice on chiro - http://www.businessi...ractors-2016-10

+1.  My GF is a trauma surgeon that works call (24 hour shifts at a time) and she swears by her chiro.  Like above, she's on her feet for hours and hours at a time and has found the treatments from her chiro useful.
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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:37 PM

I bet the chiropractor gives him a lot of business! ;)
Don't listen to just me, listen to the Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclini...ks/prc-20013239. Those are the risks. But hey, you'll prob be ok... right?  I'm not gonna risk it myself though.  
The MD world frowns on the DO and D.C. Manipulation part.  But I'm sure there are exceptions of doctors who don't practice what is standard of care.  
It really doesn't make any sense that a neurosurgeon or trauma surgeon would go to a chriopractor if they went to an American medical school and learned the proper coursework and worked a normal residency in America.  It just goes against the grain of standard of care.
Sure there are a lot of quack MDs out there who are in it for the money or are foreign born and have no love for Americans cuz they were not born here.  They can't empathize with us.  As a general observation.  No offense.  There are lots of exceptions.
Excuse me but it's just retarded if you worked on spines in a 6-10 hour surgery and then went to a chiropractor that could cause you to need that surgery.  Let alone go to some moron who had a 1/4 of the years of education you did. So I just don't think that is correct at all.

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 01:19 AM

 BB28403, on 04 June 2017 - 11:37 PM, said:

I bet the chiropractor gives him a lot of business! ;)
Don't listen to just me, listen to the Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclini...ks/prc-20013239. Those are the risks. But hey, you'll prob be ok... right?  I'm not gonna risk it myself though.  
The MD world frowns on the DO and D.C. Manipulation part.  But I'm sure there are exceptions of doctors who don't practice what is standard of care.  
It really doesn't make any sense that a neurosurgeon or trauma surgeon would go to a chriopractor if they went to an American medical school and learned the proper coursework and worked a normal residency in America.  It just goes against the grain of standard of care.
Sure there are a lot of quack MDs out there who are in it for the money or are foreign born and have no love for Americans cuz they were not born here.  They can't empathize with us.  As a general observation.  No offense.  There are lots of exceptions.
Excuse me but it's just retarded if you worked on spines in a 6-10 hour surgery and then went to a chiropractor that could cause you to need that surgery.  Let alone go to some moron who had a 1/4 of the years of education you did. So I just don't think that is correct at all.

Let me guess you googled Chiropractor Risks - but only read the link and not the article it was part of?  The funny thing is the link you provide is the 'what to expect' when getting Chiro at the Mayo clinic as it is one the procedures they offer. Like most of the procedures they list it does outline the risks and it is the standard format - http://www.mayoclini...ests-procedures

The Mayo Clinic does not actually frown upon Chiro and actually offers chiropractor treatments as part of their standard health care and have two D.C.'s on staff. https://www.youtube....h?v=V6PtblTu9es . So as you suggest should we listen to he Mayo Clinic? They seem to be pro-chiro given they offer it?


FYI my Brother did his med school in the states and trained at Duke for his specialty.

Edited by 2bGood, 05 June 2017 - 01:20 AM.


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