What do you think of Chiropracters?

Canada
December 20, 2006 6:19pm CST
I have went to see a Chiropracter now for about a month because of my back.He basically cracks my back and my neck.He also puts a machine on that gives me shocks for about 5 minutes.I go see him 3x a week.Each session is $40.00.I am lucky becasue my insurance covers it.Lately though instead of feeling better i feel worse.I have spoken to some friends..Some say not to go anymore that Chiropracters are not really good.I want to know what you think about Chiropracters are they good?
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@SageMother (2277)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I always caution people about seeing a chiropractor. Your spine is a series of joints that are under constant pressure...lots of wear and tear. The last thing it needs is to have more wear and tear from having someone forced it to move in an unnatural way. The relief experienced is temporary at best. Having you neck adjusted is just about the same as getting into a care wreck every few days, but that is my opinion. EVeryone has their own way of describing the experience. If you have arthritis anywhere in your spine, you DEFINITELY don't need to have someone moving those inflammed joints back and forth, beyond their natural range of motion. If you are having problems you might try going to a D.O., Doctor of Osteopathy. They can prescribe meds AND do adjustments, which is the best of both worlds. If you are having an ongoing back problem they can apply more techniques than the chiropractor.
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• Canada
21 Dec 06
Thanks for the advice.Its something i will look into.
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@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I have been seeing a chiropractor for the last 6 months and am still not feeling any better than I did when I first started. There were days that I felt alright but not many of them. When I did start feeling better the chiropractor worked on me again and now I am feeling messed up again. I am going to see another specialist to get another opinion to see what is wrong and what can be done to fix me but with not so much force by a chiropractor.
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Something else to consider is that different chiropractors have different methods. Some may actually be harmful, but most are certainly beneficial. Some other things to beware of--do you have any kind of spinal or nerve damage? or fused vertebrae? If you have problems like these you want to stay clear of chiropractics. Another thing, can you relax on your own? If you don't relax when the chiropractor makes adjustments it could cause some damage. I'd suggest looking into other chiropractors, perhaps some massage therapists, or maybe even take a beginner's yoga class... Stretching is ultimately the best thing in the world for your back.
• Canada
21 Dec 06
I don't know what I'd do without my chiropractor. He helped me get back on my feet SO MANY times. I went to another one when he was out of town, and they didn't help me at all. Some chiro's are really good, and some are just useless. But if your guy made you feel good in the past, keep going to him. I dont know why a lot of doctor's are against chiropractors..they do more good than all the pain killers in the world. All a doc can do is prescribe something for the pain, but a chiropractor can make the pain stop..and eventually not come back. My back hasn't been out since 2003.
@bronie123 (4596)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Chiropractors are great ( most there are bad ones ) but i have been going to one for about 3 years and i love him I go for headaches if you are having pain you need to tell them you are if you feel bad or pain when the adjust you, you really should tell them then to. Because i have had my chiropractor adjust my neck and it wasn't painful be it still didn't feel good i told him so he adjusted it again all better then. I just graduated from massage therapy so i am into natural stuff rather than surgury. Some people have different opinions on this issue but i have nothing against Doctors i would just rather try to correct my problem with either massage therapy sessions and with chiropractor sessions. Hope this helps you Have a great day
@bronie123 (4596)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I miss worded that most chiropractors are good but their are some bad ones out there like very other proffession. sorry about that
@aniruthg (25)
• India
21 Dec 06
then wat.... enerythin covered by ur insurance... u dont have the prob of doin the payment... its better to continue... bcoz our body s the thing v have to take care... nothin else...
• Canada
21 Dec 06
Thanks for responding.But sometimes just because something is free doesnt mean its good for you.You know what i mean.I am still undecided because it is my back that were talking about.
@Sorathian (4331)
• Pakistan
21 Dec 06
neck and back strains can take up to three months to heal. What you need to understand is that while chiropractic therapy is helpful, once you leave the office you should not go about your daily activities. you need to go home and rest no heavy lifting, bending, stooping, pulling at this time. If you continue as normal, you are not allowing the strained muscles to heal.
• Canada
21 Dec 06
Good point.Makes sence what you said.I mean if you go to the chiropracter and right after you start moving furniture around.It's a waste of money...Thanks for your advice
@scorpius (1793)
• India
21 Dec 06
they are quite good.sometimes i get a pain in the back just where i cannot reach and i have to go to the doc.and he works wonders.so i say tell these friuends of yours that they do nt know what tnhey are talking abt.if it works for you thatn that should be enough for you to make your decision!thats that! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiropractic http://www.amerchiro.org/ http://www.chiropractic.org/
• Canada
21 Dec 06
Thanks for responding.And the links you gave are helpfull.
• United States
21 Dec 06
If you have back problems you should go see your doctor not a chiropracter. Sometimes chiropracters can make a bad back worse than what it is. If your back is hurting you, then there is something wrong with it and needs to be fixed. Chiropractors never fix the problem, they just try to ease your pain.
• Canada
21 Dec 06
Thanks for replying.You have a point i admit.When i go i fell better for like 1 hour and than the pain is back there.
@bam001 (941)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I go to a chiropracter for regular adjustments to my spine. I think they are wonderful practicioners. I had a neck injury 6 months ago...until I start getting chiropractic treatment, I was in constant pain.
• Canada
21 Dec 06
Thanks for replying.Is you neck okay now?
@samsonskola (3357)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I love them. I worked as a chiropractic assistant for several years and saw a lot of good come out of it...i really miss not working for one, because i don't have insurance to pay for one. Just keep on, a lot of people experience what you are feeling now, it will get better. I just wish i could go back to one, i have so many problems i know could get better with that treatment..
• Canada
21 Dec 06
Thanks for your answer.I will try to go perhaps for another month and see how i feel.
@freak369 (4783)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Just like there are good doctors and bad, there are great chiropractos and then there are some that aren't all that good at what they do. Tell him that you aren't getting any relief from the treatments and maybe he will change the way that he adjusts you. If you are getting treatments after an injury it is extremely important to tell him that things aren't working. I love going to the chiropractor and the feeling I get when he's done with the adjustment. Some people call them quacks or say that they aren't really doctors but I disagree. Then again, what works for one person might not work for others.
• United States
10 Feb 07
I think it's best to go to chiropractors for anything that has to do with your body and bones. They are the best people to see because they studied everything about bones. Just hang on there and I'm sure you will see results. They are so much better than people who give massages I'm sure. But do try thai massage, they say it doesn't hurt afterwards and it really feels good, just to compare.
@14missy (3185)
• Australia
9 Feb 07
I have been to a few different chiropractors over the years and found some are just quacks. I liked the ones that would massage your muscles first to war them up before manipulating you. I even know some people that take their young babies to them for colic symptoms! Personally I think physiotherapists are a lot better and safer wayt to go.
• United States
7 Feb 07
They are good for some people, they swear by them. As for me, they hurt me so much, that I walk out with more pain. If it works for you, go for it. If not, don't go, and try something else. There are lots of options.
• United States
22 Dec 06
They are good for some people. They are not good for me. Some Chiropracters are better than other ones. If they work for you, great. If not try another. If it still doesn't work, try something else.
@mantian (20)
22 Dec 06
your body seems to be telling you your answer, if you are feeling worse. but i wonder about your question. like with every trade, there will be good and bad chiropracters. and some people will get great results and others wont. a good chiropracter will want you to recover, rather than seeing you every week to take more money from you. this, of course, is true of all therapists. the prinicples behind chiropractic are quite sound, although the treatment itself and be quite rough and can do more damage than good, if not done well. but back pain can be due to many things and you might find an oesteopath, physiotherapist, acupuncturist, alexander therapist... far more suitable. you really need to know what is wrong with your back to be able to make the right choice.
@tiamat (114)
• United States
22 Dec 06
They arre good for back trouble. as far as i know, I personally don't believe that they can do anything for other, non spine related problems, but whatever works. people say that they actually feel worse when they stop going to the chiropractor, almost as if their spine gets addicted....
• United States
21 Dec 06
First did your chiro take xrays? Did he go over them with you? Did he explain what the 'machine' does, and how? Does he explain what he is doing and why? What result should be expected? Have you told him that the condition seems to be worsening? Did he suggest any muscle strengthening exercises? I couldn't walk...literally crawled to the bathroom and back to bed. I called the local chiro and his office got me in immediately. He xrayed me from top to bottom, leaving nothing out. He showed me what was on the xrays, allowed me to take them to my regular doc who concurred with the diagnosis. He told me each thing he would have to do to me, what it was for and how I might feel after it was done. He treated me daily for about a month, then three times weekly and reduced to twice a week, I too experienced a resurgence of my problem, my chiro took more xrays and made adjustments in my course of treatment. Tell your chiro what is going on, he won't know unless you do...he may opt to xray again to see if there has to be some adjustment to the treatment. Or it may be something to be expected in the course of treatment. All I can say is that even my doctor agrees, I would not be walking today if it hadn't been for my chiro.
@shellyrios (1215)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I get mixed comments on that too...I think some know what they're doing and some don't. My boyfriend went to one because he has scoliosis and he said his treatments somewhat alleviated some pain, but not a huge difference. His chiropractor told him he should intake more water and not sit on the couch too much, but to sit on a pillow with his back completely straight to help the strain on his lower back. His said the water was essential though.
@luskas (3430)
• Portugal
21 Dec 06
Once i had a trouble with my shoulder cause i fell doing snowboard and went a couple of times to a Chiropracter... I stayed lot worse. I donĀ“t know i think it kinda depends of the man...
• United States
21 Dec 06
After having used my chiropractor for years now, I would only suggest 1 thing to you... stop going 3 times a week! I don't think that can be doing you much good to have your back manipulated that many times in a week. I know when my back/neck are really out of whack and I go in for an adjustment, he always tells me, if it's not better in a week, to come back. But never within so few days time! After an adjustment you have to give your body a few days to relax and muscles to adjust to the strain they were in (before adjustment) and time for them to resettle into the new setting, after the adjustment. And remember, to drinks LOTS of water. That always helps me as well.