Chiropractic Therapy---Good Medicine or Just Quackery???

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-Ball-fan View Post
    I look at making my bed immediately after waking as one of the ways that I get myself moving and using my arms. Common as it sounds, there are some who probably don't. Aside from it just being a clean and tidy look, the act of doing so, and any bit of movement to wake the body up is all beneficial to start the day off to face it in a healthy and strong way. Getting out of bed just to go sit back down all day IMO is a bad idea. As old school as it may sound, Charles Atlas would say that the first thing you should do is perform a good hearty stretch (just like animals do when they wake), and say out loud "It's great to be alive!".
    I make mine so the lovely lady starts the day happy with me, rather than not so happy.
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    I'm no Charles Atlas by a long shot, and I've got some (lots of) work to do to make my waking moments as intense as he did. Though my routine is small peanuts compared to his, I simply just find it effective to start the day in a way that is beneficial to the strength and agility of the body versus doing nothing. Even a little bit makes a world of difference than doing nothing, and after it becomes routine, you feel that something is sorely missing if you happen not to do it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Professor View Post
    I've never been to a chiropractor but my brother has gone to one for years. Just doing some google research let's me know I'd rather trust my neck or back with real doctors. One report that I read said the cracking or popping of the joints was no more than gases being resettled in the joints when manipulated, same as one popping their knuckles. It doesn't realign anything. The cracking sound heard/felt by the patient gives a placebo effect within their body that something helpful has happened. Kind of a mind over matter effect. What the chiropractor is probably doing that makes many people feel better when they leave the office is no more than what an occupational therapist or other similar medical practices could do. If you went through a session with a professionally trained massage therapist your body would also feel much better after a visit....., for a period of time.
    Also, some doctors believe there could be a risk of a stroke in some patients with certain type neck problems with the "realignment" procedures used by chiropractors.
    Another complaint was that too many chiropractors are into the money grab thing, taking far too many x-rays than needed or selling products that are useless to the patient. In addition, they claim that their services can help with all kinds of ailments from high blood pressure to cancer, a too good to be true claim to begin with.
    I'm sure that just like other job possessions there are good, average, and bad chiropractors. But a lot of what most do sounds like quackery to me, or no more than what a massage therapist could do. I'd rather trust my back or neck to the actual medical community. I would place the practice of chiropractory in the medical pseudoscience category.
    As you said, you have no actual experience with a Chiropractor. Thank goodness there are no REAL doctors into the "money grab thing," LOL!

    There are bad and good in every profession, and there is a place for both...despite what your "google research," tells you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-Ball-fan View Post
    I look at making my bed immediately after waking as one of the ways that I get myself moving and using my arms. Common as it sounds, there are some who probably don't. Aside from it just being a clean and tidy look, the act of doing so, and any bit of movement to wake the body up is all beneficial to start the day off to face it in a healthy and strong way. Getting out of bed just to go sit back down all day IMO is a bad idea. As old school as it may sound, Charles Atlas would say that the first thing you should do is perform a good hearty stretch (just like animals do when they wake), and say out loud "It's great to be alive!".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beechwoodfan View Post
    As you said, you have no actual experience with a Chiropractor. Thank goodness there are no REAL doctors into the "money grab thing," LOL!

    There are bad and good in every profession, and there is a place for both...despite what your "google research," tells you.
    I agree with your "money grab" comment. That occurs in many professions.

    But I'd still rather put my trust in doctors rather than chiropractors when my neck or spine is a concern.
    Same with other professions. I'm not going to a paint shop or a car wash to get my car's engine serviced.
    If there's a problem with my neck or spine I want the medically trained experts to examine and treat me.

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    Chiropractors are great for relief of minor pain. I see mine 2 to 3 times a year, typically during the warmer months when I'm playing a lot of golf or working in the yard.

    A chiropractor shouldn't be someone you see weekly, and a good one will tell you it's time to move on to a specialist if his or her treatment isn't working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    I ask this question because I have been having some back and neck pain. I recently had some MRI's, which indicated no need for surgery but I'm still left with some problems in my neck, back, and shoulder area. There is a pinching sensation in my neck, some general back pain, and some discomfort in my left shoulder, probably from inflammation. I just feel like I need someone to put their hands on me and work out the "kinks."

    My osteopath, with more than 30 years experience, has no faith in chiropractors and is quick to delegitimize their usefulness. From my experience, most MDs are highly critical of chiropractic "medicine." I have no idea because I have never been to a chiropractor. However, my gut feeling is that there is something to it that may be helpful.

    Has anyone had experience with a chiropractor? Did it help you? What have you heard from others who have had chiropractic therapy? I am inclined to give it a try, despite my osteopathic physician saying that it is quackery.

    Thoughts or advice , please.
    I use to go to a chiropractor, but the last time I went, the pain got much worse and I immediatley started having issues with tingling in my arm, numbness in my hand and other issues.

    I ended up having to see a neurosurgeon and have vertebrae damage in my neck, which was made worse by the treatments. My neurosurgeon said that he had no problems with chiropractors as long as they only treated the lower back and did not touch the neck or upper back area.

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