IMHO.....Chiropractors are fine AS LONG AS you do not have any "real" medical conditions...I think that people benefit from adjustments for stress relief and overall well-being. However, I think that formal treatment of health problems should be handled ONLY by a physician.
I had some back pain from weightlifting and hockey. Went in to chiro due to best friends advice who he swore by, against my better judgement. After xrays and one "adjustment" for "misalignment" I wound up in Beaumont for emergency surgery due to disk being ruptured in three places. Had almost 80% neurological loss in my leg and foot at one point and pain I can not even describe. Only an MRI can diagnose disk issues, not the xrays the chiros take that only show bones. I guess they have their place, and many swear by them, but if it was me I would be straight to a spine specialist MD or neurosurgeon for any back issues. My .02
helps me after back surgery disc removed , got headaches worse when i drank alcohol , physcial therapy didnt help so tried chiropractor , took x rays and MRI with me.i called around and some wanted to take there own x rays wouldnt except one i just had figured was for more money found one that did.so went to him now i go once a month but at first had to go twice a week. i feel great it helped me , good and bad ones just like doctors. research and ask friends or neighbors before picking one some are more expensive than others too mine works with me on insurance just says forget about co pay .
I used to go to chiroprators off and on for 25+ years, and most always got relief when my back was 'thrown out'. The last several times (about 4 years ago) I went it actually got worse with treatment. Turned out I had herniated disc, which required surgery and fixed me right up. I was a little dissapointed that the chiro doc didn't pick up on that and suggest the surgery route. Instead, he kept saying "more" treatment will make it better. Probably won't go back.
My chiro is great, he'll tell ya flat out wether or not he can help you. he's very honest - wrote me a prescription before to have an mri done because he had a feeling my disc may have been herniated and didnt want to chance it. each time i go in, he's very thorough and asks how i'm feeling and we talk about any pain or discomfort i'm feeling to make sure he knows how to adjust me. best part is, we go camping with his family - free adjustments around the campfire!!! i've referred several people to him and heard all positive feedback.
but i agree, there's good and bad out there. if ya want a good one, his name is rick rheinhardt, he has an office on crocker between harper and gratiot (just down from pacos - yumm).
But...as stated above, Just like every profession there are good ones and bad ones.
If you would like the name of the one I go to PM me for his number. He is located in Rochester Hills. He is "not" one of those that have you come in 3 times a week for weeks on end. Those are the ones I dont have much faith in.
I feel chiropratic is a good addition to over health and preventive maintance. Money well spent. I could go on and on but I will leave it at that.
I used to work for a chiropractor about 10 years ago and I still go in and see him. I have neck problems that cause terrible headaches and lower back problems from a couple auto accidents and it has helped tremedously. Most chiropractors start you on a couple day a week schedule, then after a couple months, put you on a maintenance program, eventually having you only come in once a month. It's a hassle, but it's necessary. Totally recommend it.
Yep, what Dailey-Interest said.... We go to the same doctor. He checks you out, adjusts what is needed and says ice it and see you in 3 months for an maintanance adjustment if you want to go. Sometimes it may take 2 tries to get it fixed... For 35 years I put off going to a chiropractor for my neck which had been fractured in 2 placed due to a car accident. Now I just lay on the table and let him crack away...
I like them. My back gets achy sometimes, since I have bad posture, and it always feels great to get an adjusment. I guess I would say, check with your health insurance provider for Chiropractors that they have contracted. Insurance companies do back ground checks on their doctors to make sure they are qualified and keep checking on them to make sure they aren't in any trouble.
Funny thing, it costs me $15 to go to the doctors office, but I get 24 free visits to the chiropracter each year.
I go to the same chiropractor littlewing - Rick does a great job. Sad thing is my back is so f'ed up (scoliosis 38 degrees) that surgery is the only thing that'll fix it. Umm...laid up for 6 months post op - I don't think so. I deal with the pain and am currently on some shitty muscle relaxers and glorified motrin 800's that do NOTHING for me.
Thanks for giving me your input!!! I did some research and I am not convinced they are all they are "cracked" up to be.
What I find interesting is how many people see chiropractors. The incidence of back pain is HUGE! For those that see/have seen chiropractors were they your first attempt at getting relief or a last resort?
For me IF I considered it at all it would definitely be a LAST resort.