Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Years ago, when I was having back problems, I decided to try a chiropractor. I went a few times and I always felt better when I left his office, but the next day, I’d be in pain again. He kept trying to get me to come in 3 or 4 times a week for an adjustment, but I didn’t have the time, I didn’t have the money ($20 copay each time adds up) and I didn’t think that it was a good solution as I wanted the pain to go away permanently, not for a few hours at a time.
Eventually, the pain went away on its own.
Well, I’m not sure if it’s because I started working out last week, but over the weekend, my back was hurting so bad that I basically couldn’t fucntion. And it’s not any better today. I know that my doctor could prescribe pain pills and muscle relaxers, but I don’t know if it’ll help. So I’m considering trying a chiropractor again. I’m just so skeptical.
So I’m just curious about everyone’s experience w/ chiropractic.
Post # 3
I went and it helped, but I’ve also gone to a massage therapist to help with back pain and that helped equally as much. Plus, you gotta love an excuse for a massage 😉
Post # 4
My mom loved her chiropractor, but in the end, the soft stuff between her vertebrae were being worn away, so there was definitely an underlying problem. I’d be sure it was an alignment issue that needed to be treated, not something else. You also could’ve just pulled a muscle, in which case a hot soak and a muscle relaxer is the way to go. Or a rub down =]
I pulled a groin muscle for a few years ago and a chiropractor aligned my back and neck. Now, i pop my own neck. I know it’s bad but i feel like i need to do it unfortunately. And i’ve been told I should see one for my jaw pain but I’m skeptical also
Post # 5
I have a really really bad back and I hate taking medication. I go to a chiropractor and I love it! I had surgery in 2007 to help alleviate my back pain, and that only worked to a point. I don’t know what technique yours uses but mine always reminds that the next day my back does hurt more than before because of things being realigned. I go about 1 a week or once every 2 weeks now depending on how i’m feeling, before surgery I went every mon, wed, and fri. Shop around and ask for recomendations from people you know about good chiropractors around your area.
Post # 6
I was in a terrible accident and had back problems. The best thing I ever did for it was massage therapy. If you are “out of alignment” if your muscles are tight then it will just pull you back out alignment. Take care of the muscles first and then if there are still problems revisit the chiropractor idea. I have been where I couldn’t move and a good massage has made a world of difference. I used to go to a place that had what is called a “stress massage” where they spent 3/4 of the hour on your specific problem to make sure they addressed tha main problem instead of just making you feel warm and fuzzy. Call around and see if there is a massage therapist that tends to work with those who have been in accidents or are in rehab. I have had the best luck with these.
Post # 7
My mom is a massage therapist who works out of a chriopractors office so maybe I am biased but I am a firm believer in what they both can do. I know from my own personal experience how much they can help. For some people multiple visits is necessary, luckily for me an adjustment here and there makes me feel superhuman. I know one time while waiting for my mom to get done so we could go to lunch I watched a super old guy practically be carried in he was in so much pain, he was done before we left and he walked out practically leaping. It’s amazing what can be done.
Post # 8
What kind of shoes do you wear? Try getting a pair of “barefoot shoes” like vibram five fingers or vivo’s. Being barefoot does wonders for your alignment (shoes through you out of your natural alignment which could be causing your back pain). A lot of people find that wearing these types of shoes helps relieve back pain.
Yoga is also a good way to strengthen your muscles and reduce inflammation & pain.
Post # 9
i went to a chiropractor this past winter, when i woke up one morning with really painful lower back pain. i could barely get dressed and get to work that day…
i went in on my lunch break and found out that some how or another i had irritated one of my lowest vertebraes on my spinal cord. they gave me some sort of shock treatment for 10 minutes and an adjustment. i went back a few subsequent times until the swelling was gone.
while the treatment did give me instant pain relief, i think it was more icing and being careful about movements that got the actual problem resolved.
i haven’t been back since, but Fiance LOVES his chiro and tries to go at least 1 a month…
Post # 10
Oh speaking of the shock treatment, you can purchase a TENS unit on Amazon for under $100…..it’s what my chiro used on my groin, my husband uses on his neck, and i’ve been using it on my jaw. It forces your muscles to relax. It’s really pretty amazing even though it’s a surreal feeling.
Post # 11
I’ve been to a chiro since I was a kid. And it’s not uncommon for your body to be sore the following day and every chiro I’ve been too has reminded me of that.
I love my chiro!!!
Post # 12
Man, I don’t know how well it works, but I *love* the feeling of getting adjusted! I have really been wanting to go. But I agree with those who say massage therapy might help just as much or more.
Post # 13
A friend of mine just got his Physical Therapy license and he does not reccommend seeing a chiropractor (I’ve asked him about this recently). According to him, they are more of a “quick fix” and don’t educate their patients on ways to strengthen their back/keep pain away in order to keep them coming back into the office.
Post # 14
i’ve been to a few for migraines. didn’t work for me, but i think everybody is different so it might work for someone else.
Post # 15
I am a runner and I kept getting stress fractures in one of my legs… I went to a surgeon, sought physical therapy- EVERYTHING, and they just kept saying that I shoudn’t run anymore. I began to get depressed- until I met my chiro.
An x-ray from my chiro showed that my hips were tilted slightly from years of waitressing and carrying the weight on one side of my body. This made one leg longer than the other (which he was able to prove to me), and made me strike that leg harder each time I ran- hence the stress fractures. Two years later and I have two half marathons under my belt. So needless to say, i am a huge fan- but I do reccomend going through your doc first- chiro second.
Post # 16
@Edina: Every chiro I’ve ever gone to has given me exercises to do at home post treatment. I usually get more from my chiro than I ever have from a PT.