Post # 1
I’m just wondering what some of your opinions (good and bad) are of chiropractors and your experiences with them. I’ve heard some great things, and I’ve heard some bad things, and I’d just like to hear some more opinions if you’re willing to share!
Thanks so much
Post # 3
I’ve heard they are able to do wonders for people, however, I wasn’t crazy about the chiropractor I went to. They wanted me to come in 3 times a week (at $35 a visit with my copay!) and they seemed to do very little for my back. When I stopped going after a few visits, they called me once a day to try and get me to come back in!
I’d love to go to a new place. I also wonder if it’s standard to be told to go 3 times a week? That seems a little much to me.
Post # 4
Like with any doctor, you need to do your research when looking for yours. My dad was a chiropractor and I get an adjustment every time I go home. Cracking my back feel so good, I have a lot of tension in my neck and back and I feel much better when I do get an adjustment.
Unfortunately though, some of these “doctors” are quacks. They think that it cures any ailment, selling you up on treatments. Get recommendations, try to get reviews online before you go.
3x a week would be for a very severe injury that requires a lot of physical therapy. Most people who are regulars go once a month maybe.
Post # 5
I’ve been asked to come 3 times a week for two weeks, but after that they would re-evaluate what I needed to do. Mine is $37 a time, but thankfully my insurance covers up to $500 a year. It seemed to help me, but I’ve heard stories where a colleague of mine was sent to the hospital because her toe went numb after visiting a chiro. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but the ambulance and everything came!
Post # 6
@arenyth: Good to know, because I definitely didn’t have a severe injury… just a sore back.
Post # 7
Fiance has been suffering from severe back pain ever since a near deadly car accident he had 6 years ago (he wrapped his car around a tree). He broke his pelvis in 3 places, developed sciatica and has a displaced vertebrae. Basically this equates to ALOT of pain. He lived with it for a long time until a few months ago when it got so bad that he was pretty much incapacitated. I’ve been with Fiance for more than 5 years and I had never seen him cry (he would kill me if he knew I just posted that!). He woke up one morning and couldn’t move. When Fiance says he needs to see a doctor its serious. He DOES NOT go to doctors unless its absolutely necessary.
I’m sure you’re wondering where I’m going with this story, right? Well, we made an appointment with a chiropractor that his mom had gone to. Honestly, after the first visit he felt noticeably better. We went 3 times a week for 3 weeks, twice a week for a few weeks and now we’re down to once every week and a half or so. He went from being a 9 on the pain scale (which for a normal person like me, would have been more like a 15) down to about a 2 or 3. Of course this isnt an exact science but it worked for him so I am a total believer.
I think the trick is finding a great chiropractor. Ours is AMAZING! He deeply cares for his patients and will do everything in his power to help them.
Post # 8
I have had experiences with two different chiropractors, and had two very different experiences:
First off the reason I went to a chiropractor to begin with was to get a referral for a breast reduction (34FF) and ended up getting treatment after the surgery.
The first office I went to was the one who gave me the referral for the surgery, I was treated with them for 4 months, and very quickly they made it from every week to every other to once a month. They were a very busy office and I had about 5 minutes of heating pad, 5 minutes of adjusting and was pretty much walking out 10 or so minutes after walking in… I felt like it was a waste of money, and didn’t feel I was getting very specific medical attention. I stopped going when they were spreading out my appointments so much even after feeling no relief.
The second one I went to, and still go to weekly is amazing, she is an upcoming chiropractor, valedictorian of her class, and schedules 30 min appointments, 10 minutes of stim (electric pulses sent through muscle) and 20 minutes of adjusting and talking about improvements, worsenings, and the game plan for future adjustments. I have since seen a bending of my neck almost disappear, my pain and tingling is almost obsolete, and I go every Friday evening to see her and don’t plan on stopping.
The main thing I recommend you look for is how long appointments are, will time be shared with other patients in different rooms or are you the main focus during your appointments.
All in all with the right chiropractor who fully focuses and is committed to your improvement I very highly recommend one. It is honestly my best spent money, I walk out of the appointments feeling taller and my chronic pain is most definitely disappearing. Even if you do no stick to having frequent appointments, i definitely recommend trying once!
Post # 9
I have no experience whatsoever with chiropractors, but I’ve always been curious, because I am obsessed with cracking my own joints!
Post # 10
I am definitely presenting a biased opinion since I am in my last year of my doctorate of physical therapy program.
I think chiropractors have their benefits. However, the thing that really gets me about most chiropractors is exactly what blueshoes said: you have to go in 3 times a week for…forever.
Physical therapists also know how to manipulate joints, but they are also uniquely qualified in that they are movement and anatomy experts. They realize that just putting you back into alignment does not mean that you will stay that way. PTs can provide education, exercises and other modalities that, when combined, can effectively alleviate your impairments.
Post # 11
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Oh man, I swear by them! I suffered from constant bad migraines and my doctor couldn’t do anything for it so I got an MRI and then got sent to a neurologist. He couldn’t do anything either (just offered to prescribe me lots of medication.)
My dad sent me to his chiro (who he’s been going to for like 15 years) and after one long day, including more xrays, he had it all figured out. For a few months, I went to him twice a week, and after my back got stronger and was able to hold the adjustment, I changed to once a week and later once a month. Now I just go whenever I need to.
Seriously, after about 6 months, my migranes were gone completely, and I literally suffered from them every single day, sometimes multiple times a day.
If you find a good chiropractor, I say go for it! They can be miracle workers!
Post # 12
I really like my chiropractor. Ironically, what sent me to one was not a back injury, it was a knee injury. I am a runner and I literally couldnt run for over a year. I had a stress fracture that wouldnt go away. I had bone scans, MRIs, x-rays, hours of physical therapy and nothing would help me…
So I decided to check out a chiropractor who literally was able to show me that my hips were off center from years of waitressing and carrying weight across my body. This made one leg longer than another, which meant every time I ran, I was striking one foot harder than the other. Hence the stress fractures. I went 3x a week for two weeks, held the adjustments really well and progressed to 1x week, and now to 1x per month, as needed.
They are not for everyone, but for me, it made the difference of being told never to run again, to completing a total of THREE half marathons in the past year!
Post # 13
Both my husband and I have been going to chiropractors for years. I only go once a month, but hubby has serious back/neck/joint problems from previous injuries and he goes much more frequently. Without chiropractic treatment, we both probably would have had several surgeries by now or be on some serious medications. My chiropractor also does wonders for my knees and shoulders. Before I started teaching, I worked as a PT assistant in a hospital and I saw an awful lot of post-surgical patients, which convinced me to keep seeing my chiropractor! Like with anything else, some are better than others so recommendations are a must!
Post # 14
Thank you ladies for all your thoughts! I just wanted to make sure there was more opinions out there. I was mostly hearing negatives from people in my life.
Post # 15
I went once after a nasty car accident.
I walked out in more pain than I walked in with!
He decided to adjust my neck, without noticing how tense I was – and was then surprised that I screamed in pain.
I have a friend who’s father is a chiropractor who keeps trying to get me to try again but at this point I’m just too scared!
Post # 16
I’ve been going to one for about 6 months now….my neck has 3 curves instead of just 1 (thanks to a car accident), and my lower back is over extended. I’ve noticed a significant decrease in pain, discomfort, and headaches over the months. It’s primarily my neck he adjusts…it’s a little scary at first, and I’m glad I picked such a good clinic. I don’t even care that my insurance doesn’t cover him!
I went 3 times a week for a month and i’m now down to twice a week for a couple more months.
I should add that my chiropractor also has me do tractioning and exercises in order to train/strengthen/lengthen the proper muscles so I STAY in alignment. He doesn’t just pop me and call it a day!