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Old 05-14-2013, 05:30 AM
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Having some moderate low back pain and I'm thinking about going to see a chiropractor. Can anyone share their experiences, good, bad, and ugly?
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:41 AM
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I have a Great chyro

You will want a massage followed by traction followed by an adjustment whole shebang should be about $120-$150

Your results may vary I also use an inversion table between Chyro visits

DRINK LOTS OF WATER !!!

Just my .02 YMMV ...
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I went this morning. Have been going for decades.
Finding a good one is the challenge. Because you are a first timer, get referrals.
Some just want to put you on a "Maintenance Plan" (cash cow). My chiro's align me and say come back when you feel the need.

Racing motorcycles, 38 years in construction, now, not much exercise is the reason.
Someone on here keeps recommending core strengthening is the key and I would agree.
It has become a catch 22, out of alignment + pain makes it difficult to exercise, but I just need to do it even if it is a little each week.

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It's not just for the spine or lumbar but that seems to be the area that needs the most attention. The entire body is looked at.

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Been once...........that was enough for me! Quacks in my opinion!

But as they say....too each his own!
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Safe? Absolutely. Low Back manipulation has very few complications and Chiropractic malpractice insurance rates are ridiculously low. Nobody knows the the real risks better than insurers.

Effective? Definitely. Lots of good studies out there that show manipulation as an effective treatment for low back pain.

That said, just like any health profession, some chiropractors are better than others. No different than finding a good dentist or physical therapist, ask around for a recommendation.
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I never trusted/liked Chiropracters (for no good reason at all). Several years ago my back pain got so severe that I could hardly walk. I went through a number of orthopedic guys who basically said some arthritis/some swelling. I got the meds and basically no improvement. Even went through the prescribed therapy - nada. Finally my SIL recommended a chiro and I was so miserable, I decided to give it a try.
In a nutshell, the guy examined my records and said there was structurally nothing bad, but I was favoring certain muscles to help ease the pain - thus compounding the problem. He did two adjustments and told me to pack the ice around my lower back - all I could stand. I did it and now, after about 7-8 years I have not had the pain return.
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Always ice for inflammation, never heat although the heat does feel great....(so I am told)



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Some just want to put you on a "Maintenance Plan" (cash cow). My chiro's align me and say come back when you feel the need..
240 is correct on the "maintenance plan (cash cow)" don't get caught up in this ...however at first you may have to do 2-3 visits back to back in a week or two to get the vertebrae and muscles "trained" to stay in the place the chiro puts them. I'm in Law Enforcement and for 20 years of wearing a vest, belt with all kinds of crap on it (25 lbs of guns, ammo and other crap), plus getting in and out of a car 100 times per day my lower back pays the price. My Chiro says "come back when you need too". About every 6-8 months I feel it in my lower back and hips especially when I lay down in bed. Thats when I know its time to go...my chiro is a "straight chiropractor" no traction tables, electrodes, ect...just spinal manipulation. He "cracks" my back and neck and I have a new back and hips for the next 6-8 months. I started 20 years ago with 3 visits in 3 weeks then went on the "visit when you need it plan". Works wonders for me.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
I Have been going for decades.
Finding a good one is the challenge. My chiro's align me and say come back when you feel the need.
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I had a great Chiro, he retired @ 55 to play golf in FLA, I had a hard time finding a good replacement, went to 2 before finding the one I go to now, my 1st experience was with these 2 was terrible, they actually were Quacks, you really need to find the right one.
If these 2 were my only reference point I would never have gone back to any CHIRO

Ask around, people with a good Chiro will always be more than happy to recommend theirs.
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I suffer from low back issues as well. Was diagnosed as a kid with a back that did not have enough curve in it.

Back in early 90s I started having pain down my legs as well. went to see docs and chiros too.

Doc started me on traction and also educated me on reasons for the pain. That helped a lot. lost weight, stretching, and improved posture. For me weight was key.

I still get low back pain one in a while but now can see it coming and most times prevent my back from really "going out".

One thing I did not like at chiro was the relax your neck, relax, relax...SNAP!. Did not like that part..but they do good work. find a good one you can trust.

Sometimes drugs help too..

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Good ones stick to musculoskeletal issues......the quacks want to rid you of fungi in your liver and parasites in your spleen that they "just know" are there, and will tell you they can cure earaches in your 2 year-old with adjustments.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
I went this morning. Have been going for decades.
Finding a good one is the challenge. Because you are a first timer, get referrals.
Some just want to put you on a "Maintenance Plan" (cash cow). My chiro's align me and say come back when you feel the need.

Racing motorcycles, 38 years in construction, now, not much exercise is the reason.
Someone on here keeps recommending core strengthening is the key and I would agree.
It has become a catch 22, out of alignment + pain makes it difficult to exercise, but I just need to do it even if it is a little each week.
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I'm an old motorcycle crash, and would be pretty much crippled without an occasional adjustment. I get one when I hurt, and it brings fast relief. After a while, you recognize where you're "out", and when you need a visit.

Took me three tries to find the right one after moving. Some can't get me done right, some are looking to milk your wallet. But the right one's priceless.

And exercise is mandatory. Carrying excess weight on flabby muscles and tight joints is pretty much a guarantee of perpetual pain, especially as you age.
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Chiro figuratively saved my life. Decided to give it a try maybe 10 years ago after xray/mri showed pinched nerve in neck. Awful, limiting pain. After some weeks of visits every other day I felt like a new man. Greatly reduced pain returns here and there sometimes requiring more frequent visits but the majority of the time I just go every 5-6 weeks to stay in line.

I agree too with V13 above, I lost 25 lbs in the last 6 weeks and it has also helped a lot.
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My chiro uses a machine with a hammer type devise. It makes very fine adjustments to your spine and other areas. It can sense how hard and how many hits it needs to get the alignment it wants. I feel 20lbs lighter when I walk out of there. I have serious low back pain and if it wasn't for her I would not be able to fish.
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man i hope y'all are right...
i went for the first time last thurs for my lower back pain
he took xrays, showed me what he thought was the problem, etc and did an adjustment
i popped up off the table and felt like i was walking on a cloud the rest of the day

sat morning i felt like i'd been run over by a truck
pain in places that werent hurting before, and soreness everywhere
going back this afternoon, we will see
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Chris, it will take some time for everything to get back aligned right. I went through the same thing years ago. Once everything is aligned its just a matter of keeping it aligned. I try to go every two months and that seems to work for me.
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Deep tissue massage also works great. Not some foo-foo massage, but a deep tissue. You will be sore for a day or two afterwards, but then you feel great.
You need to get back in alignment. Working on strengthening your core muscles helps a lot to keep everything aligned.
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man i hope y'all are right...
i went for the first time last thurs for my lower back pain
he took xrays, showed me what he thought was the problem, etc and did an adjustment
i popped up off the table and felt like i was walking on a cloud the rest of the day

sat morning i felt like i'd been run over by a truck
pain in places that werent hurting before, and soreness everywhere
going back this afternoon, we will see
Things take time to heal.
If you have been pinching a nerve, it needs to heal.
ICE!
Take it easy and don't twist for a while. My Doc says don't twist ever.
Ice, 20 min every hour or when you can.


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My life would totally suck without my chiropractor, and I mean that! Been going to the same guy for about 25 years now. Probably average 2 episodes a year and each of those require 2-4 visits. My guy is old school and charges me $20 per visit. No x-rays or BS, just old fashioned adjustment. When my herniated discs (L4 & L5) flare up, I can hardly get out of bed!

So, yes they are great and they are not wacks.
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I went to a chiropractor probably 6 years ago with lower back pain (from a fall) and did not have the money or insurance for an MRI. Needless to say for two months things progressively got worse, and the last day I went there I literally crawled out of there b/c I was in so much pain. FF a few months later and I have the insurance to get an MRI and low and behold I had a herniated disc. Luckily the chiropractor and I agreed that he was not going to touch me again without an MRI. I stopped by his office and showed him the results of the MRI and he agreed that chiropractic care was not in my best interest.

I am debating going back, now I am having the rear left hand side of my skull go numb if my neck is positioned a certain way. Not sure if they can help or not. I have heard good things about decompression tables, and have thought about purchasing one....

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