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27th June 2007, 04:10 AM
anyone heard anything pro or con about chiropractors? some ppl say its the best and straightens out their back and everything where other ppl say steer clear of them... any thoughts??

27th June 2007, 04:47 AM
From my personal experience - I went and saw a Chiropractor for about a year and a half. I found after the year and a half, that there was no noticable difference whatsoever (kyphosis) and there was no real difference in physical pain.

Amazed Jean
27th June 2007, 05:52 AM
OK I'm going to say it. I would avoid chiro. They can make you feel better for a day or two but they cannot change your spine. I have never seen proof or talked to anyone who has had long term success. Anyone with I'd say over 40 degree curve isn't going to be helped by manipulation. Spines just don't move into alignement and stay there from repeated maniuplation. In fact I have heard no one ever come back from chiro and said it was more than a temporary solution. Keep your cash.

28th June 2007, 09:10 PM
there is no evidence anywhere that chiropracters make any difference other than to your bankbalance, that is to say to the curve in scoliosis. They might be able to mhelp with associated discomfort/backpain

29th June 2007, 04:11 PM
I see no harm in using a chiropractor to help with discomfort and pain, and I guess that in some cases where the curve is appearing a lot bigger than it really is due to postural changes caused by pain it may even help the curve a little. However, if you are using the chiro (or osteopathy or any other "alternative" or "complementary" form of treatment) with the intention of reducing your curvature, I would strongly advise to have regular check ups with a qualified spine surgeon specialising in scoliosis, and have periodic xrays done by them to monitor progression as this is the only way to really be sure that there has been a positive change.

Little Ali
29th June 2007, 06:54 PM
My physio advised me not to see a chiro and as for being able to change the shape of your spine...not sure people would resort to surgery if they could.

I've found osteopaths and physios very helpful for relieving pain and helping with mobility.

30th June 2007, 11:06 AM
Good point, I should clarify that I would be a lot more cautious about any alternative therapy if you've already had fusion, or have any bony anomalies (such as spina bifida occulta, or congenital scoliosis of any kind, or Arnold Chiari malformation - the latter especially could be moderately risky with neck cracking) - this is one problem if you've never been adequately assessed, you may well not know that you have any of these problems. Even if you fall into the majority who do not have those problems and have not had surgery, I would be very reluctant to think in terms of a reduction although there may be a little from relief of discomfort in some cases.

1st July 2007, 05:29 AM
I have gone to a chiropractor since I was little and they are definitely something to pursue because they make your back feel a lot better. The adjustments also help to keep you from becoming stiff and locked up. I know that they only help with pain for a day or two, but they're definitely worth it.