Safe? Unsafe? Risky? A total scam? Love your Chiropractor? Will never visit a Chiropractor again? Feel stupid for not seeing a "real doctor" in the first place?
Thanks for the answers folks, (I was waiting on them before I gave my opinion). Go to a "real doctor" first!! Don't make the mistake I did. I got "sucked in" by a quack chiropractor. Spinal is'nt the only kind of manipulation they do. He had me convinced that he was going to "get me fixed up" Oh yeah, he'd "get me taken care of and felling better" Well, I ended up with two herniated discs. Did I have them before or did all those violent adjustments cause them? With every adjustment, I got worse and worse until I confronted him and his face flushed as he asked if I'd like to be refered to a specialist. I knew right then he was just taking my money and doing harm. I almost decked him and still want to. I did go to a real doctor and after an expensive ($2000.00) MRI, Two herniated discs!!! There's no way his so called "adjustments" were helping, if anything they were hurting, and believe me I was.( Long story but I'm ok now) I'll shut up now as this is getting too long, but will respond to comments.
Chiropractic care is based on long discredited theories. In spite of this some conditions respond to chiropractic manipulation. Not all chiropractors even believe the original theories and act more as sophisticated masseurs. Some chiropractors still oppose vaccinations and claim to be able to cure most diseases with spinal manipulations.
Modern chiropractors have to take classes in physiology and pathology so they can determine when patients need to see a traditional doctor.
Personally, I'd go the traditional medicine route first and try chiropractic if I wasn't happy with my results. FWIW, my primary care doctor is open mined about alternative and complimentary medicine (even thinking about specializing in this) so I like to think I get the best of both worlds from her.
They are more respected now than in the past. So much now, that many health insurance providers provide coverage if a person chooses to go to a chiropractor and not a regular doctor.
Right, accepted by insurance and he sure stuck it to mine while doing me more harm than good.
id say "safe", professionals know what they're talking about in most cases.
I'll get back to ya dude.
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