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Back adjustments – do you think they work?

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by bombthreat23, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. bombthreat23

    bombthreat23 TRIBE Member

    so much conflicting information out there. Has anyone had any positive/negative experiences? do you believe they can work?
  2. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    They can help when in acute pain and if done properly. There is a small risk that they could be done improperly and make things worse.

    I think of them as advil+ - what I mean by that is they can help relieve pain temporarily but the "+" part means that if you take advantage of that day you get the adjustment to do the prescribed exercises they can really help you out.

    But to be honest - you can actually be your own chiropractor and pretty much "adjust" any part of your back (well maybe except the neck) by stretching/yoga. I do the cat stretch and plenty of cobras every day and I feel the cracks and pops as my spine realigns that I felt when a chiro was doing it... except its only me now...
  3. Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl TRIBE Member

    im going with no.
    just sit up straight.
  4. Deus

    Deus TRIBE Member

    You need to call this guy:

  5. Fillmore

    Fillmore TRIBE Member

    Since herniating a disc in my neck and having no feeling in my right hand pointer and middle finger for the past 8 months I can speak to this.

    Yes they work but it all depends on the frequency. I have seen physio therapists and chiropractors and finally a neurologist and they have all confirmed adjustments work when done properly. However If you just go once a year or twice a year, dont bother wasting your time or money.

    To fix my pain, here is my recent schedule

    First 3 weeks - I go 3 times a week
    Week 4 and 5 - I go twice a week
    Week 6, 7, 8......I go once a week

    At this point you should have a good idea on how your body feels and you will be able to judge when you need to go for one.

    All in all, they work but dont expect anything earth shattering right away. It takes time and persistence

    Good luck!
  6. [- FuNKtiOn -]

    [- FuNKtiOn -] TRIBE Member

    are we refering to chiropractors?
    if so, I will vouch that adjustments work wonders, although disagree with Fillmores need for frequency.
    I only go a few times a year when Im in need of a "tune up".
    my girlfriend goes almost monthly as part of her neck shifts out of place and needs to be put back in.

    its just key to have a good chiropractor. get testimonials as some suck, and will leave you skeptical as to what you just paid for.
    but if you get a good one they will keep your spine in better order and that way you arent sitting awkwardly and shifting weight constantly which only ends up making other areas of your back hurt in addition to the part actually out of allignment.

    as Praktik mentioned though, doing yoga and various stretching on your own will also help with not having to consistently rely on a professional.
  7. videotronic

    videotronic TRIBE Member

    i woke up about 4 weeks ago and stretched awkwardly while still lying down...felt a rib pop out on the mid-right hand side of my back. called a chiro near where my workplace is and explained the situation..

    normally they dont adjust on the first visit, but i explained what happened and she made an exception for me. one minute and i had fiery stabbing pain like a hot knife between my ribs, the next (after she adjusted) it was a dull warm throb, which over a period of 12 hours or so subsided to a gentle ache.

    i did, however, get caught up in the "chiro web" and found myself going 3 times a week for the next few weeks (spending like $120/week uggh). it just feels sooooooooo good after....its like crack

    chiropractors definitely have a time and place...just dont get addicted
  8. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    Agree with praktik on basic stretches to self-adjust and also for a good adjustment once in a while.
    Chiropractors are like anyone else: some are great, some just work on auto-pilot. I go to an osteopath who is great.
  9. agentRC4

    agentRC4 TRIBE Member

    I'm jumping in then jumping out of the convo.

    Like all industry there are good and bad, but if you go to a chiro and they try to sign you up for a year of service, pick up and get out. You should not have to see a chiro for more than 6 weeks. Maintenance therapy is a croc (IMO)

    Chiro's will adjust but if your muscles are tight and you do no other therapy to augment you are flushing your money down the toilet.

    (oh and 80% of back problems (low back, thorasic and cervical) get better on their own within 8 weeks without any type of intervention)

    Stretch tight muscles first then strengthen weak ones.

    By pass the chiro and go see an Osteopath. If you have a herniated disc try and find a McKenzie back specialist.
  10. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    I went to my local chiro for numbness I was experiencing in my hand which I thought was as a result of biking, but now realize it is probably due to the way I sleep. SHe was good and temporarily solved the issue, but it seems they all try to sign you up for repeat weekly wallet adjustments.

    I found that doing pilates a couple of times a week also resolved my numbness and also had the benefit of keeping me in shape, for about the same amount of cash.
  11. videotronic

    videotronic TRIBE Member

    how do you sleep that you end up with a numb hand?
  12. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    On my left shoulder somehow which compresses my collarbone and ribcage, causing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - compressing of the nerves that run through that gap and down the arm.

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