Originally Posted by tacomathom
Jon, I can't argue with all the anonymous testimonials in favor of chiropractic posted on TW. I however, DO NOT BELIEVE and nothing that's been posted so far has proved me wrong or changed my mind. All one has to do is enter chiropractic in yer favorite search engine and you can read up on what CHIROPRACTIC REALLY BELIEVES.
I'm glad your wife is okay.
Thanks. I admit I don't buy into the full belief thing about all problems caused by the spine. I also don't believe in religion or other things I can't see or feel. Much like you I imagine.
However I DO believe you can live healthier with a properly functioning body. Does that mean chiropractic work cures illness? No. Does it mean you don't get sick as often? Maybe?
I know I used to get sick all the time in high school. Even with my mother being a nurse. She'd give me meds when I was sick, vitamins, and herbal supplements to "help" me stay healthy. But I still got sick. Then I went to college and NEVER got sick. No cold, no flu, no coughing, sore throat, nothing. Why? What changed? The only thing I can think of is I didn't have TIME to get sick. In high school I hated being there and wanted out. In college I wanted to be there, and knew I couldn't afford to miss a day due to the amount of work I had to do. My mental attitude changed. I could no long "allow" myself to be sick. It's the same thing now. I have a wife and 3 kids relying on me to bring home money to pay all the bills, put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, etc. Again I can't afford to be sick and not do anything. So I believe many illnesses can be avoided by having the right mental attitude. I imagine it's something like the inner strength you may have needed to draw on to get through whatever training you needed to complete to get into the coast guard. You didn't give up and quit. You pushed yourself through despite lack of sleep, hunger, dehydration or whatever else you had to deal with.
For me, chiropractors are an extension of that. Re-align your spine and the pain goes away. Pressure on nerves is reduced so they work correctly. Do all of that and your body works better. If your body works better you feel better and are healthier. Just like maintaining a truck. Change the oil, lube the drive shafts, replace the brakes, and it works better. Proper maintenance is key to everything working better: boats, houses, guns, computer equipment. The human body is a machine that needs maintenance like any other machine.
Now, I haven't always believed in them either. I didn't actively disbelieve mind you, but in 30 years I'd never bothered to even talk to one. Finally after a few visits with a "normal" doctor about my lower back pain I decided to try a chiropractor in a desperate attempt to get results. My lower back had been hurting/throbbing around the tailbone area for years. Longer than I can remember. The chiropractor did an xray just like any "normal" doctor would, but saw my right leg was half an inch shorter. He recommended a half-inch wedge insole under my heal. Since I've had that in my shoe I can feel my hips moving smoother when I walk, and the back pain is gone. That's been over 6 months. That's 6 months without pain I have for 15+ years without any medication! I don't really care what the person that figured that out for me calls himself!
I'm just a little frustrated/confused about why "normal" doctors couldn't figure that shit out sooner! Here I was running 5-6 miles on concrete and asphalt during high school cross control and track with one leg shorter than the other. I eventually stopped running due to knee pain. Gee, I wonder why! What else did that cause? Had any other medical professional I saw thought like a chiropractor I could have avoided 15+ years of pain.
So now I'm more inclined to believe at least some of them know what they're doing. I love my MD, but she has me on steroids to deal with sinus congestion my chiropractor could alleviate by popping my neck bones back into place. So I snort this burning, nasty tasting spray to breath clearly because I can do it at home, and it doesn't cost me $30 each time not because I want to. However, I did learn to hold my head up higher, and tilt it back to get the sinuses to drain when it's really bad from the chiropractor's suggestion. So when I can move my neck and FEEL the crap drain down the back of my throat and the headache fade away I know there's something to it.
Not to mention, I can relate to it. I can visualize it like the fuel line on my truck. If it's bent or kinked fuel doesn't get to the engine so it can run. That makes it easier to believe I guess as it's something I can grasp and understand.
Now when I fell and broke my arm I didn't go to the chiropractor. I went to the hospital and ended up with an orthopedic surgeon putting a plate in my shoulder to hold the bone together. So I go to whoever has the skills to fix whatever problem I have. I use both as needed. My wife had chronic pain. Doctors and pain management specialists could do nothing to help her that didn't knock her out or make her too high to do anything. At that point it was time to try something new. ANYTHING new really. Acupuncture, chiropractic, whatever as long as it WORKS.
I do think where you go matters though. Like anything else, there's shady people in the business. My place is in a small town so if they f'd people up they'd be out of business FAST. Two other clinics in the area would gladly absorb their patients. Now in a larger city with other chiropractors and much larger population shady ones could easily slip in. Just like used car salesmen.