Crohn’s, Ribs out of place and Chiropractors

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kjl1975
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   Posted 10/25/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday I went to a chiropractor for the first time.  He noticed my ribs where out of place, and he fixed the problem.  He said my ribs being out of place affects my Crohn's in a negative way. 
 
I did an internet search on this topic, but I could not find any information about the rib cage and Crohn's.  Is anyone familiar with this topic?
 
Also, my friend recommend this chiropractor as an alternative approach to help ease the pains of Crohn's.  He specializes in holistic medicine.  Has anyone used a chiropractor as a treatment for Crohn's?
 
kjl

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 10/25/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
i have been seeing a chiropractor regularly now for a year. i cant say it is helping my CD, but i know it is helping in other areas. i go to my guy as need, but at least once a week for check ups. he doesnt do manipulations which is awesome. instead he uses pressure points and what not and can do parts of the body the manipulator type chiro cant, like the skull.

the chiro fixes the nervous system. if that is out of whack, then it affects so many other functions of the body, especially glands and organs, even the digestive system. this happens slowly over time so you dont really notice it happening in most cases. after a while, the body adapts and it becomes normal. but then you get fixed and you realize you were living in pain and discomfort for a long time and didnt know it. quite amazing. the body is amazing at how it compensates for things that go out of whack so that it can function as best it can. if you wait too long, it may not be wholly reversible.

now i cant say that a rib being out definitely affects crohns. but there are other spinal parts that do as they are connected to the digestive system in regards to the nervous system. worse comes to worse, he at least fixes your posture...

i also use an acupuncturist. again, i cant say it helps with the CD, but i feel like a million bucks afterwards and recommend it to everyone.

i use these 2 methods as over all health maintenance. imho it is worth the money.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


UC Dude
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   Posted 10/25/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
What does a rib being "out" actually mean?
 


Keeper
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   Posted 10/25/2008 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe that a rib being "out" means that it is displaced from its normal position. In my wife's case, she had a knot in her back which was a visible bump. It took several visits to a good chiropractor before it was corrected, but after one of the visits, the bump was gone. In her case, it had been there for several years, so it was harder to move back to where it belonged. She knew when it had happened, but she had no thought of trying a chiro until the constant pain and discomfort was only getting worse. There was some calcification in the area, so it is still a problem, but not nearly so bad as it was.

Squattie
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   Posted 10/26/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
My rib goes out quite often. What it means is PAIN with every movement and every breath. I can pop them out of place just by rolling over in bed. I went to a chiro once to get one put back in place. He cracked me the wrong way and ended up displacing a couple more. He knew it as soon as he did it (mainly because I screamed), and I definitely knew it. He apologized profusely and gave me a $10 gift certificate to Whole Foods. Needless to say he only uses his activator on me now if I have to go in to see him.
.....Squattie


EMom
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   Posted 10/26/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Our whole family has been using chiropractic for about 15 years now. I am thankful for many reasons, but yes, both my kids have experienced ribs popping out. They are both very physically active (swimmers--don't know if this has anything to do with it), one has Crohn's, one does not. When it happens to them it occurs in their back and it's excruciating. Our chiro can pop it back in offering immediate relief. If it's out of place too long (as Keeper described) it can take longer to correct. If we catch it early it's usually no problem. My son had the issue last winter coupled with a cough from bronchitis (poor guy). Because of the cough it took longer to calm down and stay in place.

UC Dude, our chiro tried to explain the rib "popping out" to me by saying it has a location it's supposed to sit in sort of like a socket. He said it's surrounded by nerves or nerve endings, or something like that, therefore when it's out of place even ever-so-slightly slightly it can be quite painful.

kjl, our chiro does specific things for my son that address the digestive system. CrazyHarry did a great job of explaining the connection between the nervous system and the major organs, glands, etc., of the body.... Chiropractic addresses this and tries to keep everything functioning optimally. I'm a believer... :-)

Oh...one other thing. It was our chiro--the same one we use now--that told me when my son was 3 yrs. old to "consider taking him off wheat--he seems to have a sensitivity". He concluded this after doing specific "muscle testing". I never did take him off wheat until we started the Maker's and SCD diet last year. Maybe if I'd followed his directions then things would be different now...?
Mom to 16 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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