Anyone else go to a chiropractor?

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   Posted 3/24/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, just got back from getting "cracked," and I'm wondering how many of you find this useful.  My body tenses up, sometimes over a few weeks, sometimes (like this time) because I did something stupid, and the result is my right side "shrinks," so I'm totally off.  And it hurts!  Does this sound familiar?rolleyes

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   Posted 3/24/2010 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I go to a chiro and it helps.  Make sure that when you bend over that you don't twist your body, major issues for a lot of people.  There have been times that I bent & twisted and literally locked up, bent over double and the thing that helps is for the chiro to "unlock" the lower back. 
My issue is the atlas and axis get out of wack.  There are also problems with c-3 thru c-6 but the big culprit is the atlas in my neck.
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   Posted 3/24/2010 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I just got back from the chiropracter myself.  I have had 2 auto accidents in the past and learned thru experience just how helpful chiropractic can be.  The first auto accident was a whiplash at age 27 and I just basically lived with it for 7 years until my fiance (now my husband) suggested I try it.  Well, 7 months later I was living without pain in my neck.  At about 50 I had an auto accident on black ice which wrenched my lower back.  You know me, I don't like to give priority to any particular part of my body when it comes to pain. LOL!  Anyway, chiropractic helped that pain.  Throughout all this time, since about age 27, I have had fibro but didn't really know what to call it. 
Sometimes now for a reason ( a fall, tripping or jerking my body in some way) or no reason at all that I can figure, I end up at the chiropractor.  It always seems to help.  However, I'm not one of those who can get adjusted and walk out feeling no pain.  I usually go home and lay down for 30-45 min. and that seems to relax things and I feel better.  Also, my chiro does NOT crack my body but uses an instrument that gently pushes the bones back into place.  I can't use regular methods and have used the adjuster method for years because of my fibro.

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   Posted 3/24/2010 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I go to a chiropractor also. It isn't though really for my fibro per-se. I have several orthopedic/muscle issues which of course makes the fibro pain worse. The chiro I go to is an orthopedic chiropractor so does things other than just crack my back. Actually he does very little of that but uses other therapies that are directed more towards muscles, joints, etc instead of the spine. I have been to many other physical therapists but he is the only person who has been able to help me. My orthopedic surgeon sent me to this chiro and I am glad that he did. Lisa
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   Posted 3/24/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all! Actually, I shouldn't have said, "cracked," because I don't do that anymore, either. The woman I go to uses a table and just drops parts of it while pushing on my SI and/or sacroiliac joint. This time I've blown it, because while driving home, I turned over a dip in the road too fast. Soooo the right leg is once again tight, where if I stand with even hips, it's about an inch and a half off the ground. I'll probably be back there now tomorrow.

I like geckogirl's "laugh at it" comment!

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   Posted 3/24/2010 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to be a regular at the chiropracter, but my doc put a screeching halt to that!!!  My degenerative bone and joint disease has progressed to the point that apparently I run a high risk of "cracking" something permanently!  As much as I enjoyed it, and as much as it helped on the really bad days, it is no longer even an option for me.  Take it from me, take advantage of the adjustments for as long as you can.  They are the bomb, but I decided that I didn't want to risk broken bones over it.  Now I just settle for massages.  They are REALLY relaxing and sometimes depending on the situation, actually help the fibro pain!
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   Posted 3/25/2010 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have gone to a chiropractor many times for my lower back that is messed up and a few years ago I went for quite awhile for my neck after a car accident but the more he did to my neck the worse it felt, I have arthritis in my upper neck.
Just make sure you are going to a chiropractor that knows something about fibro or you can end up in worse shape.
The last one I went to after the accident had a table with rollers that would go up and down your back as you laid there on your back, boy did that feel good but I'm not going to spend $65.00 to go lay on the table for 15 min.
Now I only do my relaxing massages.
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   Posted 11/26/2011 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I have also had success with chiropractic care. Ironically, my chiropractor is the first person who suggested I may have fibromyalgia and that's what led to all my subsequent tests and diagnosis.

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   Posted 11/26/2011 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
After my diagnosis I went to a physical therapist for months trying to restore my range of motion in my neck. In just a couple of visits my chiropractor had my range far better than two months with a PT.
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   Posted 3/22/2012 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I go to a NUCCA Chiropractor , and I love it. Totally solved a pelvic tilt issue I had. I also pop ribs occasionally and it really helps with that, too.

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   Posted 3/22/2012 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am back to seeing the chiropractor. Make sure yours is knowlegeable about fibromyalgia.

He's having me see a massage therapist tomorrow because I'm so tight.

Make sure you're careful about not undoing what your chiropractor did. Be careful how you twist and bend and don't overdo.

Good luck to you.
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