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    Is going to a chiropractor three times a week for eight weeks . Then twice a week for eight weeks. Then twice a month for a month. Seem alot to me. She uses a ajuster. Tell me what you think.

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    wow, seems like alot, what is wrong???

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    The chiro in South Carolina told me that if you are not seeing improvement by 3rd visit you will not see any from a chiro.

    The very first one I went to told me I would be completely crippled with out her help inside a year! That was about 14 years ago, and I just walked in the door from working in the garden.

    You, my dear, need to see someone else.

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    Seems like too much to me. I did try two different chiropractors when I was having back problems. The sessions always felt good, but didn't really help.

    The only long-term relief I got from my back problem was when I went to a clinic that specializes in neck and back pain. They use exercise machines that isolate the muscles that need strengthening. Went twice a week for 6 or 8 weeks, and haven't had pain since!

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    I would suggest getting a second opinion from a different chiropractor - before your insurance runs out for the year! I don't know your situation but it sounds like a lot to me. I went through something similar and in the end it didn't help me a bit. And if I think of the other things I could have done with that money besides put his kids through college... :evil:

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    I and my family have done it. We thought it was alot too.
    However, trips to the Dr., over the counter meds to take care of this and that, and the emotional strain of not feeling well, make it worth the chance that you just might feel better and the cost of seeing one.

    Depends on what you mean by an adjuster. Do you mean that little thing they hold in their hand, touch a spot, and 'shoot' you?

    When I did it, the Dr. did Kinesiology which is a totally different method. He also used the shooter thingy. His objective was to get you to a maintenenace point where all you needed was an occasional adjustment. Guess what? That's finally all I need now.

    Go for it. Do what he says and you too will be amazed at the difference. Mine was very health conscience and said:," lots of water, no white flour, sugar, no diet sodas, lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, keep the extra weigh off, and get some type of exercise and rest everyday. Walking is the best thing for you and make sure you laugh everday."

    Good luck.

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    I've noticed when I go to a chiropractor that has an adjuster they tend to "sell" their package like that. It is the "new" marketing technique to pay for their equipment. I was office manager (temp) for a cp and that's how their health care was to be "sold".

    When I go to a regular cp, a "hands-on", I've been told to come back when I feel like I need another adjustment, not usually more than once a week.

    I got caught up in this a couple of years ago and ended up paying about $1,000 over the course of 3 months. I felt better while being treated, but the problem came back.

    After that expensive course, I went to a regular cp, did the hands thing, felt better, but paid $100 a month.

    I still have the problem and go occasionally, but cp only fixes the symptoms, (in my case)

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    My son in law is a chiro. It would depend on what your problem is. I do know for some problems it is important to continue to put the spine back in place several times because if it has been out for awhile the muscles will pull the spine back to the position they have been in and it takes several times to retrain them to stay where they should be.

    It doesn't hurt and is a good idea to maybe get a second opinion. Just as a medical dr there are differant opinions.
    When Ben does anything he always explains what the body is doing and what the procedure he uses does to fix the problem. He educates you as well as fixes you. so if your DR didn't tell you ask why so many visits and what they will do for you.

    It is important as a patient to be knowledgable in all areas of your care.

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    I have gone to a chiropractor for 24 years, and the first one I went to, did that to me. When I went to another, I had relief on the very first adjustment from the new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek
    I and my family have done it. We thought it was alot too.
    However, trips to the Dr., over the counter meds to take care of this and that, and the emotional strain of not feeling well, make it worth the chance that you just might feel better and the cost of seeing one.

    Depends on what you mean by an adjuster. Do you mean that little thing they hold in their hand, touch a spot, and 'shoot' you?

    When I did it, the Dr. did Kinesiology which is a totally different method. He also used the shooter thingy. His objective was to get you to a maintenenace point where all you needed was an occasional adjustment. Guess what? That's finally all I need now.

    Go for it. Do what he says and you too will be amazed at the difference. Mine was very health conscience and said:," lots of water, no white flour, sugar, no diet sodas, lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, and get some type of exercise and rest everyday. Walking is the best thing for you and make sure you laugh everday."

    Good luck.
    LOL the little shooter thingy I think of it as a little pog stick! If you're talking about the tool I am familiar with. My sil is a chiro and we stayed with them when he was taking the class to learn to use it. He uses it on my wrists when the bones move in there and cause excrutiating pain!! It works so well!! I can't remember the name of it.

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    I've been seeing one for most of my life. Not the same one, but continue to go when my back is out of whack. He certainly helped me when they thought my lung was collapsed ---- it was my back out of alignment!

    It all depends on what the problem is with your back. Sometimes it takes several visits, other times it just takes one.

    If you feel uncomfortable with the recommendation by all means get a second opinion, or even a third.

    Good luck.

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    I've had to go in 2x a day before when I fell and hurt my back. BUT my chiro only charges you once that day. I went back in 2 more days that week too and then 1x a week. A friend went for her hand several times a week...what's the problem you get that usually requires surgery? Anyway she ended up with surgery a few years later after she moved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    I've had to go in 2x a day before when I fell and hurt my back. BUT my chiro only charges you once that day. I went back in 2 more days that week too and then 1x a week. A friend went for her hand several times a week...what's the problem you get that usually requires surgery? Anyway she ended up with surgery a few years later after she moved.
    Carpal tunnel is the problem alot of people get in their wrist due to repetitive motion. I quit as a nurse's aide because I as developing problems and the symptoms went away.

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    I think you need to check out a different chiropractor. When I am in pain with the back and neck; I got to mine once or twice for the week. Then he says to call when needed.

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    MY back is out right now my chiro said it may take three adjustments he may be right usually he fixes me pretty quick! He has a traction machine that is wonderful!! He also sends me to a specialist is he can't fix the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    ... if you are not seeing improvement by 3rd visit you will not see any from a chiro.
    I would wholeheartedly disagree with that statement.

    When I was a kid, I took a few tumbles and since nothing was bleeding or broken, the incidents were simply ignored. Fast forward about 20 years and I got to the point where I literally couldn't walk. There were days that I crawled on all fours and lived on the hide-a-bed.

    A friend talked me into crawling to a chiropractor and he started me on a regiment that started 3x a week and slowly whittled down the visits. It took a while but eventually I was among the two-legged creatures again.

    We moved and I changed Chiropractors. Now I go when I get a hitch in my getup for maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    ... if you are not seeing improvement by 3rd visit you will not see any from a chiro.
    I would wholeheartedly disagree with that statement.

    When I was a kid, I took a few tumbles and since nothing was bleeding or broken, the incidents were simply ignored. Fast forward about 20 years and I got to the point where I literally couldn't walk. There were days that I crawled on all fours and lived on the hide-a-bed.

    A friend talked me into crawling to a chiropractor and he started me on a regiment that started 3x a week and slowly whittled down the visits. It took a while but eventually I was among the two-legged creatures again.

    We moved and I changed Chiropractors. Now I go when I get a hitch in my getup for maintenance.
    I also disagree. Some people go for years with problems, before they even try a chiropractor. There are many different problems and severities of problems. No one knows, sight unseen, how many treatments it can take to start seeing improvement.

    But it never hurts to get a second opinion.

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    Thats what he had me doing for my back but after a few weeks I couldn't see any difference so I quit. My x-rays showed a bulging disc, a deteriorated disc and spinal bone spurs....so now I just live with it. :|

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    My DH and I both went to a chiro and they had the same thing you go 3x a week for a month or 2 you do adjustments and traction, then it went to 2x a week for a while and then would eventually be once every so often. well unfortuneately money issues came in because I was unemployed but I do have to say that it was working!! They said that you go often in the beginning to get your spine where it should be then you just go to maintain. we went for 3 months and we both felt great! once we stopped about a month later both of us were sore all over again. I so wish I could afford to go back. My DH has gone a few times for an adjustment but more often would be better. I would give it a try and if you feel it isn't helping let them know, just make sure you are not stuck in any kind of contract. hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Thats what he had me doing for my back but after a few weeks I couldn't see any difference so I quit. My x-rays showed a bulging disc, a deteriorated disc and spinal bone spurs....so now I just live with it. :|
    When my SIL was in Chiro college at Palmer in Davenport Ia he took courses and has continued education so he can determine if a patient has a condition that needs to be seen by a medical doctor and he refers people all the time when needed.

    Most reputable chiropractors will refer when needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Thats what he had me doing for my back but after a few weeks I couldn't see any difference so I quit. My x-rays showed a bulging disc, a deteriorated disc and spinal bone spurs....so now I just live with it. :|
    When my SIL was in Chiro college at Palmer in Davenport Ia he took courses and has continued education so he can determine if a patient has a condition that needs to be seen by a medical doctor and he refers people all the time when needed.

    Most reputable chiropractors will refer when needed.
    Well mine did not and I just realized one day that he wasn't going to fix me and he was only in it for the money......but I loved the massage table! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    ... if you are not seeing improvement by 3rd visit you will not see any from a chiro.
    I would wholeheartedly disagree with that statement.

    When I was a kid, I took a few tumbles and since nothing was bleeding or broken, the incidents were simply ignored. Fast forward about 20 years and I got to the point where I literally couldn't walk. There were days that I crawled on all fours and lived on the hide-a-bed.

    A friend talked me into crawling to a chiropractor and he started me on a regiment that started 3x a week and slowly whittled down the visits. It took a while but eventually I was among the two-legged creatures again.

    We moved and I changed Chiropractors. Now I go when I get a hitch in my getup for maintenance.
    I also disagree. Some people go for years with problems, before they even try a chiropractor. There are many different problems and severities of problems. No one knows, sight unseen, how many treatments it can take to start seeing improvement.

    But it never hurts to get a second opinion.
    Notice my chiro said improvement, not out and out forever cure in 3 visits. Only you can decide if your pain is better, stable or worse from day to day. There are also some shiesters (such as the one who told me I would be wheelchair bound, only SHE could save my ability to walk) out there who will take advantage of anyone they can, even those in pain. Why waste the 2 months and the $ on someone who cannot help, and find someone who can? Just as with physicians, some are better than others.

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    Chiropractor is hands-on. This is what my chiro doctor says. An adjuster, whatever that is, can't feel what need to be adjusted. Bulging disc or dics problems most like should be seem by a good medical doctor.
    I went to a pain managment special for pain in my hand he told me it carpel tunel. He only does surgery as a last resort.

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    Most insurance has a limit on the number of visits you can have. I find chiropractors who have a prescribed number of visits may just be trying to get as much as he can from the insurance. Try a second opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    Notice my chiro said improvement, not out and out forever cure in 3 visits. Only you can decide if your pain is better, stable or worse from day to day. There are also some shiesters (such as the one who told me I would be wheelchair bound, only SHE could save my ability to walk) out there who will take advantage of anyone they can, even those in pain. Why waste the 2 months and the $ on someone who cannot help, and find someone who can? Just as with physicians, some are better than others.
    Actually I found that the pain can get worse during the beginning of treatment (just like with acupuncture) because everything being shuffled around a bit. When I started my program MANY years ago, I knew that it would be a long road to recovery. I am so glad I stuck it out. Totally agree with you on the less than reputable lot. They can do more harm than good and unfortunately give the good ones a bad reputation as well.

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