I have gone to three different chirops. The first turned me on to the fact that I needed to use an orthopedic pillow and sleep only on my sides or my back, never my stomach. His treatment didn’t help, but that advice has stuck with me and saved me tons of neck pain.
The second was an out-and-out charlatan. He tried to sell me vitamin supplements by waving containers in front of me while tugging on my resisting arm with his. When it came to something that he wanted to sell me, he would tug a little harder and say “See! That’s your body telling you that you are deficient in ____ [vitamin E, iron, whatever].” I ran, not walked out of there and never went back. Keith J., if you are out there, you are a dirty bastard. [His license was later suspended for something like that.]
The third is actually a golfing buddy of mine. He occasionally gets into fads that seem to be complete crap. He’s a typical hippie, holistic this and vegetarian that, about the total opposite of me, but he means well. His treatment seems like total bull shit, and actually makes my neck hurt worse that night. But almost miraculously the pain goes away the next day. My only problem is that it is never permanent. It comes back. And his treatment is too expensive and not covered by insurance. It was great for a while–I did some free legal work for him and he gave me free manipulations for a long time. But the free part wore off. Now the pain has to get pretty damn intense for me to cough up his fee for 3 minutes of his time. Lower the price, Ron buddy.
As a lawyer I see some who really help, and some who are quacks. If you get roped into seeing a chirop for months, seek help elsewhere. The good ones will help right away or stop trying and send you elsewhere. Most orthopedic surgeons hate them and think they are quacks. I think that is based on part ego and part competition. The more modern trend seems to be that they have a place for certain types pain, depending upon the cause.
Anybody else got an opinion on this slow Thursday?