Thank you very much for the storied input! I need to verify, but I think that the chiropractor I visited was schooled at Palmer’s institute, funny coincidence.
Fortunately, I did just get a recommendation from a friend of a ‘really good’ chiropractor, a recommendation I would take to heart since my friend is a very active individual studying physical therapy and physiology, and he is a skeptical person. So I may give his chiropractor a call if this one turns out to be kind of quacky.
I asked myself, are these adjustments healing me? In other words, if I have muscle imbalances or tightness, then why would adjusting my bones have any lasting effect? In my opinion, it becomes an on-going treatment with no end in sight.
I’m a personal trainer who has done thousands of hours of on his own research over the past 5 years, and I’m also married to the office manager of a chiropractic clinic. On top of that, I am a professional wrestler, and have incurred many, many injuries. I feel to be more than qualified to talk about this subject, and if anyone cares, this is my opinion on chiropractic.
A) If someone just ‘feels around’ and goes for an adjustment, tell them no thanks, and run. An Xray is needed. When I was youngr, and didn’t realize this, I let a chiro at a wrestling show that was hired by the promoter adjust me. He almost tore my shoulder out of the socket, and I was in pain for months. If they tell you no tests or Xrays specifically are needed, they’re idiots. Go somewhere else.
B) I have no history whatsoever with the electro adjuster gimmicks, but I have heard a lot of bad about them from chiro’s that we’re trained at Palmer, which is the Chiro institute founded by the originator of chiropractic. Take that for what you will, but I don’t know how much I would trust them.
C) As far as the muscle/bone issue, I agree totally. I’d say people would get at least 100% better results from a chiro w/ a good training program suited for their needs than they would by chiro alone. Chiro’s will say the bones stay where they should through consistent adjustment, and to a large extent, I believe that. How many people who go to them are like us? Not many, and most of them think I’m a jackass for what I do to my body. However, they also all agree that my gym work has helped my body to a large extent. What I do in the gym helps unfuck what I’ve done in the ring.
D) They help unfuck it the rest of the way. And this is where the chiro comes in real handy. I don’t knowq what your body, training or chiropractor is like, but mine adjusts what I tell her is wrong. Having a large base of knowledge on the human body does not hurt a bit. I go in now, tell them what’s hurting, they know what to check, adjust, and a few hours later and I can train with all out intensity on anything. Before my adjustments, I couldn’t even move my arms at times. Again, this is a balance of being smart on training/knowing your body/knowing your chiro/knowing what to tell them.
E) Chiropractors are like trainers…Tons of bad, some good. Some people walk into the gym fresh off, never been in a gym and expect me to give them a program to get them ‘jacked, cut and feeling better’ in one hour. Doesn’t fucking happen, not possible. Same with chiropractors. Will some try to milk you? Yes, totally. Will the good ones help tremendously? Same answer.
In the end, my best advice is to know your body, know your training principles, know your chiro’s training, know how to do self myofascial release or get massage too, balance your body out with yor training, and use the chiro to fix up what that can’t. And you can’t fix a lot of it.
If your shoulder’s hanging half out of the socket, doing endless rear delt/rotator cuff/lower trap work ain’t gunna help a fucking thing. Howevr, if your chiro has to constantly adjust the thoracic region with terrible ‘cracking’ noises, etc, maybe you should lay off the heavy bench and strengthen your rows for half a year. Success doesn’t come in a day, and neither does a healthy body if you push it to the limits on a regular basis.
I got nuthin else…