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Tips and Facts About Chiropractic

Updated on September 4, 2017
Linda Courtney profile image

As I am aging I have taken a big interest in doing everything I can to stay healthy. Without my health, it would be impossible to enjoy life

Chiropractor Spinal Adjustment
Chiropractor Spinal Adjustment

I have been going to a chiropractor since the 1980’s and absolutely would not go anywhere else for my aches and pains. Unless, of course, something major happened. In that case, my chiropractor would recommend me see someone else. I hate taking pills and love more natural methods of healing. Chiropractic fits the bill. In my research, I have found some interesting facts regarding this natural healing practice.

A Little History

Manipulation of joints has been practiced in some form or another for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. However, it wasn’t until 1895 when DD Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a janitor who complained of hearing loss in one ear. DD Palmer made an adjustment, and the janitor noticed a considerable improvement in his hearing. From that moment on, Palmer continued to develop chiropractic. He started Palmer School of the Cure in 1897. This school is still standing today in Davenport, Iowa and called Palmer College of Chiropractic. Licensing requirements starting coming into play in 1913. Approximately 70,000 active chiropractor licenses are in existence today.

Chiropractic for Horses


Choosing a Chiropractor

Not all chiropractors are created equal. It took me three tries before finding the best chiropractor for my needs. The first was a good introduction into chiropractic. They took x-rays of my spine. It showed a severe curvature in my lower back. When looking at it, I wondered if I wasn’t limping as one hip was higher than the other. They showed me a short video of a baby being born with a mother that was anesthetized as was the practice back in the 1950s. With the mother unconscious, the doctor did a lot of pulling and twisting on that poor newborn to release him from the mother’s womb. It opened my eyes as to how a spine could be as curved as mine from birth. The adjustments they did worked and I was happy with them for a while.

I moved and changed chiropractors. This guy adjusted the backs of racehorses. He never took x-rays, just made an adjustment. And boy was he rough. I’m a delicate female here, not a 1000 pound racehorse! After the adjustments there I was in more pain than before. That did not seem right to me.

So I found another chiropractor who took x-rays, talked to me about my conditions, and where I had pain. It was my first x-ray since my first chiropractor ten years before, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my spine was so much straighter than years ago. He then set up a treatment plan. He not only made adjustments but had machines such a diathermy and laser therapy. As years went by, they got something that looked like a medieval torture machine called spinal decompression. They strap you on this table, and it gently stretches you out a little at a time. None of these treatments hurt in the least bit. I usually felt much better when I left there. I have been with this chiropractor for 15 years now and couldn’t be happier.

I hope my experiences help you in knowing what to look for when choosing a chiropractor. Just because they have a license, does not mean they are right for you. On your first appointment, interview them. Make sure they are properly licensed and ask them about their practices. Do they just perform adjustments? That is not always a bad thing. Adjustments are what aligns our bones and keep us healthy. The other therapies I mentioned above are just icing on the cake for me. I have insurance with a set copay though. If you do not have insurance, all of this could cost extra so beware. Get prices during your consultation if you are on a budget.

Medieval Torture Machine?


The Benefits of Chiropractic

Chiropractic can help people of all ages with pain. Many people suffer from back pain from injury, or maybe they were born with a curved spine as I was. Chiropractic can help this condition in most cases. You should always talk to another doctor first to get referrals and make sure it is right for your condition. Besides the spine, chiropractic treatments can help any area of the body experiencing pain whether it be shoulders, neck, legs, wrists, hands, and so on. Depending upon the cause, certain types of a headache can be alleviated through chiropractic too.

If you are an athlete or even an everyday exerciser, chiropractic can help your body stay in peak condition and help avoid pain in the first place. This practice specializes in the movement of your bones, joints, and muscles so it only stands to reason it will help you achieve all you can in your sport or activity. Many pro athletes have a chiropractor at their disposal at all times. You must go to them on a regular basis, even if you are not in pain, to stay in peak condition. Waiting too long between visits and your body could lose some flexibility or movement. Ask your chiropractor for advice on how often you should go for your needs.

Many people may not realize it, but chiropractic can also build your immune system. When your spine is not in alignment, it affects your nervous system. Spinal manipulation will help to increase blood flow, and that will help you fight off infections and colds better. So even if you have no pain in your joints or muscles, chiropractic is beneficial to you.

Do you suffer from stomach ailments such as acid reflux or heartburn? Believe it or not, the thoracic part of the spine relates to digestion. If your spine is not aligned, it can affect the stomach. An adjustment can help relieve these symptoms, so that you won’t be popping over-the-counter medicines.

If you have ever considered chiropractic, try it. When you are getting an adjustment, it sounds worse than it feels. You will hear an unusually loud crack when the chiropractor does your neck, but you will feel no pain. The benefits of this natural healing method are tremendous.


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 6 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Linda,

      Thank you for your compassion. You would just have to live here to understand such lunacy.

      Write soon.

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      Linda Courtney 6 months ago from Bensalem, PA

      Hi Kenneth That one there sounds like a quackopractor to me. Hope you did get your pain taken care of by a real doctor in the end.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, again, Linda,

      I have just followed you via your note on your profile page. I am so glad that I read this hub. Tremendous information and well-written, Linda.

      I voted YES, on the "Have you ever went to a chiropractor," but this man would not give me an adjustment although he told me that I was in dire need of one.

      He said heat treating my knees and legs would help relieve the pain. But my entire problem as I told him was in my lower back and in my neck.

      His response, "Well, then I don't care about your pain." as any arrogant person can be.

      I got my files and started seeing another professional.

      Aren't there organizations that I could have talked to this group to inform this jerk just how badly I was treated?

      Anyway. Write soon.

    • Linda Courtney profile image

      Linda Courtney 6 months ago from Bensalem, PA

      Connie, glad you were helped with chiropractic. It's one of my favorite natural healing methods.

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      Connie S Owens 6 months ago from El Cajon, CA

      After my car accident I saw a chiropractor, when done with the treatments I felt better than before my accident. I could never lay flat on my back, when he was done I could without pain. It is time to go back again. :)