A co-worker posted on her facebook that she was rear-ended pretty hard (hard enough to get pushed into the car in front of her).
Everyone expressed their concern followed by "see a chiropractor ASAP." It made me wonder about that since I have never been to a chiropractor.
Is seeing a chiropractor always necessary following an accident (to access whiplash, muscle strain, etc.)?
Is chiropractic care helpful in general?
Have you ever been to a chiropractor?
I've never been but it seems like there is a kind of an association between car accident = chiropractor.
I have had a lot of success with chiropractors. One cured DH's severe vertigo. They can be miracle workers for the right types of injury. The thing to consider in choosing a chiro or physiotherapist is what kind of injury it is. If it is skeletal (misalignments) then see the chiro, if it is muscular then see the physio.
There are also different types of chiropractors. Some do big adjustments, others use smaller, even micro, adjustments. DH does't like big adjustments, and it was a neck injury, so he went to someone who does more frequent smaller adjustments. I prefer someone who can crunch my back and deal with the issue. They kind of chiropractic depends on personal preference and what will work better for the type of injury.
I don't think it is a need, but boy can it be helpful. For your co-worker, I would suggest to let the injury heal a bit and then assess whether it is muscular or skeletal and where the injury is. Then see what the best kind of practitioner would be.
I haven't been personally to one but my mother saw one for her back. Took several treatments the first time around and now she goes for a "refresher" once a year or a so. It's helped her a lot.
I think chiro can be beneficial in an accident to help you feel better but I don't associate all car accidents with having to see a chiro.
I honestly think that the "health benefits" of chiropractors is typically about the same as regular massages. Which, hey, I love massages and I get one a month (at least!) I just don't really buy the whole back misaligned blah blah blah stuff. One time a chiropractor came to my work office and offered free 10 minute massages, so we all signed up. But of course it was a ploy to get people to start coming to their practice...they also did a "screening" to see about our health, and every single person (literally!) supposedly had something wrong with them that required a chiropractors' care. Not one person was fine. I don't buy it.
So then, several of my coworkers actually went to the chiropractor, and ended up signing up for these treatment plans including vitamins and stuff to the tune of several thousand dollars a piece. Honestly, it just seems like a big money making scam to me.
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Yeah that sounds gross to me too. My mom's chiro isn't like that. Not everyone has a problem. I think it's an awesome alternative to surgeries or traditional medicine. I know plenty of surgery happy doctors as well so it's all over the board.
They do much more than massages as well. With my mom she went from standing basically crooked to standing straight again. It was a noticeable difference.
I believe adjustments are necessary for overall good health. I have gone to a chiro for about 10 years and I know that I feel much better overall if I am adjusted. I only go once or twice a year, but have gone more if needed like after I feel pretty hard wakeboarding.
That being said, there are good chiro's and bad ones. I searched around for one that was conservative in her treatments and didnt want or need to see me for just because. My sister is a massage therapists and once worked for a chiro that convinced he patients to come in once a week and would not adjust everything in one visit so they had to come back in
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I am seeing a chiropractor for my tmj - referred by my dentist and my family doc.
I also used to work as a nanny for a chiropractor, there are some things they are very good at. I did see her after I was in a car accident and it helped with the whiplash.
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I would never go to a chiropractor for health benefits (especially that BS about how they can help relieve your allergies, asthma, etc. just from adjusting and aligning your spine), I would only go for a massage and for them to crack my spine because it feels really good, lol. Perhaps I am biased because I work in an orthopaedic office.