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I see a massage therapist once a week. She does advise that I go to a Chiropractor, like you, I do not really feel that instant gratification from a Chiropractor as I do from a massage. The one issue for me in seeing a Chiropractor is that I have to have all my training in before I see him as he says no workouts for the rest of the day. I typically have two workouts and the days I do not, my Chiropractor is closed or work is too busy for me to get away. It should be higher on my list but it isn't. I do agree with your Chiropractor in that if you do go, you should go regularly to see the reap the benefit. I am sure we have a few Chiropractors active on ST that would chime in as to why we should make it a higher priority.
This. Chiro is one big scam. There is no scientific evidence for anything. I cant understand how there is a Dr. of chiropractic in the US.
Maybe you like being massaged. Of course he is telling you this, he wants to gain you as a customer.
To be fair though, there are tons of things in the world, and specifically, triathlon, that utterly fail the 'scientific proof' test. All the various sneaker types and matching with the type of foot (like motion control for overpronators) being the most prevalent yet most widely accepted form of pseudoscience that literally has zero scientific evidence behind it. I would argue that chiros actually have a LOT more legit science behind them (at least their anatomy and basic physiology studies are based upon the real stuff) compared to those sneaker match theories.
Right you are. In high school I woke up with a wry neck, and couldn't turn my head. This was about 2 days before a big race. Coach referred me to his chiro who said it was because one leg was longer than the other and I'd have to come in twice a week to fix it.
A week later the injury was forgotten, but that advice isn't. Chrio is a hard pass for me.
I've also experienced crushing back pains on and off through the years, and where MDs just want to drug me up, my chiro actually fixes the problem in a couple of visits. I've also walked into his office literally holding a box of Kleenex because I'm so stuffed up I can't breathe, and walked out breathing free and clear. The naysayers have their opinions, but it works for me, that's all I can say.
No flaming needed.
I think like any "alternative" therapy they have there potential place (albeit incredibly small) and remember most treatments in life have a 30% placebo effect.
Where are they on my list? Nowhere....would never have them on my list.
Won't use any stronger words, others have already stated opinions in line with my thoughts....!!
If there is trouble a physical therapist should be able to give you exercises you can do on your own.
Then 6 months later go back and have X-rays again to see if you are making progress
Personally my skull sits quite a bit far forward and has caused a good deal of damage to the vertebrae in ny neck. Even though I donâ€™t feel pain.
It may be from so many hours in the aero position.
I will be getting X-rays in another few months to see if the exercises I am doing has helped.
Went to a chiropractor who's a sports specialist. He'll actually be doing his first triathlon at the same tri which will be my first triathlon. He decided the injury was due to tightness of the muscles, going up to the lower back, and he did his little leg-bending voodoo and some weird stapler kind of contraption and I've now been running for a few months without re-injury.
I think the major lesson I've learned here is the importance of seeing someone who knows sports and athletic injuries. I was skeptical of going to a chiro and thought they were quacks as well, but my guy knows exactly what I'm talking about when I tell him of the various pains from running and swimming.
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I also try to see a massage therapist every 6 weeks or so during the tri season, for maintenance.
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When one of them told me I'd need to see him over and over pretty much forever, I was like "Sure....." and out the door for that.
Chiropractors were not too highly regarded during my time in therapy school and remain frowned upon by most other allied health professionals.
There is no scientific evidence for anything.
Your statement is false.
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I have to see the chiro before massage or else my insurance wonâ€™t cover it.
He mostly does stretching stuff with me. I like the cracking though.
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I injured my shoulder lifting something way to heavy, heard a pop, and suffered for 6 months with agonizing pain. Then one day had it popped back in(didn't know it was out) and it was like night and day. Did that to my knee in the old days too, searched out every remedy, but being out of alignment with the other bones was the problem. Popped it back in, and recovery began immediately.
As to all the other claims, yes I believe most are exaggerated, or even bogus. But like all doctors, there are good ones and bad ones, the guys that are athletes themselves are probably your best bet. Or at the very least used to seeing a lot of athletes.
And yes, massage is way more important as a weekly/monthly priority. In fact, most good chrios will tell you this and have one on staff to insure adjustments hold...
Less is more.