Chiropractor = cheating con artist in my experience

by BOB

My experience in the USA with so called Chiropractors is that they want you to sign up for a course of treatments in order to get better. For example one I visited said that I would need at least 2 visits per week for 4 years but he would really recommend 5 visits per week and at times multiple visits per day otherwise I would never get better.

I know a few things about the human body and about physical therapy. It is much like getting beaten up. You come out of it having been twisted and turned, prodded and kneaded and it can at times feel like you have been run over a day or so afterwards.

So why would you even consider multiple visits per day?? Or even 5 treatments per week? Even 2 at times can be far too traumatic on the human body.

I have a lot of experience with various physiotherapy - shiatsu, seitai, acupuncture, hospital physiotherapy, chiropractor, osteopath, sports therapists.

Chiropractors in my opinion just plan do not understand the human body as much as other therapists do. They spill a lot of nonsensical garbage to make themselves sound intelligent. The proof is in the pudding and with chiropractic treatments it makes little or no difference, coupled with the scamming methods to get you to sign up for courses that are as much as a mortgage payment.

I would never use a Chiropractor again.

If you can find a decent Seitai therapist, that has shiatsu experience also then you will delighted with the outcome.

I have had a lot of treatments for various injuries from a Seitai practitioner who also used to be a fighter and is currently a fight coach also, so he knows a lot about to break a human body, how to train a human body to be extremely fit and I found this to be far far far superior to any Chiropractor out there by a LONG shot. He had real practical hands on knowledge. Not just some spill from a so called journal.

Other than that a decent proper physical therapist with proper experience is your best bet.

Leave those Chiropractors well alone in my opinion, unless you like losing a lot of money.

There are rotten apples in every barrel, Bob, and you came up against one of the worst, so I can't blame you for sounding off.
My regimen for chronic conditions is

* Treatment phase: 2 times a week for 3 to 4 weeks.

* Rehabilitation phase: Perhaps another half a dozen treatments over 6 weeks.

* An occasional, regular treatment, perhaps once in six weeks.

That would amount to a maximum of 20 treatments in the first year. Rather different to what you experienced.

Anyway, I'm glad you've found someone you're happy with. That's great.

Thank you for your comment, I value it, so will the readers. Watch out for the sharks!

Dr B

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Jul 13, 2017
Can cure Diabetes
by: Anonymous

I went to a Chiropractor Dr. who claimed he could cure diabetes in 2 months even tho mine is genetic and I am thin to begin with 5'8" at 140 lbs. He took me down to 120 lbs thinking that would cure it but it didn't. I was on all kinds of torture diets which didn't work and many many supplements....which did nothing at the cost of $8,000.00. I had 8 15 minutes office visits and that was it. Biggest rip off ever.

Frankly I'm surprised you were so gullible; you certainly were ripped off. No evidence whatsoever that I know of that chiropractic can cure type I diabetes.

Watch your diet carefully, take a walk every day, and use your insulin as per your doctor's prescription, and there's every chance you will live a long and normal life. There is some research that chromium supplements help, but I have no experience of that.

I hope you get that weight back on, and your blood sugar stabilizes. Thank you for writing, and it's an appropriate warning to others that there are rotten apples in every barrel.

Dr B

Sep 28, 2014
con artist chiropractor
by: Anonymous

I thought I was to smart to be taken by a con artist chiropractor. His promise was to fix my thyroid and give me more energy. He charged me 5,600. In six months he did (not?) help me at all. And he has my money.

Hello Anon,
Yes, I fear you were had. I know of no research that suggests chiropractic can help a thyroid.

I've added the (not) which I think you omitted in your fury!

What interests me is how you got sucked into believing it, why you consulted him for such a wayout condition in the first place; and stayed with the program for so long. Where you referred there by a friend, or did you get it off an internet site?

Chiropractic does sometimes help organ function, but it's so unpredictable and unresearched. To have promised you such was ingenuous.

It usually comes about quite differently; after a period of treatment for say midback pain, a patient reports they have less indigestion. Or after treatment for a chronic sacroiliac condition a long infertile woman falls pregnant.

Would I claim to be able to cure heartburn or infertility? Certainly not.

You got caught up in fringe chiropractic; I doubt one in a hundred chiros would make such a claim; you are rightly indignant.

Once bitten, twice shy, I fear.

Thank you for your contribution; it won't get you your money back, but it will give others cause to be cautious in being taken in by the unbelievable.

Dr B

An afterthought: did you medical doctor claim he would fix your thyroid and give you more energy with his pills, and couldn't come with the goods either?

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti-inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He is doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost pain-free. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he has taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily stroll has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift; he has a short leg.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. X-rays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65-year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88-year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done. 

10. Mr X is a 71-year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a few months ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38-year old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he could not sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71-year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors should not be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that is so much bunkum.

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