Chiropractic treatment is used as a pain relief alternative for bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissue, like cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.
The notion is that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, especially the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without medication or surgery
However, while chiropractic treatment is an effective way to straighten your spine and other misaligned joints, bones, cartilage in your body, there is a small number of chiropractors who know that people are desperate to rid themselves from body pains and illness, forgot their oath, and became more interested in relieving patients of their money than their pain.
Here are some of the things you need to watch out for when looking for a chiropractor.
Avoid chiropractors who make bogus claims about curing diseases, and try to get patients to sign contracts for lengthy treatment, use scare tactics, promote regular “preventive” adjustments, or disparage scientific medical treatment or preventive measures such as immunization.
Stay away from chiropractors who claim to diagnose or treat “subluxations”, Such chiropractors often have waiting room brochures promoting “nerve interference” as an underlying cause of disease, or post charts or use ads suggesting that chiropractic might help nearly every type of health problem.
Beware of any chiropractor who routinely orders x-ray examinations of all patients. Most patients who consult a chiropractor do not need them.
After speaking to my chiropractor, he said full-spine x-ray examinations are used on rare and severe cases. He also says this practice has doubtful diagnostic value and involves a large amount of radiation. So beware.
Avoid chiropractors who “prescribe” homeopathic products, dietary supplements, or herbal products for the treatment of disease or who sell any of these products in their offices.
Note: registered or licensed dietitians or nutritionist or physicians are the best sources for dietary advice.
Now, while it’s not unusual for small chiropractic businesses to offer other services, some red flags of a money-grabbing scheme from a chiropractor could be an offer to do a body fat analysis, computerized “nutrient deficiency” testing, contact reflex analysis, electrodermal testing,
contour analysis (also called moire contourography), computerized range-of-motion analysis, cytotoxic testing, Functional Intracellular Analysis (FIA), hair analysis, herbal crystallization analysis, inclinometry, iridology, leg-length testing, live blood cell analysis (also called nutritional blood analysis or Hemaview), testing with a Nervo-Scope or similar spinal heat-detecting device,
Nutrabalance, NUTRI-SPEC, pendulum divination, reflexology, saliva testing, surface electromyography (SEMG), spinal ultrasound testing to “measure progress, thermography, a Toftness device, weighing on a twin-scale device called a Spinal Analysis Machine (S.A.M.), or any other dubious diagnostic procedure listed here.
Note: You might need some of the tests listed above but do your research and ask other experts before you commit to chiropractic treatment.
I once visited a chiropractor’s office and I saw their brochure, they claim to do acupuncture, allergy testing, Activator methods, applied kinesiology, Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.).
Other bogus tests can be cranial or magnetic or biomagnetic therapy, craniosacral therapy, colonic irrigation, chelation therapy, laser acupuncture, Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), or Neural Organization Technique (NOT).
Look, I’d say this, just stay away from those chiropractors who use dubious dogmatic approach or lay claim to other specific chiropractic technique.
Understand that some chiropractic treatments involve significant risk.
Spinal manipulations often involve sudden movements with a greater potential for injury than more conservative types of therapy.
Know that chiropractic neck manipulation can cause serious injuries. Neck manipulation done by an experienced chiropractor will do it with care to avoid excessive rotation that could damage the patient’s vertebral artery.
Some chiropractors advocate neck manipulation to “realign” or “balance” the spine no matter where the patient’s problem is located. However, most refute this. Neck manipulation can be used only when symptoms indicate a specific need for it.
In short, stay away from chiropractors who:
Offer pre-sold treatment “packages”
Pressure you to sign up for or attend maintenance or preventive care programs.
Offer months of endless care without re-examination
Request unnecessary repeat x-ray studies
If you see no improvement in your situation or it gets worse, then its probably time to go elsewhere. Ask information from people who have used a particular chiropractor’s service before you commit. Do due diligence and stay safe.