Chiropractics


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    We all know chiropractics get basically paid to crack and pop your joints for you. Personally, I never visited one because I have little trouble cracking my joints myself.

    Maybe I should? Did anyone visit one before? Did it help as in reduce the need to crack the joints for a longer period?

    As evidenced by The Skeptical Chiropractic Discussion Forum not everyone agrees with this profession:

    It aims to: encourage critical thinking, promote the detailed examination of chiropractic topics and prevent individuals (students and patients) from being taken advantage of by the many unethical individuals and organizations who disseminate misleading chiropractic information.

    This site seems worthwhile to dissect for info.



  • Personally Ive never been to a CP But I do have an aunt that goes to one regularly. She was in a car accident a few years back and began to suffer from cronic migrains.The doctor then set her up with regular CP visits. She tells me that the CP visits really work. (But usually only for a month)
    She tells me that the CP cracks her neck and upper back and she can literally feel the pain drain away! Ive always wanted to go to some kind of CP (So I can learn some new pops!) lol


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    @Melmaculent:

    Ive always wanted to go to some kind of CP (So I can learn some new pops!) lol

    Should you ever go see a CP please report back here! I'm sure a pro joint cracker would be able to assess the quality or worthiness of a CP better than most other people unfamiliar with the concept of joint cracking. :lol:


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    In light of the recent new discoveries on the cause of Jointcracktitis labeled Hypermobile Joints / Lax liagments I shall look and visit a qualified Chiropractic and ask for advice.

    It does appear that these group of doctors might be the most qualified to have valuable input after all.



  • I had a really bad motorcycle accident a few years ago. After that, I started getting really bad headaches and also my RSI/CPS started getting much much worse.

    When it got to the point when I really couldn't even write for more than about 10 mins because the RSI had gotten so bad, my GP referred me to a chiropractor.

    At first it was just really scary – the chiropractor cracked all manner of things I hadn't even realised should be able to move! He figured that most of my problems were because my back had healed incompletely after my bike accident. But I immediately had some relief from the pain and started to think perhaps it would help. He also used ultrasound and accupuncture on my worst affected muscles and that really helped to. After a course of treatment I was sorted!

    Up until then I'd only regularly been able to crack my fingers, wrists, ankles, knees and hips. The chiropractic treatment must have helped with some stuff, because my back and neck and chest and arms are now able to crack -- whether it's good for me or not ;-) It's all much looser, my RSI is under control again and the tension headaches are virtually gone :-)

    I'm a big advocate of chiropractic now, as you might have noticed ;-)


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    PJ, thank you very much for sharing your good experiences with a chiropractor.

    I had to use an acronym search engine to understand your post:

    Your General Practitioner (GP) referred you to a chiropractor after your Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) got really bad affecting the Characters Per Second (CPS) you could type with your fingers.

    You say that after the treatment you can now crack joints you could not crack before. Personally, I have plans to see a chiropractor to ask her for exercises to achieve the total opposite. I'd like to stabilize my liagments so I won't feel the need to crack my joints in the first place anymore.

    However, the treatment seems to have worked for you and you lead a better life now.

    Do you still visit this chiropractor regularly or did you only see him once?



  • Not to be a bubble-burster here, but my experiences with chiropractors were always negative!

    The reason I started going was because of chronic pain in my back and neck (very very long story, let's just say I had to have my leg lengthened by 3 inches). Yes, the chiropractor is very good with finding unusual ways to crack unusual joints. I particularly enjoyed having my upper spine cracked. The cracking itself felt good, as usual, but afterwards, I always felt extremely sore wherever had cracked, my neck especially. This is what led me to stop seeing the chiropractor and start cracking my own joints instead.



  • Sorry this is a little late to reply, hadn't been by in a while…

    @Jointcracker, you're of course right that RSI == Repetitive Strain Injury, but when I said CPS, I actually meant Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I'm an unlucky IT worker afflicted with both problems that make it hard to type ;-)

    I went to the chiropractor regularly for about 6 months. To be clear, I was seriously damaged after my accident and a lot of "bad healing" (things healing in the incorrect place, damaged muscles strengthening without healing etc) needed to be undone. As another poster has said, at first it was just a cycle of short-term relief following by major pain, but I stuck with it and came out the end of it feeling MUCH MUCH better.

    I don't need to see a chiropractor any more, especially if I crack the joints myself and make sure to exercise regularly. In particular I find weight training helps a lot. That said, I do go back a couple of times a year, usually when I've been travelling for work a lot. Flights on cramped planes sure can f* * k you up! ;-)



  • @crazedgiggles:

    Not to be a bubble-burster here, but my experiences with chiropractors were always negative!

    The reason I started going was because of chronic pain in my back and neck (very very long story, let's just say I had to have my leg lengthened by 3 inches). Yes, the chiropractor is very good with finding unusual ways to crack unusual joints. I particularly enjoyed having my upper spine cracked. The cracking itself felt good, as usual, but afterwards, I always felt extremely sore wherever had cracked, my neck especially. This is what led me to stop seeing the chiropractor and start cracking my own joints instead.

    Makes the most sense and shows that they don't really help?



  • @Blaze:

    @crazedgiggles:

    Not to be a bubble-burster here, but my experiences with chiropractors were always negative!

    The reason I started going was because of chronic pain in my back and neck (very very long story, let's just say I had to have my leg lengthened by 3 inches). Yes, the chiropractor is very good with finding unusual ways to crack unusual joints. I particularly enjoyed having my upper spine cracked. The cracking itself felt good, as usual, but afterwards, I always felt extremely sore wherever had cracked, my neck especially. This is what led me to stop seeing the chiropractor and start cracking my own joints instead.

    Makes the most sense and shows that they don't really help?

    can you self-crack successfully?


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