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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Chiropractors and Chiropractic Medicine

Here's a new article by Opal Tribble on Chiropractic Medicine that explains some of the potential benefits of being seen by a chiropractor, as well as an abbreviated history of chiropractic.

I've actually gone to a chiropractor in the past myself and I can say that Opal's description is on target. I had an initial consultation followed up with a spinal manipulation which, really, only took about ten minutes. On future visits to my chiropractor, I was given some type of high strength sonic wave treatment, prior to my manipulation.

Did treatments from a chiropractor help me? Honestly, I don't know. I went because my lower back went out (this has happened about three times in the last decade, possibly as a result of weightlifting-related stress, and, each time, I find myself incapacitated for about a week) and because this particular chiropractic physician was highly recommended by several individuals I know.

However, relief from my lower back pain and a return to normal ambulation (i.e. no longer having to use a cane to get around) occurred about when I would have expected. That is, within a week. Whether or not my visits to a chiropractor speeded my recovery process, I can't really say.

One thing I will say, however, is that I absolutely loved the sonic wave treatment that was applied to my back. It provided a fairly intense sensation that, from my own experience, has only been matched by a professional massage therapist. Yet, this occurred in a distinctly different fashion. It was literally like a high energy massage flowing in wave fashion over my back. In principle, this was like a tens unit, used by individuals who have back pain, but much more powerful.

Here's Opal article: Chiropractic Medicine - History, Treatment, and Benefits

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