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Gotta love how the only people freaking out about how shitty chiros "must be" are the people who've never went. I'm sure not everyone has as positive an experience as I do there, but that's more a condition of your injury itself and the incorrect attempt to apply that specific tactic to relieve it.
I used to be one of those naysayers all the way. I fucked up my back really good playing HS football- lower sprain across L1-3 and jacked up my SIs something fierce. It was just like "throwing out your back" but x100. Fast forward a few years and it's on and off, would definitely have considered myself to have a "bad back". Every once in a while I would just lay myself out doing something trivial like picking up a backpack. It totally sucked and all I could do was wait for the initial injury to subside, and then the wave of muscle cramping and knots like a motherfucker to go after that. This went on for years. Then I REALLY fucked my shit up skiing trees up at Jay. I couldn't stand up straight for two months afterwards, no matter how much rest I gave it or the stretches I did, nothing worked. I went to see my doctor (for a fee) and I was subsequently sent to a specialist (for another fee) where I was X rayed, poked and prodded and basically was sent to another specialist (for another fee) and tried to give me some hydrocodones, which I didn't want. They really didn't know what was wrong with my back besides the alignment issues and outside of muscle relaxers, they weren't willing to really do anything since my discs were pretty good and it wasn't a bone issue.
I was pissed, and more importantly, I was still in a ton of pain. I was carrying so much tension in my hips and lower back it felt like someone had charliehorsed me in the tops of both asscheeks. This was not a small amount of pain. I figured why not try chiros since I really didn't have much to lose at this point. I asked my dad and he said basically that they helped him but it wasn't a peaches and cream massage, they kind of manhandle you. So I was scared going in but what other choice did I have? I hadn't been able to stand up straight or function properly at work for two months, and I had to do something.
I went in, they took more x-rays, they had me do some stretches and noted my favor and tenderness range, assed the overall picture and decided which manipulation to do in an attempt to relieve it. Then I got a massage to relax and loosen my effected muscles. After that, they had me lay on my side and they do this twist stretch that I could feel pop my lower back in the most amazing way possible. It was like flipping a switch, man. It wasn't 100%, but holy shit that restrictive tension was gone. Did the other side, a few relaxing stretches on the table, I get up and POW. I stood up straight and mostly pain free for the first time in over sixty fucking days. My muscles were still sore but holy shit that tension was gone. We're talking the kind of stretch and pop you get from a laying down crossover leg stretch... But times a million. So amazing.
That was the first time I went and like I said my muscles were still out of whack so they were still jacking me back up and I went back a few times to keep it feeling good. But once the muscles calmed down, I was good and didn't have to go back.
That's what I don't think people get. Most go in, get their shit fixed, and are done with it until they fuck themselves up again. That's me, and I can normally stretch myself out and be fine but when I do fuck myself up, it's nice to be familiar with a method to fix it and be on my way again. Back pain is no fun. Then there's others whose injury is more serious, and so they have to go more often, since their problem isn't being magically relieved or whatever ignorant joke someone might make, in some cases it is literally a constant battle against the injury's effects on the muscles and the related structure of your back- and that's effect on the rest of you.
Other injuries are simply not appropriate for a chiro. Degenerating disc issues and bone breaks I would assume have to be examined very carefully to asses and the quality of your chiro is of the utmost importance as well. Do some research, find a respected and well known practice and go check them out and talk to one of their chiros. Trust me, the only thing you have to lose by giving it a look and considering it is all the pain you will feel between now and then if you're like me. On top of that, my insurance only has a $10 copay for it.
Anyways, that was a shitload of typing but this is literally a "sore" subject I spent a ton of time considering before making a move on, and I wished I had made it sooner. Hence the novel. Good luck man, I hope hey can help you like they helped me!