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When I was a young boy of ten years of age or so, I recall one of my dad’s friends exclaiming “I had a chiropractor adjust me one time in my life and I felt like a million dollars afterward.” From that moment on, even with no knowledge of the subject, I started wanting to visit a chiropractor.
The history of chiropractic began in 1895 when Daniel David Palmer of Iowa performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a partially deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard. There has been much controversy in the chiropractic world over the years, including many chiropractors being jailed for practicing medicine without a license, over the subject for the last 120 years but now chiropractors are able to practice without such discrimination.
CHICAGO, Aug. 28— The American Medical Association led an effort to destroy the chiropractic profession by depriving its practitioners of association with medical doctors and by calling them ''unscientific cultists'' or worse, a Federal district judge has ruled.
Judge Susan Getzendanner described the conspiracy as ''systematic, long-term wrongdoing and the long-term intent to destroy a licensed profession'' in a ruling late Thursday in an antitrust lawsuit filed in 1976.
The decision said the nation's largest physicians' group led a boycott by doctors intended ''to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession.''(nytimes.com)
I have personally heard many complaints about chiropractors and very recently is the only time I have heard a complaint by someone who had actually visited a chiropractor. The lady who said this chiropractor had injured her also told me that he did not do x-rays. A lot of people that have negative things to say about chiropractors have never been and I suppose a lot of that has to do with the negative image of chiropractors that was once commonly portrayed by many medical doctors.
I have been to six, or maybe half-a-dozen, chiropractors over the past twelve years and all but one did x-rays and he was going on my word that I was already seeing a chiropractor routinely at the time. I think nowadays that any good chiropractor would take an x-ray in order to make certain of what is going on. Simply ‘feeling the area’ and from that drawing a conclusion; is not acceptable to me when I have anything going on internally and the spine is certainly no exception.
In my personal experience; early on I saw Dr. Trace L. Alexander while I was living in Maui,County Hawaii. Dr. Alexander is now also a Nurse Practitioner and has many licenses, certifications and affiliations, including the following:
Master of Science in Nursing, Samford University
Doctor of Chiropractic, Southern University of Health Sciences/Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
Board Certified and Licensed in Chiropractic since January 1996
Board Certified and Licensed as Family Nurse Practitioner since June 2014
Click to see the entire list at http://www.drtracealexander.com/meet-the-doctor
“Dr. Trace”, as we called him in Hawaii, really is an inspiring and professional practitioner with an office in Plano, Texas and I am hoping he will author a book soon, I think we could benefit a lot from it.
Such doctors as this, known as mixers, have brought chiropractic care into the spotlight by combining a great deal more science and modern technology to their practices. Many chiropractors use techniques such as acupuncture, dry-needling, nutritional advice, spinal decompression and electrical stimulation. Those focused only on manipulating the spine are known as ‘straights’.
According to The National Center For Complementary and Integrative Health, nearly three percent of children and eight percent of adults have received chiropractic or osteopathic manipulations within the last year and “Many people who seek chiropractic care have low-back pain. People also commonly seek chiropractic care for other kinds of musculoskeletal pain (e.g., neck, shoulder), headaches, and extremity (e.g., hand or foot) problems.” (https://nccih.nih.gov)
I found an article recently at PubMed Central® that is a case study of a young man suffering from hallux rigidus (restricted motion of the big toe caused by stiffness of the metatarsophalangeal joint especially when due to arthritic changes in the joint) successfully treated by chiropractic manipulation. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2646982/)
Despite a very steep uphill battle, it seems that the chiropractors have a lot of science to back them up now and a lot of people testifying to how much they have been helped by chiropractic work. ( testimonials: http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/Chiropractic-Testimonials/)
I have not personally been to the chiropractor I have seen most recently in over a year but I love this quote that adorns the wall of his office; “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest the patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas Edison.
So is it worth your time? That’s what I’d like to know in the comments below. Thank you for reading.
I won't go near one ever again after experiencing it. They aren't actual doctors and the practice is dangerous IMHO. Look up all the cases of people suffering permanent injury and even paralysis and death from having some Woo "doctor" pushing, jerking, and pulling there spin.
Palmer was a quack of the highest order. He was never medically trained and was a grocer and bee keeper who also tried to promote magnets as a way to cure ailments. All the negative condescension it receives by real medical doctors and staff is well earned as it doesn't have any real science to back it up.
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