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1 year 10 months ago #27914 by Brett3
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Hi CP'ers
I am unable to continue seeing my regular physio Scott I have been with and his replacement I am not happy with. So I gave myself till Xmas to find one as good as Scott. First apt was Friday, but when I got their it was a chiropractor , I know my spine cannot be "cracked" so to speak. The new physio I wanted was 7 shops down, bugger. But I had to go or would be charged any way, I was given a three page questionaire to fill out . The guy who runs it calls me in, what a shock I was in for. After starting from first injury to last he then tested my hearing, eyes sight neck Range Of Motion , my arms/shoulders and their ROM, checked to see how far I could bend or twist, then repeated the same with hips and legs/feet. Then checked reflexes and checked with this funny looking mini cookie cutter thingy if I felt sharp or blunt. He looks at me and says your a bit of a mess . Then asks What do you think a chiropractor does ? I said crack joints , he said no I realign and free up your nerves , what would you like me to do for you? I said if you could get rid of this month long headache/ migraine would be a great start. Even though that's all he was meant to do on first visit. He did some gentle physio type traction on my neck and lumbar. Said he can't do much more till he sees my ct scans and asked how long ago I last had them, feb and august last year I said , he told me he will get the files up to look but they are too old, he wrote a referral for ct scan for my neck/ thoracic/lumbar and pelvis .
I see him again Tuesday morning.
Well I had no headache for a full 24 hours , what a relief.
He is an actual dr, instead of a gp, he is a chiropractor , and the most thorough health care provider I have ever come across, could he be too amazing. Maybe I don't need to search any further, how lucky and the bonus is he is cheaper than physio. Maybe I might get some relief after these horrible few months,
Harpy

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1 year 10 months ago #27915 by AdamJ
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Oh Harpy,

That is awesome news. I think like everything Chiropractors have their place. Years before by jaw issues I had a neck injury when I was 13-14. (this was in 1987) It resulted in debilitating migraines, so much so I spent 6 months in bed. Being dragged off to one speciallist after another after another. When a friend of the family suggested trying their Chiroprator.

We did and he saved my life. He ordered xrays and all sorts. I can't remember the exact diagnosis now, but 2 months later I was back at school and back to living life. He was brilliant for my neck. I continued seeing him for years and years. Up until my jaw issues, and he was absolute murder on that. That was when I stopped.

So I think it really comes down to the individual practioner, and you being smart and only letting them do what you are comfortable with. Sounds like he gave you a hell of a work up. And that always fills you with confidence. So I'd say if you feel comfortable, be smart and if you get some relief, then go for it. Chiropractors are like any other medical practioners, you get good ones, bad ones and everything inbetween. Plus I think Chiropractors have come a long way since the days on being back crackers.

I'm also a HUGE believer in the fates, and I wonder if there was a reason you made the appointment 7 doors up from where you were wanting. I am so happy you managed to get some relief.
Mango xx

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1 year 10 months ago #27917 by Brett3
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Thanks mango,
My 2 nd apt was today, he asked my to put my bag down and to look at the scans , he explained every mark he put on them, it was a real eye opener, normally I just get a copy of the report. Think this chiropractor Sean was the first ever to look at imaging.
I am in way glad he did , it's like now I know why it freaking hurts. Four levels in my neck are foobahed , my thoracic is now at seven levels of messy looking crap , my lumber has moved from l5/s1 up two more levels fusing up and my pelvis now has a significant tilt. Lots of foraminal / canal stenosis, facet joints causing misalignment .
Sean said he can generally ease a clients pain by 50/75 percent but in reality for me he would be happy to get to 25 percent. I thing I was still in shock from the scans , its hard to take in how quick the spine can progressively worsen.
Sean did a little more work on my neck and low back. BUT headache gonski ,
I see him twice a week for six weeks, I am going to aim for that 25 percent less pain
Harpy

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1 year 9 months ago - 1 year 9 months ago #27994 by alanz
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From my own experience I know that physiotherapy can be quite efficient. My old friend advised me physio in Auckland [removed by moderator] a few months ago, I've already had a few sessions and can say it gives good results. Hope till the end of the physiotherapy treatment I'll forget about the pain at all.
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1 year 9 months ago #27997 by Brett3
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Hi Alanz
I have been seeing a great physio very regularly for 8 years now. He was awesome, would easily ease the migraines. Release very tight muscle spasms, I did the home stretching/ excersices every day. But never got more than a few days relief. Then he changed his hours to go And do another course. So I fell upon this chiro by accident and it will be 4 weeks tomorrow and still no headache/ migraine whoo hoo. So this in itself helps me feel better. Plus I can now move my ear to shoulder a full inch, so that's a bonus.
I even took one of my grandsons for a walk in the Pram , 30 minutes without stopping. Was slow and I used that Pram like a walker .
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Harpy

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1 year 8 months ago #28052 by Brett3
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Hi everyone,
It's been 7 weeks of chiro I had my review Saturday. I have some slight improvements , some feeling back in left calf. But damage already done in right leg. I can actually sit in my recliner with my head back on the headrest , never been able to do that due to increased pain. Also I have been drinking my coffee in a cup, not a take away with a lid or travel mug with lid. As I couldn't tilt my head to drink it from a cup , but now I can enough to enjoy a cup. Woooo
Though I still have a lot of inflammation in spine.
I have came very close to swollowing a few pills for the pain but have pushed on, I just think of those months of withdrawal and never want to go back there.
My gp had a fit when I told him I was seeing a chiro, his eyes opened so wide YOUR SPINE CANT BE CRACKED , I said Sean doesn't crack it, he said well don't let him , I told you to try a osteopath , I said I couldn't remember his name and there are too many in this area, he came up to me , cupped my face in his hands and said his name ( xxxxxxxx) you of all people should remember (xxxxxxxx),
Oh yeh I do remember now and will try him after Xmas when I move to three weekly chiro apt.
I last 7 weeks without a headache / migraine , but have had one trying to come on since Sunday , but hopefully it will not come out.
Less pain to you
Harpy

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