Once cracked, twice shy: alternatives to chiropract...ory
June 12, 2013 4:41 PM Subscribe
I've only just discovered the dangers chiropractic neck-cracking; what other options are available?
posted by madonna of the unloved to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've just been to two chiropractors for consultations, and both of them told me there's a lack of curve in my neck. The first one wanted to have me use a pillow at night that he said would help bring the curve back and then he would do adjustments. I have a follow-up appointment with the second one next week to discuss treatment (and another adjustment, but I'm not letting him touch my neck this time.)
I decided to do some research online about this curve issue, and I was shocked to find so many people speak negatively about chiropractors on metafilter. All this talk about strokes and death and paraplegia has gotten me quite shaken up, and I am now strongly considering seeing a physical therapist instead.
My question is, can a physical therapist help with this lack of curve? Is this even a dire issue? I get mixed signals when I research online. My first one made it seem pretty disastrous with talk of eventual disk degeneration, and so far this second one doesn't seem overly concerned and reassured me he could fix it but didn't go into much detail.
My "presenting problem" when I sought out a chiropractor was for weakness in my left hand that is affecting my career, as I use my hands a lot for fine motor movements. First chiropractor used some sort of machine and detected weakened nerve impulses going from my neck to my hand. The second one did reflex tests using that little triangle thing and determined that my reflexes in both hands were fine. Would this be something a physical therapist could help with?
If anyone's got any recommendations in the Bay Area, I'd love to hear them. Accepting Kaiser insurance would be a big plus.