Are Chiropractors Quacks?

Posted by Mrs Money on June 21st, 2010

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Do you think chiropractors are doctors? It seems like there is a lot of controversy surrounding the issue. There are some people that think chiropractors are just quacks out to get your money. I believe in a lot of alternative health and natural healing, and I think chiropractors do amazing things.

Are Chiropractors safe?

One of the most frequent questions I get asked when people learn I see a chiropractor is whether or not chiropractors are safe.  I think the act of adjusting someone’s bones back into position looks (and sounds) kind of crazy.  I know that the first time I saw a chiropractor adjust someone’s neck I was sure the person would be in a world of pain!

Is Chiropractic a scam?

Chiropractors have a reputation for being a rip off.  I am sure that some of them are (in fact, I went to one where I live now and I ended up owing him $200!), but you really need to find a chiropractor that’s good.  Ask around and do your research online, because nothing’s better than facts from patients when it comes to doctors.  I know before I went to my chiropractor I made sure that I was going to a trusted chiropractor and that I wasn’t going to be ripped off.  In fact, my chiropractor made a deal with me where he charges me $20 a visit no matter what my insurance pays.

What do Chiropractors treat?

I used to have horrible lower back pain, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome), and knee problems.  Since going to a chiropractor my lower back pain has dramatically decreased, my TMJ is better, and the orthotics he provided have been helping my knees.  I know when I need a chiropractic adjustment, and make an appointment accordingly.

I know that when I first started going to the chiropractor, he wanted me to go three times a week.  I told him I couldn’t afford that and I would come when I could.  He was okay with that.

Do you think chiropractors are a waste of money?  Would you see a chiropractor?

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12 Responses to “Are Chiropractors Quacks?”


  1. H Lee D says:

    Chiropractors are just like everything else: there are some good ones and some bad ones and you need to do your homework to find out who is who.

    They are useful for things beyond bone adjustments — the guy who I went to for physical therapy for a hamstring pull was a chiropractor. He did amazing things for my hamstring but didn’t do anything with bones.

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  2. Tia says:

    I LOVE my chiropractor. Actually we, use him as our primary care doctor. I don’t have health insurance so this is no problem. My kids have been getting regular adjustments since they were about a week old and now we go in 1x a month unless we fall or get hurt in some way. I had serious problems with swelling in my lower left leg ever since I tore my LCL (and didn’t have the $ for surgery). It never did heal properly. Long story-I didn’t see a doc for about 5 years until I found this chiro. In the past year he has adjusted me and the swelling is gone, lower back pain I’ve had since having my 2nd child is gone and my kids haven’t been sick once.

    I am pre-med and a strong believer in the importance of spinal alignment for proper nerve communication. :)

    sorry to go on & on, I am just passionate about chiropractic.

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    Joseph Reply:

    YOU mr. pre med are going to have to explain to everyone EXACTLY how the “alignment”, “cracking”, or “adjustment” of bones in anyones spine help electro-chemical processes.. aka “nerve communication” i would really like to see the pages of your medical schoolbooks or any studies that support that.. but i know im not going to see any.

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  3. I agree that there are good and bad practitioners. I happened to find a good one recently, quite by accident — through a Groupon that promised a one-hour massage plus chiropractic exam and X-rays if necessary.
    Frankly, I just wanted the massage. But the chiropractor did an exam and tested range of motion, then asked me about my work and sleep habits. Then he told me to change my work station (screen too low, causing havoc with my neck), get up and stretch more often (criminally tight hamstrings and quads) and get myself a cervical pillow.
    He did a couple of adjustments and I felt better. So much better, in fact, that I decided to keep seeing him once a month — his price for an office visit was only $5 more than my co-pay at the HMO would have been.
    Visiting him has made me conscious of body dynamics. Of course, the $35 massage was a nice perk, too.

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  4. I’d have to agree, some are better than others. I went to one for a year and it didn’t really help my lower back problems, but maybe it would work for other people.

    The biggest impact I made was to stop playing tennis. Who knew? All that rapid twisting was doing a number on me. One month of no tennis and I started feeling like a champ.

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  5. I thought they were a waste of money until I met my husband’s family friend, Dana. There is nothing hinky about her and she really helped decrease my husband’s back pain a couple of years ago. The only problem is that she’s freakin’ expensive…thankfully our even more expensive Tempurpedic also solved my husband’s back pain because there is no way we could afford both of them, lol. :-)

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  6. Jack says:

    Glorified physical therapists at best. The admissions criteria to Chiropractic School is a disgrace to the title “Dr.” which should not be recognized.

    Subluxation theory is complete quackery with the best case scenario being anecdotal stories of relief. More likely the results are either nothing with the presence of a real and dangerous risk.

    Go to a chiro if you like, its your money, but if you let them touch your spine you are an idiot. If you let them touch your neck you are way beyond idiot and if anything happens “Darwin Award” applies.

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  7. Lewis says:

    I would never go to a Chiropractor. I won’t go so far as to say they’re quacks, but I think at best their treatment masks symptoms of more serious issues. Examples: One friend who got treatment for his pain for about a year, before finally seeing an MD and discovering a fracture in his hip. Also, a co-worker who finally got his back problem properly diagnosed and treated (again, by a conventional doctor) after about 3 years of chiropractor visits. The future chiropractors I met in college were among the weakest students in most of my classes.

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  8. Matthew says:

    In my limited experience, the chiropractor i went to was so much of a joke, i could hardly contain myself from bursting out in laughter during his “examination of me”. I suffer from chronic neck pain, and made the mistake of going to a chiropractor instead of a physical therapist. I had x-rays done, and examined by a doctor and a radiologist, both of whom told me the x-rays were inconclusive, and showed no problems. The chiropractor, however told me the x-rays showed that my spine was curved the wrong way, something I think my doctor or radiologist might have caught. The he started telling me one of my legs was shorter than the other. His fix for this? Pounding me with a mini electric hammer, then telling me my legs were now the same size, an amazing feat for only 10 pounds with a little hammer! Then he started pushing on my arms, telling me to resist, pushing hard when he first examined me, but miraculously after I was hit with his magic stick, I was cured, and could properly resist. Really though he was not even pushing on my hand at this point, which I mentioned to him and he made up some BS about how “Your nerves are either weak or they’re strong.” Thanks doc, but explain why you were pushing so hard in the beginning. Also, when you first walk into the office, all you see is nutritional supplements that they try to sell you on. Should have been a dead give-away that his guy was not a legitimate doctor.

    Now, I’m not gonna say all chiropractors are a joke, but this guy really turned me off of chiropractors in general, and I know, I will never see one again. If my neck hurts, I’m going to physical therapy, imo the better way to heal a back/neck injury.

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