View Full Version : I accidentally made an appointment with a chiropractor...


Cyllya
11-20-16, 09:18 PM
My therapist and psychiatrist both recommended some place that does stuff like neurofeedback training. Although I'm fairly pessimistic about how helpful neurofeedback will be, I'm desperate enough to give it a shot, depending on the price.

The facility focuses on treating concussions and other brain injuries, but I contacted them and confirmed they also treat ADHD that was not caused by a brain injury. The cost is tolerable, so I made an appointment for next Wednesday.

They emailed me the intake forms so I could fill them out in advance. The forms were mostly the usual new patient medical stuff, medical history, current medications, family history (do people normally know this much info about their grandparents' medical problems?), an inapplicable page about brain injury, and some psychiatric questionnaires... but then...

"Informed Consent for Chiropractic Care."

Whaaaaat... I googled the doctor in charge of the place, and it turns out she's a Doctor of Chiropractic. (FYI, chiropractic is one of those alternative medicine philosophies that involve some kind of supernatural energy. In the past, I thought it was a specialty within mainstream medicine, but not so.) This consent form even talks about vertebral subluxations, which isn't even an actual thing, as far as science has been able to tell. I wasn't really expecting a medical doctor but I was expecting something less... magical. I wouldn't have been surprised if it were a nurse, medical therapist, someone with a psychology degree, etc.

Ugh... now I'm even more pessimistic about this working. :(:(:(

Still desperate though. So I guess I will keep the appointment. :eyebrow:

sarahsweets
11-21-16, 05:28 AM
I had no idea that chiropractic care would address anything like that! Are you sure your doctor and therapist dont have any vested interests in this specific doctor or practice?

TygerSan
11-21-16, 06:49 AM
Personally,I would try to keep an open mind (as long as it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg).

Neurofeedback can be beneficial to some, and while some chiropractors are quite alternative in their views, many aren't terribly outside of the mainstream. Some even have dual certification in physical therapy.

I wouldn't go in expecting miracles, but I'd hope for a pleasant surprise.

Best of luck in making your decision.

ToneTone
11-21-16, 09:17 PM
Funny, that's the "quacky" side (just my view) of chiropractors.

I go to a chiropractor for my neck and back ... and I love the guy. But I had a chiropractor before who sold supplements for allergies. Uhhh ... dude, I will go to an allergist for allergy stuff ... I didn't go for the allergy stuff.

I think an easy first move is to call your psychiatrist and/or neurologist and ask them why they recommended this guy, Share your misgivings about the guy being a chiropractor. And see what they say.

The guy just might be really really good. Or they might have received a lot of good feedback from other clients.

I went to my current therapist for neurofeedback, but by the time I got to him, he had quit that and just moved to a more open-talking therapy. He's not against neurofeedback even now ... He just said that he found that people would have to learn to work with their brains with neurofeedback or without so why not just drop it ....

So interesting.

Tone

33Forward
11-29-16, 06:29 PM
I don't know about going for the neuro part, but I've had great chiropractors that really have helped in other ways.

I tend to carry a lot of stress in my neck, shoulders, and back, and get frequent tension headaches. I was a skeptic too, but this guy and his wife really care about their patients, and have a lot of medical knowledge. They turned me on to a couple supplements that work well, and pushed me to try aromatherapy, which has been a big help. I guess what I'm saying is, you can't judge everyone...sometimes the best healers have no degrees, and the most certified physicians are only good for handing out meds like candy. You just never really know.

sarahsweets
11-30-16, 02:55 AM
I don't know about going for the neuro part, but I've had great chiropractors that really have helped in other ways.

I tend to carry a lot of stress in my neck, shoulders, and back, and get frequent tension headaches. I was a skeptic too, but this guy and his wife really care about their patients, and have a lot of medical knowledge. They turned me on to a couple supplements that work well, and pushed me to try aromatherapy, which has been a big help. I guess what I'm saying is, you can't judge everyone...sometimes the best healers have no degrees, and the most certified physicians are only good for handing out meds like candy. You just never really know.
I think you can judge doctors and other types of caregivers. My experience with doctors is not that they 'hand out meds like candy' and my experience with alternative types have been that they 'hand out supplements like candy.'

Unmanagable
11-30-16, 10:33 AM
I think it's most certainly our job to judge each service provider based on how well they help us genuinely address our issues, especially in figuring out root causes in hopes of not having to be a repeat customer, and to be our own best advocate in learning more about how our bodies actually function, overall, instead of assuming a professional always knows best.

I've had many more negative experiences in the allopathic and mental health arena than I've have in the alternative arena, even with what I would classify as a decent general practitioner and good insurance to help pay for the psychiatrists, therapists, etc.

My doc truly did hand meds out like candy. She always loaded me up with free samples so I wouldn't have to buy them. My sister's doc did the same thing with some pretty heavy duty meds. I think they put a stop to that now, though.

I felt like a medication guinea pig on a conveyor belt being rushed along most of the time, minus feeling heard and taken seriously more often than not, (more so with the other professionals besides my GP) and my health continued to worsen rapidly under their care.

A chiro is part of my regular treatment plan and it's benefited me greatly. She doesn't sell or push anything else in her practice, and she's also part of a local network of folks who barter, which helps me tremendously in the financial arena.

Everything is connected and when things get out of alignment it's felt in more ways than one. We've been trained to divide everything that has to do with our bodies into various specialties while not really making time to look at the whole.

I used to assume my professional care givers were in some type of communication with each other to ensure I was receiving the best care possible, especially after filling out forms to specifically indicate I wanted information shared with the each one, but that wasn't the case.

We tend to let one bad experience/article/opinion overshadow an entire group. I know I've been guilty of it, too. I'm glad I didn't allow the opinions and fears of others sway me into avoiding alternative options because of a lack of documented proof and such. They've helped me with my quality of life, big time.

sarahsweets
12-01-16, 07:13 AM
Just wanted to add... I am not against all natural methods of stuff, I have had really good luck lately with accupuncture and massage therapy for pain. Now, I have read enough to know the school of thought that its not supposed to be real, that its either psychological or a placebo effect. I dont know why it helps my pain, and I dont care. I think it works for me. Its best not to poo-poo everything but also to be realistic. If a chiro is pushing supplements, look at what they get out of it.. are the a direct sales person for a vitamin company? Do they have training in that field? And my sleeping issues were solved with sleep training- I cant reliably take sleep medications or sedatives safely, the alcoholic in me is too tempted. It took me nine months to train my body and it works like clockwork now.