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hey everyone! i'm experiencing a bit of a dilemma, at the moment. my boyfriend is considering pursueing chiropractic, so we've been doing all sorts of research. so far, it's been pretty discouraging. tons and tons "chiros are quacks" and "chiropractic is a scam", blah blah blah... i've only been to a chiropractor once, so far, and it was a good experience, but i can't really say yet what my opinion is on the whole profession. basically, i think what i want to know is, what have your experiences been? do you think it's a profession worth pursueing? i'm sure i'll think of more questions soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> thanks so much for your input everyone!<br><br>
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That would be a wonderful combination! A Chiro and a midwife. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I believe in chiropractic and would love to go more often if we had the moola. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I love my chiropractor - she has helped me change my body. And if I wasn't lugging a 29 lbs. 14-month-old around all day I believe I would be pain-free.<br><br>
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Definitely love the chiropractor! Even my FIL who is a skeptic w/ a PhD in chemistry says he couldn't live w/out his chiropractor
 

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i really appreciate your input ladies. i just knew there had to be people out there (especially on mdc!) who have a postive opinion of chiropractic. is there anyone out there who has gone through chiropractic school/practice, or has a partner/friend/relative that has done so? please, share any experiences that might help us in this decision. thanks again!<br><br>
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I bet you could try posting in the health forum, you might have better luck catching the MDC chiros there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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my dad is a chiro and I know so many chiropractors. I just love them, I have lost of students that go to a chiro instead of a family doctor. I know of 2 Chiros that deliver babies cause it is in their scope. I get lots of calls from chiros wanting me to promote them in my classes. I really like the webster so I look for them.
 

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I'm a chiro. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> 5 years in practice. Love every second of it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> What do you want to know?
 

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this is so exciting to be getting all of these postive responses! heldt123, thanks for pointing me in the right direction, maybe i'll go check out the health forums for some more info. bradley method mom, do you know where i can find what is in the scope of practice for chiropractors? does it differ from state to state? chiromama, do you mind if i bombard you with questions for a moment?<br>
1. do you find chiropractic to be a fulfilling profession?<br>
2. where did you go to school? any warnings about schools to avoid?<br>
3. do you know of any good chiro reference websites? how about discussion boards?<br>
4. what are your favorite things about being a chiropractor? least favorite?<br>
5. do you specialize in a certain technique or certain group (peds., sports injury, etc.)<br>
hmmm.... that's all i can think of at 1:30 am haha. thanks so much for your help!<br><br>
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My FAther was a Doctor of Chiropractic in Los Angeles from 1949 on.<br><br>
He got his license at a time when CA was allowing Chiropractors and Doctors of Osteopathy to become Medical Doctors by exam or being "grandfathered" in by other processes.<br><br>
The doctor who delivered my first two children was a Chiropractor who taught obstetrics in the College of Chiropractic and had a naturopath license which was unavailable in later years. The ND license allowed him to deliver babies at home. He delivered babies at home from 1938-1983, the year of his death.<br><br>
I prefer to go to chiropractors and I tend to trust a referral from them.<br><br><br>
I tried to get a job as a teacher in LAUSD, and I was yelled at by the doctor in their personnel office who refused to accept my choice of a DC as my primary physician. He called chiropractors "quacks" and called me a 'damn fool", even though I claimed to have a right to choose my own practitioner. I could have dragged their @$$e$ into court, but I just went to a better school district where I was treated like a human being.
 

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When I was a little girl in school, I was the "Quackapractor's" daughter.<br><br>
I was always proud of my Father. He delivered 8 of the 9 of his offspring at home and did not vaccinate us...remember this was in the 1950s to 1970s. When I had classmates with braces on their legs and before anyone questioned vaxes.
 

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do you know where i can find what is in the scope of practice for chiropractors?<br><br>
I believe you'd need to contact each state. I started practice in the state I went to school, so I never explored anyothers.<br>
does it differ from state to state?<br><br>
Yes, some stated Chiros are considered primary care providers, others can only adjust the spine. It will really depend on what type of doc your boyfriend wants to be<br>
1. do you find chiropractic to be a fulfilling profession?<br>
Yes! I love what I do. I only work part time (one full day and three half days) and love almost all of every day (well lately, morning sickness keeps me from loving much of anything!) I don't make tons of money, but I dont' need to, since I'm not the only wage earner in my household. I love the active part of my job, and I love the fact that when people leave my office, they generally feel better than when they came in. I couldn't have had that if I decided to become an MD.<br><br>
2. where did you go to school? any warnings about schools to avoid? I went to school in Portland, OR at western states chiropractic college - I then taught there for 3 years after grad. I can't in good concience tell you schools to avoid, as I know there are other chiros on this board, and don't want to offend them, if I bad mouth a school they went to. Some schools teach you to become a health care provider, others just teach you how to crack backs. At my school we had to become primary health care providers, including rotations in gyn/proctology (yeah, not my fave!). Some aspects of my schooling were very western, and not open to more 'woo woo' alternative care, but I got a lot of that on my own.<br><br>
3. do you know of any good chiro reference websites? how about discussion boards? I dont' know of any discussion boards, but if you find one, let me know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Chiroweb is a pretty good reference website, as is the ACA and the ICA.... they will all give you differing views on what chiropractic is, and you can choose which one suits your belief system<br><br>
4. what are your favorite things about being a chiropractor? Fave things, different people everyday. Feeling challenged on a regular basis. Helping people feel better, and learn how to take better care of themselves. least favorite? meh, insurance companies and paperwork <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
5. do you specialize in a certain technique or certain group (peds., sports injury, etc.)I use diversivied adjusting (hands on) and CranioSacral Therapy... I also use several other techniques, but those two are the most common. I treat, men, women and children, do some car accident injury (very little workers comp) and some sports injury. I love to work with people/children who are interested in enhancing their health, staying pain free, and becoming their optimal self. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I work in a group practice, i'm the only chiro, we have all sorts of other practitioners also.<br>
Currently I love working with pregnant women and children. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> wonder why? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Any thing else?
 

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Well, it looks like you got a chiropractor in on this thread, so I'm not sure how much more I can add. But I'll try...<br><br>
I worked as a chiropractic assistant for just over year not too long ago. I worked very closely with the 'patients' providing therapies and conducting about half of each new patient exam. I worked for a very family-oriented doc (had mothering mag in the waiting area, delivered his own kids, etc.) who was way more about maintaining and improving health than treating aches and pains. It was the kind of practice where we saw the same people once or twice a week on a long-term basis, which I have to say was incredibly fulfillling, the patients really felt like a big extended family to each other and to the staff. Of course not all offices are like this.... some are much more like a typically doctor's office.<br><br>
By the end of my year there, I was the biggest chiro cheerleader, and I am currently saving money to be able to get back under care when I become pregnant next year (finger's crossed).<br><br>
As far as the quack thing, depending on what part of the country you live in and how open they are to natural health, you'll find it's much like midwifery and homebirth and such. Many will think you (or your boyfriend or his patients) are nuts and many will not think anything at all, and then the ones whose lives he changes will make up for all of it!<br><br>
Good luck to you both!
 

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Just wanted to quickly chime in to say that I have been going to a chiropractor for years, and during both my pregnancies went faithfully. As I got closer and closer to delivery, I went more often, and I am sure that is what helped my labors progress so easily and naturally. My chiro even offered to come to the hospital and adjust me while I was in labor, but my labors went so fast that we never got that far!<br><br>
I would think you would make an EXCELLENT team!!! Good luck!<br><br>
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thanks for all of your encouragement, everyone! it's awesome to be hearing such good things about chiropractic. i'm glad that so many people have benefited from chiropractic care. chiromama, thanks for all of your input, it was really helpful. would it be ok for me to message you or email you in the future if i (or my boyfriend) think of more questions? oh, and congrats on your pregnancy! holiztic, in what area of the country did you work? any suggestions for chiro friendly cities/towns? thanks again ladies!<br><br>
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Pro Chiro here & in western half of PA !! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
My Godfather was Chiro in a small PA town. He was in practice 50 yrs & recently retired <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Our whole family is under chiro care and love ours so much. As a doula I definately recommend to all my pg mamas to go, esp before delivery. My dd was adusted as a newborn and I really believe now as a 3 year old she benefits from chiro care helping to keep her body in optimal health and her immune system strong (goes along w/not vaxing for me).<br><br>
We're not far from you, in Phila, and there are *so* many holistic chiros here it seems like.
 

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I worked in a medium-sized suburb of D.C. in northern Virginia. I would say that the most chiro-friendly would *probably* be the most crunchy areas of the country.... parts of Colorado, Washington State, Vermont, and the like as well as more cosmo places like LA, NYC, etc. ... however, I think you'll find many, many, many other areas-- rural, suburban, and urban that are chiro-friendly. Really, it's like anything else that is not exactly mainstream, a bell curve..... a small pecentage of people are squarely on either side and the rest are in the middle.<br><br>
Sounds like you have some great people on this board from PA to tell you about your area!<br><br>
And for all those who mentioned chiro during pregnancy (which is my planned re-start for being under care) how often did you go? I am budgeting once a week for the full 9 months and then the budget will tell after that! I do hope the doc I plan on seeing will be flexible with plans/payment so we (whole fam) can continue after!
 

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Holiztic: When I was pg, I went once every two weeks in the beginning, and then when I got bigger (and more uncomfortable), I went as often as I could, sometimes every other day. With dd#2 I was huge and very ungainly, and I hurt all over. I remember so looking forward to being adjusted, and I would feel so much better after it was over. Then I would get in my car and drive home and immediately feel bad again!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Then, one day near the end, I adjusted really, really easily. Everything just seemed to slide right into place with minimal effort. I gave birth less than 48 hours later. Could be coincidence, but I don't think so.<br><br>
My chiro told me that the neck is connected to the cervix, and especially focusing on having your neck in alignment can help you dilate faster. I had had a neck injury a few years before, and she warned me that my neck was going to be my weak link--since I was determined to have as natural a birth as possible, I decided that it was important to go as often as possible up near the end.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
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Pittnurse - sure you can PM me if you need to<br><br>
For whomever asked about care during pregnancy... Usually see pregnant women once a month during the first few months (unless something in particular comes up) and then more often as they gain weight, and their body changes. I tend to see women more often if it's their second or more pregnancy, as the body is very different then. I am a relatively conservative doc, and don't believe in adjusting people too often, I like to let the body do it's own work.
 
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