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Other therapies by chiroprator

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:28 pm
by SarahJ
Hi, I'm new to the forum. I found it by looking for information on Tru back. I have been going to different chiropractors on and off for 5 years (due to moving different places)... the main thing I go for is neck, shoulder and upper back pain. Recently the chiropractor that I had been going to has me using two different therapies at home for my neck and upper back.

He sent me home with a device that I hang from a shut door and I slip my head (one part goes in front and the other against the back of my neck) in and then bend down like I'm doing a squat. He showed me on my x-rays that my neck doesn't have the curve in it that it needs (I could see that as well), therefore I don't have the shock absorption that someone with a normal curve would have, so he has me using this device, plus a neck pillow to help put the curve back in my neck over time. My question is, will it put the curve back in my neck like he said?

I do have to say that I have felt a difference in the way my neck feels since I've been using it... for the better. I just wanted to know if anyone else has used anything like this or if anyone had any advice on this.

Also, the chiropractor has me using a weight that wraps around the forehead that has a seam in the middle and has me put the seam over my right eye and walk around for so many minutes a day with it on. He said since I have the majority of the pain in my neck on the right side that doing this will naturally cause my head to hold itself up high and to the left... kinda like when you are holding a piece of luggage and walking your body compensates by tilting the opposite way of the large weight. Has anyone heard of this and is it legit?

Lastly, will the exercises in the book help with putting the natural curve back in my neck over time?

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 11:25 am
by Ron
I'd be leary of anything a chiropractor was doing. I don't know about the specific things you describe, but they sound a little weird. I have learned from doing Dean's program that it isn't muscles that pull your neck out of alignment. So I doubt wearing weights will actually correct the problem. Chiros have a history of selling devices. Usually it's stuff they concoct themselves without any scientific study.

The neck pillow is probably the best idea and maybe why you're feeling better.

On your last question, yes there are exercises in the neck book that will help correct your neck posture.

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:11 pm
by SarahJ
hanks for the input. I didn't like using the head weight... it put alot of pressure on my neck, so I quit using it. The decompression gadget seems to alleviate some of the tension. I bought the ebooks already, so I'm reading through them at the present. I also have problems with sciatica on and off, so I'm hoping to see some results with that as well.

Re: Other therapies by chiroprator

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:41 pm
by JEC
Sorry for bringing back an old post, but Sarah, could you post a picture of the device that you hang from the door? That sounds like something I used at a chiropractors office that I actually liked.