Chiropractors: Do You Believe in Magic?

footPeople usually feel one way or the other about Chiropractors: “They are quacks who don’t do any real good.” Or “They really know what they are doing and have helped me personally.”

I used to be in the skeptical group; but through first-hand experience, I have moved into the Believer category.

Several years ago I was having some strong knee pain and asked my closest friend’s

Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
son-in-law who was a local chiropractor (Dr. Bob Riebesell of Naples) if he thought he could do anything to help me. He suggested I come into his office for an evaluation.

He had me do the usual: walk toward him, stand on one leg, etc; and then had me lay on his exam table as he manipulated my leg, knee, and foot.

Holding my foot in his hands he gave a strong yank and pushed with his thumbs and said, “Let’s see if that helps.”

His analysis: the talus bone in my FOOT was out of place and that imbalance was causing my knee pain. After three visits, my knee pain went away.

Repeat Performance

That summer, I played some hard court tennis up in New Hampshire and got the same knee pain back. I called Dr. Bob down in Naples and he found a New Hampshire chiropractor who practiced the same chiropractic philosophy that he did.

I went to see the local Doc and he performed the same voo-doo magic … and my knee pain again disappeared.

Act Three

For 20 years or so, I have experienced on-and-off hip pain and figured sooner or later I would need a surgical answer.

A few weeks ago, our grandkids were visiting and I spent several days hitting on the cement wall (with cement under my feet); and came down with hip pain that wouldn’t go away. Aleve didn’t seem to help and it was keeping me awake at night.

So I thought this may be the time to go see an orthopedic surgeon and get his opinion. But just for the helluvit, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Bob.

He examined me and discovered that my right leg was about ½ shorter than my left, due to my hips being out of alignment. Again, laying on his exam table he did that “Vada-vada-VOOM!” yank on my leg.

And after three sessions, the pain is virtually gone.

I do not know HOW it works. But it works.

Any other believers or non-believers out there?

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10 thoughts on “Chiropractors: Do You Believe in Magic?

  1. Over 10 years ago, I could barely walk due to severe back pain when we went Up North for the holidays. Two respected orthepedic surgeons there could only suggest surgery (which I nixed) or an exercise therapy program. We decided to return to Florida and do the therapy in the warmer climate. Having trouble sitting and standing it was Bob Goold who suggested I see Dr. Bob Riebesell in Naples.

    Dr. Bob took one look at me, said my pelvis was tilted, and promptly snapped things in place. After not being able to walk or sit without pain, I played tennis that week! So yes I am a believer and we adopted Dr. Bob as our Team Chiropractor sending many players there over the years.

    Bob… VooDoo Magic! Thanks. George

  2. George, I have had similar experiences. I won’t say there are no quacks out there, but if you find a chiropractor who really knows what he or she is doing, they can work magic (based on personal experience). The one thing I have encountered that never seems to help is when they try to use on you something called an “activator.” It is described in Wikipedia as follows: “The activator is a small handheld spring-loaded instrument which delivers a small impulse to the spine. It was found to give off no more than 0.3 J of kinetic energy in a 3-millisecond pulse. The aim is to produce enough force to move the vertebrae but not enough to cause injury.” I understand it is supposed to be a softer, gentler means of manipulation, with the goal of minimizing injury caused by the chiropractor. I don’t know how well it works on others, but it has never done a damn thing to help me. Only the old fashioned, “drop your shoulder and let me snap your neck real fast” style has ever worked on me. But it is kind of scary and you do need to learn to trust.

    Marty – thanks for the added info. George

  3. I’m a believer. Last year during the league season I hurt my shoulder and was told no tennis for 6 weeks by the medics. A quick visit to chiropractor Robin Marshall in Bath, UK, on Monday and I played a warm-up on Thursday and a league match on Friday!! Good ones are great, bad ones are …….. not! Andy Jeffery

  4. I have been working with a maximized living chiropractor for 2 years .
    Originally with my special needs daughter who is 29 but I also have an adjustment once a week myself now.
    It is adjustments ,excersize ,getting rid of toxins and nutrition it has really helped Lucie and I cannot wait to get mine although I hate the popcorn in the neck but it Definetly works and I don’t miss a week.
    Funny when you mention chiropractor to some people you can see them back off!

    Gail – yup, either you do or you don’t… and not much in between. tks. george

  5. Im with Marty on this one (especially since his reply was so nice and short …in comparison to normal 🙂 )

    Makes SURE you find a good chiro like Dr. Bob. There’s potential real damage that can be done. … The good guys are not always easy to find, but they are worth their weight in gold and than some. They will never get due credit sadly….if you can fix someone in 3-12 visits…. And not have them undergo expensive invasive surgery….nor have them take a prescription for the rest of their lives…. Yeah, Kind of puts you out of favor with the conventional medicine industry.

    Glad you ‘re feeling better George. And not voodoo at all 🙂


  6. Funny my right leg is 1/2 ” shorter but not from hip miss alignment

    Bill – give me some of your cardboard!! george

  7. Chiropractors have definitely elevated their status in the healthcare community. This is because their techniques to work and those techniques are also practices by Osteopathic Physician, who were accepted by MDs earlier. In my 40+ years of sports medicine, I have always had a relationship with a chiropractor for the athletes under my care. I would caution that many times follow-up exercises are often not recommended by some chiropractors. Therefore, I also looked for the man or women who understands the elite athlete and that these exercises were necessary to prevent recurring issues returning and/or getting. Chiropractors are now a part of most MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and Olympic Sports Medicine Teams.

    Larry – thanks for your professional insight! george

  8. Larry, I am thinking of starting a company that contracts with physicians and chiropractors to perform IMEs and peer reviews for insurance carriers. The docs will be working as independent contractors. However, I know that the laws in Texas states that MDs can’t work for chiropractors (which i am). Yet this is not a medical practice per se, it is performing reviews and evaluations. Would I be able to do this with the current laws as they are?

  9. That is a good question. I know that athletic trainers do IMEs and those type of evaluations. As for chiropractors, I will have to defer to one of my good friends who was my chiropractor with the Florida Marlins and is the Miami Dolphin’s chiropractor. I will try and get a hold of him and see if he can give us some information.


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