Oh, where to start?
Understand, I am a CRNA, and as such, consider myself to be of a scientific bent. I believe that if we are to treat patients, we must do so scientifically, using the best treatments available, after they are exhaustively tested, in a SCIENTIFIC fashion. So, i will tell you to first put yourself in a scientific state of mind. Accept no claim without proof. That said, let me suggest a website:
and another from Dr Barrett and the good folks at Quackwatch:
There are things that chiropractic can do, but they cannot nearly achieve their claimed abilities.
Essentially, if you find a good chiropractor (i.e. one who accepts his/her limitations, does not discourage you from seeking medical help) you will find a good massage therapist. But, the foundation of almost all chiropractic these days is the myth of the "subluxation."
Any good trauma nurse on this board can tell you about subluxation. A subluxation is generally caused by a traumatic injury, causing displacement of the spinal column. In short, the one vertebra slides foward, while others stay in place. If you picture the spinal canal, you can see how this could compress, contuse, or even sever the spinal cord. The last thing you would ever want to do with a patient with a subluxation is any kind of manipulation. These patients are handled with kid gloves, in order to prevent causing or worsening serious injuries.
Chiropractic tells us that subluxation is the cause of ALL disease, and this is what chiropractors claim to treat. Realignment of the spine can relieve the "subluxation" and eliminate the disease at it's source. The more extreme believers in this theory even claim to be able to cure hypertension, diabetes, and I've even read about one who thinks subluxation may underlie AIDS. Many of these folks are the ones who actively discourage their patients from seeking help from "allopathic" physicians, claiming that they are nothing but pill pushers.
Unfortunately, in studies, apparently no two chiropractors can agree on what exactly a "subluxation" is. When given identical x-rays, different chiropractors identify different areas as "subluxed." Heck, they can't even agree on what constitutes "subluxation." The bottom line? Chiropractic theory, when examined scientifically is, to be polite, bunk.
Now there are chiropractors who practice a technique called "cervical" manipulation. The practice is discussed on the second web page listed above. There are people who have been killed by chiropractors administering this "treatment." The manipulation can cause damage to the vertebral artery. The final result can be a fatal stroke.
There are chiros who want to be the "family practice doc," performing annual exams, etc. Of course, they have no prescriptive authority, and as another poster has told you, have no compunction about discouraging you from seeking other treatment, while they continue to aggravate you injury with further manipulation.
Hows that? Any more questions?
Kevin McHugh, CRNA