Skeptics dictionary on Chiropractic medicine : http://www.skepdic.com/chiro.html
Skeptical consumer report on Chiro : http://www.csicop.org/si/show/skepti...ractic_claims/
What happened, when a British Journalist called Simon Singh, called 'Shenanigans' on the BCA : http://www.dcscience.net/?p=1980
Follow up article : http://www.newscientist.com/article/...l#.UmbtTxAX600
Go to a physical therapist.
1. I would be very wary about making decisions about your health based on internet anecdote(s). Hell, you should be very wary of decisions based on any anecdote(s). Even things that are dangerous absolute nonsense appear to work for some people some of the time.
2. Chiro's foundational beliefs of subluxations is roughly equal to having some sort of magic ghosts in your spine that Chiros exorcise out via snap crackle pop. Many modern chiros do not practice even close to this way, but there are many who still do.
3. In my observations and experience, on the whole Physios and Chiros both tend to be very stuck in the past on a lot of red herrings and thoroughly disproved or unproved concepts. Anyone with medical training, research literacy, and good clinical reasoning will be helpful regardless of their title. I know a good number of people in both professions who I consider friends and colleagues. My criticism is almost certainly a reflection of their opinions as well.
It freaks me out that many chiros (in my area, at least) recommend chiro treatments for infants.
I am cautious when it comes to chiropractors. My attitude has always been that I'm sure there are ones who are legit, but there's a lot of snake oil out there. Now, when I did something weird to my upper back last fall after taking a HARD fall in a judo tournament I thought at first that I had pulled a muscle. Hurt like hell. I went to my (very good) massage therapist a few times and didn't get more than temporary relief, at which point she said "I think you should see a chiropractor and mine is REALLY good. Since I know and trust her I was willing to give it a shot. She thought (and the chiropractor agreed) that I had knocked a rib joint out of whack in my upper spine near the shoulder blades. One appt for evaluation, one to fix it, (took about 30 sec) and one follow up. Fixed for good. It bugged me a bit a few months later and I got one of the guys in class to crack my back, which relieved it.
A physical therapist might well have helped, but I'm pretty confident a dr would have just handed me a prescription for muscle relaxants and told me to rest it. Totally useless.
My guy is pretty good at sticking to what he does best (musculoskeletal issues), but I've seen plenty that go off the tracks to run up revenue...LOTS of worthless "therapies", selling dietary supplements, claiming to treat everything under the sun (including neurological disorders, adjusting infants, etc.), and so on. It's definitely a looser profession than other medical types I've encountered, IMO.