I have had lots of experience with chiropractors after a fairly traumatic car accident that jacked up my spine.
Agreed that you should not place any hope on it clearing your skin, I did not have muscle knots or back problems before this accident, but I definitely had acne. I do not feel the knots made my acne worse or really contributed at all.
I can't tell you much about the EEG or MRI, I don't really get consistent numbness in my hands and feet (beyond the sort of "my foot is asleep" or "my hand is asleep" every once in a while).
Chiropractic adjustments do help the pain temporarily. The problem is that, for most spinal alignment problems, your muscles and the way you use your body pull the bones out of alignment again. Adjustments are by no means a permanent cure, you basically have to keep going back.
After my accident I was on a very long treatment program with a chiropractor that was supposed to re-align my spine and then also train my muscles through various exercises and specialized equipment to accept the new alignment. This went on for some time because auto insurance was paying for it. It did help the pain and I could "feel" the difference when my spine was aligned. But the longest my spine stayed aligned on its own was about a week. Then I'd have to go back. I was very disappointed that the best they could do was basically prescribe me lifelong therapy.
As for the muscle knots, since my accident and stopping therapy, the muscle knots return in the same spot and don't ever really go away. I have had hundreds of deep tissue / trigger-point therapeutic massages, but they only help temporarily.
I hear that the only real cure for bad muscle knots like mine is cortisone shots in the muscle. I think if your knots are less intense, many rounds of trigger-point from a heavy-handed massage therapist will eventually force the muscle to unwind. But in my case they did not. If I had more time/money to devote to this, I would probably just get shots all down my back, even though there are some bad side effects and risks.
I don't know what they mean by "therapeutic massage", but real trigger point massage hurts like hell. If you're not about to scream in pain they're not doing it right.
You might also want to read up on magnesium levels and muscle calcification.
thanks for your input. You're right - adjustments are temporary and I will probably need to go back regularly. It's kind of like acupuncture treatments - if I'm not consistent, I don't see long term improvement (with the exception of some numbness in my upper arm that completely went away after 2 acupuncture treatments).
So, the chiropractor also wants me to do an MRI, of my neck and back, because he thinks I might have a misplaced disk in my spine. I went from having to do 1 MRI to 3 now, jeez! He also told me not to carry weight on my back and to only do light exercise. The massage did hurt quite a bit, and I do feel better and less tense today, but I'm still quite sore.
The chiropractor explained to me how each nerve is connected to other parts of the nervous system, and the parts where I have issues with link to digestive issues, allergies, numbness, and skin problems. What do you think of this chart? It's similar to the one he showed me. Of course, I know my breakouts are hormonal too, but all the food sensitivities and histamine reactions I have been getting have only started happening this past year.
Do you think supplementing with magnesium might help? I take it on and off, but haven't been consistent with it. And you know what? The inositol I'm taking helps a lot with muscle relaxing and boosts the nervous system...I've been able to sleep better and have been getting less numbness so that's encouraging for me to keep taking it. Of course, the neurologist and chiropractor were clueless about it and said they will look it up bc it sounds promising.
Edited by WishClean, 01 October 2013 - 09:02 PM.