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@delia74 I do not let chiropractors touch my neck or back. With my physical therapist, there were no spinal manipulations other that using a foam roller to mobilize the spine or a wooden body back roller which can rest vertebrae alignment at bit just by laying on it. That can hurt a little bit in the muscles, but you are just pressing the muscles next to the spine on wooden knobs and the spine vertebrae are not contacted because there is a V shaped space in the middle of the roller for it, so the muscles are pulling the spine back into alignment. My therapist also does myofascial release to release tension in muscles and fascia that is holding the body. Muscle tension can create the bulging discs by pulling on the vertebrae. I also do core strengthening, so the spine is better supported. All of that tends to keep the spine aligned as it should be and I saw the bulging disc change on a later mri that did not show a bulged disc where it had been bulging before and there was no mention of it by the radiologist report.

If you have a disc that is weakened, a spinal manipulation can rupture the disc. All I had to do to rupture my C5/C6 that had been injured by a whiplash years earlier was to turn my head when I was stretching and I heard it pop and my head suddenly turned past the prior range of motion. You don't really know if a disc is weak, and a chiropractor could have easily ruptured it with a manipulation. That was probably going to happen anyway because of the injury causing C5/C6 to bulge for years and changes with aging.

If you're interested, this is our discussion about Myofascial Release.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

Jennifer

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I so appreciate your making time to respond to my questions🌺!
Your detailed information will prove very useful. It will provide guidance as I seek help with the conditions in my lumbar area. Actually that area has "calmed down" with the steroid injections that my pain management doctor injected 2 weeks ago. It took a couple of days for the full effect and I am ever so grateful not to be in such agony. Only my hip and the joint still have between a PL 5 to 7. Will be seeing pain doctor next week, for followup and to discuss the lumbar area.

Thanks for the Myofascial Release link. I'm gleaning as much info as possible so that I can better understand and be able to make wise choices/decisions. 😊

Thanks Jennifer. I did use chiropractors until I had laminotomies on my L4, L5, and S1. That solved the problem, and I won't let a CP near me.

Thanks for the link to myofascial release therapy. I saw a Chiro a year ago because of back pain. After a few sessions, I could hardly walk! Went to an orthopedic doctor, had an MRI and to my surprise, I have 3 bulging discs. Fortunately, he said I did not need surgery and they would probsbly not get worse. The point I am trying to make is that the chiropractor NEVER took X-rays or ask where on my back it hurts. He just cared about his manipulations. So, I say be very careful of chiropractors…they can do more harm than good.