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Recommendation for a good chiropractor in sf?

Asked by emilyrose (2269points) January 8th, 2007
I don't have insurance so if you know anyone with a sliding scale that would rock. I'm a big chiropractor skeptic but I think I actually need it. Looking for someone caring and who takes time to explain what they're doing, not running into the next room constantly because they overbook.
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gailcalled's avatar
Chiropractors tend to be different. kinder, lesss overbooked (and much cheaper) than MDs, I have found. At least here where I live, which is a rural area. They explain and warn you before a big "crack," for example. The biggest bang for your buck, I have found, is a well-recommended massage therapist. But they are probably going to be expensive if you live in a coastal city.
gailcalled's avatar
If you are having muscular-skeletal problems, I would suggest checking in w. yr primary care giver and have him write you a RX for physical therapy. Insurance will usually carrry a specific -to-your-policy number of sessions and PT person will teach you exercises and activities you can do on yr own, if you have the discipline to do them.
gailcalled's avatar
Talk to friends and colleagues for recommendations for whichever health practioner you choose.
emilyrose's avatar
i'm pretty undisciplined : )
emilyrose's avatar
i think i had a bad experience here with a chiro that lots of people love, i just felt he was out of breath trying to see people in various rooms all at once!
gailcalled's avatar
Now that I have stopped rushing (very bad for the muscles and skeleton), I see that you have no insurance and live in a VERY $$$ city. That is tough...unless you have a beloved someone who will give you a gift certificate. Sometimes the Medical or Chiropractic schools have clinics where the rates are cheaper. Sorry that you crossed paths w. an overbooked Dr.of C. Don't go back to him...if you have the energy, send him a note explaining why...some of these guys can be such arrogant bastards. I now complain whenever I feel that I have been treated shabbily. However, I am retired and have the time..it is one of my causes. For free, try ice or heat., or alternate.
hossman's avatar
Check to see if there are any chiropractic schools in your area that run a clinic. Just like other doctors, chiropractors are required to have clinical experience or internships before entering practice, and many chiropractic schools operate a clinic on campus. As the students are getting graded and the purpose of the clinic is to gain experience rather than make money, what you trade off in physician experience you gain in thoroughness and low cost. Usually the student's work is being checked or supervised by a faculty member. I have always gotten very good results going to student clinics, in fact, I had an eye condition that had baffled a number of doctors for several years was finally correctly diagnosed by a student at the Illinois College of Optometry clinic in Chicago.
thesecondmoon's avatar
Although he is in Berkeley, I highly recommend Patrick Horay. He does a mixture of massage and alignment, and he manages to get everything in place without having to ¨crack¨ your back which can just loosen up your joints and make the problem worse. (This happened to me at a chiropractor years ago.) He will also suggest simple movement exercises that will help you align yourself. He really has been the only chiropractor I have been 100% happy with.
thesecondmoon's avatar
Me again. Forgot to mention about cost. Ít´s about the same as a massage, and you get an hour with him, but in any case he will teach you to address the problem yourself, so you won´t have to continue to see him forever - his goal really is to get you healthy and NOT needing a chiropractor as quickly as possible. Depending on your issue, only 3-5 trips might do it. I myself only go a couple times a year now, like a tune-up.
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