Chiropractic Mishap: Question About Self Adjusting Technique

I got this email today from someone with chronic back pain:

Thanks you very much for providing the free info and videos. My question is, is your technique safe for someone with adult-onset scoliosis? Specifically, a thoracic shift with minor rotations at C5, T4-5, L1, with sacro-illeal strain, caused by genetically short hamstrings and a chiropractic mishap.

I sure don’t like hearing about things like a “chiropractic mishap.” As someone who has been hurt by chiropractors in the past I understand, but I still have a respect for the method. When it’s applied correctly. 

I learned how to do chiropractic adjustments from someone that doesn’t hurt, but some of his clients still won’t let him “crack” their neck. He learned Soft Tissue Adjusting Technique so he could do gentle adjustments for these people.

Soft Tissue Adjusting Technique is the counter part to Self Adjusting Technique. It’s similar, but applied to someone else. The techniques are a little different, especially the rib adjustment. I often teach this for people that have trouble getting ribs to adjust for themselves so they can have a friend or spouse do the adjustment for them. 

It would be ideal if it were possible to randomly check with a chiropractors past clients. Another option would be to find one that uses an activator. That’s a device that kind of punches the joint back into place. It was one of these practitioners who inspired me to create Self Adjusting Technique. (He wouldn’t help me out with the cost, so I paid attention to what he did and worked out a way to work the same areas he “activated.”)

My response to the sender was to refer her to a couple of my videos on back pain relief, and this:

Most likely the adjustment techniques will help. They give the same relief as a chiropractic adjustment, but without the force that caused your “chiropractic mishap.” It works especially well on rotations. In fact, that is one of the easiest adjustments. 

The SI strain might have other complications too, Has this been a problem for life? If not, when did it develop or get worse?

She just emailed back, and guess what? She was seeing an activator chiropractor! She says, “activator treatments were helpful, but I lost my understanding doc and I’m not having any part of further traditional chiro treatment.

She also says she’s going to try SAT, I hope we can find a way to help her relieve back pain. I say “we,” because I work with people to help them find an adjustment. If I can’t help them, I send a refund

But, you might want to start with the free ebook, “Back Pain Secrets.” Many people will find the answers they need there and in the follow up emails.

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Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa

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