Chiro Bio Physics ... thoughts and advice needed!
A slightly long first post, but I really would love (need!) some advice/thoughts/guidance so hear goes ...
I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in February this year after two events, my back went into spasm after a 3 hour ski lesson, and the following weekend, I had a car crash which compounded my back spasms and added whiplash to the problems. I went to a chiropractor (who practices CPB - Chiro Bio Physics - until recently I thought all chiropractors are the same) who after four x-rays (2 neck and 2 lower back) said my right leg is structurally 18mm short (about 9mm leg and 9mm malformed hip), and my neck is 13 degrees excessively forward leaning (incorrect curvature). I was recommended up to 9 months of chiro-treatments 3 times per week (very expensive!) which I have followed since February, so I’m three months in.
The back inflammation has subsided, and I'm now continuously wearing an 18mm heel lift, which has been feeling too high; the past couple of weeks (it's been 3 weeks on 18mm), my right leg has been feeling longer than my left and my right knee and left hip have been uncomfortable, sometimes actually hurting. I had a second lower back x-ray last night at another practice (for my regular chiropractor who doesn’t have an x-ray machine) and the x-ray chiropractor said my right leg is now 10mm too long when I asked, which is consistent with how I have been feeling, but after seeing my chiropractor this morning, he is adamant that his original diagnosis is correct and my spine is now correct (it was only 1 degree out previously).
Further to this, my chiropractor has started making me do neck drops and tractions that involve sitting on a chair and dropping my neck back whilst adding weights (up to 4kg) for 20 minutes after each 5 minute session of cracking my neck, using a drop-table to drop my shoulders, and a pulse-gun (like a mini-hammer) to stress my muscles/bones; I have found this very challenging, and after each treatment, I have had to remain seated whilst blood re-circulated around my head and down my shoulders/arms. I queried this with my chiropractor, who re-assured me this was normal. It has triggered frequent headaches, what I thought were tension related from the group of muscles in my neck and shoulders, but last week I could not manage 10 minutes of traction and when I got home, my girlfriend noticed a pinch-bruise at the top of my neck and my head hasn't felt right much since then. I informed my chiropractor about this today and he seemed a little nervous that I started challenging his opinions.
I really don't know where to turn now, I have a chiropractor who is very passionate about CPB and determined that his diagnosis and treatment advice is correct, but physically I don't feel it is correct, and now I doubt his rationale. Unfortunately, my Doctor (General Practitioner on the UK NHS - National Health Service) is not useful as the NHS service doesn't recognise back or neck problems and only prescribes pain management ... which incidentally my chiropractor has asked me not to take.
I now don’t know where to turn as I have invested a lot of time and money in my current chiropractor but I can’t help but feel his faith in CPB is blinding him from a rational or calmer treatment methodology. Everyone, including a person on the General Chiropractor Council in the UK has said my chiropractor’s methods are ‘not normal’. I don’t know where to turn or who to trust.