Dennis R. on Insider Pages
12 years ago
12/27/2007, 01:27 AM
I had never used a chiropractor before, but I had friends and co-workers who would go to see their chiropractor every day or every other day. They were paying a lot of money and even with insurance were feeling cheated. I have also heard of chiropractors using unproven methods. One time I saw a report on a local news station about a chiropractor who did something with ions and feet in water, but at the end of the report they said that none of that type of therapy has been scientifically proven.
Dr. Shaffer, on the other hand, is very honest, does a remarkable job, doesn't do a sales pitch, and runs his office without any other staff. He knows what he is doing. He doesn't do anything I would find questionable. He isn't a "snake-oil" salesman.
When I see Dr. Shaffer, he asks what is going on with my back, puts me on the table and places some electric devices which I guess relax my back muscles. (That is the weirdest part of the session, but it doesn't hurt and isn't the main part of the work he does.) Then Dr. Shaffer puts me in various positions and using just his hands to feel misalignments, he pops vertebrae back in place. After he does his work, he has me walk down the hall and back and asks if it feels OK. If there are still problems, he uses some panels in the table that flip out to fix the bigger problems. He also showed me some stretches I do at home to keep things aligned. The sessions are very straightforward and although the noises from parts of my spine moving into place are sometimes loud, I feel so much better afterwards. And I get to decide when I want to come back.
I have recommended Dr. Shaffer to some of the same friends and co-workers who had used other chiropractors and they all like him better than their former chiropractors.
The only problem I ever had was that I found it is better to reach Dr. Shaffer via phone instead of email. But even if he is treating someone at the time, when I have left a voicemail he has called back right away.