So, I wanted to get people's experiences and thoughts on this matter. I actually had my first appointment with a chiropractor this morning for x rays and will be returning soon for his prognosis on any treatment needs I have. My aunt is a nurse and has always said chiropractors are charlatans who know just enough about medicine to be dangerous. I know that's an extreme bias, but I've heard similar sentiments about the profession not really being legit from many throughout my life. Then why am I seeing one, good question. Well, I'm a competitive racquetball player and for the past few months I've been having some shoulder pain. My doubles partner swears by his chiropractor and says being under his care has helped him stay in good health. Per him there have been numerous occasions where he has had sports related injuries or ailments and the doc has been able to help him with them. He suggested I check it out just to see if there would be any benefit for me, especially with my recent shoulder pain. My only personal experience with chiropractic care was shortly after my second son was born. He was extremely fussy as a newborn, borderline colic I would say. A friend suggested seeing a chiropractor and the visits were covered by our insurance so we thought, what did we have to lose. I wasn't at the visit, but my wife said it was amazing. With one adjustment from this chiropractic doctor the crying stopped immediately. Now, I'm not saying he didn't cry a normal amount after that, but the excessive fussiness we had been experiencing was gone. We finished out a few more visits with the doctor and our son responded very well. My friends chiropractor does short seminars and offers discounts to patients who attend. So, by attending a brief 30 minute information session I was able to get two visits with him at $10 a visit. This includes x rays, a full assessment, an initial treatment/adjustment, and a recommendation regarding what future treatment is needed. All in all, for $20 I figured again, what do I have to lose in giving this a try. If I use my insurance to see a regular or sports medicine doctor for my shoulder I'll have to pay a higher copay and pay for x rays out of pocket as that will be applied to my deductible. I figure I'll give these first couple of visits and shot and see how it goes. Thoughts? What experiences if any do you all have with chiropractic care? Are you a believer in its health benefits? I'm really hoping to hear from folks who have actual experiences, both good or bad, or medical/health education.