Anyone tried Dr. Whitcomb's treatment? Heard of him?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ringtail, May 8, 2005.

  1. ringtail

    ringtail New Member

    I just ran across an interesting website called Dr. Whitcomb is a chiropractor who claims that he can cure Fibro by adjustments because the cause of Fibro is subluxation of the C1 vertebra. This is exciting because for the first time one of the "specialists" is within a reasonable travel zone for me! (He is in South Lake Tahoe).

    Has anyone else heard about this guy? Is he for real? A quack? Anyone know someone who has been treated by him? I am excited but very, very skeptical.
  2. jbennett2

    jbennett2 New Member

    regularly. I started going twice a week, then once a week, then every two weeks, now once every three weeks. The C1 area, the atlas, is what she works on the most. Also realigning my hips that are always out. She uses a stimulator on the knots and it helps a lot with the pain, and sometimes actually gets rid of my chronic daily headache. But I agree with the previous post - make sure that there are no structural issues first.
  3. Manwithfibro

    Manwithfibro New Member

    Total BS.
    Sorry for my fuming.
  4. backporchrags

    backporchrags New Member

    I also went to a Chiropractor for ajustments. It felt great! Then I had some x-rays done and realized that my misalignment was from a skelital abnormality. I could have been seroiusly hurt. I agree, get the proper tests done before you go to avoid injury.
  5. ringtail

    ringtail New Member

    Thanks to everyone for your input. Keep it coming!

    In response to the warnings about xrays, etc. - good advice! I have had chiropractic treatment off and on throughout my life. It feels wonderful, but is expensive. I have had several xrays, and everything is "normal".

    Greyzak: What are Chiari and Syringomyelia?
  6. DDD

    DDD New Member

    Chiropractor says he's found a cure for nerve disorder fibromyalgia; other experts skeptical of the claim

    A California chiropractor says he has discovered a treatment that cures at least 95 percent of his patients who have the debilitating nerve disorder fibromyalgia. But other experts across the country are skeptical of the claim. "You start using the 'c' word and I get very nervous. As far as we know there isn't a cure yet," says the leader of the National Fibromyalgia Association. Be sure to read the related article, Depression and mental disorders can be prevented and treated with simple healing foods.

    Paul Whitcomb, a South Lake Tahoe chiropractor, believes he has found a cure for fibromyalgia, a disease that hypersensitizes the nervous system and causes debilitating pain in millions of Americans, most of whom are women.
    He says his repeated neck adjustments realign the top vertebra of the spine and allow 95 percent of his fibromyalgia patients to get well.
    They did not dismiss it altogether, but say controlled studies would be needed to prove it.
    "When I hear this red flags go up all over the place," said Lynne Matallana, president of the National Fibromyalgia Association.
    Matallana, who was in bed for more than two years because of fibromyalgia, said Whitcomb's theory is interesting because as many as 60 percent of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia have experienced some type of physical trauma, such as a car accident that induces whiplash.

    Dr. Muhammad Yunus, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at the University of Illinois, who has studied fibromyalgia since 1980 and is a leading expert in the field, said there is a chiropractor near his Peoria office that claims similar success in treating the disease.
    Whitcomb's waiting room is small and packed with sick women and an occasional man who are starting to feel better.
    Since his treatment can last for several months, and involve neck adjustments up to three times a day, the group bonds and empathize with each other's symptoms.

    "I'm glad to hear about that doctor, that he's doing good things for people," said Rae Marie Gleason, executive director of the National Fibromyalgia Research Association.
    Gleason said she knows of other chiropractors and physicians in the country who claim to provide relief from fibromyalgia through vitamin therapy or neck adjustments.

    [This Message was Edited on 05/09/2005]
  7. Squirt

    Squirt New Member

    If Dr.Witcomb's claim was true, I would have been cured before I was diagnosed!

    I have been seeing my chiropractor since 1989 for neck, shoulder and back pain. My neck pain was spifically in my upper neck due to a congentital malformation of the 2nd vertebrae. I have NEVER been hurt by by chiropractor, and in fact, had wonderful relief and maintained several months pain free before having to return for adjustment.

    Then in 1994 or 1995, I began to have myofasial pain an began a regular regimen of massage and myofasial release. But by 1998 my pain failed to respond favorably to the treatments and my chripractor referred me to my physician with a diagnosis of FM.

    All this to say, if you have FM, your chiropractor CANNOT cure you!

    Yes, you have get some pain relief. I still go to my chiropractor for regular adjustments, occasional Graston treatments when I can tolerate them, and wonderful massage (my personal favorite).

    Sorry to burst anyone's bubble. I keep praying and hope for a cure and you should, too.

    Meanwhile, I take my Mega MSM, Multi-Vitamins w/Minerals, Calcium w/Magnesium, B-Complex, Glucosamine and Chondroitin, Mirapex for restless leg, Amitryptoline, Xanax as a muscle relaxer at night, diclophenac for pain, and Zoloft for depression.

    Sighhhhh, sooooooo many.

    Hugs and blessings to you all!
    Squirt in Molalla, OR

  8. lifespirit

    lifespirit Member

    PAUL WHITCOMB - currently he has been doing business with other Chiropractors. His websites are:
    I am not sure if is actually helping people and Chiropractors or he has his own agenda..., maybe to grow his business, become famous, make money, or something else. Anyone please reply, I really don't want people, human lives in danger.
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