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    Pros and cons of gointo see a chiro before a comp.

    I have a comp on the 30th of may. It has been sudgested to me to see a chiro than it was promptly sudgested that I dont do it.

    First person said it will help recovery, help get rid of little niggles, put my back into better places and make me feel better all around.

    Second person said. DONT DO IT. You are used to lifting the way you are, it will put you out, it will be harder for you to stay tight.

    Would you do it or have you done it within a couple of weeks of a comp?
    what has your experience been?

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    I've always gone to mine in the last week or two prior to every competition and it's always been a positive thing. I always want to feel as good as possible going into the meet. I've never experienced any negative in doing this.

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    I agree with Sean S, if you were to go about 1-2 weeks out you shouldn't have a problem. Back in 2002 I hurt my back pretty bad, I went to see a chiropractor for about 2-3 months at least once week sometimes twice. I went all the way to my meet and it didn't bother me at all.
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    Just tune them out when they start talking how bad deadlifting is for your back....
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    Yeah I usually feel pretty good after going to the chiro, although I don't do it all that often. I've done it the week before a meet and it didn't mess with me at all

    I keep up with my foam rolling and stretching and that seems to help with infrequent visits
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    This far out you have plenty of time to get your back adjusted. It's not like they twist you in half.


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    My chiropractor is also a powerlifter. I am seeing him this afternoon. I will ask him his opinion on this subject.

    Normally he tells me that I shouldn't train immediately after an adjustment and likes me to give myself 24 hours or so after an adjustment before training heavy.
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    I love my guy. I actually lift better after an adjustment. I reccommend it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian C View Post
    Just tune them out when they start talking how bad deadlifting is for your back....
    Lucky for me, I don't think mine has ever told me not to. He actually talks to me about lifting, he seems interested in the way we train.
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    Quote Originally Posted by george okunev View Post
    I have a comp on the 30th of may. It has been sudgested to me to see a chiro than it was promptly sudgested that I dont do it.

    First person said it will help recovery, help get rid of little niggles, put my back into better places and make me feel better all around.

    Second person said. DONT DO IT. You are used to lifting the way you are, it will put you out, it will be harder for you to stay tight.

    Would you do it or have you done it within a couple of weeks of a comp?
    what has your experience been?
    My chiro has helped me out alot with recurring back pain. Getting routine adjustments every 4-6 weeks have cut down a lot of the back and hip issues I was having before. I have never had any problems with lifitng or meets after going to the chiropractor.
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    I either get a deep tissue massage or a chiro adjustment (sometimes both) the day after my last workout before a meet---usually that monday or Tuesday before a Saturday meet. I really think it helps me heal up while deloading going into the meet. I wouldn't recommend doing either later than about 3 days prior to the meet though.
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    Just tune them out when they start talking how bad deadlifting is for your back....
    Never heard this from a chiropractor, just the opposite actually.

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    I'm not a big fan of introducing new restorative methods soon before a competition, but I think that a week+ out should be fine, assuming you're getting plenty of rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadChef View Post
    Never heard this from a chiropractor, just the opposite actually.
    Same here. When I started powerlfiting two years ago, my chiropractor said nothing negative about it, in fact he was very positive about it, my scoliosis never was a topic ( thank goodness, because it now never bothers me ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottYard View Post
    I love my guy. I actually lift better after an adjustment. I reccommend it.
    I second this. Everything that is tight seems to loosen up and I think it makes my squats more efficient. I can't comment on the other lifts but I've hit some pretty random (and awesome) PRs the day of/after getting my back/hips adjusted.

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    I spoke to my chiro yesterday (he is a powerlifter) and he said that as a general guideline he likes people to be adjusted 24 hours before the meet and not closer. This is because some people get sore from the adjustments etc. He personally gets adjusted the Friday morning before he squats and pulls heavy that night, but he said that he gets adjust more often than most people so he is comfortable with doing that. So from him, 24-36 hours before the meet and no closer as a general guideline.
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