How to See the Positive Aspects of Getting Older

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Huh, thanks for the timely birthday card. I think.

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGawain

I'm loving the new back-pain-Meyer illustration.

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

Aha. That's where you're wrong, Scott. Chiropracty isn't a branch of medicine, so it's totally okay for it to be indistinguishable from wrestling!

But seriously, what you want in that scenario is a physical therapist.

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonsensicles

Creepy face there in panel 1. My 40th was yesterday, and I had that face when I got up.

I feel your pain. I didn't throw anything out yelling at teenagers. They were software developers that ACT like teenagers.

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoeB

scary eyes in the first panel. more than under a lot of pain, you were looking like possessed or something ..
or pain took over you ..

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNitin Gupta

JoeB it sounds like you might be the client of Mullet Boss's company.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarr

Traditionally, panel three is the most hilarious, but today, I defy anyone to beat panel two!

Kudos, Scott!

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Panel 4. I knew it was building up and then, "So do I, Mom, so do I."

Thirty-seven and did my first real swim in over five years. Let's just say everything still hurts two days later. If anything, getting old gives you motivation.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjersn

I have to remember not to read while taking a drink. and then i have to remember not to remember what I just read while taking another drink....

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdave

For what it's worth, Chiropractors actually *are* quacks - Chiropractic is alternative medicine rather than actual medicine, with all the nuttiness which goes with that.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Creepy! It's my birthday today as well!
That might possibly mean that Scott and I share a birthday.
(Separated by his publishing schedule, of course!)
Or not.

Scott's birthday is May 11, so that'll give you an idea of the delay between strips going out to the subscribers and them appearing on the site. ~Missy

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHBD2me

I'll turn 44 next Saturday, and had back surgery less than a year ago. I agree very much with the comment from Nonsensicles-- Chiropractic isn't a branch of medicine.
As Richard Dawkins said, "There is no alternative medicine. There is only medicine that works and medicine that doesn't work."
Also, when looking for medical care, I stick to those who have an MD after their name. Some chiropractors actually do have MDs, and I trust them to at least have a better idea of what they're talking about, but for the most part I'll stick with physical therapy for actually making things better, and massage for making things feel better.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterscgvlmike

This time, panel 2 wins!

I'm afraid I cannot like panel 3 much because chiropractors ARE, in fact, all quacks. It's not a branch of medicine at all, just a bunch of random dudes saying "You know, if I moved your spine a bit, it would fix everything that's wrong with you".

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterM

Wife's birthday was this week and she wasn't happy about it.
So, if you like MMA, you should pursue a career in Chiropractic?
Or, if you're bad at Chiropractic, you could be an MMA fighter?
Or, if you/re bad at MMAm you could be a Chiropractor?
Confusion setting in....must be old age.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

scgvlmike -- hey, now, don't you be discriminating against the DOs (well, as long as you're in the US, where they're real doctors, too).

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean

If you've never experienced the joy of eddie izzard discussing chiropractors:

You really must!

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph

Damn you, Scott! I sprained my diaphragm while laughing!

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOld Dude


May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Dunford

Kudos on avoiding a particularly expensive Alternative (to) Medicine.

And remember, you're only as old as (the woman) you feel.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

My birthday is Monday (June 3), and I LOVE asking people what they'll be doing to celebrate in my honor (primary answer is "going to work"). I AM getting "old" but I don't mind it - everyone should celebrate my existence throughout the month of June. Always.

Also, I once worked for a chiro. May have been the best six months of my professional life. May not have been, but I got regular, free adjustments. That was cool.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Is anyone else bothered that insurance companies waste money on chiropractors? I'm guessing an average insured visit probably costs the insurer around $50, with a $25 copay. At (this is a sWAG (much like a SWAG, but with less sophistication)) around 10 visits per year per patient, with the American Chiropractic Association (abbreviated as "QUACKS") estimating 30 million patients per year in the US... that's a total of 300 million annual visits, for a grand total of $15 billion.
Why don't we just build 15 new space shuttles each year, using the 1970s design so that they still cost $1b each to launch, and send them on a lunar impact course? The result on the long term health of the backs of all those people would be exactly the same.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterscgvlmike

Is she giving him the finger in that last panel...? Hmmm...

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercmj

Anyway, the last I heard about him, you're still a long, long way behind Scott Adams for believing in kooky stuff.

A fun game is to type the name of an alternative treatment into Google along with the word "evidence".

Britain's NHS has this web site that says that chiropractic "is an effective treatment for persistent lower back pain", but not demonstrably any more so than more normal "painkillers, exercise and physiotherapy". But you may also want to consider what is cheaper, or easier, or more fun.

Britain's NHS seems to have a policy (but certainly not their main policy) that if you as a patient prefer to have a cheap and unproven "alternative" treatment instead of an expensive drug or procedure, they are cool with that. The homeopathist or faith healer or whoever gets paid, you die, there's a hospital bed vacant for somebody else to use, everybody got something that they wanted.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

The eyes seem like they're from "how to fake a smile", wondering about a flesh poncho . . .

Oh, and Happy Birthday!

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXuuths

Ah, throwing out your back isn't necessarily an old thing. The first time I did it I was 17. Carried a 100-lb piece of furniture 4 flights of stairs down by myself. I was young and stupid.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjh

I know others have already said it, but chiropractors are quacks, chiropractic is not medicine, you should absolutely never see a chiropractor for any reason. Even if it's one of the "good ones" who don't do anything actually harmful or dangerous they're still not actually medically trained and you shouldn't do anything to support a business based on deception.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMathew Walls

Pilates is better than physical therapy to fix the problem so it doesn't happen again.

Panel 3 for the win!

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

Scott's birthday is the 11th...but mine is today! How fortuitous for me!

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAncient Romans

I'm with jh. I threw my back out building a fort out of cinder blocks when I was 13. Missed the last field day of my educational career throwing out my fricken' back. Of course that did make me feel old but it was back when that was cool. I didn't even get ice cream or some kiddy treat for my discomfort. Instead my dad gave into months of my nagging and let me drive his car on public roads for the first time ever.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterscopkins

Panel four is true!
One of the hardest things to face about growing old is that we all become our parents.
As for chirporactors, there are two kinds; Doctors of Osteopathy are fully educated, trained, certified, and qualified med. school graduate doctors (for what that's worth) (What do you call a doctor who graduated last in his class? "Doctor.")
Non-Osteopath Chiropractors have no qualification or certification, so they might know what they're doing, but you'd be risking your spine to find out.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

"But seriously, what you want in that scenario is a physical therapist."

No. What he wants is a triple whiskey. Cheaper than therapy.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOldbear42

Obviously, medicine is in the eye of the beholder. I once had a chronic staph infection problem that kept flaring up. I went to a Lakota medicine man I know on the Rosebud Indian reservation and he did a healing ceremony for me. After the ceremony, which was all done in Lakota, I asked my medicine man friend what the spirits had said. He said the spirits had told him that I would be just fine if I followed instructions. He made a moist poultice of some sage and other herbs and bound it on the infection site. He then said the spirits were adamant that I should say a certain Lakota prayer in a certain Lakota way in the Lakota language and they said to keep the poultice on for at least 12 hours. He then said the spirits said that I should get in my pickup truck and drive back home that very night. And that I should go to the hospital or see a regular doctor first thing the next morning.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

Wait'll you have to start getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, serenaded by the sounds of your popping knees.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

However, good Chiropractors are worth every penny.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK7

@JoeB - Oh, to be so young.

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

My b-day was the 30th, when this was posted, and I turned FIFTY! Bgdaah!

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLastOasis

In the brief phrase "he'd had", for what would "he'd" be a contraction? Dictionary says one option is "he would" and another is "he had". So are we saying "he would had" or "he had had"? Not that I super-care, but maybe this will spark another east-west, northern-southern, British-Canadian-Amerian English debate the likes we'd had only once recently.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdon'tbelieveme

@LastOasis: Happy "Bgdaah!" to you.

And to @don'tbelieveme: meretricious. (Which I looked up, and, uh oh.)

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Man... my back went out this weekend, while doing lawn work. Boy, does it suck.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

@Robert Carnegie: good call. :$

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdon'tbelieveme

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