Chiropractic does not work

SHORT ANSWER: Chiropractic works only as an expensive placebo, it being based on spurious, fabricated notions about disease and the spine and joints that have absolutely no basis in reality whatsoever regardless of what your chiropractic (deluded, gullible or otherwise) tells you.

What’s the origin of chiropractic?

Spinal manipulation has been used for thousands of years around the world to try and fix health problems. The modern version was developed by Daniel D Palmer in the nineteenth century and called chiropractic from the Greek words for doing and hand (praktikos and cheiro).

Palmer’s first patient was his janitor who had been deaf for seventeen years following a neck injury. Palmer claimed to have ‘clicked’ a joint back into place and the man’s hearing returned. Palmer, however, was jailed for practising medicine without a licence but his son took up the cause and chiropractic began to become popular.

How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractors like many other complementary health practitioners look at the body as a whole when they treat you. A chiropractor considers the body to be like a living machine – if a joint is misaligned or damaged then the smooth running of the machine can be upset causing inflammation, pressure on nerves and subsequent medical problems.

Chiropractors believe stress, poor posture and accidents, including sports injuries and the like can all stop the body machine running smoothly. Almost any aspect of health might be affected by problems in the spine, they believe.

For instance, pressure on nerves connected to the intestines could be the root cause of some digestive disorders. Chiropractic manipulation of the spine at the point where these nerves emerge from the spinal cord through the vertebra could remedy such a disorder. There is no evidence that chiropractic can deal with anything other than back problems, however, an even then scant controlled clinical evidence is available for that.

What happens during a treatment?

Your first session with a chiropractor often involves an assessment of posture, mobility of joints, and usually lifestyle. There are various standard tests such as the Thomas test, which determines mobility in the hip joints, the Yeoman’s test which involves the practitioner flexing your legs one at a time to assess joints for sprain and mobility. The chiropractor might also ask you to bend, raise your legs, test your reflexes, take your blood pressure or even an X-ray to build up a more detailed picture of a problem.

As with osteopathy, chiropractors try to track down restricted or excessive joint movement, especially in the spine because they believe these problems are the cause of inflammation, swelling and pressure that leads to pain and illness.

A chiropractor might use some massage to loosen stiff muscles before focusing on the manipulation techniques. Manipulation usually involves a sharp, precise thrusting movement of a joint to ‘free it up’. There are several standard techniques aimed at making, what chiropractors refer to as, adjustments. However, a new school of thought among progressive chiropractors avoids the forceful thrusting manipulations and instead relies on more gentle and tempered movements and stretches.

For instance, the Toggle Drop involves a swift and precise pressure applied with the hands to specific verterbrae in the spine while you lie face down. The Bunyon adjustment involves the practitioner applying a stretch between vertebra – a traction – to adjust the spine. The various manipulations often causes clicking noises, which can be quite alarming to the patient and may cause a little pain or discomfort at the time but this quickly eases off and the procedure has been shown to be extremely safe. Clicking noises are not caused by bone against bone, they are simply the sound of gases “popping” as they are expelled from where they may be trapped in the membrane surrounding a joint.

Chiropractic will often attempt to provide an effective long-term management of a condition. However, patients are usually locked in to regular return visits for “maintenance” treatments to prevent them regressing. Chiropractors similarly to osteopaths will claim to help you improve your posture, suggest lifestyle changes that might help your overall health and teach you some easy exercises to do at home.

What problems can chiropractic help?

Chiropractors focus primarily on back problems, but there is a long list of other ailments, diseases and disorders that they offer to treat. Evidence for the more outlandish claims is almost wholly lacking although they claim to treat the following:

  • Asthma
  • Digestive problems
  • Disc injuries
  • Headache and migraine
  • Joint, posture and muscle problems
  • Menstrual pains
  • Sciatica
  • Spine and neck problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Tinnitus and vertigo

What do conventional doctors think about chiropractic?

Chiropractic had a poor image among the medical profession for most of the last century, in the 1960s the American Medical Association condemned it as an ‘unscientific cult’ although the AMA lost its legal battle in 1987 and now chiropractors work in hospitals and sports clinics.

In Britain, in 1994 The Chiropractors’ Act gave them official recognition which means that if you use a registered chiropractor you have the security of knowing they are a state-registered health professional, for what that’s worth.

You are almost as likely to be referred to a chiropractor as an osteopath by your GP, but usually only for musculo-skeletal problems. Many doctors still prefer to send patients to an osteopath instead. However, clinics and community health centres often have chiropractors on-site apparently complementing the work of the doctors and nursing staff. One thing that more and more doctors agree on is that the old advice of long periods of lying flat and still or restrained in a medical corset are not the way to treat back problems.

What is a subluxation?

A medical subluxation is an incomplete or partial dislocation of a joint or organ. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers a subluxation to be a “significant structural displacement, and therefore visible on static imaging studies.” In the spine, such a displacement may be caused by a spondylolisthesis.

An orthopedic dislocation of any joint will usually need medical attention to help relocate or reduce the joint. Nursemaid’s elbow is the subluxation of the head of the radius from the annular ligament. Other joints that are prone to subluxations are the shoulders, fingers, kneecaps, and hips affected by hip dysplasia. A spinal subluxation is relatively rare, but can sometimes impinge on spinal nerve roots causing symptoms in the areas served by those roots.

Can chiropractors remedy subluxations?

Chiropractors talk of vertebral subluxations and have their own unique definition of this problem, they say it is relatively common and is apparent as a spinal vertebra having lost its proper juxtaposition, or alignment, with one or both of its neighbours. This apparently interferes with the nervous system. Conventional chiropractic attempts to remedy vertebral subluxations using manipulation techniques. However, even though research is ongoing mainstream medicine and even progressive chiropractors have often rejected the subluxation hypothesis.

32 thoughts on “Chiropractic does not work”

  1. So, by logical extension of your argument “frankye”, chiropractic and homeopathy are the “starting point” for “heart ailments and liver problems”. Bullshine! Total bullshine. You work in the “medical industry”? Yeah, right. Your comment is typical of the nonsensical arguments we hear repeatedly from people who claim that sugar pills and water and a bit of bone-crunching can solve health issues. Don’t you think that if any of that cr*p actually really worked that the medical industry wouldn’t have jumped on it by now and be making a fortune?

    Yes, there is over-medication, yes there are side-effects as there are with chiropractic (stroke following cervical manipulation, for instance). But, homeopathy claims to be able to deal with viruses and parasites, which it simply cannot do. Malaria and AIDS really don’t respond to sugar pills.

  2. i work in the medical industry and i have seen first hand how patients are given medication after medication without really needing it, there is a big problem with the way the majority of americans view health and medicine. it is simply not accurate and this can be verified by looking at all the side effects caused by many expensive prescription medications being advertised on tv. gee i wonder why? ……if such options for treatment were adequatte we wouldnt have so many people dying of heart ailments and liver problems. only a person who refuses to look at reality might disagree with me. its simple putting pills in your mouth when you have pain isnt the answer. Chiropractic and homeopathic treatments are a much much better starting point. if you disagree speak to person who has sustained a work injury and has been heavily medicated for about a year. see how they feel after taking in so many drugs.

  3. The reason, Emily, is that there is no evidence for any of the ludicrous claims made by practitioners either for their methods or the supposed science that they use to prop it up. Go to a chiropractic with numbness in your feet and be told that you have a “neurological imbalance” and that you need to be “adjusted” on a weekly basis for six weeks at 60 bucks a half hour. But discover, that the numbness was actually an autoimmune disease known as GBS that is lethal, end up hospitalised three days later and being treated with intravenous IgE to save your life.

    Are you trying to claim that a chiro would have spotted the early signs of your dad’s heart failure? I doubt that very much, instead they would have “adjusted” him to remedy the supposed subluxations in his spine that were manifest as shoulder pain.

    Conventional meds do have side effects as does chiro treatment, look at the stroke incidence in patients who have had neck manipulation.

    Your logic is massively flawed given that alt meds are almost always about how the patient “feels” rather than actual clinical tests…

  4. soo…if I understand correctly…some folks think chiropractic is trickery and only treat problems that would otherwise go away on their own? My father had a nagging pain in his left shoulder…it went away on its own. It came back as a massive heart attack requiring a triple bypass. To say that you can gage your health by how you “feel” is ignorant and dangerous. How do you know the injury if internal has gone away? Because you are not in pain? And can we address the many and alarming side effects to pain medication and drug treatment programs? Some people are so content to pop a pill rather than accepting responsibility for their bodies and addressing the real cause of the pain. Drugs only mask the symptoms. NSAIDS have never cured anything! They do however, require you to monitor your liver enzymes and are highly addictive. Sounds healthy! Why is it that a practice (chiropractic)that wants you to allow your body to work at its optimal levels and does not push drugs is deemed as quackery? Pobably for the same reason every other commercial on TV is for a perscription drug? One more point, how many deaths are caused by the “medical” profession? How many from “chiropractic”?

  5. The argument is not about whether anyone questions “conventional” medicine, it’s about the fabricated science on which much of alternative medicine is pinned. There are huge gaps in our understanding of the human body and how it responds to different treatments but that doesn’t mean that we should turn to quackery for solutions. It is for alt practitioners to prove their approaches work beyond a placebo effect not for science to disprove them. There are shared origins of conventional and alternative medical practices. E.g. about 40% of pharmaceuticals have a herbal ancestor, but I’d rather take a purified, active extract to treat a particular condition than chew on boiled willow bark. There are serious issues with many of the claims made by some alt practitioners, particularly in areas of microbial pathogens. Homeopaths have no right to claim that their sugar pills and bottled water can be used to treat malaria and HIV. I realise the discussion here is of chiropractic, but chiropractors if they want credibility should stump up the cash for independent clinical trials to demonstrate true efficacy against placebo, particularly in those areas they claim to be able to treat that are wholly unrelated to alignment of vertebrae.

  6. Every profession includes those people who are passionate about contributing their best for humanity’s sake and also those who just want to make money and at the expense of others. I wish they weren’t in my profession, but that is part of humanity..so you must be a smart consumer of health care just as you would be a smart parent for your child’s safety. No! Your chiropractor shouldn’t teach you that your nerves are pinched like a garden hose! Yes, they should teach you the most current science as it relates to your spine.

    Despite the overwhelming research for both medical treatments and chiropractic, medicine is never questioned as whether it is a benefit, but chiropractic is. Why don’t you question going to see your M.D. or Dentist for healthcare prevention and treatment? Is it because it is the “right” thing to do to take care of your health? I may not “save” lives from death as M.D.s do so often, yet the health care I offer allows people to get their life back in also a very important way and that is to “enjoy” their human experience through better spinal structure which minimizes strain on nerve tissue. You don’t have to “believe” in whether chiropractic works or not because the results have been proven. Chiropractic works because treatment based on index medicus research scrutiny proves that it has value whether you choose to “believe” in it or not.

    Chiropractic research is published in the National Library of Medicine. I recommend you start at this website. http://www.idealspine.com. Go to the CBP research page. Click on medline lookup for the Drs. Harrison. What you will see is math, physics, engineering, biology, neurology and as it applies to the human spine. An ideal mathematical spinal model was published and over the course of the past 25 years the theorem has been tested in large population studies to establish the “normal ranges” for the sagittal curvature of the spine.

    I agree with much of your original posting; however, due to the erroneous teaching of pseudoscience I.e. “garden hose theory” by chiropractors who want the glory of a title without the responsibility of one…we all have cause for concern.

    We are policing our own profession because we care. The thoughtfulness of your post was inspiring, and I hope when you need chiropractic care again in the future you will consider looking to treat with the most advanced to date…CBP.

    Chiropractic BioPhysics®, or CBP®, is, in short, a higher level of chiropractic. It is a more knowledgeable, comprehensive, systematic, scientific approach to chiropractic, that provides predictable results for patients and will contribute to building a more stable and successful chiropractic practice. Support for this claim includes a considerable amount of data from research, the experience of numerous flourishing CBP® practitioners, and the longevity of the approach. CBP® combines standard chiropractic joint adjustments with mirror image® (opposite position) postural adjustments, mirror image® spinal/postural exercise, and mirror-image® traction to provide more permanent relief and improved health for patients through spine and postural correction.

  7. Well, I have to admit that I used to fall in the camp of skeptics–that is until I had unbearable back and neck pain, and out of desperation went to see a chiropractor. I am so thankful that a particular friend suggested that I go to this particular doctor, because he does not require repeat visits. He only says (to all of his patients) that possibly you might need to come back, especially depending on the severity of the issue and how long the issue had been taking place. It is left up to you, the patient, to decide if you want to/need to come back. This is totally different than others in town (my son and daughter-in-law both went to another before switching who wanted them to be there a couple of times a week, for months on end. To make matters even worse, they felt less relief from that doctor than they do the one we all currently go to, who does not insist on repeat visits!). I guess the moral of the story is: If you get a chiropractor with whom you do not feel relief, and who wants you to be there over and over, switch! It’s the same with a medical doctor, people have to find one who suits their particular needs and personality. If I had gone to one of the less-effective doctors I would have dismissed chiropractic as a hoax, but as it is I am totally pain-free and feeling great! I would whole-heartedly recommend that anyone at least try it!

  8. Yes, there is *some* evidence that it works for lower back problems. It’s all the spurious claims for asthma, period problems, and childhood cholic for which there is no apparent strong evidence.

  9. While I don’t believe that a Chiropractor can resolve all issues, I do believe they are effective and solving some issues.

    I am currently seeing a Chiropractor for some pain in the lower back. However, before going to Chiropractor, I went to my Orthopedic Surgeon. After performing X-rays and MRIs, the Ortho doc provided a list of possible treatments and near the top of his recommendations was to see a Chiropractor first along with some physical therapy to eliminate the pain in my lower back. He then gave the recommendation of a specific Chiro office.

    After 3 appts. so far, I do feel less pain in my lower back (probably about a 30% improvement so far). I think the pain reduction is due mostly to the adjustments because I have not yet really started the physical therapy, though the Chiro doc has given me a few core exercises to do.

    Therefore, in my opinion it does seem to be helping me….though I am just one case.

  10. I initially visited a chiropractor for my long-term, persistent back pain. X-rays, etc., confirmed my ‘need’ for frequent adjustments (3 times a week, at first) to restore alignment to my back, which I was told showed evidence of whiplash and side-impact trauma.

    After three YEARS of treatment – some of which was painful (I remember one particular adjustment from a certain substitute chiropractor to this day!) – when I made mention of the fact that my back still hurt, that it had actually gotten worse during the course of treatment, and that I suspected that the adjustments were actually the cause of my back pain and breathing issues, my chiropractor said that chiropractic doesn’t treat back pain!

    That was enough for me!

    To this day, I suffer from a sharp pain in the center of my back that I believe to be the result of that particularly vigorous adjustment I got from the substitute chiropractor.

    I now try to address my back issues with stretching exercises, a daily 3-mile walk, and hot baths with Epsom salts and oil of eucalyptus. This provides as much relief, if not more, than the chiropractic visits once did, and at greatly reduced expense!

    If chiropractic could fix something and it would stay fixed, or offer even the slightest suggestion of ways to avoid repeatedly suffering subluxations, I’d be more inclined to approve of it. But given the proclivity to lock someone into perpetual expensive treatment wherein nothing is done except exactly what was done in prior sessions along with the fact that no significant improvement or alleviation of discomfort whatsoever is experienced over the long term, I’d have to regard chiropractic as a treatment of last resort, no more than a frivolity or indulgence, something on the order of a tanning salon!

  11. I didn’t know anything about Chiropractic until 1989. Then I went to work for one! She explained a subluxation like this: Basically, if a garden hose has a kink in it, the water will not flow freely from the end, and your garden will not get watered as well as it could. IF your spinal column is misaligned, and the bone pushes into a nerve, the organ or limb at the end of that nerve will not get the proper flow of blood, and thus, could be impaired. Chiropractic is not a ‘cure-all’, but it really makes sense when you look at how it works. When the bones of your spine are adjusted back to the normal curve, the blood flow is restored and problems (such as headaches) can go away. I saw an elementary school child come in, dragging his feet, and on crutches. After seeing his X-rays, and even my untrained eye could note the misalignment resulting from a fall, he WALKED out of our office (no crutches!) after treatment! Amazing. Don’t be so quick to say Chiropractic is not real. It is!

  12. Science is not this “thing”. It’s a process. Of course, there are opportunities for people to fail to carry out the process properly. But, fundamentally, those who recognise that the process can provide an understanding of the nature of reality are more likely to be skeptical of activities that have not been investigated by the process or somehow try to hide behind non-facts and anecdote. More to the point, I’ve personally had successful chiropractic treatment for a back problem, but it never occurred to me to take my kids to a chiropractor for cholic, there’s such a disconnection between some problems and the claims regarding mode of action of chiropractic.

  13. It amazes me that people have so many opinions of chiropractors. I am also amazed that people have such faith in science. I too bought the idea that science was pure, and science explains all. I was taught that in school as well. I see educators indoctrinating my kids as well. The reality is science is bought and sold like any other commodity on the market. How many double blind randomized controlled trials are done on open heart surgery? What is a sham operation? And to say that chiropractors treat things that would just go away on there own? Please! It would serve most people well to know just how frequent the side effects of anti-inflammatories are. It would likely surprise most people. I wish medical doctors and chiropractors could put their turf battles aside and start working hand in hand to the benefit of their patients who in reality stand to benefit from both.

  14. This is one of the many infiltrations of the quackish community that can be readily seen in our everyday lives; most people would assume that because it is so widespread, chiropractic is based on real science. Unfortunately, people are entirely misinformed.

  15. David – I call bullsh!t on this:
    “There is no way to carry out a full-scale clinical trial on a practice that tailors its approach to the individual patient presenting unique symptoms…”

    It doesn’t matter if you have had success with a chiropractor – unless there is an objective outcome to measure studies are going to fall victim of self-reporting which is almost always biased.

    Pain is so subjective. Chiropractors may simply be curing something that never existed or “curing” something that was going to get better on its own.

    I, too, visited a chiropractor and received positive results. Are the results better than a placebo or regression to the mean? Studies suggest they aren’t.

    I’m almost certain that the majority of people in the chiropractic profession don’t sustain simply on the tiny area of chiropractic that just MIGHT be as good as other treatments (ie. anti-inflammatories).

    Prior to the case with Simon Singh, EVERY Chiropractor in my city that has a website claimed to be able to treat asthma, ear infections, colds and more. Many even practice acupuncture and other “woo-woo” to support themselves. Many have removed the references to asthma, ear infections, bed-wetting but a good number still suggest efficacy as it relates to the relieving of such symptoms/problems.

    Finally, if it worked, it wouldn’t be alternative medicine. (Especially not for a hundred years!)

  16. @Andrew Making fun of god? Which one? I don’t think I even mentioned god in the post…anyway, isn’t he/she/it up for a laugh, then? Heaven’s going to be an awfully boring place if we can’t take the piss out of each other when we get there. It is for eternity, after all…

    Moreover, if you’d actually read the post, you’d have noticed that I, personally, have used chiropractic successfully for a back problem, so I don’t think I was even dissing the practice in the first place, so not sure what your comment is about on any count. Oh, by the way, this post was given the once over by a chiropractic for technical accuracy at the time of writing.

  17. First of all I resent your making fun of God. Further more there is plenty of x-ray and MRI evidence that spinal misalignments have been corrected by the combination of chiropractic adjusments and targeted exercise.

  18. An important point to make is that the majority of modern chiropractors do not make spurious claims, they cite case studies where they have observed pain relief or relief from various conditions after they have assessed and treated a patient. There is no way to carry out a full-scale clinical trial on a practice that tailors its approach to the individual patient presenting unique symptoms…

  19. @Maria I don’t think a belief in a monotheistic religion has anything to do with purported placebo effects. Moreover, I’m certainly not one to sing the praises of alternative medicine, as regular readers may have noticed. I have personally experienced positive results with chiropractic treatment for a serious back problem where conventional approaches totally failed but I only undertook it as a last resort after two years of serious pain and a chronic game of GP-specialist ping-pong. Now, I know I’m setting myself up to be hoist by my own petard by reporting a single anecdotal case, but even Edzard, Singh, and others admit that for back problems there is clinical evidence that chiropractic works. As to whether it’s any good for asthma, glue ear, childhood colic, whiplash injuries, that’s a different matter altogether.

  20. Chiropractic works like praying; if you believe there is an old guy with blue eyes and a long beard up there in the sky, listening to you and providing you with solutions for your problems, it will work for sure. But if you know that the spine cannot be repositioned by hands because of all the other systems like the muscular system supporting it, it will not work.

  21. Oh, no worries man, I was just describing my results with NUCCA compared to the more ‘traditional’ methods, I didn’t read all the posts on here, just a couple.

  22. Bottom line is chiropractic works, but it matters greatly what chiropractic method they use on you. There is the typical twist-and-pop chiropractor method which I personally would never use, I think there is too much risk of injury. Most of the time it works, but can injure you sometimes, and I don’t want that risk. I use a chiropractor that practices the NUCCA method; google it. There is absolutely NO neck twisting, cracking, or anything like that, and my entire family have had perfect results every time. I usually go 1-2 time per year after snowboarding season when I am in pain. This method, in my opinion and experience, is the only legit, safe, and proven chiropractic out there.

    NUCCA does not treat the pain (i.e. lower back hurts so they pop that around) it treats the cause of the pain. 99% of the time I walk out of the doc’s office with absolutely no pain after a painless adjustment, other times it takes about a day to feel the effects. This method has healed my mother (after she tried numerous other chiropractic and began to think them all quacks), sister, father, and myself.

    If you are at all skeptical of chiropractic, that’s understandable, but go try out a NUCCA practicioner. There are only about 2000 of them worldwide though, so you might have to search the net for one near or in your area.

  23. Okay, I’m baffled. How does it work? I was in an accident recently and had x-rays taken by a recommended chiropractor. The x-rays showed conclusively that my neck, shoulders and lower back have “issues.” It’s pretty tough to look at. Now I go in three times a week and have my neck, shoulders and back cracked. My treatment will last for 6-9 months. I don’t understand what the cracking is doing. Realigning my vertebra? Why do I need to be cracked 3xs a week? Do the bones go out of allignment between visits? I also do the swivel chair. Chiropractic care is very new to me. I’m going to stay the course in my treatment, but I want to understand what’s behind the treatment. Any and all insight appreciated.

  24. I don’t think you’re a shill. My personal experience of chiro is similar, anyway there are enough people who go to alt practitioners already without the need to drum up anything…

    Like the pinhole camera shot of the basset hound photo on your site, by the way

  25. I had never been to a chiropractor before and honestly, I considered the whole field rather ridiculous based on what I’d heard. Then, about six weeks ago, I hurt my lower back while trying to do some rather intense exercises (burpees — look them up, they’re great, just DO THEM PROPERLY).

    I was in bad shape but I called a chiroprator on a friend’s recommendation. By the time I made it in, I actually felt quite good — but five minutes on the vibrating machine with the back roller woke up all my pain, which had been healing, but in the wrong way.

    I did not feel better after that first session. In fact, I felt a lot worse — but it was a different pain, pain that I knew even then was right. It was my body trying to heal again in the right position. Now, I’m going every week while learning ways to make my workout more safe and enhance my core muscles so that this doesn’t happen again. I LOVE going to the chiropractor now. I never thought I’d say this, but that injury was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m going to be in such better shape when I’m done with this treatment than I ever was before, because he’s treating the cause of the problems.

    I could keep going, but anyone reading already thinks I’m some corporate shill trying to drum up business.

  26. This was a great post. I especially like the comments so far. I have a similar story with chiropractic. I was involved in a surfing incident injuring upper back and left shoulder. I was in Japan and didn’t know what to do. Luckily a chiropractor who was a friend of a friend was able to see me and I was feeling better after a few sessions. I don’t go to the chiropractor often but when I have issue with the neck or back I will pay him a visit and my experiences are always positive. It’s not a cure all but it has an important place in modern health care.

  27. I definitely agree with you there Tony. This item was commissioned by a health publication and I reprinted it here as a standalone page. The publication insisted on balance and as little bias one way or the other as far as possible.

    My own experience of chiropractic has also been almost wholly positive. I prolapsed a lumbar vertebral disc some time back (carrying luggage to an upstairs room as it happens). The condition was misdiagnosed by three separate GPs, a hospital consultant, an osteopath, an acupuncturist, and in desperation…a Bowen practitioner who also did sports massage.

    My chiro, did one simple conclusive test, treated accordingly and today I can walk and stand with zero pain, whereas previously, I had to sit down every five minutes to ease the sciatica and numbness.

  28. While I am very much against SOME Chiropractors claims that it is the cure-all…and there are not many and I can smell them a mile away…my experiences with chiropractors are EXTREMELY positive, and relative to general medical practioners, in terms of helping me with my ailments are shooting way better on the success odds. For example:

    1) 10 days of waiting for a kidney stone to pass, lots of exams, lots of worry induced by the doctor only to give up, go to a chiropractor and have the kidney stone removed with ONE push on the spine. My “floating rib” was out of its socket I was told. INSTANT relief. Oh, and the medical doctor said it was impossible and all chiropractors are scam artists. Um..wrong. it’s happened twice since and each time resolved by a chiropractor

    2) Following a motorcycle accident going through weeks of agony and being told I would need cortisone injections to return mobility to my shoulder (DOCTOR). Within two weeks of manipulation and electro-stimulation therapy by a chiro I had 90% movement back. I am now at almost 100%, lift weights regularly and have little pain. NO injections required. Doctor’s comments…”clearly you weren’t in the pain you suggested when you saw me”. Yah right

    3) January this year…twisted back on a polished floor. Cancelled flight the next day and spent 2 days in bed until I could sit in a car. One week of massage and professional chiro care and I was walking upright, minimal pain and lifting weights in two weeks. This time ENCOURAGED by a doctor to see a chiro…full support. She’s my hero!

    I can continue…

    While I am not regimented about maintenance treatments (to my detriment) I have come to depend on chiros over doctors to resolve skeletal issues. As with all things find a good one. (I’m in Raleigh, North Carolina and I recommend “Chiropractic Partners”..I’ve used three of their offices. What’s good to read David is that the shift is happening and doctors are supporting chiros now..it was not my experience previously.

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