Are chiropractors really legit?
I've heard different stories from different people. My mom visits a chiropractor weekly, but she's also into weird new-age spiritual stuff so I'm doubtful. On the other hand, my dad and the rest of the world never cease to make cracks about them.
- Anonymous10 years agoFavorite Answer
I agree with JLI.
There is a lot of woo in Chiropractic.
In short, chiropractic may be beneficial for mild lower back pain of soft tissue origin. However, any claims made beyond this are unsupported.
Couple of things to remember: A healthy back does not require routine adjustments to stay healthy. So repeated visits to a chiropractor are generally not needed.
Any chiropractor who claims the root cause of disease is a misaligned spine, should be avoided.
Their theory of "subluxations" makes no scientific or anatomic sense...most chiropractors have "evolved" from these woo roots. However, you still get some who refuse to leave these ancient magical ways of thinking behind.
Cue 3...2...1.. Mr E and "hio chiropractic".
@ Calyx: Thanks for that emotional rant; can you provide evidence to support you assertions?
Edit: And there he is: No one cares about your personal opinions and emotional appeals, Mr E. Please justify your claims with evidence. The burden of proof falls on you.
- Anonymous4 years ago
I really don't know why they would have changed the number, but since you noticed it was different you could have asked. If you feel better, and like your doctor, then that's all that matters. I see a chiropractor sometimes, but they always try to schedule more visits, so I just politely decline if I don't feel I need to keep returning.
- 10 years ago
When you take a long hard look at chiropractic,you have to start at the beginning, A guy named DD Palmer(a 5th grade graduate) "cured" a man of deafness by cracking his neck.Now we all know that isn't possible. Has anyone ever heard of a chiro doing that amazing feat since? Chiropractic developed into a cult,pretty much where it it stuck today,some 115 years later. Chiros used to tell people that their vertebrae were moved "out of place" and were pressing on a nerve causing all sort of horrible things. That was disproved by the medical community . SO chiros invented a silly notion called "vertebral subluxations" (that cause "nerve interference")a ridiculous notion that even chiros can't even agree on. But boy they treat them.
Chiropractic at the present time is in a world of hurt. Chiro school has the lowest standard of any in health care.The joke is the qualification are,you have a pulse,and can sign a student loan app. So chiropractic schools are churning out ill qualified "doctors" left and right. So the competition is stiff for patients.When they do get someone like your mom,they use scare tactics and brainwashing to keep them coming back over and over. They use what is called scriped conversation.("And how are we feeling today,fine?,great see you next week,we have to keep up on your "adjustments" to make sure to "stay" healthy) Ask your mom if that sounds familiar. The vast majority of people have never been,nor ever will go to a chiropractor,How in the world do we exist?
edit: I read calyx post. First I thought she was just a little mixed up,BUT then saw that she is impassioned with Network Chiropractic and that explained it. Talk about a scam!! Chiropractors DO NOT go to medical school,they go to chiropractic school,BIG difference!! See http://www.rebuildyourback.com/chiropractic/school... Anyone can go to chiro school,they even accept felons(hence the scams) Why is it that more questions are brought up about the validity of chiropractic,than any other "profession"
- Anonymous10 years ago
The thing is in the US there's a wide-range of therapists that call themselves Chiropractors, you have very practical ones(they mostly just stick to making you right physically, realigning your skeleton, and giving you exercises, to keep it right), but there's also some quite out there therapists calling themselves Chiropractors.
Over here in Europe it's only the practical ones(bone-crackers they're called too, mine's really good, doesn't crack the bones, just adjusts 'em), calling themselves Chiropractors. The other ones usually go by naturalistic healers, or something.
The practical ones are definitely legit, they're like physical therapy, at a much higher, more precise holistic level. Taking care of the entire body, by making sure it's in the correct shape, and making sure it moves as efficiently as possible.
The more out there ones can help people, but you have to keep an eye out, they remain effective, because that sometimes seems to be secondary in their treatment. And you have to look at if it's more mental support, or that they actually do the physical adjustments too.
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- 10 years ago
I know many people who have had back problems, went to a Chiropractor, and were cured of those problems forever. There are plenty of websites, and be assured that it takes 4+ years of medical school to become a Chiro. There is also a professional organization that polices the industry, to make sure that Chiros are following the right procedures & treating their patients ethically & fairly.
You should choose a Chiropractor that has been practicing atleast 10 years, who has had hundreds of clients. Make sure that Chiro has never had a complaint filed against them. If you are really paranoid & do not trust easily, then inquire with the Chiro about referrals from current patients.
Keep in mind that your back is a neural network by which your brain is able to communicate with the rest of your body. Chiros correct your back, by making sure your SPINE is 100% correct in alignment. If you have Scholiosis, then a Chiro will try to correct that. If you have a car accident, a Chiro will make sure none of the discs are damaged or have slipped. Chiros very often will contact a specialist if they see any nerve damage has occurred.
A Chiropractors primary job is to set your back STRAIGHT. That's it. They don't do surgery. They don't push/pull things back into place. They set your spine to its correct placement.
- MichelleLv 410 years ago
You're right to have doubts, they are a bunch of quacks. They might be able to relieve a little lower back pain but no better than a massage or a couple of analgesics.
There is no scientific research to back up their claims. That is why they recently got their (the British Chiropractic Association) asses kicked in court in the UK. They tried to sue a science writer Simon Singh for libel for because he said they happily promote bogus treatments without a jot of evidence. He was right and won the case. If you know anything about the insane libel laws in the UK you will understand this is a brilliant victory for science.
Thenoseknowssweetfa or whatever you call yourself, sorry dumbo but the BCA will be paying his legal fees too. If you don't know what you are talking about don't embarrass yourself.
- 10 years ago
Chiropractors are really legit. Their focus is not necessarily medically primarily (meaning you don't see them when you have a cold), rather the physical body such as making sure your bones are aligned and your muscles are working properly. They must have an advanced degree, meaning at least six years of study beyond high school. I have a rib that pops out of place and can make breathing difficult. My chiro can pop it back into place. He also makes sure my head is sitting properly so I don't get as many headaches. My hip rotates outwards as well at times, which he can move back into place. My 10 year old has been to the chiro, as the benefits of a physical from a chiro can help make sure growth isn't too hard on his bones. I would suggest going and seeing one, or observing when your mom goes. My chiro is really laid back and explains everything.
- 10 years ago
there is very little supervision when it comes to a chiropractors training. that is theres little to no error analysis, research done, etc. so there really relying on age old techniques that were used thousands of years that have otherwise been outdated by modern medicine. personally i dont feel comfortable with them because there are a vast number of them that are sly and once they start messing with your back theres really no going back, (no pun intended) they've got you hooked.
and you look at like a herniated disk can be fixed at a orthopedic surgeon or specialist with a little assessment and maybe a minimally invasive cut if they dont give you some other method. most insurance companies will cover it with no co pay or overhead to you.
your playing a trust game with a lifelong commitment. don't go unless you know the chiropractor personally. otherwise a trip to a local medical center will fix you right up with a more modern tech. the spine is serious business, dont get messed around with.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Licensed to practice? Yes, in all 50 US. states, the District of Columbia, and in other countries.
Having a veneer of respectability? Yes and especially due to skilled public relations activities.
Legit in the sense of science-based? No, despite claims of educational backgrounds comparable to that of MDs (who unlike chiropractors receive residency training).
Chiropractic is a conglomeration of factions, gimmicks, gadgets, techniques, schemes, scams, and ideologies. It is a confederacy united by efforts to promote mythical and pseudo-scientific notions about "vertebral subluxations" as important underlying causes of health problems. Chiropractors often mislead their patients by suggesting that only chiropractors can detect subluxations and properly treat them by adjusting the vertebrae (as if your vertebrae were adjustable). See http://www.chirobase.org. This Web site is co-hosted by the lead author of the leading college textbook on consumer health matters and by a retired chiropractor-reformist who authored the wonderful book "Inside Chiropractic."
In a review at Chirobase of another book about chiropractic, William T. Jarvis wrote: "Reasonable people simply have a difficulty believing that lawmakers would legitimize a health-care guild as bereft of a scientific basis and as flawed in every way as is chiropractic. To have credibility with audiences, I have found it necessary to understate the facts about chiropractic...."
Chiropractors may provide useful services when they avoid doing anything uniquely chiropractic (like encouraging lifelong dependence on chiropractic care) and avoid using other superstition-based treatments. They may help by offering recommendations for exercise, using short courses of conservative manual therapy, and using physical therapy modalities to provide symptomatic relief and improved range of motion for people with some types of musculo-skeletal problems.Source(s): http://www.chirobase.org