Chiropractic: Quackery Hiding in Plain Sight

Chiropractic adjustment is a scam! It’s quackery of the purest kind dreamt up by a snake-oil salesman who claimed he was told from beyond the grave that manual therapy, especially spinal manipulation therapy, restores your body’s “innate intelligence”, curing all of your ailments. There is no scientific evidence that it can restore or maintain health, and only lukewarm evidence that it can help with lower back pain, with most credible research putting it on par with a good massage. Chiropractic adjustments are frequently associated with mild to moderate adverse effects, with serious or fatal complications in rare cases. Yet, despite these well-documented facts, chiropractic adjustment remains a $15-billion industry, with the largest number of chiropractors (approximately 75,000 of them) found in the United States. There, this quackery has wormed its way into the health care system and the psyche of the general population, who have been conned into thinking that this pseudo-medical alternative therapy has real health benefits, and who allow these charlatans to perform potentially fatal manipulations upon them. Up until recently, I thought everyone was on the same page regarding the ineffectiveness of chiropractic, however, my comments section was inundated with people telling me that I was wrong when I listed it as an example of modern-day quackery. After reading the comments defending chiropractic adjustment, which were almost exclusively written by Americans, I realised that there is a lot of misinformation out there. My hope with this blog post is to counter some of that misinformation and attempt to critically evaluate its effectiveness.

About Myles Power (715 Articles)
My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

2 Comments on Chiropractic: Quackery Hiding in Plain Sight

  1. Steve Hatton // August 11, 2019 at 9:56 pm // Reply

    It works for me.

    Steve
    07767 247198

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  2. My life would not be what it is now without chiropractic. I was unable to carry shopping, walk very far or even use stairs. GPs had been feeding me painkillers for years, Physio caused sciatica whenever I had it. Chiropractic showed me what was wrong with my body and proceeded to put it right. I most certainly do not believe that it is quackery. Although GPs cannot refer, they certainly encourage you to use it. The side effects of my treatment improved my depression (not caused by my back) and bladder control. I know many people who have benefited from it – perhaps our chiropractors in the UK are better than those in the U.S? Food for thought.

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