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 (757 Articles)
Hello Internet! My name is Myles Power and I am a chemist from the North East of England, who loves to make videos trying to counter pseudoscience and debunk quackery in all of its various forms! From the hype around GMOs through to Atrazine turning the freakin’ frogs gay, I’ll try to cut through the nonsense that’s out there!

6 Comments on Chiropractic: Quackery Hiding in Plain Sight

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

    It works for me.

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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.


    • supergeek2004 // December 20, 2019 at 6:32 am // Reply

      Well, I’m glad those messages you get were able to realign the Chi in your back, but it should be plainly obvious that Chiropractic is not evidence-based or scientific in literally any way.

      I’m curious, though. What did they say was “wrong” with your body? Was your Chi out of alignment? XD


    • The theory behind chiropractic may be nonsense, but that does not mean their treatment does not help. For example in Asia there is a traditional medicine theory that you should not have cold drinks because it disrupts your balance. While the theory may be nonsense it has probably saved many lives as many of these places have poor water supplies and boiling killed the bacteria. For back pain in particular a good chiropractor can be better than an average doctor. The problem is not treatment of back pain it is the rest of the philosophy


  3. The Joseph Cipriano prick filed a copyright claim and took down your video! cunt.


  4. I’m sorry, Myles, but I have to disagree. I do not even recognise your description of chiropractic, its origins (definitely not something from ‘beyond the grave’ – how ridiculous) nor the comment about ‘innate intelligence’. I have found physiotherapy, massage and ‘conventional’ medicine a complete waste of time in managing a chronic lower back problem, and I refuse to be a slave to painkillers (that don’t even work). My former NHS GP even performed chiropractic manipulations on my back after an acute episode and recommended that I find a chiropractor for long-term management. When I lived in Sussex in the 80’s, my GP there offered to refer me to a chiropractor on the NHS. I am 59, and still fit and mobile, thanks to a chiropractor. If I had stuck with conventional medicine, I would have been wheelchair-bound in my mid-30’s. However, I tend to agree with you about the difference betwen chiropractic care in the US compared with the UK. The UK seems to be better regulated, whereas I do question how ‘qualified’ some US chiropractors are.
    Personally, I believe that providing chiropractic treatment on the NHS would save the UK economy at least half of the £10B lost annually through chronic back pain.
    Having said that, I don’t think chiropractic is an appropriate treatment for conditions such as asthma, hypertension, etc. as some would claim.


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