Graphic Description of Chiropractic

It is somewhat embarrassing that the man who came up with chiropractic is a Canadian.

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The story continues.

While many will argue that chiropractic is more scientific than not, there is still a considerable amount of mysticism associated with the practice. A survey of faculty at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College was published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association


Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the attitudes of clinical faculty during the 2009–2010 academic year at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College towards the treatment of various non-musculoskeletal disorders.

Methods: A confidential survey was distributed to the clinical faculty via email. It consisted of several questions polling the demographic of the respondent such as years in clinical practice, and a list of 29 non-musculoskeletal conditions. Clinicians were asked to indicate their opinions on each condition on rating scale ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree.

Results: Twenty of 22 clinicians responded. The conditions garnering the greatest positive ratings include: asthma, constipation, chronic pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea, infantile colic, and vertigo. The options regarding vertigo and asthma, while demonstrating an overall positive attitude towards the benefits of chiropractic care, were stratified amongst clinicians with varying years in clinical practice.

Conclusion: This study suggests clinicians at this college are moderately open towards the chiropractic treatment of some non-musculoskeletal disorders.

The results demonstrate that a high proportion of the faculty have a very broad concept of the ability of chiropractic to treat a multitude of conditions that have no connection whatsoever to the  musculoskeletal system.

Table 2 Clinician responses to chiropractic care for non-musculoskeletal conditions.
Non-musculoskeletal Condition Strongly Agree (%) Agree (%) Neutral (%) Disagree (%) Strongly Disagree (%)
ADHD/Learning Disabilities 5 0 40 25 30
Arrhythmias/ECG abnormalities 5 0 40 25 30
Asthma 10 60 10 5 15
Autism 5 0 40 25 30
Bowel/Bladder Dysfunction 0 30 35 15 20
Cerebral Palsy 0 30 35 10 25
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder 0 25 30 20 25
Chronic Pelvic Pain 20 40 30 0 10
Constipation 5 55 25 5 10
Crohn’s Disease 0 10 35 20 35
Depression 15 15 25 15 30
Dysfunction of nursing 0 20 35 15 30
Dysmenorrhea/PMS 20 45 20 0 15
Eczema/Psoriasis 0 15 25 25 35
Hearing Loss/Tinnitus 0 15 45 20 20
Hypertension 0 40 35 10 15
Infantile Colic 10 65 15 0 10
Infertility/Amenorrhea 0 5 35 35 25
Multiple Sclerosis 0 25 40 10 25
Nocturnal enuresis 5 30 20 25 20
Otitis Media 5 25 45 0 25
Parkinson’s Disease 5 20 25 25 25
Pneumonia 0 10 20 45 25
Seizures 0 0 35 30 35
Ulcers 5 5 45 20 25
Upper Respiratory Infection 0 10 40 25 25
Urinary Tract Infection 0 10 20 40 30
Vertigo 15 50 20 5 10
Vision Problems 0 5 35 30 30

For example, 45% are either neutral or positive in their belief that chiropractic is an effective treatment for Arrhythmias/ECG abnormalities, 80% for asthma, 65% COPD, 30% pneumonia, 90% infantile colic, 50% upper respiratory infections, 55% ulcers.

It takes a great leap of faith to even think that manipulations, rather than medications could have any positive effect upon most of these disorders. There sure wasn’t any connection in the anatomy and physiology I studied.  One of the defining characteristics of chiropractic and other forms of CAM is the inability to formulate any plausible physiological rationale for the treatment.

If they were serious in their research, they would attempt to quantify the underlying ‘energy’ they are supposedly tapping into. Instead they propose mechanisms that are at odds with monern understanding of biology.

Let’s put chiropractic where it belongs – in the faith healing bin with acupuncture, homoeopathy, reiki, prayer, and the rest of the bunch.

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4 Responses to Graphic Description of Chiropractic

  1. Richard Friedel says:

    Beg your pardon, but as shown by research and extensive field testing asthma is largely the result of a medical blunder. Work on inspiratory muscle testing clearly shows the antithetical relationship between muscle training and detraining as with the use of bronchodilators, whose use is accompanied by the horrendous ongoing increase in asthma with ($FILE/asthma.pdf especially page 7). The claims for devices such as “Powerbreathe” in treating asthma by training to produce a greater lung opening force to overcome constriction of the bronchi due to pollen, cats, etc. are ignored by the medical profession. Since doctors seem to be too lazy, I’d strongly advise anybody afflicted to do a Net search. The (justified) attack on chiropractic is undermined.
    Completely foxed, Richard Friedel, Starnberg Germany

  2. Richard Friedel says:

    The causal link follows from the epidemiology. Muscle relaxing and hence detraining drugs are associated with dramatically increased asthma rates. On success with inspiratory muiscle training see What´is your opinion on the value of inspiratory muiscle training. Are you distrustful? I do have an interest in developing a training device. Cheers, RF

  3. I am always somewhat skeptical of an intervention I am not familiar with, especially when it is accompanied by an economic interest. I n the new year, when I have more time, I plan to investigate it further.

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