by Christian Duque
There seems to be a lot of interest in chiropractic. While there has always been an interest in alternative medicine, Chiro seems to be in a class of its own. There is a wide range of treatments, for example, from cupping to cryo, salt baths to acupuncture, all of which have acquired some credibility but have nothing to do with chiro. That’s likely because chiropractic care requires much more education than legitimate rehabilitation is recognized, and many insurance providers cover it. In addition, more than half of the population has a positive opinion of public opinion; On the other hand, there is still a lot of skepticism.
Still thinking of chiropractic as quackery, many point out that chiropractors are not doctors and that spinal manipulations should not be done at all.
Interestingly, there is a lot of interest in therapy on social media, especially on YouTube. I admit some are scratching their heads right now. Why would anyone want to watch videos of chiropractors teaching people the nuances of therapy? And you’d be right; I don’t think anyone would want to get through this unless it was part of a government agency or a licensing requirement. But the videos that go viral are not from it. Chiropractors have become YouTube stars with the blessings of their patients. They record their sessions, reinforce the cracks, and everything is packed into a video, with its own intro, watermarks and keywords. Chiropractic aid videos are popping up all over social media, with related channels receiving hundreds of thousands of subscribers and millions of views. Chiropractors still aren’t doctors at the end of the day, but do people really understand?
Ok, chiropractors aren’t doctors, why is it so important? It matters because a lot of people are being fooled, be it on purpose or otherwise. The reason a chiropractor calls himself a doctor, and the reason patients call practitioners with this address, is because the practitioner has a PhD in chiropractic. This is not synonymous with a medical doctorate, which requires completing a four-year college degree and successfully completing medical school. Many chiropractors like to look, sound like doctors and move on. They wear white lab coats, wear stethoscopes, and read from X-rays that many of them do not understand.
Speaking of x-rays, most states don’t even allow chiropractors to do them unless they have a doctor in their office. Some chiros have an office for their doctor … the only problem is that the person is never there, it’s just their way of getting through a gap.
In addition, many chiros like to deepen their medical knowledge. So you have an old man in a white lab coat who is evaluating an X-ray and speaking in the deepest medical terms imaginable. Can you see how many people could easily mistake the service being put on for talking to your daily GP? It is misleading and that is why the medical community is very critical of chiropractic. For many in the medical field, chiropractic is nothing but smoke and they are fighting very hard through lobbying to regulate the profession as much as possible. And the chiropractor community is fighting back through lobbying.
When it comes to public opinion, chiropractic has received mixed reactions. According to a 2015 Gallup survey, “Chiropractic has a positive reputation among many adults in the United States for effectively treating neck and back pain, with about six in 10 adults either strongly (23%) or somewhat agreeing (38%) agree that chiropractors are “effective in treating these types of pain.” (1) Overall, chiropractic care appears to have won over the majority of the US population, but almost 40% still have doubts and skepticism. If they did the same survey with established medical practices, we wouldn’t see a 60/40 breakdown, but that’s because these are procedures that are performed by highly skilled and skilled medical professionals. I am curious what the public opinion about chiropractic would be like in other countries? Iron Magazine has many, many loyal readers from all over the world; I hope you give feedback.
I know a lot of people who have given up modern medicine. They don’t trust their doctors, they argue with Big Pharma and others have the feeling that the medical profession has lost its footing. Many people don’t believe that doctors go into work to help people; Some think they’re just doing it for the money. Whatever, they may or may not do it, but it doesn’t change the fact that they can diagnose, treat, and ultimately cure diseases. The fact is, spinal manipulation by a licensed chiropractor can be safe, but is it necessary? Despite the initial relief, which can also be psychological in nature, does the therapy either rehabilitate the injured or improve the quality of life of those who carry out it for maintenance? If someone needs shoulder or back surgery, if they need a new hip, or has been in a car accident, will a person cracking their back make a difference? Will it be a viable option for surgery?
I can tell you that if chiropractic can give a patient enough relief that they don’t have to rely on pain management, then that’s a good thing. “Pain management” is simply code for strong opiates and NSAIDs which are extremely stressful on the liver and create very dangerous addictions and lifelong dependencies. This is a part of the medical world that I personally have a moral objection to. Most doctors just won’t hear about alternative or holistic. DO’s, on the other hand, are and have worked hard to ensure that there is a little more open-mindedness in the medical field. That being said, MDs and DOs are doctors – chiropractors are not.
While I’m not entirely on board or against Chiro, I find it disturbing that in the course of all the videos I’ve seen, I’ve never seen a Chiro tell a would-be patient that he is fine and don’t need therapy. I also know many chiropractors who put patients on extended treatment plans for no obvious reason other than canceling their insurance and / or pounding them hard. It can’t be that every single person on earth has a condition that requires manual manipulation of the spine, can it? Have you or someone you know gone to a chiropractor before and been told that there is nothing wrong with you, just go home and relax? I can tell you I went to medical checkups where this happened, but I’ve never heard of chiropractors turning down business. And a growing number of them are no longer taking out insurance; Instead, they want cash. This is worrying as it looks like money was stolen.
The therapy itself is considered safe, but anything related to the spine leaves me uncomfortable. MDs must earn a four-year college degree, attend medical school, and then complete specialist training. Chiropractors may only need an associate’s degree and attend a 3 year chiropractic school. Her work involves the musculoskeletal system and focuses on manipulating the spine, either with her hands or with tools. The crack that everyone hears and that has gained huge popularity on social media is simply the product of the release of nitrogen.
Many people who see a doctor with a disease want specificity when it isn’t, they want a cure when there isn’t, and / or they want immediate relief when it can take days, weeks, months, or even years. Although chiros don’t actually heal, they offer therapy that appears to have immediate results. Whether it’s a cracking noise, the initial decompression or a placebo effect, there is the facade of recovery – or its beginnings. The problem is that once the nitrogen is gone, it builds up again and requires future visits. Also, a person can simply discard their customization by walking to the car and getting in the wrong way. It’s that simple. On the other hand, chiropractic has changed the lives of countless people. There are very many people who swear by it and preach it to the world.
I’m still open as to whether Chiro will work or not. I often think about getting an adjustment; The most important point for me, however, is that people really understand that while chiropractors are called doctors, what doctors look like and take patients into “clinics,” they are not doctors. I want to stress that chiropractic should not be a substitute for medical care. On the other hand, these are just my feelings; people are free to do what they want. I am just an opinionated layman and journalist. I have no medical training – not at all – but I have strong feelings about the matter.
What are you saying? What do you think of chiropractic care?