The basic idea of chiropractic is that “subluxations” are the cause of disease, back pains etc. A “subluxation” is a misalignment of the spine that allegedly interferes with nerve signals from the brain. Chiropractors allege that by adjusting the misalignments by hand they can restore the nerve signals and cure health problems. Note that subluxations are largely theoretical.
This novel idea was first stumbled upon in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, a grocer from Davenport, Iowa. How? Years of study? Research? Nope. A GHOST TOLD HIM. I kid you not. He said he “received chiropractic from the other world” during a séance, from a DEAD physician named Dr. Jim Atkinson. Also, Palmer practiced “magnetic healing”..the idea that magnets can help cure disease.
There is no scientific evidence to support this idea of Subluxations causing disease or back pain. Most support for the idea comes from the testimonials of people who say chiropractic helped their back pain, not from controlled trails.
A study and critique of chiropractic’s lack of scientific validity was published by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Province of Quebec.( College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Province of Quebec. The scientific brief against chiropractic. The New Physician, Sept 66.) It stated:
Chiropractors claim that subluxations, or partial displacements, of the vertebrae cause a perturbation of the distribution of nervous impulses to tissues and cells. Neurophysiologists have developed methods of recording the passage of impulses in nerves. Exceptionally sensitive apparatus is available to anyone wishing to use it.
No scientific study has ever been published on the subject by a chiropractor. No chiropractor ever defined, either quantitatively or qualitatively, what chiropractic means by perturbation of nervous impulses. Is it their number, their amplitude, their frequency, or their wave patterns which are affected? All of these qualities can be identified, recorded, and studied. It is no longer permissible to accept empirical statements. Proof should have preceded practical application. With the first point untenable, the rest crumbles
While I am in favor of people seeking ‘alternative medicine’ in place of proven, time-honored, tested and effective mainstream medicine, I am appalled at how few people realize that Chiropractic is not a mainstream medical field, but an unproven, silly at it’s core quackery that originated from A GHOST.