Some Say Chiropractic Is Pseudoscience - What's The Truth?
An honest discussion about the validity of chiropractic
Chiropractic care is a form of healthcare and alternative medicine (CAM) that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders, particularly those affecting the spine. Chiropractors are licensed healthcare professionals who have achieved a doctorate level degree and who use a variety of techniques, including spinal manipulation, to relieve pain, improve mobility, and promote overall health.
What is Pseudoscience?
First, let's define the term 'pseudoscience'.
Pseudoscience is a set of beliefs or practices that are presented as scientific but have no basis in scientific evidence. Pseudoscientific claims are often based on personal opinions, anecdotes, or unverifiable data. When DD Palmer first started creating and exploring this new procedure he called 'chiropractic' back in the late 1890s, he was doing the same or similar treatment that the osteopathic doctors were beginning to perform just down the street. The cornerstone of this treatment was spinal manipulative therapy which is still a big part of both chiropractic and many osteopathic practices.
However, much like the medical field that used to love lobotomies, leeching, and blood letting, evidence and research has expanded. As the knowledge base has expanded, those chiropractors staying educated in the latest advances have expanded and grown as well. To the point now that the modern evidence-based chiropractor used spinal manipulative therapy but many many other modalities as well like targeted exercises, spinal decompression, cold laser, shockwave, softwave, balance training, muscle work, strenght and stability, and much much more.
AND....most of the techniques are actually recommended as FIRST LINE therapies for acute and chronic back pain by the American College of Physicians, the world's largest medical association. They made those recommendation based on the research in support of what modern chiropractors use.In addition, the VA now sends veterans to chiropractors and the government pays for it. They do NOT make those recommendations based on pseudoscience and the government doesn't sent veterans to chiropractors all over the globe based on pseudoscience.
Why is Modern Chiropractic Care Not Pseudoscience?
Modern chiropractic care is based on the principles of evidence-based practice which is derived from mountains of excellent randomized controlled trials that can be found in my book called, The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research which can be found on Amazon.
This means that chiropractors use scientific evidence and national guidelines from the American Chiropractic Association and Clinical Compass to guide their treatment decisions. They also use a variety of research methods to evaluate the effectiveness of their techniques.
Evidence Supporting Chiropractic Care
There is a continually growing body of evidence that supports the effectiveness of chiropractic care for a variety of conditions, including:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Chronic pain
- Sports injuries
- Disc issues
- Sleep disorders
- and so much more...
Chiropractic Care and Traditional Medicine
Chiropractic care can also be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with traditional medicine. Chiropractors often work with other healthcare professionals, such as medical doctors, physical therapists, and massage therapists, to provide comprehensive care for their patients.
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Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP, FMS is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, Certified in Functional Movement Systems, expert witness in personal injury cases, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
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