NoDeity wrote:Dil wrote:What I'm saying is their work is purely mechanical and based on a thorough knowledge of anatomy.
Traditional chiropractic certainly is quackery. That some of the techniques happen to be of some benefit is nearly accidental.
Some chiropractors recognize that the theory is complete bullshit and they just focus on the mechanical work which, as I said, can be of some benefit. Many other chiropractors, though, buy into the theory and engage in really silly stuff -- and charge people plenty of money for it, of course.
If your chiropractor wants to take x-rays, run. If your chiropractor starts talking about "subluxations", run. If your chiropractor starts talking about "pinched nerves" impeding the flow of "nerve energy", run. If your chiropractor tells you that your spine is misaligned, run. If your chiropractor wants to see if your legs are both the same length, run. If your chiropractor wants to adjust your neck, run.
You should do what you want to do, obviously, but I think you owe it to yourself to look into chiropractic a little more before going to one.
Here's a site that is critical of chiropractic: http://www.chirobase.org/
Dr. Barrett's main web site also includes a lot of stuff about chiropractic: http://www.quackwatch.com/
Personally, I'd prefer to see a physiotherapist. They're trained in various techniques, including joint manipulation, and they aren't taught nearly as much pure bullshit as are chiropractors.
Dil wrote:Well, I had x-rays last year because my idiot friend dropped me on my back. I hurt my tailbone, and I don't think it's been right since.
Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
Centurijohn wrote:vertigo wrote: How can the body's ailments be correlated to musculoskeletal areas?
You are talking about ailments that do not involve musculoskeletal areas, right?
NoDeity wrote:Chiropractors will recommend spinal "adjustments" for kidney ailments.
NoDeity wrote:Well, the idea that spinal "misalignment" affecting internal organs has to do with the belief that it interferes with "nerve flow" to those organs. In the context of chiropractic theory, "nerve flow" doesn't refer to what we'd normally think of as nerve impulses but is more akin to the Eastern concept of qi.
Centurijohn wrote:NoDeity wrote:Well, the idea that spinal "misalignment" affecting internal organs has to do with the belief that it interferes with "nerve flow" to those organs. In the context of chiropractic theory, "nerve flow" doesn't refer to what we'd normally think of as nerve impulses but is more akin to the Eastern concept of qi.
I can't recall ever reading about an attempt at a scientific explanation for qi, but I'm not really sure about completely dismissing it.
vertigo wrote:I am. If qi is ethereal breath flowing through our higher dimensional bodies, it is untestable.
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