It is often said that chiropractors claim that they can cure anything. From back pain, leg pain,arthritis and fibromyalgia to chronic fatigue or even…(drum roll please) cancer? The truth is that chiropractors, using chiropractic techniques can heal NOTHING! Allow me to elaborate, starting with a bit of chiropractic history.
Chiropractic was formally “discovered” in 1895 when a man called D.D. Palmer adjusted a deaf janitor, named Harvey Lillard, after which his hearing was restored. Hence, the chiropractic profession was born. The actual roots of chiropractic, however, date thousands of years back. Even Hippocrates advised the following: “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” See http://www.worldchiropracticalliance.org/consumer/history.htm for more fascinating health care history.
Before “wellness” or “alternative health” became a hip word, chiropractors fought fiercely for their profession at a time when they were called “quacks” and chiropractors were generally not accepted as a separate and distinct profession.
Chiropractors were persecuted and jailed for the best part of three quarters of a century for “practicing medicine without a license”. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11620299
Until 1983, the medical association labeled chiropractic as “an unscientific cult”. A chiropractor called Wilkes took the AMA to court for unlawful discrimination against chiropractors. In 1990, the Supreme Court ruled against the AMA, finding that the AMA had engaged in a “lengthy, systematic, successful and unlawful boycott” designed to restrict cooperation between M.D.’s and chiropractors in order to eliminate the profession of chiropractic.” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilk_v._American_Medical_Association
Chiropractors are still faced with discrimination and accusations that they are “wannabe M.D.’s” (not true!) that they can hurt you (the chances of that are so slim, that they pay roughly 10% of the malpractice insurance M.D.’s do), or that their schooling is somehow inferior (actually, they have more credit hours under the belt than most General Practitioner M.D.’s!) The truth is that most chiropractors are very passionate about their work. They subscribe to the 33 chiropractic principles . See: http://www.deepdownwellness.com/chiroinfo/33prin.html These principles basically state that the human body is a self-healing, self regulating organism.
Most chiropractors do not want any part of prescribing medicine, if given the choice. Every day, the equivalent of a Boeing 747 full of Americans are killed by medical mistakes and drug side effects! Do we really need more drugs? Please note that it is not my belief that medicine or M.D.’s are “bad”. It is just, in my opinion, overused! Medicine functions beautifully in emergency care situations, not in health care. If our current health care system worked, and you take into consideration that we have the best pharmaceutical companies, the best doctors, and the most medical schools…we would not rank #48 in the world for health.
So, in conclusion, let me answer that initial question. Chiropractors heal nothing. We do not treat symptoms, although our patients often start care because of symptoms. Our only job is to remove the nerve interference, which prevents the patient’s body from healing itself, and then allow the patient to experience a miracle in it’s own right: the healing of their body, inside- out.