I'm actually very surprised that chiropracticers aren't cast in a more positive light here. And BuDoc, wow, am I ever surprised at you. I know conventional MDs have differing opinions of Chiropracters, but your responses... Did you ever meet anyone, who as a child, wanted to be a Chiropractor? I haven't either.
Well, I for one, have met many, and this includes myself. And, I also consider myself a "conventional" medical professional. The profession is filled with guys that couldn't get into Medical School so they tried Dental School. Then Vetinary School. And then (So they could still be addressed as "Doctor") they found that they could be Chiropractors.
This is such an unprofessionally negative, dead wrong assumption. No more needs to be said on that.
Now, onto the rest....I can say with all honesty that I don't know if chiropracters as a whole have a standard governing body regarding treatment modalities and patient care; I would hope they do. I'll ask my chiro next time I'm in.
Opinions are largely based on personal experience--BuDoc, you've obviously had some bad experiences with chiropracters. And that's bound to happen. But blatently labeling the whole profession as "quacks"?
There's a few ER docs I know that I wouldn't let treat a dead cat for fear of doing more harm. I have watched, with great surprise, as some of the worst emergency medicine I had ever seen being practiced on unknowing patients unravel before my eyes.
I would bet you too have seen some physicians practice some questionable medicine. But did that make you question emergency medicine as a whole?
Now, does this make all ER physicians crackpots? Nope.
Do all ER physicians go to fly-by-night schools to get their degrees? Nope
Would my assumption that all Er physicians have no clue, are dangerous to patients, and are generally harmful care practitioners be dead wrong? Yes.
Ok....still with me?
Good. There's a bit more.
Now you can safely
assume that I've had postive results from seeing a chiropracter.
In fact, I had immeditate relief from a back injury sustained at work; the conventional tx of muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories prescribed by an emergency physician hadn't done much except dull my senses and slur my speech.
I was reluctant to go to a chiropracter because what I had heard..."go once, you'll always go"...."they get their degree froma crackerjack box"...."they do more harm the good"... etc etc.
Long story short, I had immediate relief.
Have I gone back since? Let me answer that by asking "Do martial artists get injuried?"
My chiro was a godsend when I injured my hamstring, shoulder, back, etc etc. But do I HAVE to go, now that I've started treatment? Will I ALWAYS have to go?
Man, I don't know where this weird rumor ever started. Probably not by someone being treated by a chiro. In my case, all of my injuries have been acute, so the treatment length has been shorter. Yes, there's mutliple treatment involved. I'm not going to explain the "why", because that's not what this thread is about.
I know there was a study done of the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment in the relief of back pain just a few years back...I don't have it in front of me, or the exact details, but it compared a few different treatments, including rx medication, PT, chiro, and massage. Chiro came out on top as the most effective.
Yes, yes I know, it's only one study.
Ok, points I DO
agree with you on:
I would never, EVER assume that a chiropracter could replace childhood immunizations. That is just plain bad patient care.
I also would never assume that a chiropracter could, or should
treat any medical condition like allergies, diverticulitis, or angina (I did have a chirporacter tell me he could treat this once. I promptly left).
Yes, there are some "quacks" out there making insane claims. The one chiro I saw that made the claim about treating angina was about 70 years old, and his degree looked like it was from the 1950s. As a contrast....
....the chiro I see today is in her late 20s. She graduated in 2002, and was a former university hockey player. She specializes in treating athletes, and is certified in Active Release Therapy.
And never once has she mentioned energy pathways, enhanced immunity, feng shui, or draining sinus cavities.
She's also never even threatened to stick a burning candle into my ear. God Forbid.
If this post seems a bit disjointed, it may very well be; I've been writing it piece by piece as I run around the house this morning.
And, on that note, I'll let it stand as is.