“I would never see a chiropractor. They’re a bunch of quacks!” “You have to believe in chiropractic for it to work, and I don’t believe in it!”
Maybe you have heard these statements or even claimed them yourself. Chiropractic has had many negative reports over the past century popularized by both the media and medical community. A ruling on February 7, 1990 in the Wilks vs. AMA case found the AMA guilty of conspiring with other health care organizers in a lengthy, systematic, successful and unlawful boycott designed to restrict cooperation between medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic in order to eliminate the chiropractic profession as a competitor in the U.S. Health Care system. Such actions have led to a stubborn belief for many that chiropractic is quackery.
“We must now realize that the world is not full of cripples produced by chiropractors. Chiropractors do not make people worse, they make an awful lot better.” WJS Melvin M.D., President of the Ontario Medical Association
The Chiropractic Premise
Every cell of the body is controlled by the nervous system. In 1895, chiropractic was founded based on this very fact. Any of the 24 movable bones of the spine when subluxated or misaligned can have an irritating effect on adjacent, delicate nerve tissue. A compromised nervous system leads to a reduced level of health. A chiropractic research study demonstrated this fact when a subluxation (or misalignment) was produced in a rat at the T10-11 spinal bones. There were significant reductions in blood pressure concomitant with a decrease in renal (kidney) nerve activity. Chiropractic care helps to restore and maintain the integrity of the nervous system by reducing irritation caused by an aberrant spine.