Chiropractic is a practice which attempts to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal issues. It claims to be effective for treating and adjusting the neck, spine, joints and other parts of the body. DD Palmer started chiropractic in the early 1890s claiming it could cure every disease. So the practice of chiropractic treatment dates back to the 1890s, more than 100 years ago. Since its birth, chiropractic has led to various controversies and physicians still do not acknowledge it to be a proper branch of medicine.
Even in modern times, people are skeptical about its effectiveness. Let’s look into some of the controversies chiropractors have generated with their chiropractic treatments.
Chiropractic Treatments Can Cure Any Problem?
The big idea of chiropractor DD Palmer was that through chiropractic treatment any disease could be cured. Many chiropractors to this day still believe ‘vertebral subluxation’ (misalignment in the vertebral column) is the main cause of every type of illness. It is believed that by adjusting the spinal column any form of illness can be cured.
There has been no data backing this claim. Studies have also shown that there is no validity of this claim.
Pediatric Chiropractic, a Big Risk For Babies
Performing chiropractic treatment on infants has been controversial, with many chiropractors themselves condemning the act. The bones of babies are not well developed and very fragile. Any form of unwanted pressure could lead to breakage and deformation of the bone. The ethics of pediatric chiropractic treatment has been questioned for centuries.
Adjusting the neck could be a great risk
There have been several lawsuits against neck adjustment. Many obligations have risen against neck adjustments claiming it has damaged the neck.
Ineffective Spinal Manipulation
Spinal manipulation is used to cure most of the problems by chiropractors. The validity of spinal manipulation to be effective hasn’t been found in any studies. It might be helpful for back pain issues. However, no studies have been able to prove that it can cure any form of illness.
Excessive X-Ray Usage
Chiropractors use multiple x-ray tests to evaluate the bone structure of an individual. They usually perform monthly checkups and observe the changes in bone structure. Furthermore, these x rays are more intense and powerful. In the long run, the radiation is quite bad for human health. And most importantly it is unnecessary.
Last but not least, chiropractic has been marketed aggressively to the mass public. It has advertised itself as a solution to every physical problem with very few evidence. Furthermore, the packages charged are very expensive with procedures.
While the field of chiropractic and PRP therapy Mesa, AZ offers is growing even in our modern times, the many controversies that surround it are still looming. It is questionable if chiropractic can live up to its many claims.
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