Focus on evidence
I wrote a letter several years ago defending British chiropractors in
to an article written by Dr Samuel Homola (1,2). Dr
Homola, a chiropractor himself, argued that many in his profession
I stated that most UK chiropractors I had spoken to considered the
"chiropractic subluxation" to be outdated and had little truck
with the quasi-religious claims of founder DD Palmer, who believed that
chiropractic can cure all diseases. Given recent events I am
not sure I had an accurate picture.
Spinal manipulation even for common complaints such as back pain
clinical evidence (3,4). That is not to say patients with
uncomplicated musculoskeletal problems don’t benefit from chiropractic,
there may be other factors at play that help the patient
such as reassurance, attention and additional treatments such as
However Simon Singh’s beef with the chiropractic profession were with
wilder claims of treating colic, asthma and numerous other
‘internal’ maladies (which would have made DD Palmer proud).
Like other physical therapy professions, chiropractors would do well
develop their evidence-base for conventional musculo-
skeletal treatments before branching out into other medical domains with
dubious, however well-meaning, practices.
Competing interests: No competing interests