ARE CH CHIROPRACTIC TREATM TREATMENTS INEFFECTIVE?
Pa Patients in Australia are regularly co convinced by their do doctors to try out complementary tre treatments or alternative therapie therapies. What the doctors often fail to mention, however, is that the medicinal value of such treatm treatments is – from a medical perspecti perspective – unclear. In spite of this, busines business in alternative therapies is booming booming. What’s significant is
the process is virtually identical in most instances. Initially, a particular treatment method sees heavy investment from the industry, unions or doctors. Often millions of dollars is spent on advertising and marketing campaigns – until suddenly, as if from nowhere,
a new ‘health trend’ emerges.
This ensures profits for as long as research on the trend continues – or until it is proved or disproved in studies. One example is chiropractic treatment. It is sold to patients as a gentle alternative therapy for spinal issues. Chiropractors claim that, alongside a healthy diet and behavioural therapy, targeted manipulations of the spine can help to cure many illnesses, from back pain to asthma to migraines. But the healing power of chiropractic treatment began to unravel some time ago. One of the leading experts on alternative treatments is Edzard Ernst from the University of Exeter, UK. In 2008 he concluded that chiropractic treatment methods are based on junk science. They can even be deadly.
“Several hundred cases have been documented in which patients were seriously and often permanently damaged after chiropractic manipulations. A 32-year-old woman from Jakarta died after being treated by an American chiropractor. What usually happens in these tragic instances is that, upon manipulation of the upper spine, an artery supplying the brain is over-stretched and simply breaks up, leading to a stroke which can prove fatal.”
In another study Professor Steven Novella from Yale University checked
“There is now a lot of evidence showing that more than half of all patients suffer mild to moderate adverse effects after seeing a chiropractor.” PROFESSOR EDZARD ERNST, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
27 studies that praised chiropractic therapy – and reached a devastating conclusion: “The best thing the list had to offer were weak and poorly designed studies. Moreover, the association ignored better, larger studies that found negative results.”
Despite the proven lack of evidence for such alternative therapies, the phenomenon looks set to continue for some time. History shows that the creators of such fads tend to fight to the last for their lucrative moneyspinners. They often resort to lawyers instead of engaging in constructive scientific debate – which tells you all you need to know.