Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Should A Chiropractor Manipulate Your Neck?

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An article from the Straits Times today, on page C4 under the Life section. It was originally published in the New York Times  2 days earlier. There was a big uproar last year because a chiropractor there caused a patient, Caitlin Jensen to be paralyzed after he manipulated her neck.

Actually there were already many complaints against chirpractors back in 2020 during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) posted 2 reports that claimed that chiropractic care can help the immune system implying that they may be helpful in preventing Covid-19. (Cote et al, 2020). 

More than 150 researchers from 11 countries found no valid clinical scientific evidence that chiropratic care can prevent impact the immune system. They asked that appropriate action be taken against those making unsubstantiated claims that spinal adjustments can boost immunity or benefit patients with infectious diseases, especially Covid-19 infections.

This recent episode merely added fuel to the fire.


Cote PB, Bussieres A, Cassidy JD et al (2020). A United Statement Of The Global Chiropractic Research Community Against The Pseudoscientific Claim That Chiropractic Care Boost Immunity. Chiropr Man Therap. 28, 21. DOI: 10.1186/s12998-020=00312-x

There has been previous unhappiness against chiropractors in Singapore too. Here's the Straits Times article.

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