Recently, I came across this website. I think it is worth having a good look because it is just too funny for words. Amongst other things, it offers 5 tips for finding a ‘wellness chiropractor’. I could not resist the temptation of reproducing these 5 tips here – and for good measure, I added some footnotes of my own; they appear in the otherwise unaltered text as numbers in square brackets referring to short comments at the bottom:
- Does the practice focus on vertebral subluxation  and wellness? Physical, biochemical, and psychological stress may result in spinal subluxations  that disrupt nerve function  and compromise your health . If you’re looking for a wellness chiropractor, it’s essential that this be the focus. Some chiropractors confine their practice to the mechanical treatment of back and neck pain, and this is something you need to be aware of beforehand.
- Does the doctor “walk the talk”? If he or she is overweight, looks unhealthy, or does not live a healthy lifestyle, this speaks volumes regarding their commitment to wellness .
- Do the two of you “click”? Do you like each other? Do you communicate well? Avoid a doctor  who seems rushed, talks down to you, or seems disinterested in listening to your concerns .
- Does the doctor use objective assessments of nerve function? Since your care is not based just on addressing pain, your chiropractor should be using some form of objective assessment of your nerve function, as spinal subluxations  can sometimes be asymptomatic . Non-invasive instruments that measure the electrical activity in your muscles, and/or a thermal scanner  that evaluates the function of your autonomic nervous system can be used, for example.
- What treatment techniques are used? Chiropractic techniques include low-force adjustments by hand, and more forceful adjustments using instruments . Ask which technique would be used on you , and if you have a preference, make sure the doctor  is willing to use it.
- ‘Spinal subluxation’, as used in chiro-lingo, is a non-entity that has no place in reality; it is merely a tool for making money.
- I am not aware of any evidence to suggest that this is true .
- As subluxations do not exist, it is safe to say that this is pure fantasy.
- The assumption seems to be that only a healthy chiro is a good chiro!?!?
- Chiros were just promoted to doctors – obviously much better for generating a health income.
- There are qualities that are required from everyone – your waiter, bus-conductor, butcher etc. – even from your chiro.
- Non-existent entities are always asymptomatic.
- Test with lousy reliability.
- Very misleading statement; manual ‘adjustments’ can also be forceful and are often more forceful than those using instruments.
- This statement makes it very clear that informed consent is not what patients can regularly count on with chiros. This leads me to suspect that chiros frequently breach one of the most important ethical rules in clinical practice.
Yes, I do think the chiro fraternity often is completely hilarious – unwittingly perhaps but surely hilarious [if we would not laugh at them, we would need to get angry with them which is to be avoided at all cost, as they tend to sue for libel]. Without the chiros regularly making themselves ridiculous, my life would certainly be far less droll.
Elsewhere on this intriguing post, the author informs us that where I think chiropractic shines is that we address the cause of the problem. Personally, I think, where chiropractic shines brightest is in amusing us with their continuous flow of humorous bovine excrement.
WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL!