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For those who suffer from back pain or stiffness, a properly trained chiropractor can perform just the right adjustments to provide much needed relief. But in a new trend which is currently sweeping the profession, many of these specialists are broadening their repertoire to include the treatment of a number of surprising conditions including asthma, reflux and even autism.

Can the chiropractic profession really provide solutions for these ailments, or does this represent an unfortunate era of quackery within this long-respected field of medicine? That's the central question of the new documentary Chiropractic, a thought-provoking expose on the potential benefits and risk factors involved in choosing an alternative form of medicine for conditions most commonly treated by general practitioners.

"My first call is always the chiropractor," says Helene, a mother of young daughters and one of several interview subjects featured in the film. Helene's views are persuasive, and echoed by many other parents who favor an alternative which replaces the prescription of drugs with a more natural, gentle and personalized form of treatment.

Without a doubt, the spine contains a complex series of structures and nerve connections which control a vast number of crucial functions throughout the body. Yet, the film offers testimony from pain management specialists, surgeons, primary care providers and other experts from the medical field who disagree with the assertion that spinal manipulation can be relied upon as a cure-all. Particularly concerning for these specialists is the idea that more parents are turning to chiropractics for the care of their young children whose nerve and bone structures are still vulnerable and developing.

"The idea that there are energy flows up and down the spine that cause disease in organs doesn't fit with our current understanding of science," reports Dr. Michael Fahey, a pediatric neurologist at Monash Medical Centre in Australia. Dr. Fahey cites several studies which indicate chiropractic impotence in the face of conditions like asthma, colic and ear infections.

The decision to seek treatment from an outside source is understandable, especially given the criticisms and distrust of mainstream medicine within some circles. With reason, balance and scientific clarity, Chiropractic provides the evidence every parent needs to make the most informed decision for their own children.

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3 years ago

I like the stat that was made around 10 million dollars being spent by medicare on chiropractic, 25% of which was for Pediatric. For a person to have access to medicare for chiropractic they must be referred by their G.P. So this means 2.5 million dollars of medicare money was spent on chiropractic as a direct result of general practitioners believing that chiropractic was the best intervention for these children. It seems from the speakers you have chosen to represent the medical view, are a contradiction to these referring doctors, and are not representative of the medical opinion but rather their opinion. Funnily enough the AMA was heavily involved in the push for a investigation into pediatric chiropractic, when so many doctors are endorsing and referring for these services.

Nathan Jones
4 years ago

what a load of one sided australian propaganda criticizing chiropractic and glorifying dangerous vaccines and the medical industry, don't listen to any of this

4 years ago

thank god for chiropractors.

5 years ago

I used to work at a chiropractic clinic (after graduating from a massage therapy college program) and I can honestly tell you there are at least 2 different types of chiropractors: religious and not. The religious chiros get roped into scam programs that 'help them improve their business while helping as many people as possible, as God is working through them'. They usually spend crazy amounts of money on memberships alone, and its essentially brainwashing on a few different levels (I have been to these seminars firsthand, and it was DEFINITELY an eye-opener). Then there are normal chiropractors who adjust to help people - you can tell these 2 types of chiros apart by the language they use in and around their office, whether or not they try and put you on a year-long program (encouraging payment upfront), but the biggest identifier is whether or not their treatment rooms are private, or if its an open area with a bunch of tables (the latter is a sign of the first type of chiro). Chiro helps me as I have scoliosis, fibro, yet am hypermobile. Although the best type of treatment would be chiro followed by massage, as the chiro adjusts the joints, the muscle memory will pull everything right back unless the muscles are relaxed and 'reset' as well. Good luck & vet your chiro ;)

5 years ago

Bias, Ignorance and following the money, that's the real story.
Common sense questions.
What do nerves, the brain, and spinal cord do?
Can these body parts be mechanically influenced?
If yes then does this influence only relate to musculoskeletal conditions?
Can all nerves be traced back to the spine?
Can anything physically happen at the spine that would cause nerve or cord changes?
If yes then is there any physical influence possible, and again if yes what are those physical influences?

Petter Thowsen
6 years ago


7 years ago

I was under chiropractic care for over 30 years and I was able to function professionally as a landscaper and reticulator because of this care and maintanence. Sometimes once a week sometimes once a month, but the important thing was that I was able to function at a level that I would not have been able to without this care. BTW I previously went to a physiotherapist for three months, once a week I had little relief for this problem with my spine.The chiro fixed the problem in two visits and kept me able to work for the next 29 years.

Dr. Don Bojnowski, D.C.
7 years ago

I've been a chiropractor for over 30 years. It has been hard. I've delivered hundreds of thousands of adjustments. I've never hurt anyone and don't personally know another Chiropractor who has. I was naive when I entered this unsupported and opposed profession. I had no idea I would have to be a "business man" to survive as a Chiropractor. That said, every major sports team in the US and most in the world utilize chiropractic. The Olympics utilize chiropractors. The VA has chiropractors as does Google. There is good and bad in every profession. Pills will not solve lifestyle diseases, nor ever replace an adjustment. I've been to the best orthopedic surgeons and PT's for my sports injuries, nothing replaces an adjustment when that is what you need. If you want to learn about the "war on chiropractic" read about Wilk v. American Medical Association. Our malpractice insurance is the lowest of any major medical profession. Nothing else is chiropractic and it is definitely underutilized. Chiropractic delivered by a good chiropractor must be included in mainstream healthcare. There is no pill that will cure an unhealthy lifestyle. Most drugs in the PDR have more side effects than effects. That sentence doesn't make sense because there is no such thing as a side effect. Most drugs in the PDR say "mechanism unknown." So much for scientific practice. Patients who take pills to treat their lifestyle illness will slowly spiral into the fact that you cannot treat a lifestyle disease with a pill- you must modify behavior. Unlike Chiropractic adjustments, even bad drugs make big money. Drugs make money. Scientific research validates Chiropractic. Because of prejudice against Chiropractic and the "war on Chiropractic," pro-Chiropractic research is only now, just becoming irrefutable as a whole. Unfortunately there are poorly motivated MD's , Chiropractors, and all else. Chiropractic remains the safest of all healing arts. Check malpractice premiums. My advice remains: eat an organic plant based diet, do fun exercise, be a spiritual being, find you r own truth. Peace.

Bradley Reed
7 years ago

Why are manipulations so dangerous from Chiropractors,but not a peep when doctors of physical therapy deliver them. Why did the physical therapists include this in their doctorate programs? Is it because it's so dangerous? People use your head who do you think taught P.Ts how to manipulate?

7 years ago

This video is an attempt by incompetent people to discredit chiropractic care in Australia. FTM, follow the money and you will find out who was behind this. Manipulation is much older than western medicine which is the new kid on the block. Western medical science is based on the germ theory which is absurd. That viruses and bacterial are attacking the body and causing diseases. Look at the current Autism rates and increase in neurological and autoimmune diseases which number over 100. Western medicine has no cures but each condition will have a list of 20 medicines for each condition. Common sense indicates that the skin is a barrier to protect the body from external toxins, viruses and bacteria. What does western medicine do? They inject all of these into the body of young infants before there immune system is fully developed and traumatise the immune systems of infants. Read a vaccine insert and learn what has happened. In the 50's people received 4-5 vaccines. Now an infant in the US receives 60+ vaccines by the time they are 6. The CDC in the US was just exposed for covering up information linking autism to vaccines. Look at the lawsuits and settlements that have come down on Big pharma over the last 10 years, some of these totaling in many millions of dollars. The worst thing that has happened is that the US Congress gave the pharmaceutical industry and the Drs. doing the vaccines immunity from any damages or injuries that occur as a result of vaccines. There have never been any valid double blind studies on the efficacy of vaccines. They have never been proven effective. FTM, what do you think is the biggest money maker for pharmaceutical companies? Vaccines. Do your own research learn the facts. There are 300 vaccines in the pipeline now. The big push in the states is mandatory vaccines for children and then it will come for adults. Chiropractic is extremely safe and effective for any age group. There are always a few incidents of trauma from adjustments, that cannot be denied but nothing like the third leading cause of death in the US, medical care in all its forms.

7 years ago

I agree with bibi, some of the comments here are pure drug industry propaganda & astroturfing! Did you know that big pharma hires people for this type of comments online! We live in a world where profit rules & truth is suppressed if profit is threatened. And they use the "conspiracy" label as one of their propaganda tools. I mistrust the profit-based medical industry & drug manufactures as much as I mistrust any other quack.

7 years ago

I find it dogmatically entertaining how the writers and MDs tout the benefits of "scientific medicine"... Where is the science that would prove that a sick person is low on Rx drugs? Hatchet jobs on chiropractic by programmed frontmen for the Rx drug cartel is hilarious, especially when you consider the research by Dr. Gary Null who has proven that medical care is the #1 killer of people. Also, the original name of MDs in the early part of the last century was "quack" because of the damage they did to people way back then, even. There is such thing as a "science" of missing drugs causing disease? There are truly educated people like Dr. Christopher Kent who has fried many of these authoritarian pharm-funded opinionators with actual facts researched from mainstream medical research.
I would also love to see how much the writers of this video and the pharma opinionators are paid to spout their drivel, and by what companies. I also wonder who wrote their scripts.

8 years ago

In America in 1987, the Supreme Court ruled against the AMA and in favor of the chiropractic profession, proving propaganda. The Sherman Act was written, and since then the chiropractic profession in America has flourished. This video is the ultimate propoganda film, full offs representations and with medical "professionals" who truly know nothing about chiropractic. Obviously, this was filmed in another country, one that is very far behind in the times. People are becoming more and more wise to the medical cartel, and consequently seeking orher options. With over 180,000 medical related deaths per year, can you blame them??? Wake up people!!

8 years ago

A pseudoscientific profession- founded by a quack. "Curing" asthma, deafness, acid reflux? What a load of poo...

Patty Butterworth
8 years ago

Practice what you preach and practice what you have educated yourself about. Learn to disagree with grace and dignity and respect other people's opinions. Immunizations, hospital infections, experimental drugs, surgery, chiropractic, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, etc... there are pro's and con's to all. Just check out the statistics of how many people die of hospital infections and individuals who suffer from complications due to immunizations (research the billions of dollars paid out each year) and make your own conclusive decision. There are risks to all types of treatments, nobody is perfect - not even the best of the best.

Gary Daniel
8 years ago

I had a job accident where I lifted a heavy box . I had a pop in my back between my shoulders. I had to lean sideways to be comfortable . My stomach was always upset . I went to the chiropractor and got an adjustment . My nerve was pinched coming out of my spine going to my stomach. After the adjustment my stomach was better immediately.I could walk straight up without leaning.I could have went to a doctor and took pain pills for a few weeks and maybe my body would have of healed itself I don't know.The pain time was greatly reduced and I will forever recommend anyone with an auto accident , or a fall to get your spine adjusted . An inversion table will help your lower back also which might be cheaper.

8 years ago

this is pure anti-alternative medicine propaganda! looks like western medicine and its practitioners are desperately trying to keep the status quo.

Fabien L'Amour
8 years ago

Even if it there is only a remote possibility of injury, the precautionary principle in healthcare supports that brusk neck manipulations should be considered unsafe until clearly proven otherwise.

There is no way of identifying who is at risk of artery rupture and stroke from visual observation, tactile examination or radiography. Abrupt neck manipulation shouldn't be used to try to cure conditions that aren't life threatening in any way.

8 years ago

pseudoscientific quackery.. will eventually be outlawed.

8 years ago

I don't get some people.

8 years ago

you have to ask yourself ,who is funding this type of dogma. and I'm Not talking about the front men. Why are they so scared of a profession. Surly if the results weren't there ( and I'm not talking about the crazy accusations they make with some things) I'm talking with musculoskeletal conditions that hundreds of people benefit every day from ... the type of basic conditions that even MDs seem to not understand. its a shame for someone naive to stumble across something like this . and then to read some hopelessly sad comments :) I <3 Chiropractic !!!

Blue Clue
8 years ago

Miracle pill. potions, lotions, juices and chiropractors. Praying is probably more effective and that won't cost you any money.

Martin Ellacott
8 years ago

Chiropractors can, and do, provide a valuable service to those that they treat as long as it a simple realigning of the spine. I have used their services for 40 years. They are by no means a cure-all for diseases and medical conditions not associated with spinal alignment issues. The claims made by some of them about autism and vaccinations are outrageous and they should be taken to task about them.....and they shouldn't treat immature children.....and should NEVER treat babies.

8 years ago

Chiropractors are dangerous quacks! There is ZERO evidence that their crazy practices are effective, or that their theories based in reality.

Many people experience permenant damage from chiropractic therapy. What's the harm . net lists several people, the first of whom must take tranquilisers for the rest of her life in order to cope with the pain caused by the quack that hurt her by twisting her neck a way it wasn't supposed to bend.

It sickens me to watch one of them abusing a child that young, whose bones haven't even formed properly yet! There's no other word for's abuse through ignorance, that babies parents should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves and the practitioner should be in Jail!