Chiropractors say they can help relieve back pain. They also say they can help neck pain and headaches… and, of course that their treatments are safe an effective.
Well, should you believe them?
The answer is NO! Here’s why…
Have you ever seen the popular television show Mythbusters? If you have, then you know the show is designed to take common myths and test them scientifically to determine if they are fact of fiction.
Many times, the things we are told as children and believe growing up turn out to be nothing more than urban legends or old wives’ tales.
For example, just about everyone struggles with weight at one time or another in their lives. Very few people have “perfect” physiques – and the ones who do usually eat like birds and workout 7 days a week!
The worst part about maintaining weight is this: It is much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it.
Right? Everyone know that.
Well, “Everyone” is wrong!
Here are the facts about
weight gain and weight loss:
It is mathematically easier to lose than to gain.
For example, if you eat 3,500 calories more than you burn, you will gain 0.3 pounds (0.14 kg), but if you burn 3,500 calories more than you eat, you will lose 1 pound (0.45 kg).
Also, if you want to lose weight, you can expose yourself to significant changes in temperature which speeds up your metabolism. Finally, the above information is based on a pure fat diet – variations to the math occur when you introduce other types of food.
Now, it may be more difficult to eat right than to eat bad – but that is a different story.
You see, we only “believe” when we do not have proof. That’s what faith is all about. But, if we have solid evidence, we don’t have to “believe.”
That’s why you should not “believe” in Chiropractic.
Why do you think Chiropractic has been accepted into mainstream medicine? Modern physicians don’t believe in Chiropractic… they know it works.
Chiropractic has not been a “belief” for quite a while.
Check out what these experts had to say… and look at the dates…
“There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that Chiropractic management of low back pain is more cost-effective than medical management… Chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management of low back pain. Chiropractic management is greatly superior to medical management in terms of scientific validity, safety, cost-effectiveness and patient satisfaction.”
~ Pran Manga, PhD., 1993
“There are more than 30 randomized controlled clinical trials studying the effectiveness of spinal manipulation in the relief of spinal pain, the majority of which have looked at acute low back pain. Manipulation has been compared to most non-surgical treatment modalities including placebo, ultrasound, traction, exercise, bed rest, analgesics and corsets. The meta-analyses performed by Anderson et al led to the conclusion that the average patient receiving spinal manipulation is better off than 54 to 85% of the patients receiving the comparison treatment.”
~ Dr. Scott Halderman, M.D., D.C., PhD., FRCP(C), Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine. Presented at the Alternative And Complementary Medicine And The Orthopedic Surgeon, February, 28, 2001
Clearly, Chiropractic is not a belief system. New research comes out every year and Chiropractic is part of many mainstream and progressive medical practices and hospitals.
Sure, there are some people (and even Physicians) who still believe in old urban legends and wives’ tales simply because, “that’s the way it’s always been.”
Then, there are the open-minded people who have the ability to change their mind when the facts are presented to them. Many of these people usually find a solution for their back pain in a Chiropractic office.