The GCC are embracing the sceptic view of chiropractic. The only question is whether the UK chiropractic profession continue to roll over and pay the GCC to dismantle the chiropractic profession in the UK. I have no sympathy with the BCA in their efforts to sue Simon Singh but you have to wonder about the GCC’s decision to publish their report denouncing the effectiveness of chiropractic in helping children as the High Court judges began their deliberations the day after the hearing. I have said many times absence of scientific evidence is not evidence that chiropractic does not work or that there is not “jot of evidence” It means that the chiropractic researchers have not been able to demonstrate in trials, what many chiropractors observe in practice on a regular basis.
The GCC have also removed the explanation of a “vertebral subluxation” from their website. Having fought hard to have it included in the GCC FAQs, the only surprise is that its taken Margaret Coats so long to have it removed. Whether people like the term “subluxation” or not, it is much used by registered chiropractors (it defines the chiropractic lesion) and the public should have an explanation even if it is the sceptic version, avoiding the issue does nothing. I would love to know how the GCC arrived at this decision? is it that people now understand what a subluxation is and have stopped asking the question or the GCC does not want to offend the sceptic community by answering the question? These decisions will only add to the confusion of patients who visit registered chiropractors and have their subluxations corrected.
Reading the GCC’s explanation of chiropractic care its hardly surprising sceptics do not understand why chiropractic could help Colic, Otis media, Asthma etc etc.
What is chiropractic treatment?
Chiropractors are concerned with the framework
of bones and muscles that support the body (the
‘musculoskeletal system’). Some problems of the
musculoskeletal system can be caused by accidents,
stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and
everyday wear and tear. These problems may cause
pressure on the nerves in the body.
Depending on your condition, the chiropractor
may manipulate parts of your spine or joints and
give you advice on exercise, self-help, diet and
lifestyle. Some chiropractors also offer rehabilitation
Manipulation involves precisely handling or moving
joints, or parts of the spine, sometimes moving them
further than they would normally move.