Chiropractic: I’d Rather be a Lover than a Hater

I feel truly lucky. I have a beautiful wife Corinne, three fantastic children who keep me on my toes – and a dog called Sonny. I spend my working days helping people discover the simple most effective way to relieve or get rid of their back pain symptoms with chiropractic care. At sixteen years of practice I have not lost my enthusiasm for my profession.

But black clouds are upon the horizon. There are some individuals who don’t like chiropractors or chiropractic treatment. They have been going overtly and covertly trying to discredit chiropractors and the profession. A few years ago a mass complaint was sanctioned by a group against chiropractors advertising on websites. It tied up the profession and the General Chiropractic Council in months of legal wrangle.

Once again, similar groups are at work. Overtly and covertly phoning chiropractic practices and taping conversations about treatment for babies with ‘colic type symptoms’. Based on telephone conversations, complaints are made.

Really? This group are entrapping chiropractors into a complaints procedure because a chiropractor has the belief that a gentle manipulation of the spine could help establish normal function of an immature digestive system?

Of course, outcomes of any treatment of babies for ‘colic’ type symptoms are numerous. Anecdotal evidence persists throughout the years for the successful treatment of babies with these symptoms. My son Ralph (now 18 years old) had colic symptoms. He cried continuously for hours after a feed – nothing seemed to calm him. He cried continuously through to the early hours of the morning. He had chiropractic care and within 24 hours became a different child. He slept after feeding, no upsets, no crying for hours. As parents too, we became less fractious as we began to get back to a normal sleeping pattern.

Is it a crime that there are no random clinical trials that chiropractic care helps babies with colic type symptoms? I think not.

Is it a crime that there are no random clinical trials that chiropractic care helps babies with colic type symptoms? I think not.

So ask yourself the question ‘where is the crime here’? Is it really a bad that chiropractic treatment may help babies with colic type symptoms where medicine may have failed? I think not.

While they are at it, why not lobby the government to ban patting a baby on the back after a feed! There are no random clinical trials to say that it works, but common sense tells us it does.

I’d rather be a lover than a hater – life is too short to be anything else.