The General Chiropractic Council
It's of limited interest to those outside the profession but for those inside a real sea change occurred last week when the General Chiropractic Council finally put to bed an old chiropractic tenant that manipulation on a regular basis improves health. This defunct idea has been called the subluxation theory.
Most chiropractors who have considered the evidence have realized this for decades however there are chiropractors who to this day promulgate the subluxation theory and practice accordingly.
Still the shift that this most official of chiropractic bodies has described is welcome and cannot be overstated. Chiropractic should involve itself in the practice of musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine, expanding the evidence base as we are well placed with our daily exposure to the primary care presentation of back pain and other MSK conditions to learn more about what helps and what doesn’t.
Most sensible chiropractors junked the so called “subluxation theory” years ago – it’s good to see it in black and white from the GCC.
Keith Walker is a chiropractor and manual therapist . He provides evidenced based care for his patients in Plymouth, Devon.
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