Answers to Questions about Chiropractic:
Does Spinal Manipulation Promote General Health?

Samuel Homola, D.C.

Question

I went to a chiropractor for back-pain treatment. He took x-rays and said my pain was caused by subluxations. After several treatments, my back pain went away, but the chiropractor said I needed to come on a regular basis, at least once a month, in order to keep my subluxations corrected and to stay well. He said that if I get regular adjustments to prevent nerve interference, I would feel better, have more energy, and be less likely to get sick. He called it "wellness care."

Do I need regular chiropractic adjustments to stay well?

Answer

Many chiropractors assert that vertebral misalignment or some other "spinal dysfunction" (subluxation) causes nerve interference that weakens the immune system and leads to the development of disease or poor health. However, spinal alignment has nothing to do with immune function or general health.

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Dr. Homola is a second-generation chiropractor who has dedicated himself to defining the proper limits on chiropractic and to educating consumers and professionals about the field. His 1963 book Bonesetting, Chiropractic, and Cultism supported the appropriate use of spinal manipulation but renounced chiropractic dogma. His 1999 book Inside Chiropractic: A Patient's Guide provides an incisive look at chiropractic's history, benefits, and shortcomings. Now retired after 43 years of practice, he lives in Panama City, Florida.

This page was posted on July 18, 2002.