Read this now before you consider any attendance with
a chiropractor; because when you have injury and you are in pain your
judgment can become seriously impaired.
If you are already attending a
think again –
before it becomes too late!
If you don't go, you can't be
I thought I was the only person
with chiropractor induced injuries like my own, but sadly I have
heard from two other persons
also living through chiropractic manipulation induced
base of skull injuries. One was hurt at
the very time I had been drafting out these pages, the
other shortly afterwards. And yet we are still so very lucky to be
mere slow walking wounded when compared to those who have died or were
paralysed as a result of their head-neck manipulation (?)treatment(?).
If only the general public could hear
about what is really happening!
Listed here are the names of some whose injuries have made the headlines;-
Do take a look
- This is SERIOUS !
are known as ‘DC’s. They might have gained science, art or ‘ology degrees
from a college or university education, and they might have paid for or
worked their way through to a chiropractic qualification, but that ‘D’
within 'DC', and their personal usage of the term ‘Doctor’, does not mean
that they are properly qualified, nationally registered and 'hands-on'
prepared plus updated as medical practitioners in the UK. Many states
within the US grant chiropractors a higher status. There,
chiropractors receive direct medical patient and insurance client referrals,
thus the general public feel that chiropractors can be a first port of call
(as chiropractors also encourage us to make them
our first port of call here in the UK too), yet
this can have other and very serious ramifications: As with the mother
in Salt Lake City who was unsure about her daughter feeling unwell with a
stiff neck so took her for a chiropractic consultation, only to lose her
through speedy meningitis deterioration with doctors saying she ought to
have obtained *medical* help. This very sad case alone illustrates an
urgent need for transparency and clearly defined regulation.
What 'DC' does mean is that the individual
chiropractor is free to treat as he/she feels like on the day, without being
checked (and without being medically accountable) because they have attained
course passes via an independent (often non-UK) training college where they
practiced their tugs and 'clicks' on each other, occasionally to the extent
of gaining life long problems or maybe putting some poor student in
hospital. (Madness or what?) Check this out;-
Chiropractors might thus be monetarily challenged by
their ‘training’ debts, or be attempting to gain independence by practicing
within a franchise - this giving them inflated senses of importance and
security through being backed by a powerfully pervasive medico-legal
calling. These franchises are businesses - money making enterprises - not
places where patient care is the first priority - so how could anyone expect
to be able to prove negligence if hurt after freely accepting such
non-medical treatment? We see it every week in the Courts, big money makes
claiming and prosecutions unattainable, so don't imagine, even for one
moment, that you will automatically win what looks like a genuine case for
proven injury compensation because you are obliged to
prove negligence. When Joe public must try to recover health, whilst
attempting to keep control of his life and bills, he cannot fight the big
money barristers and doctors who refuse to report
truthfullyso that they do not become legally involved, thus they end
up being left to suffer denial and *real world* injustice, both legal and
Chiropractors do not warn patients about this documented
history of serious injuries, thus they willfully conceal the notable
on-going risk directly relatable to their ‘treatments’. 'Treatments' which
have already hurt patients, or have permanently disabled them with
unimaginable suffering, or have caused them fatal injury. 'Treatments'
which, at this very moment, are being practiced somewhere in
By not mentioning and not publishing the real
outcomes of chiropractic ‘treatment’ for everyone who has suffered, been
injured, or died, chiropractors knowingly tout incorrect
"million to one" statistics and continue to expose members of the
public to the very many known chances for manipulation induced injury
already medically reported as being risky or dangerous!
!!!...I was not aware of any of this before I was
injured by a chiropractor, and I would not have gone anywhere near one had I
Chiropractors would have us believing their treatment is entirely natural,
non-invasive and safe. Yet their manipulations can,
and do, damage soft tissues and bones, e.g.
internal sprains, tears, severances, nerve entrapment, impairment or
complete loss of specific nerve functions, critically serious internal
bleeding, strokes, TIAs, dislodgement of spurs, fractures, CSF leaks,
paralysis, impairment of eyesight/hearing/cognitive brain function,
co-ordination and more.
Also PAIN; unimaginable post manipulation pains, headaches and burning hurts
with irreversible loss of joint functions and capabilities, often new joint
movement clicks which were not there before and
occasionally lifelong deficits.
Sadly, and especially before they visit a
chiropractor, most members of the public fail to realise
(because it is so rarely stated), that the 'treatment' about to be
administered can have internal actions akin to the effects of someone
undergoing internal medical surgery - only at the hands of a chiropractic
operator who cannot see through the skin or actually feel internal tissues
in order that he or she might know exactly what they are doing - and all
this before the chiropractor immediately sends their anatomically modified
subjects back into the outside world.
Records show that too many people end up suffering from the same 'treatment'
induced injuries, caused by the same type of 'treatment' activity, no matter
what had been the original presenting problems!
(Of course similarly sad outcomes could arise from medical surgery, but then
surgery would normally be an essential final resort after exploring all
other options. Also surgery does not take place until after all of the
expected risks and possible future side effects have been explained, and the
patient has formally acknowledged their understanding of these risks via a
formal written consent to proceed. Additionally, surgeons manage real-life
progress by actually seeing what their hands are doing to their
anaesthetized patients, before the patients are then observed by trained
nursing staff to watch out for subsequent signs and symptoms relating to
shock, internal bleeding or unexpected complications.)
Chiropractors do not anaesthetize; they instruct their patients to 'Relax'.
But what if their patient cannot relax because they are nervous, or, their
body unavoidably makes some entirely natural internal involuntary response,
and the chiropractor applies his/her most un-natural
forces their anatomy just the same?
!!!...Well, this is where the chiropractor does not,
because they cannot, have any real clues as to what damage they might cause
before they actually do so...!!!
They might have been intending to flex a particular joint but their hands
are no-where near it, so they are not monitoring the point of intended
action and they really cannot know whether the joint they are trying to flex
has become momentarily tight or not. When muscles are tight (maybe spasmed
by prior chiropractic treatment) there is then a transfer of chiropractic
impact straight into bone anchored ligaments and tendons, or soft tissues
like blood vessels.
!!!...Then it is 'Bam' - something gives - something
is broken, crushed or torn - and the patient is INJURED...!!!
Most times the patient will not feel anything right away, but they are most
definitely heading for subsequent signs and symptoms relating to
internal injury, like shock, internal bleeding or
newly unavoidable unexpected complications;
only here with chiropractic there are no medically
qualified nurses to check their condition
before they leave, and most definitely none to
monitor them during the next twenty-four hours when there is
greatest risk of them
heading for a score of 3 on the Glasgow Coma Scale.
Also there is no one to explain the new aches, pains and 'treatment'
induced conditions (some seemingly unrelated) which can develop during the
following days and weeks when the irreversible effects of
chiropractor damaged tissues are eventually noticed.
Chiropractors cannot directly avail themselves of your existing medical
records, (and frankly the thought that they might be able to via the new NHS
computer system horrifies me) thus they really cannot have any meaningful
idea of pre-existing or contra-indicatory conditions before they start
'treating' you. They will adapt their
'treatment' ideology to suit all, and administer it quickly in order to
maximize income. (The chiropractor who injured me so badly once went between
myself and another 'patient' in an adjoining room
treating us alternately, and he had started with me first!)
Chiropractors might ask about illnesses and injuries etc., but that means
the patient receives non GP-referred 'treatment' based upon the
patients own possibly incorrect or confused
or pain influenced answers; ie. answers from a patient who is
not medically qualified to advise of prior problems and potential risks for
the 'treatment' they are about to receive, *but as
yet know nothing about anyway*!
Chiropractors suggest that their 'treatments' can help you without them
first covering all of the other available options and medically correct
treatments which might genuinely be in your real best interests.
Indeed this alone is dangerous in its own right
because you might believe the chiropractor is looking after you, whilst s/he
might not have a clue what is really wrong, and you could be deteriorating
due to a lack of some entirely different but vitally necessary medical
treatment. Many other non-spinal medical conditions can give you a bad
back or sore neck! Soon after being injured I found (was stated) that
doctors did not want to get involved, so I went to see a third chiropractor
to see if he could give me some clues as to exactly what the first guys had
done to me. This chap saw I had problems and was suffering pain.
He took lots of notes, suggested I complain to the BCA and said he would
treat me for free! However he did not take any fresh X-rays
(he dare not make a visual image of
chiropractic injury) as had become so necessary
before he touched me, and he should not have given me neck/jaw exercises to
do. Nor should he have physically massaged
and pressed on my obviously spasmed and newly mis-shapen neck because
neither he, I, nor the doctors knew at that time exactly what my injuries
were. This chiropractor
also avoided answering my questions when I asked what what he was attempting
to treat me for; in other words he outright refused to tell me
what he could see was wrong when I asked about my excruciating within-head
and neck pains or I showed him this or that problem, like my throat being
out of shape on the left side so that my swallow and voice were(are) both
affected. This man might well have not injured me had I attended him
first place, but I could not continue accepting his equally
whilst suffering with such excruciating undiagnosed injuries.
Once you have passed beyond a chiropractor's Reception
area you become part of *their* best interests, and you will be charmed
through the appointment regimen they have refined in order to most
effectively ease maximum cash out of you.
They will not tell you that every human body comes complete with its own
innate and powerful healing reserves, so that on those occasions when
natural recovery or improvement would take place anyway, you might end up
concluding it was they who were instrumental in that recovery.
Nor will they tell you how - stretching
exercises, hot/cold treatments, adjustment of life stresses, careful
lifting, general exercise and diet - can *alone* improve your situation
until *after* they have started their 'treatment'
regimen, because if they managed their patients in the same way that the
properly qualified physiotherapists do, they would then be unable to charge
you for the diagnostic tests they say you need followed by frequent
'magical' shoves, jerks and tugs at your spinal column.
Unless you are very seriously injured, these other common sense activities
are most likely to be your best first approach, NOT an immediate
submission to forceful joint 'adjustments'
in places like the neck where nothing was
known to have been previously troublesome in the first place!
Chiropractors pull on and jerk the head to treat the neck, and they
unwittingly suck you into an acceptance of this 'treatment' by stating that
it is an essential part of their 'whole spine'
management which they claim you need for your
(any) problem. They knowingly and deliberately over-extend critical base of
skull to C3 soft tissues in order to elicit cervical joint CLICKS as proof
of 'treatment' for their unexplained diagnosis of joint subluxations
which do not show on X-rays; yet ordinary members
of the public have not got a clue as to how many painful and debilitating
conditions could potentially develop due to pharyngeal, base of skull and
occipito-cervical related soft tissue injuries.
???...WHAT...??? !!!...THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS...!!!!
And it is because of this joint clicking trickery that they willfully ignore
an essential need for a total integrity of ALL
soft tissues between the base of the skull and C3.
The occiput to C1 and C2, C1 to C2, and then C2 to C3 are complex joints
unlike others in the spine because the skull is
correctly held in place with respect to the
C1 and C2 solely by ligaments and
tendons plus muscle. These joints are ultra
flexible and thus NOT protectively interlocked against
any chiropractor's unilateral and high
impact angular hyperextensions to one side or other;
hence chiropractic 'treatment' places ALL related soft tissues, esp. carotid
and vertebral arteries plus fragile sinus and petrous bones at critical
risk. Get injured here and no surgeon will want to become involved with
re-threading through the complex interweave of blood vessels, glands,
ligaments, lymphatics, muscles and nerves, or the re-setting internal
fractures unless the codition has become life
threatening, as with a stroke, because if you become a 'walking
wounded' the risks of surgery will be so much greater than the risk of
monitoring for deterioration; ie. of doing nothing!
In short - if something is damaged between your brain and
your shoulders, you could die or become
seriously injured/disabled and thus disadvantaged for the rest of your life;
and if any ligaments or tendons
are snapped you will NEVER have the same range of head movements
again because you will experience movement induced pains plus spasms due to
incorrect posture and the entrapment
Between individuals there are widely varying and indefinite limits for
musculo-skeletal and membraneous strengths against oblique impacts
induced by chiropractors, thus you could find yourself developing
long term head pull induced head-aches, ear-aches, deeply seated pains and
nausea which will prevent you from resting and living normally, and which
could introduce so much body and life stress that you cannot work;
this with potential for the ruination of
individual and family relationships and any forward
Also, if chiropractic jerking procedures are too frequently administered to
any part of the body as aligned in the grossly abnormal chiropractic
positions, ie. where impacts are *not* borne and absorbed by the natural
load bearing musculo-skeletal human form, these oblique impacts additionally
not only place related ligaments, tendons and
spinal discs at an elevated risk for 'treatment' induced over-stretching or
tearing and *bulging into or
impinging the spinal cord or cranial nerve
bundles*, but bones at an elevated risk for
stress induced fracturing !!! Severed
ligaments and tendons cannot heal - they retract and resorb (as within me).
Joints can become permanently and disablingly misaligned, whilst any
previously attached muscles can become permanently swollen and totally
dissociated tissue masses which cause loss of or
abnormal articulation with irreversible boundary
pressures and tensions upon blood vessels and nerves (as within me).
Such injuries, though painful and life limiting are seldom life threatening,
so consultants would prefer to not become involved due to surgical repair
being deemed unnecessarily risky. Doctors often
leave bone fractures to heal naturally, but that does not mean that they
will, especially if the fracture is close to the tendon insertions of
powerful muscles and the bones are not physically restrained from moving.
There ought not be any ASSUMPTIONS made in relation to medicine, and yet
this is why I still suffer to this day. Doctors 'knowingly' (see
X-rays) allowed the chiropractor induced fracturing of the base of my skull
to heal incorrectly, this causing me to suffer from misaligned fusing where
new bone could not bridge all gaps, plus resorbtion at points of constant
unrestrained movement. Now they will neither image this, nor report it
*** FORCING THE HEAD TO
'TREAT' THE NECK MUST BE BANNED *** IMMEDIATELY
Additionally, I suggest this ban should apply to ALL manipulators who
manually pull upon the head to 'treat' the neck;
this including osteopaths and registered physiotherapists. The only correct
way of applying, studying and understanding the therapeutic effects of any
tensions being exerted, is via the use of regularly calibrated mechanical
Traction arrangements, not any suddenly applied force
which could hyperextend, and not repeated as with chiropractic where daily
or even thrice weekly oblique forces could lead to stress fracturing.
Chiropractors might well tell you that any new aches or problems caused by
their treatment can be a not unknown occasional discomfort or bad reaction
as your body readjusts and realigns itself as they intend,
though of course you cannot know how common their ‘occasional’ is because
there have never been any records compiled by our chiropractor 'treated'
public related to treatment reactions, and it is
we the public who should be compiling these results because the
chiropractors themselves are in very long established denial and cannot be
trusted with valid patient record taking anyway. (The man who hurt me wrote
his notes in pencil!)
Should you develop any new aches or pains chiropractors
aim to keep you suckered-in under their watchful eyes with some palliative
and possibly more seriously inappropriate ‘treatment’, also they will not
take any additional X-rays as might be essential for examining any
new condition they themselves have caused, because the
revelation of additional problems would then not be in *their* best
(Also don’t be surprised if, after you have been hurt or injured, you
eventually hear apologies for your original chiropractic X-rays having
become inexplicably ‘lost’.)
Chiropractors neither assist with genuine suggestions for, nor volunteer any
payments in relation to, investigative medical treatment regarding any new
injuries they might have caused.
Hey, how many times do I now read, as happened with me, they try to 'cure'
the problems they caused by giving more of the same 'treatment'
via which they caused
them in the first place? In other words they
exacerbate, or render chronic,
an injury condition which might have settled tolerably if they had genuinely
acted in their patient's best interests by doing nothing and letting
problems stabilize; ie. stopped trying to make their concerned patient's (spasmed)
neck generate more of the 'magical' CLICKS they so keenly
(Spasmed joints will not - because they cannot - CLICK; something else
Sadly there really are chiropractors who either do not know any better or
simply do not genuinely care at all about their
patients because income is their only aim, and you
have no way of knowing in advance whether this is the type you are
attending. By the time you 'find out' it might be too late, and if injured
you need to realize that you have no chance of being given sensible advice
or treatment in relation to your own best health-care interests.
!!!...NEVER return to a
chiropractor thinking that he or she can 'undo' a manipulation that has
caused you new pains and symptoms - they can't - they
will make you worse;
this being the second mistake which I (and so many others) regretfully
Chiropractors will always continue acting in *their* own best interests
after they injure you, and as long as you are capable of leaving their
premises, which of course you will naturally be determined to do after
injury in order to seek properly qualified help, they will not need to
suggest the possibility that you might need to see a doctor because you are
no longer there, and when you are not there, you are out of their hair!
Once you are hurt though, it is already too late, and getting back to the
way you had been before treatment will most likely prove *impossible*. Any
newly necessary medical costs and subsequent life disruption caused by their
chiropractic 'treatment' then become YOUR own
personal monetary responsibility and capability burden - whilst the
chiropractic advertising web continuously ensnares new hopefuls,
who in their turn might suffer similarly!
Based upon my own personal (ruined life) experiences and more recent
Internet reading, my advice would be that it is far too risky for anyone to
be ‘treated’ by someone who is not state-medical registered. I would further
suggest to anyone already attending a manipulator who has not yet gained
formal national qualifications in physiotherapy, that they should
immediately *cancel* all future appointments.
You should owe this decision to yourself, after-all, and even though you
might have forward planned appointments, you are not obliged to attend
chiropractors, and you will not be doing the best you can for yourself
(and your family) if you fail to avoid potential
injury at the hands of a non-physiotherapy registered practitioner.
Indeed, if you are already attending a manipulator it is most unlikely you
have a related pre-existing life threatening condition, so why increase your
risks of getting one?
Some chiropractors with good practice records are likely to be very annoyed
with me for running this website and for exposing known problems;
so to them I ask; -
If these injuries are as rare as you claim, then why does chiropractic
*never* help the *so few* injured patients with their medical treatment?
Also, why is it that you expect injured parties to go through the Courts
(which you know very well is most likely to fail) before you strike from
your registers every one of your kind who has ever harmed a member of the
Suggested answers; - because the costs for treatment and compensation for
injury are so great that you take out insurance to cover patient claims, and
you then leave any injured party to struggle on alone to then prove
liability (impossible?) because you don't want them to claim and increase
Also, no chiropractor will ever speak out against another chiropractor no
matter how bad they are.
In other words; the 'chiropractic profession' is so much more important to
chiropractors, than is the continuing well being of any individual patient
they might manipulate !!!
Additionally, you chiropractors have given
yourselves a veneer of respectability by running
your own version of a
'professional regulation' body, the UK's GCC,
which, by its institutional acceptance, has effectively presented
you with an official voice
to rebuff common sense fundamentals in relation to
public health and safety via your use of carefully
crafted reports and statistics, these being compiled via
sponsored or chiropractic 'friendly' co-operation in a manner
which indicates a total disregard for learned
This is why I suggest to everybody, that no matter how frustrating or
painful the wait, it would be much more sensible to suffer until a GP
approved appointment can be arranged with a state
qualified physiotherapist, than it is to risk being injured at the
hands of some quack who can simply move away with their profits when the
complaints and claims start coming in.
In other words, if you are not so bad as needing to visit A+E then wait
until your case can be properly referred to someone having all appropriate
and necessary medical qualifications, because if you are injured by a
chiropractor then those same qualified medical circles are where you
are going to end up anyway,
only with the NHS and insurance companies then so unfairly being left to
pick up the tab !
And DO watch out for those chiropractors who claim to have physiotherapy
qualifications; they might have attained college class study certificates,
but they are not likely to have attained full professional physiotherapy
qualifications, and thus they would not be properly *NHS registered* to
Also, be on guard against any manipulator
(including osteopaths and registered physiotherapists) who suggest that you
are in need of, or they will 'try', 'traction'. They are likely to
mean 'manual traction' which yet again means a pulling of the head, only
here against inestimatable variables relating body weight limiting friction
of different clothes against their treatment couch, and probably with a
straight neck, which can still hyperextend longitudinal ligaments
within the spine and thus subsequently allow discs
to bulge into the spinal column and the head to fall
forwards at a prematurely aged angle from which there can be NO recovery !!!
Chiropractors are not the only manipulators who injure patients, and thus
you should refuse *ALL* manual head tugging unless
it is mechanically applied via calibrated Traction equipment, with detailed
written records being formally made in ink !!!
Did you ever see a non-physiotherapy qualified chiropractor running on to a
professional sports field to treat an injured team member? No? Then would it
not be wise to value your own life and mobility as much as the sports stars
Also note, that just because a chiropractic 'clinic' has been there for
years, this does not guarantee that those working inside
on any day have long proven and safe records of practice!
I thought I was doing the very best I could for myself
when I walked into my local chiropractic back health clinic seeking
immediate access to what I though was specialized help and treatment;
it turned out to be the biggest mistake I could ever have made in this life.
Chiropractic has robbed my entire family of so very much that had been
planned for their lives as well as mine, and thus
I say -
" The biggest mistakes are made by
those who make assumptions! "
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