Literally 99% of chiropractic is a scam

Literally 99% of chiropractic is a scam

Trevor Zierke is a D.C. who published several videos that have gone viral after saying that “literally 99% of my profession” is a scam. “When I say almost all the usual lines chiropractors tell you are lies, I mean almost all of them,” he stated. Zierke then went on to give examples of issues chiropractors allegedly make up, including someone’s spine being “misaligned,” tension on nerves causing health problems, and someone having back pain because their hips are off-center. “Almost all of these aren’t true,” he concluded.

In a follow-up video, he claimed that the reasons most people are told they need to go to a chiropractor are “overblown or just flat out lies proven wrong by research.” He also noted that, while there are many scams, that “doesn’t mean you can’t get help from a chiropractor.”

In a third TikTok video, Zierke offered some valid reasons to see a chiropractor. He said that one can seek help from a chiropractor if one has musculoskeletal pain that has been ongoing for more than one to two days, and that’s about it. He stated that issues that a chiropractor couldn’t really fix include “GI pain, hormonal issues, nutrition,” among others.

In comments, users were largely supportive of Zierke’s message.

One said: “As a physiotherapist, I’ve been trying to tell this but I don’t want to like offend any chiropractor in doing so,” a commenter shared.

“Working in a chiropractic office, this is fair,” a further user wrote. “I have issues that I know an adjustment will help & other pain that would be better stretched/released.”

In an email, Zierke reiterated the intention of his videos: “I would just like to clarify that chiropractors, in general, are not a scam or are inherently scammers (I myself am a practicing chiropractor), but rather a lot of very popular sales tactics, phrases, and wording used to imply patients need treatment, and methods of treatment, have never been proven to be true,” he explained. “When chiropractors say & use these methods stating things that are not factually true—I believe it’s scammy behavior and practices. There are still a lot of very good, honest, and integral chiropractors out there,” he concluded. “They can provide a lot of help and relief to patients. But that’s unfortunately not the majority, and I’ve heard too many stories of people falling victim to some of these scam-like tactics from bad apple chiropractors.”

I rest my case.

9 Responses to Literally 99% of chiropractic is a scam

So why do we need chiropractors when the only valid service they offer can be better and more safely provided by physiotherapists?

I highly doubt that is what she meant.

Oh, and PT isn’t without its “idiotic theories”

So why do we need chiropractors when the only valid service they offer can be better and more safely provided by physiotherapists?

Better? Safer? Your evidence please.

“Moderate evidence suggests that chiropractic care for LBP appears to be equally effective as physical therapy.

No serious adverse events were reported for any type of care.“

Trevor Zierke is to be much congratulated for his professional and intellectual integrity.

He would be an ideal person to explain why students train and become chiropractors and not osteopaths, physiotherapists or doctors.

On the face of it, the answer could be: “because chiropractic is tolerant of, even promotes, tactics intendeded to mislead patients and take advantage of the gullible and vulnerable – and we can build a practice by using them.”

There tactics are also used by swindlers, scamists, fairground hucksters, charlatans and dishonest magicians – but should not be used by healthcare practitioners whose intentention is to practice ethically and with integrity.

All the tricks that Trevor Zierke describes, not being evidence based, are unwarranted and misleading and chiropractors who fail to obtain fully informed consent from patients are unethical.

[Magicians are inherently honest: We say “I am going to fool you” – and then we do!
Using sleight of hand or mind to steal or for other unethical purposes is a crime.
Magicians ensure their ‘subjects’ know the experience offered is for entertainment purposes only]

I don’t think he knows the definition of scam.

an illegal plan for making money, especially one that involves tricking people: (Cambridge)

He’s just looking for his minute of fame, tickling the ears of skeptics, who will throw him away once he says something they don’t like.

I had a hip pain for several years after some aggressive HIT exercise for a period. I went to a chiropractor and in a few minutes he identified that I had one leg slightly shorter than the other, maybe 1/2 cm. I then remembered that it was probably due to a problem as a toddler where I had to wear a brace on that leg for a period of time to straighten that foot. He did an adjustment which relieved the pain in the moment and put a small lift in one shoe. Problem solved that never returns unless I wear a pair of shoes without the lift for a couple days. Start using the lift and it goes away. No doctor had ever identified the difference in the length of the two legs in all the years that I had gone in for checkups.

I guess I should be glad I am part of the 1%? Sorry, but I hear too many similar stories.
Chiropractic treatment has its value where appropriate.

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