Recently, I blogged about Glasgow Chiropractic changing their website to remove references to colic.
Previous posts on this site have demonstrated that evidence-free claims about the ability of chiropractors to cure/treat period pains, carpal tunnel syndrome and asthma are routinely appearing on chiropractor's websites - in the blogposts above, I linked to Glasgow Chiropractic as an example.
A specific complaint about the contents of their website had been sent to the GCC and so, using www.changedetection.com, I was able to see how Glasgow Chiropractic would react.
As a pleasant surprise, the chiropractors seem they have come over all hand-wringy and repentant and have updated their website accordingly.
The change detection page for menstrual pain is here and the one for shoulder pain and carpal tunnel syndrome is here. You can see the changes made by clicking on " View changes: 2009-07-08 13:57" about half way down on the left hand side.
The new page on shoulder pain is here and contains the bold title
Chiropractic has never cured anyone of anything.Wow.
Quite an admission, although one that is completely backed up by research data.
The new addition to the website goes on to say:
If we go looking for the named condition that Chiropractic can be applied to and produce change in we will find ourselves in a merry-go-round of symptoms, loosing [sic] sight of the whole because of an obsession with the parts.Have you got that? Don't ask "can chiropractic cure". Just don't. Ask a different question if you must, but don't ask if it can cure.
So the question of What can Chiropractic Cure should be changed to "How" can Chiropractic Assist? The answer is simple. A well functioning mind and body has a greater opportunity to heal, repair and function than a poorly functioning one. A well functioning mind and body depends to a significant degree on a well functioning spine and nerve system. This is Chiropractic's contribution.
People find that chiropractic's ability to produce better spine and nerve system function changes their life expression. There are thousands of symptoms and conditions that chiropractic has been associated with helping, however don't ask "Can Chiropractic Cure this or that condition" - instead ask "If my mind and body was functioning better through Chiropractic would I be better placed to handle this condition?"
The page on menstrual pain contains an almost identical admission along with postmodern flakery but has some interesting text manipulations further down (new text in bold, previous text in brackets/italics)
Chiropractic management of dysmenorrhoeaRead that last sentence again in its old and new forms - the meaning has been changed to the point of silliness. Although perhaps they are now referring to a different study? Who knows.
When helping (treating) women who suffer from dysmenorrhea, the majority of chiropractors address only problems located in the areas directly involved in causing the symptoms. In a study conducted to establish which styles of Chiropractic care (treatments) are most frequently used by chiropractors for dysmenorrhea, manipulation was used in 100% of the cases.
A chiropractor’s role is to normalise the functions of the body by correcting spinal problems. The rationale behind the chiropractic management (treatment) of women suffering from dysmenorrhea is to deal with (treat) its spinal and skeletal aspect.
Chiropractic provides the mechanisms through which dysmenorrheic women can be relieved of their pain in a drug-free environment and even go on to live a life free of period pain.
How (What) can Chiropractic assist with (a Chiropractor do for) menstrual pain?
Your chiropractor will perform a complete consult and examination and may take radiographs (x rays) if clinically required.). After review of the examination findings your chiropractor will recommend an appropriate and individual care program. Chiropractic care (Treatment) consists of specific manual adjustments, to the individual joints of the body and spine, which restore damaged neurologic function. As Grey’s Anatomy text states every single organ in the body is controlled by the nervous system. This includes the uterus and reproductive systems. Through the specific adjustment your chiropractor provides neurological input (imput) that allows your nervous system, and so your organs, to adapt to environmental stresses.
So by changing the word 'treat' to 'help' or similar, that makes it all ok. It's good to see that the X-rays are now only done 'if clinically required'.
Will that ever be the case if chiropractic has never cured anyone of anything?