Let’s begin with why this statement is formulated as it is. In itself, it presupposes some form of criticism of chiropractors. Of course, some healthcare professionals have strong negative feelings toward them, others are neutral, and still others have a positive attitude.
Chiropractors compete with some doctors, like neurologists, orthopedists, and others who try to treat spine or joint issues. They also compete with physical therapists. Their services are recommended for spine disorders, but doctors and physical therapists, who obviously want a piece of the pie, say they are charlatans, they have no qualifications; they not only don’t help, but can inflict further damage.
There really are some people who claim to be professional chiropractors, that are in fact charlatans. This is why we recommend checking into a chiropractor’s background more thoroughly. Look for certificates in their office. Look for detailed contact info like VAT ID and registered address on their site. If a friend recommends a chiropractor, look them up before going. Don’t just show up and let them manipulate you (both literally, as in spine manipulation, and figuratively).
Some healthcare pros have nothing to say about chiropractors. They say the latter can help people, but there is no guarantee. Usually, these are doctors who don’t stand in direct competition with chiropractors, like ophthalmologists, ENT specialists, and nephrologists.
There are healthcare professionals who have positive attitudes toward fellow healthcare providers, which is how they perceive them. They believe people should exhaust all avenues when trying to get help for their health problems. There are many sources of successful treatment, some of which may be surprising. You should do whatever you can.
What do ordinary people think?
If you’ve ever had a serious spine problem, you know how painful it can be. In their desperation, people with spine disorders will turn to anyone for help. In some Eastern European countries, for example, chiropractors are sometimes more trusted than doctors. Almost every small village in Bulgaria has a chiropractor, but he’s far from a certified specialist. He’s just someone who has helped most locals with spine problems, and they love and recommend him. They’re called “chakrakchii” in the local language (any association with chakra is purely accidental).
Younger people don’t trust these chakrakchii and travel to bigger cities to see doctors. These specialists exist in big cities too, but they have offices where they perform their manipulations, and are able to present certificates of completed training. As always, this is something to check if you’re considering using the services of a chiropractor for whatever reason.