Visiting a chiropractor for a bad back is a waste of time and money as spinal manipulation will not cure aches and pains, says a study.
Researchers looked at the difference in recovery from lower back pain after a variety of treatments, including painkillers and manipulation.
They took 240 volunteers who had visited their GP with lower back pain and gave them anti-inflammatory drugs and spinal manipulation or a fake treatment.
There are two reasons why I still go to a chiropractor - firstly it works for me, he knows the exact spot to tweak. And secondly last time I had a serious back problem I couldn't get to see a doctor for a minimum of three days ( I gave up) which I would have needed to do to get a appointment to then go and see a specialist which would have been any length of time in the future you care to mention. My chiropractor made time to see me immediately, and that was £30 well spent. But then he isn't part of the NHS.
It might be that a naked oriental girl walking up and down my back in high heels would also hit the spot, in which case I would use her. It wouldn't be classified as medicine but as the patient I'm only interested in the outcome. The only problems are it would cost more than £30, it doesn't seem to be available in Devizes and Mrs Englishman and the Taxman might not believe it is an essential expense....