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    This article was sent to me recently. Does anyone have a scanned copy of the
    article which could be sent out via email? It would be interesting to read it.
    If anyone else has read the full article, any views? Any comments by other
    therapists or researchers on the last sentence, especially the entire
    philosophy of mechanical manipulation of the spine to relieve alleged
    subluxations or other stresses accumulated by the misdemeanours of daily life?

    Have any models or studies been devised which adequately explain the allegedly
    beneficial effects of regular spinal manipulation. Theories are bandied about
    which attribute the 'popping' sound sometimes elicited during manipulation to
    the release of nirogen bubbles in the joints, others talk about sudden release
    of accumulated tension in soft tissues, yet others refer to the reduction of
    subluxations, but few seem to establish a causal link between specific
    ailments and subtle mechanical stresses and pressures.

    The article follows below:

    Dr Mel C Siff
    Littleton, Colorado, USA
    mcsiff@aol.com

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    Magazine Readers Warned About Chiropractors

    The January issue of Smart Money informed readers of "Ten Things Your
    Chiropractor Won't Tell You." Writer John Protos explores the "nutty theories"
    of many chiropractors, the absurdity and expense of repeated (if not
    indefinite) visits for "adjustments," the availability of physical medicine
    from other professionals, the risks of chiropractic manipulation (particularly
    of forceful maneuvers of the cervical spine), the spotty insurance coverage of
    chiropractic, and the profit-driven efforts of many chiropractors to draw in
    children (the manipulation is whom can be dangerous), sell vitamins, and take
    X-rays.

    Finally, he notes that scientific studies have repeatedly found that, no
    matter what is done about low back pain, most people will get better on their
    own with over-the-counter analgesics and the use of heat and cold
    applications.
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