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Friday, October 14, 2016

A Look At Large Alternatives To Medicine (Quack) Clinics

I have lived and worked in 5 fairly large communities in my career as a physical therapist.  In every community there were chiropractors and smaller "wholistic"/"wellness" Clinics.  In recent years, however, in keeping with the consolidation of legitimate medicine, these alternatives to medicine (Quack) clinics have also evolved into large, and frequently, multi-site operations.  Below is representative of the structure and services provided.  Please note, most services provided by these clinics have not been validated as safe and/or effective by legitimate medicine and any effects probably are placebo.

Practitioners:

Chiropractors
Massage Therapists
Acupuncturists
Reiki Practitioners
Naturopaths

Some of these clinics also have MDs, PA-Cs, NPs and/or Pharmacists to add some cover of legitimacy to a generally unscientific operation.

Services:

Stem Cell Therapy
High Velocity/Low Amplitude (thrust) Manipulation
Massage Therapy (Yes, it sounds legitimate but many procedures are pseudoscience)
Spinal Decompression
Cold Laser Therapy
Reiki
Homeopathy
Acupuncture
Naturopathic treatments

If there appears to be some legitimate services, it is wise to ask for independent medical sources to confirm such.  In addition, it is wise to do a simple internet search of a procedure followed by the word "debunked."   These action should  give you enough information to make an informed choice.

Also, your skeptical antenna should be on alert if the operation has any of the following in its name:

Wholistic
Integrative
Natural
Complimentary
Wellness
Alternative

This article will give you a good look into a typical clinic.

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