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Frequently Asked Questions

My general practitioner’s diagnosis of what is wrong with me differs greatly from your chiropractic opinion. How come?

Many of the millions of failed medical patients who consult chiropractors have previously unidentified subluxation related disorders.  Medical education does not include the detection of what chiropractors refer to as vertebral subluxations.

What motivates the medical profession’s intense opposition to chiropractic?

In a word: money! The flashpoint is monopolising the management of subluxation related symptoms.  

Globally and during the last century, Medicine has been guilty of "wilful blindness" to the millions of patients who previously had failed medical treatment of their subluxation related symptoms, and who subsequently had a chiropractor locate and correct their subluxations.

A good start to understanding one theatre of this war is the book The medical War against Chiropractic, it is available on the Web.

What triggers subluxations?

Excessive emotional and/or physical and/or chemical stress loading.

At times most, if not all, people incur those stresses, are subluxations a usual response?

Yes, seemingly subluxations are common to the human condition.

What causes the same subluxations to recur?

Applying the same or similar stress to spinal motion unit that has a lowered stress bearing tolerance may cause re-subluxation.

How do you know that most of your patients understand the meaning of the term subluxation?

My chiropractic care procedure includes the patient and me identifying the signs of the subluxations. I ask; “What do you call the fault when a bone is out of place, its joints have lost range of motion and it interferes with the function of the nerve?” Almost all give the A grade reply; “Subluxation.”

How did those patients learn about subluxations?

When our patients refer new patients to us they brief the new patient about what we do and why we do it. Our clinic procedure for the orientation weeks of care include; using two videos, selected take home literature, reading our web page articles. The patients and I discuss subluxations many, many times.

Does it hurt when you adjust subluxations?

The good news is that in most instances adjusting does not hurt. Quite the reverse, being adjusted may give relief to people who are in pain. For the sake of a quite life, I have occasionally adjusted a colicky baby on the breast. They keep on quietly feeding when being adjusted. The bad news is that some acute patients are already in high levels of pain and so, movement including adjusting, increases their pain.

Between medicine and chiropractic which profession poses the greater risk of death and injury?

The government sponsored epidemic of harm (called iatrogenesis) arising from medical treatment as distinct from the patient’s disorder qualifies medicine as by far the more dangerous health profession. Medical iatrogenesis is a leading cause of death and permanent harm.

Although chiropractic has a potential to cause permanent harm it is when compared to iatrogenesis comparatively, remarkably safe.

Do chiropractors claim that chiropractic is a cure all?

Patients may tell of their medical practitioner ridiculing chiropractic for the use of that claim. I have not heard any of our colleges, our national associations or any of the many chiropractors that I have met in four decades ever promote that claim.

How long do patients have to keep going to you as a chiropractor?

They quit whenever they want to. I have many long-term patients. Personally, my involvement in an auto accident led to good luck. After failed medical treatment, I had a great outcome from chiropractic care. That led to my going to the USA to become a chiropractor. For decades, I have greatly benefited from frequent chiropractic care. I hope to have that for the rest of my life.

How common are subluxations?

I assume that we all exceed our emotional, chemical and/or physical stress bearing tolerance at some time between our birth and death. As far as I can recall, all of my new patients had a symptom or some symptoms. In effect they came to find out; “Do I have a subluxation related disorder?”

However, I have examined many symptom free chiropractic patients who have ‘silent subluxations’. Most of the people that I have examined at schools or health fairs had subluxations. I assume subluxations are a natural part of the human condition.

How many symptoms do your new patients average?

According to a surveyed 1,000 questionnaires, our new patients have at least 8 symptoms.

How do you prove which symptoms are, or are not, subluxation related?

I cannot prove that. In the normal course of my locating and adjusting the subluxations related symptoms reduce or go. Later some symptoms recur with similar subluxations and once again coincidental to chiropractic care reduce or go. At times coincidental to being adjusted, a patient will experience immediate symptomatic relief such as the cessation of a headache. We assume that implies a relationship.

What do people get out of chiropractic? 

That often depends upon what they put into it. My original goal can be summed up as being: “Get out of symptoms and get out of his office”.  As soon as I felt better “whoosh” I was gone. A majority of first time patients join the ranks of the whooshers.  Later, many do as I have done and review their goals and go on with maintenance care.

Who may benifit from chiropractic care?

Subluxated vertebrates, be they human or non-human. recounts anecdotes by various chiropractors about their experinces with a range of non-human vertebrates. They include dogs, horses, cats, a galah, a kangaroo, a snake, a sharke and Walter the rat

What would the global market for locating and adjusting subluxations in humans or non-vertebrates be worth?

Many, many billions of dollars. The mind boggles at the economic threat that government insurance funded direct access to chiropractic poses toward the pharmacy based human and human veterinary treatment of subluxation related symptoms.

What influenced Australia’s governments to create a tax payer funded virtual medical monopoly which government has left beyond the legal reach of both the Ombudsman and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. 

In my opinion the influence flows collectively from the financial lobbying power of the business men and women who sell the products and services of multinational pharmaceutical companies. What other business has governments gifted the legal right to occupy a public facility, to take complete control, to keep out all competitors?  What other business group could do that? 



Your Chiropractor

Michael McKibbin passed his Iowa Basic Science and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa.

Since then both wonderful staff and patients have contributed toward decades of valued experience in his family practice.


October 2010
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