Chiropractors are falsely claiming that their spinal “adjustments” can protect people from coronavirus infection, as well as giving other dubious health advice on COVID-19. As they have with other bogus remedies, the media and government authorities should take action.
These bogus assertions are based on their misrepresentation of the human nervous system as susceptible to interruptions of “nerve flow” or “nerve energy” between the brain and the rest of the body. According to chiropractors, these putative interruptions are caused by “subluxations”, or “misalignments”, of the spinal vertebrae, creating deleterious effects such as a compromised immune system. Chiropractors can “correct” these “subluxations” with spinal “adjustments”, thereby restoring “nerve flow”. As one chiropractic website “explains”:
Spinal adjustments have been shown to boost immune function because they serve to correct the spinal misalignments that cause neural dysfunction. Neural dysfunction stresses a body out, which may lead to a weakened immune system and lowered response to a foreign body, such as the cold virus.