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Friday, June 12, 2009

Richard Brown Defends Chiropractic

Read In defense of chiropractic by chiropractor Richard Brown in New Scientist.
SINCE the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) decided to sue science writer Simon Singh for libel, scientists and journalists have unleashed a torrent of criticism against chiropractic. Much of this is misinformed and needs to be corrected.

Many critics - including Edzard Ernst (New Scientist, 30 May, p 22) - hark back to the origins of chiropractic. This has the clear intention of suggesting that modern chiropractors cling to the 19th century idea that spinal misalignments are responsible for the majority of diseases. While a tiny minority retain this view, most are aware that such claims have long since been debunked.
This is the same Richard Brown who works at The Landsdown Clinic in Gloucestershire, UK. Here's a list of the treatments they offer at that clinic ....

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, extracts from the flowers, fruits, leaves, stems and roots of flowers, shrubs and trees. The therapeutic use of aromatic oils dates back to ancient times and was particularly popular in Ancient Egypt and the Far East. Aromatherapy massage is a gentle, flowing treatment that may help to relieve pain and alleviate tension and fatigue. The use of essential oils creates a feeling of calming energy and has a powerful effect on both body soul.


Reflexology is a complementary therapy that uses pressure points on the feet to help activate the circulation and nervous system. By using the feet as a map of the whole body, reflexology consists of the application of manual techniques to enhance a state of physical and mental balance.

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is the use of hands to manipulate soft tissues of the body, particularly muscles. It can be used for relaxation, stimulation or rehabilitation of the whole body or part of it. Particularly effective in managing stress-related tension, massage promotes suppleness, aids flexibility and stimulates circulation. Therapeutic massage may be beneficial for a range of body systems and as well as treating muscular aches and pains, it can be useful in helping circulation and digestion.

Hot Stone Therapeutic Massage

Despite it being one of the fastest-growing massage techniques, hot stone therapy is an ancient healing art. It uses a combination of warm stones and various massage techniques which provide deep therapeutic effects and create harmony and balance.

Hopi Ear Candling

Being a hollow tube, the centre of an ear candle is simply a column of air rather than a solid mass. When lit at the top, the rising air column inside the candle begins to heat up. As the candle burns down, it continues to heat up the top of the rising air column of the centre of the candle. The rising air column creates a very mild suction action at the base, which help loosen compacted earwax. This experience is a gentle, relaxing treatment for everyone, including children.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a traditional touch therapy, which has been practised for thousands of years. It is gentle, yet firm and powerful, therapeutic massage of the shoulders, arms, neck, scalp, ears, hair and face which will leave you feeling soothed and rebalanced. This is an extremely enjoyable and deeply relaxing treatment that gives you a sense of calm and relaxation.
It's certainly NOT the Richard Brown at the Brown Chiropractic Center in Brockon, MA (USA) south of Boston. That practice offers to help you with allergies, asthma, bedwetting, pregnancy and a host of other problems.

I wonder if the British Richard Brown, who is never referred to as "doctor" on his website, would approve of the American "Dr." Richard Brown? I wonder if the American "Dr." Brown is aware of the fact that some of these 19th century claims have been debunked?


  1. Actually, the Indian Head Massage is a very nice treatment. An Indian woman taught it to me. I never considered it to have any strange assocations with a new age treatment, it just provides a gentle stress relieving interaction.

  2. I hate it when people say that therapeutic massage promotes circulation. No, it doesn't. Light exercise increases circulation WAY more than any massage will. Irks me, but it's what I expect from a place that offers that other ridiculous shit on the menu.

  3. @Heathen Mike
    Even masturbation promotes circulation, yet I don't see insurance covering handjobs any time soon.

    @Mike Haubrich
    Then they should bear the label "recreational", not "medicine", and people shouldn't claim false things about them.

  4. Glad to see support from Canada for Simon Singh. His persecution by the British Chiropractic Association has precipitated "chiropocalypse" of monumental proportions.

    Please join the many thousands who have signed to support him. You can get the campaign logo for your own web site.

  5. @TLP - I agree. I never thought of it as "medicinal" other than as a form of aphrodisiac.

  6. This has the clear intention of suggesting that modern chiropractors cling to the 19th century idea that spinal misalignments are responsible for the majority of diseases. While a tiny minority retain this view, most are aware that such claims have long since been debunked.

    If chiropractors are treating people with methods other than chiropractic, that is not an ad for chiropractic.

  7. Some may have given up the old-fashioned, debunked traditional chiropractic theories, but they have not advanced to real medicine. I wonder why Brown does not make use of the "kiss the boo-boo" technique.

  8. I'm not sure if this whole ordeal is a matter of Simon Singh not committing libel or a way for chiropractors to promote their businesses...