I live in a city that has a college of chiropractic, so I’ve seen evidence of it all. Veterinary chiropractic? REALLY? If someone tried to give my cat an adjustment, they’d need to put on Kevlar beforehand.
If they do spinal adjustments for appropriate spinal issues, and like k9befriender said, work with OTs and PTs and are willing to refer patients to a physician, or even refuse to treat them if it’s not appropriate, they’re legitimate. OTOH, anything else? Woo city.
My mother was seriously injured by one when I was a baby, and spent a week in the hospital and later ended up having back surgery a few years after that, and for this reason, I just plain old won’t see one. She’s told the story many times of her childhood friend who went to one for her allergies :dubious: , and truthfully, back then (1940s), that was as good a treatment as anything “legitimate” medicine had to offer. And several years ago, one of my FBFs had her first grandchild, and posted pictures on Facebook of him having his first adjustment, at which time he was less than a week old! :eek: He didn’t look like he was enjoying this, either. She swore that a DC cured his mother’s ear infections, although (and I didn’t tell her this) chances are, she would have been done with them anyway because she got the right antibiotic.
I do have a friend who, shortly after her college graduation, was having chronic migraines that defied conventional treatment and her health insurance had not yet kicked in. She saw a poster somewhere about a time and place for free adjustments, to train chiropractic students, and had one. She never had another migraine! She doesn’t care how it worked, just that it did.
I did work many years ago with a pharmacist who started chiropractic school while we still worked together. (He’s now retired from both careers.) He had some real doozy stories, like being criticized for mentioning physicians, and there was the classmate who was taking his freshman year for the FOURTH time. Why was he doing this? Well, in addition to his tuition checks presumably being good, he thought that being a doctor would improve his chances of getting laid. (Dude, if the chicks weren’t lining up before, they won’t afterwards either.)