I’ve blogged about Correactology before, and that post has been pretty popular (for one of my posts, anyway…) so I thought I would revisit the topic. Supply and demand and all that jazz… Also, I was moved by a comment on the earlier post (reproduced in full below the fold), where a woman described a terrible experience with a Correactologist because she (a) had not been familiar with the nonsense treatment before, and (b) had nowhere to go to complain (the particular practitioner she was treated by is actually a Director of the “Canadian Association of Correactology Practitioners”). Helping people like this is one of the reasons that I set up this blog:
I wish I would have read this article before I went to see Allan Lapointe. I went in with a headache and muscle soreness in my back. This is because I was up for the past five nights with my 2 year old who was sick. I told allan I was 10 weeks pregnant, and he almost got mad at me because he claims that headache and backpain in the first trimester is a sign of a miscarriage. He then continued on to tell me he could adjust my hormones(without any medication or giving me hormones) which can sometimes prevent someone from miscarrying. I asked him if I should contact my midwife to inform her and he said NO they wouldnt know anything about these signs of miscarriage. Sounds a little wack to me. I’m sorry but my midwife informed me the only sign of miscarriage would be bleeding, spotting, and/or cramping, which I have none of. No one should ever tell a pregnant girl they are miscarrying without knowing forsure and without being in the medical field. I was so distraught and upset and still am. I am having continuous nightmare about losing my baby even though I know that this practice is BS. I wish the public would get together and put a stop to this organization. I have worked with children who are diagnosed with autism and I know that families are desperate for a cure and these guys are taking advantage of people. I feel so bad for those families who are given false hope. I am thinking of writing a letter to the news papers to inform people of how inappropriate this practice is. I would love to have others who have experienced this join me.
If anybody else has had a bad experience with Correactology, I would be interested to know. What I can do for now is look at here is whether or not Correactology is really a branch of chiropractic. This is an important question because chiropractors are regulated through various “Colleges” in Canada, but if practitioners are able to rebrand themselves as something other than chiropractors (say, “Correactologists”…) then they may be able to avoid that regulation. This leads to a reduction in accountability, which in turn harms patients who have nowhere to turn if treatment is harmful or fails to live up to their promise. I have been in contact over the past couple of months with the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO), because I feel strongly that the methods used in Correactology fall within the definition of chiropractic. After an initial email, I was pleased to receive a response (which I can’t reproduce without permission) that the CCO would take action (including legal action) against any individuals who were deemed to have been practicing chiropractic without a license. I made my case:
Dear [CCO correspondent]
Thank you for your prompt and informative response. I do not have sufficient depth of knowledge concerning chiropractic to judge whether or not this particular modality is a form of chiropractic. Furthermore, there are few details given on the nature of the treatment modality. However, there appear to be very strong similarities. For example, both Correactology and chiropractic…
- involve the use of high-velocity, low-amplitude pulses. This resembles flexion-distraction techniques in chiropractic.
- emphasise particular points that are the focus of problems (“correctable points” in Correactology and “trigger point therapy” in chiropractic).
- emphasise the body’s deviation from a “healthy form” (interpreted as “body level position” in Correactology or “subluxations” in chiropractic).
- emphasise the body’s natural ability to heal (“auto-correction” in Correactology and “innate intelligence” in chiropractic).
The only real difference is that Correactology does not involve vigorous spinal manipulation. For more information:
- Esodynamics was developed by chiropractors: http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/eso.html
- Details of the Correactology technique: http://www.correactology.com/centers/philo_technique.html
It would be deeply concerning if practitioners were avoiding regulatory bodies by attempting to brand themselves outside of the remit of the appropriate bodies and so I would appreciate any expertise you could share,
This concept of definitions is deeply important in the case of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM practitioners trade on two opposite aspects of their branding: novelty and tradition. Some will declare that their methods have been used for hundreds of years, as though that demonstrated efficacy. Others will conjure up new pseudoscientific terms that sound impressive to give the illusion that they have discovered something unknown before their glorious discovery. Correactology is an example of the latter. However, the diversification of increasingly obscure and opaque CAM treatments compounds the public’s lack of knowledge or understanding about the principles involved.
I’ll let you know what happens…
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