I decided to make this important document this week’s Research Review and would like to thank Dr. Richard Brown, the World Federation of Chiropractic and the talented researchers on the WFC Research Committee for putting this together for our profession and allowing also RRS Education to publish it. This is a time for our profession to stand united in the interest pf public health, informed by science and common sense.
The world is currently in the midst of a global health crisis due to the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic, meaning that it is being spread uncontrolled across country borders. As testing for COVID-19 has been limited, it is estimated that the true prevalence of COVID-19 is far greater than the situation reports have stated.
WHO has issued information and guidance with a view to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the pandemic. The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has supported WHO in its advice and recommendations and on March 17, 2020 issued an advice note to the worldwide chiropractic profession.
One of the key messages contained in the WFC advice note highlighted the lack of credible, scientific evidence supporting claims of effectiveness of spinal adjustment / manipulation in boosting immunity and strengthening the immune system. Immunity is defined as the ability of an organism to resist disease, either through the activities of specialized blood cells or antibodies produced by them in response to natural exposure or inoculation, or by the injection of antiserum, or the transfer of antibodies from a mother to her baby via the placenta or breast milk.
This rapid review considers materials the WFC is aware have been cited in support of claims of effectiveness for spinal adjustment / manipulation in conferring or enhancing immunity.
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “Effect of SMT on Immunity and the Immune System – WFC Rapid Literature Review”
This paper was published by the World Federation of Chiropractic - this document can be accessed HERE
This Research Review is also available for free (with audio recording) HERE
WFC Rapid Review SMT and Immunity 2020