The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is committed to providing reliable information about chiropractic care as well as clarifying misinformation that may cause confusion. With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the public’s need for accurate information to make good choices for themselves and the health and safety of their families has never been greater.
The claims of some in the profession that spinal adjustments can boost immunity and decrease the risk of contracting COVID-19 are misleading. While spinal adjustments are effective for a number of conditions, there is no quality evidence to support that they can improve immunity to COVID-19.
Healthcare professionals should maintain the highest standards of professional and personal conduct at all times, and they should comply with all governmental jurisdictional rules and regulations. Misleading statements about spinal adjustments that raise false expectations regarding immunity to COVID-19 in communications with patients and in marketing materials to the public are not acceptable. Such claims may be a violation of a state’s chiropractic practice act.
As portal-of-entry healthcare providers, doctors of chiropractic provide essential care, and are educated and licensed to diagnose, treat, and co-manage patients. Our doctors work in private practices, multi-disciplinary clinics and hospitals. ACA has urged all chiropractors to closely monitor state and local health authorities and to comply with any relevant guidance or mandates.
It is ACA’s mission to inspire and empower our members to elevate the health and wellness of their communities. We are working to coordinate information and guidance from multiple credible sources and partners for use by doctors of chiropractic and their clinics throughout the country, while also monitoring communications channels and providing the public with reliable information about chiropractic care. In difficult times such as now, it is powerful to have this community of peers working together to protect and serve our patients, staff, families and communities.
ACA Board of Governors
Robert C. Jones, DC
Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD
Kathy Boulet, DC
Leo J. Bronston, DC
Karen Konarski-Hart, DC
Hon. Steve C. Roberts, Esq.