Defending Pediatric Chiropractic Care

  • By Eric Hoffman
  • Published on June 20

Our profession need your support to address a critical issue affecting the Australian chiropractic community. Recently, the Australian Chiropractic Board re-imposed a ban on spinal manipulations for children. This decision was based on public concerns and an independent review suggesting a lack of conclusive evidence on safety and effectiveness.

The Facts:

  1. Safety and Effectiveness in the U.S.:
  • A comprehensive study by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) found that adverse events are extremely rare (only three per 5,438 visits). The majority of treatments led to significant improvements in children's health and wellness.
  • Systematic reviews also indicate that adverse events are mild and infrequent, with occurrences ranging from 0.53% to 1% per patient visit.
  1. Clinical Evidence:
  • While the Australian review highlighted gaps in robust clinical guidelines, evidence from U.S. studies supports the safe application of pediatric chiropractic care when performed correctly.
  • Techniques such as the Diversified, Gonstead, and Activator methods have shown positive outcomes without significant risks.

Why the Ban is Misguided:

  • The Australian Chiropractic Board's decision lacks a basis in the extensive evidence demonstrating the safety and benefits of pediatric chiropractic care.
  • This measure could prevent children from receiving beneficial treatments that improve their health and wellbeing.

How You Can Help:

  • Stay Informed: Understand the evidence supporting pediatric chiropractic care. Refer to studies published by reputable sources like the ICPA and CAM journals.
  • Spread the Word: Share this newsletter and information with your networks. Educating others about the safety and benefits of chiropractic care for children is crucial.
  • Advocate: Reach out to chiropractic associations and regulatory bodies to express your support for evidence-based practices and the importance of pediatric chiropractic care.

By uniting and voicing our concerns, we can help overturn misguided measures and ensure that children continue to receive safe and effective chiropractic care.

Thank you for your support and dedication to our profession.

Best regards,

Eric Hoffman

Founder, Chiro Jobs