An Australian chiropractor has sparked controversy after sharing a video of him cracking the back of a crying four-day-old baby.
*WARNING: This video may be confronting.
In the video, the chiropractor is seen holding the baby girl before he stretches out her body – followed by a loud crack and crying, 7 NEWS reports.
Four-day-old Millicent was taken to the chiropractor because she was not sleeping at all. For a new parent adjusting to the demands of looking after a newborn, colic can be a living nightmare. When baby Millicent’s mum took her to the doctor about her colic and reflux, both mother and baby were exhausted.
The condition, which is when an other-wise healthy baby cries frequently and excessively, deprives both parents and the tot of much-needed sleep in those tiring first few weeks .
Born two weeks premature, tiny Millicent was not sleeping at all through the night, was unhappy after being fed and reacted badly to any time on her tummy.
Seeking help from chiropractor Dr Ian Rossborough, the Mum explained how at night “it’s like she’s just a different person.”
Dr Rossborough calmly examines the four-day-old tot, looking inside her mouth to check her palette and gums.
Dr Rossborough then gets rid of Millicent’s ailments by pacing her over his knees and cracking her spine ( don’t try this at home – please seek professional help).
Describing the pressure as being “the same as you could tolerate on your eyeball” he presses down on the tot’s back – and there is a VERY audible cracking sound. And undoubtedly to relief of Millicent’s parents, the wince-inducing measure worked.
Posting on the Chiropractic Excellence’s YouTube channel , The Gonstead Chiropractic Society follow up the footage saying:
“One week later she was feeding well, comfortable on her tummy and sleeping through the night.
“Thanks to Millicent’s parents for letting us film this case, we hope that you are catching up on some sleep now and enjoying some quality time with your beautiful new little girl.”
He then begins to explain to the parents the cause of the baby’s distress.
“When you see the patients returned with these children, they always report that the child is just so much more comfortable, they sleep so much better, they eat so much better,’ the chiropractor says in the video.
But Dr Frank Jones, president of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, believes the treatment of the colic-suffering baby was ‘cruel’.
“Well I think that this is an unnecessary and seemingly almost cruel process that there is actually no evidence to support,” Dr Jones told MailOnline.
“Why would you ever, ever do that?
“It should not be advertised, it should not be practiced.
“There is actually no evidence whatsoever that manipulating the spine makes any difference to things such as colic or asthma.”
TODAY Medical Expert Dr Sam Hay is urging people to look at evidence based medicine, and says a chiropractor cannot ‘fix’ reflux.
I personally have taken both my children to our local chiropractor, and both my husband and myself see him regularly too.
It was a huge relief to both our boys although a different method was used than the one shown above. It was all very gentle and just a slight pressure with a small tool to help make a tiny adjustment. No hands on at all.
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