Doctors have declared war on chiropractors following outrage over a video showing a Melbourne chiropractor manipulating a newborn baby’s spine.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has told its members to not refer patients to chiropractors and is calling for the federal government and private health insurers to stop paying them for questionable treatments.
They say they have taken a stand against chiropractors this week after a video emerged on YouTube of Melbourne chiropractor Ian Rossborough manipulating a premature baby’s spine to treat colic and reflux. (See it here)
President of the College of GPs, Dr Frank Jones, said there was no evidence to support the treatment which appeared cruel. He said it may have put the baby at risk of fractures and other soft tissue damage.
“You could rupture ligaments, muscles and even bone if they have underlying bone problems,” the GP obstetrician said.
He said there is no evidence they could effectively treat illnesses such as asthma, eczema, colic or reflux.
Melbourne surgeon John Cunningham said the video of the baby made his “eyes water”. He has previously called for the Chiropractic Board to be sacked over its management of chiropractors who run false and misleading advertising about their services.
In a new video posted on Youtube in response to all the backlash Dr Rossborough said checking and adjusting a baby’s spine was “gentle” and did not involve any “cracking”. “It is not a crack!”
“The reason we adjust the baby is because the parents bring them to us. They’ve usually already been to the medical doctors … they come to us in desperation,” he said. “It makes sense to adjust the spine … it’s the chassis, it’s the thing that everything is connected to. The head sits on the spine, the brain sits inside the skull and talks to the body.”
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