Chiropractic and babies – really say NO

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It was only a matter of time before the statistics caught up with them.

As a followup to my article last year urging you to resist the temptation to have your neck ‘adjusted’ by chiropractor, here is a current article on the perils of such treatments. An infant’s neck was broken, and with doctors saying:

Another few millimetres and there would have been a devastating spinal cord injury and the baby would have either died or had severe neurological impairment with quadriplegia. Everybody was very nervous about this little baby.

This one is noteworthy because a. the patient is so young, and b. this is one of the few ‘adverse’ events that are publicised as a result of the child needing hospitalisation (for real medical treatment) after the ‘adjustment’. As pointed out in my earlier article, there are large number of transient effects which chiropractors don’t consider ‘adverse’, but should be cause for concern and expose patients to unnecessary risks.

The article quotes the president of the Chiropractors Association of Australia, Laurie Tassell, as saying: “chiropractic is as safe for children as it is for adults” – which is not much comfort, since in the case of spinal manipulation it’s a danger to adults too.

The real worry is that chiropractors are using this bogus treatment for more than just mechanical issues – all sorts of ailments such as colic, ear infections, asthma, reflux, constipation and so on, with absolutely no evidence of any beneficial outcomes. And don’t get me started on chiropractors replacing vaccinations with their own treatments. All this just multiplies the opportunity for needless spinal manipulations.

In this measured and thorough report by Harriet Hall on a recent systematic study into chiropractic adverse events, her conclusion was as follows:

The bottom line: chiropractic manipulations, especially neck manipulations, carry a small risk of serious consequences, a large risk of minor adverse effects; and, depending on the indication, there is little or no evidence that they are effective.

Really, stay away from these self-deluded charlatans, and especially keep your children away from them.


4 thoughts on “Chiropractic and babies – really say NO

    Dan Rea said:
    October 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Disgusting, as always. I overheard one of these parasites talking garbage at a shopping mall recently… something about the evidence that shows the positive effects of their snake upon ear aches. The missus’ presence prevented a public rant.

    You misquoted Tassell though; The Sydney Morning Herald article’s authors took the liberty of saying he said something which you forwarded as a direct quote. Incidently what he actually said is even more absurd and outraging… someone’s gotta keep your journalism knife sharp though right? 🙂
    …specifically “chiropractic is as safe for children as it is for adults”. Sorry for being pedantic.

      rationalbrain responded:
      October 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Yes, you’re right – looking back on it, he wasn’t being quoted. Good pick up. rb

    Dan Rea said:
    October 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Np; Now for a correction of my own post:
    “positive effects of their snake *OIL* upon ear aches”

      rationalbrain responded:
      October 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Yes, I actually read ‘snake-oil’,even though it said just ‘snake’, but didn’t want to be a pedant 😉
      In any case, the use of a snake, euphemistic or otherwise, to cure ear aches has been shown to be ineffective.

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