At Little Sprouts we are aware of a media storm on Chiropractic at the moment, particularly Paediatric care and Applied Kinesiology. This tends to happen every so often. We want to give you the heads up on what is going on and reassure you that we are open for all ages and business is as usual here. We are compliant with the recommendations.
In addition to five years of pre-registration education to be register as a chiropractor, my wife and I (and some of our Doctors) have completed 2 years (1100) hours of post-graduate paediatric education – a requirement for full membership with the Australian College of Chiropractic Paediatrics (ACCP). Our priority is to provide care in a safe and best evidence informed manner.
We perform rigorous assessment and develop treatment plans that fall within our skill set, in accordance with a patient’s individual needs. Chiropractors, including myself, treat more than 30,000 children (0-18) a week in Australia.
When treating all patients, however paediatrics in particular, safety is at the forefront of all care. We use a range of care modalities and specific manual therapies that are only used after thorough and age-specific individual assessment. When treating children, techniques and therapies are significantly modified in practice and pressure to ensure the safety of the patient, which is always our chief concern. All of our chiropractors have been extensively trained in paediatric care.
Despite recent media coverage, it is also important to consider that chiropractic is a very low-risk health profession, and serious adverse events are very rare and should be justified in context with the large numbers of children who enjoy the health benefits of visiting a chiropractor. A recent review (Todd 2014) concludes that the occurrence of serious events to SMT in the paediatric ages is rare.
I understand there is some confusion on chiropractic care and its avenues for treatment. I am proud of what we do, and as such if you have any other questions reply to this e-mail and we will get back to you.
Please view and share the video where Dr James and I explain all of this. It can be found here:
(1) Todd, A.J., Carroll, M.T., Robinson, A. and Mitchell, E.K., 2015. Adverse events due to chiropractic and other manual therapies for infants and children: a review of the literature. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 38(9), pp.699-712.