Previously, the spinal manipulations have been covered by many insurance, but insurance companies have through their lobbyists pushed through it only applies if medical doctors performs the spinal manipulations (In many states ) . But because medical doctors do not have training in spinal manipulation , and chiropractors who have 5 years of education ( including spinal manipulation ) may then not perform these treatments.
So the insurance companies have not had to pay anything for these patients.
Which benefited the companies' profits.
If you do not know how these insurance companies operate.
ACSH lobbyists in the " skeptic " movement using their positions to fool the unaware members , to propagandize against chiropractic and lie and say that this approach is scientific , as anyone with a scientific education knows that it is not ,
PRESS RELEASE! IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE OR EVEN EFFECTIVE?
Is it just me or are we hearing a lot more “bad press” around Chiropractic, especially around kids? This ranges from current affairs TV programs, radio, internet and only a fortnight ago, newspaper print claiming a Melbourne Chiropractor broke a baby’s neck. The allegation was promptly investigated by AHPRA and they found no inappropriate treatment was made. If fact, no finding was made that any treatment performed by the Chiropractor caused a fracture.
Chiropractic works! Or else we simply wouldn’t be around or sustainable. Chiropractic is the MOST EVIDENCE based intervention for spinal care. We are regulated through APRHA and adhere to the code of conduct. AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) are responsible for implementing national registration and ensuring continuing accreditation for Chiropractors. They also regulate Pharmacology, Medicine, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Nursing and Midwifery. Chiropractors study at least 5 years for a Masters degree in Chiropractic.
Chiropractic is safe!
Let’s put things into perspective. In 2010 Chiropractors received 41 complaints. There is also some fear surrounding risk of stroke with chiropractic adjustment. A stroke from taking the birth control pill is 1 in 24,000. Research places chiropractic and incidence of stroke in the range of 1 or 2 in 1 million to 1 in 5 million.
If Chiropractors see 215,000 consultations within Australia in a week it just shows…well it must work and it must be safe. Cassidy Et al (1) looked at any differences between a stroke following a chiropractic visit and a G.P. visit. There wasn’t any greater risk leaving the Chiropractic clinic.
So why all the “bad press” especially around Paediatric Chiropractic. If Doyle (2011) (2) found no serious adverse reaction to chiropractic published in peer reviewed literature between 1992 and 2010 and no deaths were associated with Chiropractic Paediatric care…why all this fear?
Most recent media is associated directly with “Friends of Medicine in Science”. Whether a member directly writes as a journalist or they are interviewed. Dr Keryn Phelps (former president of the AMA) has publicly rejected this group stating them to be an “ultra conservative force with alarming and far reaching agenda”. (3)
Ultimately it’s our unique individualism which gives rise to our own belief systems…thank goodness. And thank goodness for our ability to voice our opinions either through television, print or internet.
We have to agree people will believe what they want to believe, but as a Chiropractor…why does the phone in my clinic ring hot with new clients wanting to improve their health after “bad press”? I’m guessing they just didn’t realize Chiropractic had such great results with babies and children and I’m guessing people are simply thinking for themselves.
1. Cassidy JD, Boyle E, Lote P, HeY, Hogg-Johnson S, Silver FL, Bundy SJ. Risk of vertebrobasiliar stroke and Chiropracitc Care, Eur Spine J. 2008: 17(1):17E183 2. Doyle MF. Is Chiropractic Paediatric Care Safe: A Best Evidence Topic. Clinical Chiropractic 2011 (Sept):14(3):97-105 3. Ultimate Wellness – The Three Step Plan. Dr Keryn Phelps. Macmillan Australia 2013
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