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
We are inviting you to write your comments below on this very emotive issue. What experiences have you had?
A hate-group that call themselves "sceptics"spread the lie over internet, that an australian chiropractor
had broken a babies neck, Here is the truth:
Chiropractor cleared in Parliament
AHPRA documents clearing a Chiropractor of an alleged neck ‘break’ were tabled in Queensland Parliament last night.
Please see the following extract from Hansard:
Mrs Jo-Anne Miller, Shadow Minister for Health, Queensland Parliament
“AHPRA did indeed properly investigate this matter, and I table the independent expert report received by AHPRA, along with the consulting radiologist’s report and a CD containing copies of the MRI, CT Scans and x-rays taken of the child.
I now quote from the radiologist diagnosis –
“CONCLUSION: No evidence of fracture. The appearance of pedicles at C2 is consistent with bilateral spondylosis.”
In plain terms the child suffered from a congenital condition which prevents the spine hardening in the normal way.
The symptoms of this condition can be confused with what is known as hangman’s fracture, but the radiologist report right from the beginning of this matter made it clear there was no fracture. The child’s father had a similar condition.
The Chiropractor did not and could not have broken the child’s neck because there never was a broken neck to begin with.
There are clear lessons here about the need for effective communications between health practitioners from different health professions treating the same patient.”
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"Today, approximately 120 years later, there are chiropractic educational institutions in many countries and chiropractors practicing in over 100 countries in all world regions. Ninety of these countries have national associations of chiropractors that are members of a World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) which has been a non- governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1997."
"The largest numbers of chiropractors are found in the United States of America (75,000), Canada (7,250), Australia (4,250), and the United Kingdom (3,000), which were the first countries to establish chiropractic schools. Other countries with more than 250 chiropractors are Brazil (700), Denmark (550), France (450), Italy (400), Japan (400), the Netherlands (400), New Zealand (400), Norway (600), South Africa (400), Spain (300), Sweden (400), and Switzerland (275)."
"There is legislation to recognize and regulate the profession in 48 countries, usually on a national basis but sometimes by state or region within the country (e.g. Canada, Switzerland, and USA). Different approaches to legislation include a separate chiropractic act (e.g. Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong SAR China, Israel, most Canadian provinces and USA states), a chiropractic act under an umbrella law for various mainstream health care disciplines (e.g. Cayman Islands, Iran, Switzerland, some Canadian provinces and USA states), and a chiropractic act
under an umbrella law for complementary and alternative health care disciplines (e.g. Belgium, France, the Philippines, and South Africa)."
"Common international standards of education have been achieved through a network of international accrediting agencies that began with the US Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), recognized by the US Office of Education since 1974. These standards have been adopted by WHO in its Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Chiropractic (2005)."
"Entrance requirements vary according to country, but are a minimum of three years university credits in qualifying subjects in North America. The chiropractic college undergraduate program has a minimum of 4 full-time academic years and is followed by mandatory postgraduate clinical training and/or licensing exams in many countries. Table 2 summarizes the subjects taught in a typical chiropractic undergraduate education program."
"Whereas most chiropractic schools in the USA are in private colleges, most of the newer schools internationally are within the national university system (e.g. Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK). In some of these programs, for example, at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense and the University of Zurich in Switzerland, chiropractic and medical students take the same basic science courses together for three years before entering separate programs for clinical training."
"For a number of reasons, which include the popularity of chiropractic health care with patients and much new research on safety and cost-effectiveness, the past generation has seen significant international growth of the profession and chiropractic education."
"D.Practice and ResearchChiropractic practice emphasizes the conservative management of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system without the use of medicines and surgery. Management includes joint and soft-tissue manual treatments, rehabilitation exercises, patient education and lifestyle modification, and the use of physical therapy modalities and orthotics and other supports."
"Spinal manipulation is also recommended in recent practice guidelines from the American College of Physicians and American Pain Society.6
Recent randomized controlled trials in Canada7 and the UK8 have reported that chiropractic management in accordance with the above guidelines, and the addition of spinal manipulation to medical care, are more effective and cost-effective than usual medical care."
"Neck Pain and Headache. There are now similar studies and evidence-based guidelines supporting the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic management of patients with neck pain and cervicogenic headache."
"A recent large trial funded by the US National Institutes of Health reports that each of chiropractic management and a regime of exercises are more effective than usual medical care for patients with acute and sub-acute neck pain.11"
"Cost Effectiveness. Cost effectiveness and patient satisfaction are areas of growing research and importance to government and private health care plans because of rapidly increasing costs and limited resources for health care. Comprehensive new studies in North America report the cost effectiveness of chiropractic services compared with medical services with respect to LBP and neck pain16 and all neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) disorders.17-19"
"In a 2004 study of four years’ data from a large California HMO published in the American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine, the 700,000 plan
members with chiropractic and medical benefits had lower overall costs per person than the 1 million plan members with identical medical benefits – but medical benefits only."
"Chiropractors are found in multidisciplinary spine care clinics, for example, in the Middle East (e.g. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) and Latin America (e.g. Brazil and Chile). In Denmark chiropractors are fully integrated into spine care hospital departments and their services there and in primary care are viewed by the government and health authorities as mainstream.20"
"Development of Research Capacity and Output. Although the profession’s research capacity remains modest compared with the medical and allied professions, the past 10 years have seen greatly increased research capacity as a result of more graduates with post-graduate degrees and university appointments, and first significant public funding for research particularly in Europe and North America. This has resulted in the publication of good-quality clinical research that has provided a much stronger evidence-base supporting chiropractic health care."
"Acceptance, Collaboration and Integration. Historically the profession has grown because of public support, often in the face of opposition or exclusion from national health systems. The past decade has seen the first significant level of collaboration between the chiropractic and medical professions in research, development of clinical guidelines, and practice based upon an increasingly common approach to the prevention and treatment of non-specific spinal pain and disability. This new level of mutual cooperation, both in informal collaboration and formal integration of practices, is seen not only in countries where the profession is long-established but also where it is relatively new."
It is unfortunately that individual dramatic cases are often required to garner public and regulatory attention toward a clear problem. The Australian press is reporting:
The real story:
A CHIROPRACTOR has been cleared over claims a baby's neck was broken during a treatment.
An expert report undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, a federal body set up to replace state-based health regulators, quoted a radiologist who examined the four-month-old baby and found that there was "no evidence of fracture".
Fairfax newspapers reported claims by a Melbourne doctor who had cared for the baby last year that one of her vertebrae had been fractured during a chiropractic treatment for torticollis, which involves an abnormal head position because of a weakness in the spine.
The AHPRA report found that the child had congenital spondylolysis, a malformation of the spine, and the child's father had a similar condition. It concluded that "the treatment reported as provided would not be expected to produce sufficient force to cause a fracture to C1 or C2 vertabra in an infant".
"The loss of head control apparent after treatment could have been the result of unrelated factors," it said.
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/chiropractor-cleared-over-break/story-e6frg6nf-1226740575036#sthash.dCYGag25.dpuf
Steven Novella he who is behind the blogg SBM(Science based medicin) was "scientific advisor" for
ACSH, but he was criticized for that because of ACSH fierce resistance against "Obamacare"(Affordable Care Act) ACA. Novella is not official connected to ACSH, but his propaganda is the same. Much of much of Novellas writings is such that benefits the insurance companies in the health sector, who are keen to minimize costs.
Novella shedding many of the old lies about chiropractic, which was fabricated by the AMA banned COMMITTEE.(See other articles on this blogg)
The purpose of this study is to identify any adverse effects to chiropractic care occurring in the pediatric patient and to evaluate the risk of complications arising in the pediatric patient resulting from chiropractic care.
A 3-year retrospective study of pediatric case files from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) (Bournemouth, England) teaching clinic practice in Bournemouth, England. All files (n = 781) of pediatric patients younger than 3 years of age were selected manually in sequential order from current files stored in the AECC clinic presenting to the AECC clinic during a specific period. Most (73.5%) patients presenting were 12 weeks of age or younger (n = 574).
Six hundred ninety-seven children received a total of 5242 chiropractic treatments, with 85% of parents reporting an improvement. Seven parents reported an adverse effect. There was a reaction rate of approximately 1 child in 100, or one reaction reported for every 749 treatments. There were no serious complications resulting from chiropractic treatment (reactions lasting >24 hours or severe enough to require hospital care).
This study shows that for the population studied, chiropractic manipulation produced very few adverse effects and was a safe form of therapy in the treatment of patients in this age group.
The aim of this study was to describe use of chiropractic and/or osteopathic manipulation by children in the United States along with the specific health conditions for which they sought care.
The study was a secondary data analysis of the National Health Interview Survey 2007, Child Alternative Medicine file as well as the Child Core Sample. National population estimates were generated for reported use of chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation (C/OM) by children for specific health conditions. Odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were generated from binary logistic regression models that assessed the likelihood that children of specific characteristics would use this therapy.
National estimates indicated that 2.3 million children (2.3%) in the United States had used C/OM in 2007. C/OM was the most common complementary and alternative medicine procedure. Children aged 12-18 years were more likely to have seen these providers than were younger age groups (OR=3.4 [95% CI, 2.1-5.5]). Homeopathy (1.2%), massage (1.0), and naturopathy (0.3%) were the next most common procedures. The most common complaints were back and neck pain. Other conditions for which children were seen included other musculoskeletal conditions, sinusitis, allergies, and nonmigraine headaches. Racial categories did not differ significantly regarding use of manipulation, but those children with both mother and father in the household were more likely to have used this form of care (OR=1.7 [95% CI, 1.1-2.6]).
C/OM is primarily used for back and neck pain, which is increasing in prevalence in children. Teens are more likely to use it than are younger children.
I en tid av stora framgångar drabbas Dansk Kiropraktor Forening av en tragisk förlust. Pressmedelande från DFK:
16. september 2013
Det er med stor sorg, at Dansk Kiropraktor Forening har erfaret, at tidligere formand Henrik Lauge Laugesen er gået bort. Henrik blev kun 49 år, og vores dybeste medfølelse er hos hans hustru Kirsten T. Fisker Laugesen, der også er kiropraktor, og deres tre børn.
Henrik var frisk og i fuld vigør såvel i kiropraktorklinikken i Kalundborg som i militæret, hvor han netop havde gennemført en stor fysisk test som en del af hans tilknytning som officer af reserven. Men for kort tid siden faldt han uden forvarsel om i hjemmet, og efter et kortvarigt hospitalsophold gik han bort i weekenden. Gode kollegaer har trådt til og passet klinikken i Kalundborg, hvilket jeg gerne vil sende en stor tak for.
Henrik kom ind i bestyrelsen som suppleant i 1996, og allerede året efter blev han valg som formand. Her sad han i de otte år, som DKF’s love maksimalt tillader, og han viste hurtigt, at han var en stærk leder. Han overlod således i 2005 stafetten til undertegnede efter en periode, hvor han formåede at sætte et meget stort aftryk på foreningen, ikke mindst ved at løfte professionen helt væk fra det ’alternative’ til en fuldt integreret del af sundhedsvæsenet.
Sluthalvfemserne var de sidste år med store epoker i kiropraktikkens danske historie. Autorisationsloven var stadig ganske ny, og universitetsuddannelsen på SDU næsten lige oprettet, ligesom ansættelser i sygehusvæsenet endnu kun var på tegnebrættet. Alt dette blev gennemført og konsolideret i Henrik Laugesens tid, bl.a. i form af de første kandidater i 1999, hospitalsansatte kiropraktorer og indførelsen af den turnusuddannelse, som vi tager som givet i dag.
I Henrik Laugesens tid oplevede DKF en voldsom vækst i antallet af medlemmer fra kun 346 autoriserede kiropraktorer, da Henrik overtog formandsposten, til 504 i 2005. Desværre har vi efterfølgende ikke kunnet holde de tilsvarende vækstrater, da vi i dag ’kun’ er 620. Der var også voldsomme interne kampe, bl.a. om røntgens plads i kiropraktorpraksis, private sundhedsforsikringsordninger, forskningsretningen og om kiropraktorernes position og placering i sundhedsvæsenet. Henrik Laugesen formåede at hæve sig over disse kampe og sætte en klar retning. I hans tid blev foreningens første politiske målprogram ’Fremtidens Kiropraktor’ udarbejdet, og her blev der opstillet klare ledestjerner for foreningens videre vej til, hvor vi er i dag.
Henrik trådte til som formand med en skelsættende overenskomstaftale som baggrundstæppe. OK-97 havde medført en overskridelse af økonomiforudsætningerne i speciale 64, og det resulterede i tilbagebetaling og deraf voldsom intern debat. I det intense afsluttende forløb om fornyelse af den første overenskomst i Henrik Laugesens tid døde den daværende sekretariatschef Michael Büel i december 1999. Det lykkedes ved en enorm indsats, ikke mindst fra formanden selv, at få en aftale i stand med betydningsfulde elementer som implementering af røntgenbekendtgørelsen og en samlet økonomiramme, der efterfølgende er blevet overholdt. Højdepunktet i aftalen var en væsentlig honorarstigning, der indhentede mange års efterslæb og honorerede de mange nye krav til kvalitet, kommunikation og indførelse af edb.
En af de helt store milepæle i Henrik Laugesens formandstid kom med overenskomstaftalen i 2004. Her blev limiteringen i form af loftet på (de forbandende) fem behandlinger ophævet. Den efterfølgende overskridelse af de økonomiske forudsætninger blev der også fundet en løsning på, uden at kiropraktorerne selv kom ud i endnu engang at skulle betale tilbage.
Henrik var en principfast mand, men han gik også gerne selv forrest i den praktiske virkeliggørelse af tingene. Han bidrog bl.a. som den første kliniske lærer på universitetet – og det før broen, hvilket betød færgependling mellem Kalundborg og Odense. Og han var heller ikke sen til at drage konsekvenser, hvis principperne blev skævvredet for meget. I 2004 tog han med generalforsamlingens opbakning konsekvensen af mange års utilfredshed med arbejdet i den europæiske kiropraktorforening og meldte Danmark ud.
Henrik var også en festlig mand, der altid havde en sjov og vittig bemærkning med sig på sin vej. Han formåede altid at løfte stemningen i ethvert selskab, ikke mindst blandt gode kollegaer til DKF’s årlige fester. Han efterlader sig et meget stort eftermæle og et stort savn i foreningen.