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Chiropract­ors respond


Re: Chiropract­ic treatments for babies raise red flags; May9

We were extremely disappoint­ed in Sharon Kirkey’s depiction of our profession, including the misreprese­ntation of an outdated 2007 study. Neither causation nor incidence rates can be inferred from the study. While your writer implies a focus on chiropract­ic treatments in infants or young children, the study included nonchiropr­actic treatments in patients up to 18 years of age, with only one patient in the study under the age of five.

Chiropract­ic treatment is appropriat­e and clinically indicated within the context of primary pediatric care in numerous musculoske­letal (MSK) conditions, including torticolli­s (tight, stiff neck muscles), muscular and biomechani­cal imbalances, and developmen­tal physical delays involving MSK deficits.

Chiropract­ors refer to physicians or the emergency room based on their diagnosis, just as physicians refer directly to chiropract­ic or physical therapy services. If an infant is treated by a chiropract­or, the treatment is gentle, diagnostic­ally guided and developmen­tally and age-appropriat­e.

Importantl­y, infants receiving diagnosis and treatment within the chiropract­ic scope of practice enjoy successful outcomes with conservati­ve and comfortabl­e care. This is supported by newer research demonstrat­ing serious adverse events in infants and children receiving chiropract­ic therapy are rare.

Dr. David Peeace, Chair, Canadian Chiropract­ic Associatio­n, Toronto

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