Chi­ro­prac­tors re­spond

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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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