Best Practices for the Chiropractic Care of Children

Best Practices for the Chiropractic Care of Children

The Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation has a ‘clinical practice guideline/best practices project’ that would search, gather, compile and review the scientific literature going as far back as January 1998. Their new Chapter on the chiropractic care of children was peer-reviewed and approved by 196 chiropractors from several countries and included chiropractors specializing in pediatric and maternal care such as Diplomates and others certified in such care. The Best Practices document, developed through the Foundation’s Best Practices Initiative includes a Recommendation statement as follows:

Since vertebral subluxation may affect individuals at any age, chiropractic care may be indicated at any time after birth. As with any age group, however, care must be taken to select adjustment methods most appropriate to the patient’s stage of development and overall spinal integrity. Parental education by the chiropractor concerning the importance of evaluating children for the presence of vertebral subluxation is encouraged as are public health initiatives geared toward screening of children for vertebral subluxation beginning at birth.

I am afraid there may be some errors in the new document. Allow me therefore to post a corrected version:

Since vertebral subluxations do not exist, they cannot affect individuals regardless of age. Chiropractic adjustments are thus not indicated at any time after birth. Parental education by the chiropractor concerning the importance of evaluating children for the presence of vertebral subluxation is discouraged as are public health initiatives geared toward screening of children for vertebral subluxation beginning at birth.

Or, as an American neurologist once put it so much more succinctly:

Don’t let the buggers touch your neck!

10 Responses to Best Practices for the Chiropractic Care of Children

An Australian may say: don’t let the buggers bugger your neck.

Edzard, As you very well know, a well-designed case report published and supported in a journal not related to chiropractic very often reflects the same results from an RCT. It also must be reported that childhood injuries from chiropractic management are few and far between. Registered chiropractors have every right to attend to patients of all ages like all other registered healthcare practitioners. Trust I am clear.

Don’t let the buggers touch your neck!

I’d say that especially for children, this guiding principle could be further abbreviated:

Don’t let the buggers touch you!

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