Too right it doesn't look good!
Too right it doesn't look good!
I would be interested to see what my Chiro says about this one. The media love a good Chiro-hating story.
My Chiro has treated both my kids- newborn included - and does nothing like that! Newborn Chiro in my experience is exceptionally gentle, definitely no 'cracking' or force whatsoever. I think a vast majority of parents that have had their babies treated by a Chiro would agree.
I feel very sorry for Chiro's getting so much slack after one guy starts making un-founded claims and the media run with it. I think there are more dodgy GPs out there than dodgy Chiro's TBH. This will blow over.
I had a chiro look at my 5 day old on advice from my paed. Her birth was traumatic and she couldn't nurse properly without significant pain for both of us. 2min later (no cracks) and it was done.
I was advised by my paed to either see a chiro/osteo or acknowledge breastfeeding might be difficult.
I'm with @sunnygirl79. I've had worse care/advice from doctors and MACH nurses than chiros
My DD1 was a terrible feeder and sleeper. My sister suggested a chiro. I never went. But then one day during my mums group sessions with the council they had one come in and check the babies out. Out of all the babies in the room mine was the only one which was perfect and didn't need anything done yet I had the most unsettled baby.
I went to see a chiro on the advise of a lactation consultant. My son hated getting his nappy changed and would scream the place down. After the LC witnessed it she suggested a chiro she knew. No cracking involved and my DS settled down.
I took DD to see a chiro when she was about 8 weeks old as she hated being on her back and would scream the house down. Def no cracking was involved, it was all very gentle. Didn't fix the problem and cost the earth but did no harm.
Oh and there are rough operators out there in every profession. Doesn't mean the whole profession should get a bad name.
The concerns I have is that firstly there is no evidence to support about 98% of the treatments chiros do. And when some of these treatments carry quite a bit of risk, such as manipulating the spine of a baby, I think it is reckless and shouldn't be done. Evidence-based practice is central to most health professionals' practice and the chiros seem to disregard this. I think they need to limit their scope of practice to what there is evidence for and what carries minimal risk. As far as I know there is some (limited) evidence to support chiro for neck and back pain in ADULTS only.
Last edited by bel2466; 08-05-2016 at 15:52.
I took my 7 week old to a chiro. It was the one my mum had been going to. She told me his eyes weren't focusing, he was going to have poor motor skills and he only had about 75% of his neurological function. Then I said he was going a few days between poo's, fully breastfed, and she said that needed to be sorted or he was going to get bowel cancer. He was also going to have problems because I had a c section and he'd been vaccinated.
Before the appointment was finished the receptionist had typed up a weekly "care plan" for me to sign to commit to bringing him in once a week.
Luckily I wasn't silly enough to listen to her but another first time mother could have. She basically told me all these things were wrong with my child and she was the only one who could fix it.
Yes there are good and bad in every industry but I know quite a few similar stories.
What exactly is involved in a newborn chiro treatment, the "proper", non-cracking ones?
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