There has been a lot of media coverage on this area lately. This was triggered by statistics highlighting an increase of children and young adults undergoing chiropractic via the epc (enhanced primary care) through Medicare. For a child to claim under this program it needs to be approved by a general practitioner. Any intervention comes with it a risk, the risks can be small and incidental and others a higher and more severe than others. Some of the research mentioning the danger behind chiropractic and children have been not specific to chiropractic. One paper inparticular the practitioner was a non registered therapist. In most parts if the world spinal manipulation can be carried out by general practitioners, physiotherapist osteopaths and chiropractors. Osteopaths and chiropractors are the most qualified to administer spinal manipulate therapy as it forms a large basis of 5 years university training. Though with regards to children, the spinal manipulation carried out it a lot lighter, usually the same pressure as lightly touching your eyeball or the use of an instrument called an activator. If you have seen a chiropractor adjust a child, how would you describe it? I would recommend anyone considering taking their child to a chiropractor but are apprehensive to find a practitioner who sees kids and discuss any concerns you may have. Likewise any practitioner wanting to find out more about chiropractic go and talk with a local chiropractor to find out for yourself what chiropractic is. As practitioners out focus should be on patient health and safety not who a patient has seen.
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