Chiro for children under 12 years

What is the review?

The Victorian Minister for Health has asked Safer Care Victoria (SCV) to lead an independent national review of the practice of spinal manipulation on children under 12 years, and for the findings of that review to be provided to all Australian Health Ministers later this year, including any need for changes to the law.

Outcomes

98% of parents/guardians who made public submissions to Safer Care Victoria’s review of chiropractic care for children under 12 reported that chiropractic spinal care helped their child

Pg5 Chiropractic spinal manipulation of children under 12 – Safer Care Victoria

0 Number of examples or experiences of serious harm reported in public submissions to Safer Care Victoria’s review of chiropractic care for children under 12

Pg3 Chiropractic spinal manipulation of children under 12 – Safer Care Victoria

Health practitioner outcomes:

The Safer Care Victoria’s review of chiropractic care for children under 12 reported the most common benefits;

  • Relief from pain
  • Better sleep quality
  • More relaxed or settled child
  • Able to feed or latch better
  • Improved mobility or range of motion

Pg5 Chiropractic spinal manipulation of children under 12 – Safer Care Victoria

Parent/guardian reported outcomes

  • 63.0% (1400 of 2223) of respondents reported that the chiropractic care was effective in treating children under 12 years of age.
  • 87.3% (19,052 of 21,824 responses) indicated that the child was ‘much improved’ after treatment. A further 11.1% (2,422 of 21,824 responses) stated that the child was ‘somewhat improved’.
  • 45.11% (705 of 1,563 responses) of respondents who accessed care reported that they felt the chiropractor had adequately explained the treatments and that they had felt informed during the process.
  • 23.0% (359 of 1563 responses) stated that they valued the two-way communication when interacting with the chiropractor and felt that they were listened to.
  • 99.1% (21,628 of 21,824) of respondents indicated that they were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with information provided by the chiropractor about the benefits of treatment.
  • 95.88% (20,907 of 21,824) of respondents indicated that they were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with information provided about the risks of the treatment

Pg18 Chiropractic spinal manipulation of children under 12 – Safer Care Victoria

 

For more information please see: https://www.bettersafercare.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-10/20191024-Final%20Chiropractic%20Spinal%20Manipulation.pdf

 

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