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Melbourne doctor under fire over chiro baby treatment video

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 19/02/2019 23:37:00 9News Staff
A Melbourne chiropractor is under investigation for posting a video of himself using controversial techniques to treat a two-week old baby's spine. A Melbourne chiropractor is under investigation for posting a video of himself using controversial techniques to treat a two-week old baby's spine.

Victoria's health minister has condemned a Melbourne chiropractor filmed hanging a two-week-old baby upside down by his ankles.

A video of Dr Andrew Arnold performing controversial spinal treatments on a newborn was posted on the Cranbourne Family Chiropractic clinic's Facebook page in August last year. The video has since been deleted.

Dr Andrew ­Arnold was filmed performing controversial spinal treatments on a newborn. © FacebookDr Andrew ­Arnold was filmed performing controversial spinal treatments on a newborn.

The footage showed the chiropractor repeatedly tapping the infant's head, manipulating the bub's hips, collarbone and back, and using a spring-loaded device on the child's neck.

"He is going to squawk a bit," Dr Arnold warned at one point, as the tiny tot began to cry.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos slammed the treatment as "unacceptable" and called on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to act.

"The Chiropractic Board of Australia must condemn this practice as unprofessional and unacceptable and the AHPRA must act quickly to stop these rogue practitioners in their tracks," she told 9News.

Dr Andrew Arnold was filmed dangling the baby by his ankles. © FacebookDr Andrew Arnold was filmed dangling the baby by his ankles.

Ms Mikakos said the footage was "deeply disturbing" and that it was "appalling that young children and infants are being exposed to potential harm".

"This vision is deeply disturbing," she said.

"Newborn babies are extremely fragile and it's important to be aware that the damage done to an infant may not be obvious immediately and may not manifest until years later."

9News has contacted Dr Arnold for comment.

a close up of a man: Dr Andrew Arnold has come under fire for his treatment. © FacebookDr Andrew Arnold has come under fire for his treatment.

Although not illegal, these chiropractic techniques on infants remain highly controversial.

Today medical expert Dr Penny Adams said there is no evidence the treatment actually works.

"If you look at the position statement from the Royal Australian College of Physicians . there is no evidence for this so-called malalignment of the spine. . If you look at the Cochrane organisation based in the UK that analyses health data worldwide, they say that the studies for chiropractic treatment in newborn infants are limited and of poor quality, but there is no evidence that they do anything," she told the Today show.

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