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Melbourne chiropractor under fire for controversial spinal treatment on two-week-old baby

Chiropractor sparks outrage after being filmed hanging two-week-old baby upside down and tapping his head as part of a controversial spinal treatment

  • Melbourne Chiropractor faced backlash over spinal treatment of newborn baby
  • Dr Andrew Arnold seen dangling two-week-old baby upside down by their legs
  • He went on to tap the baby on the head and press down on skull with both hands

A chiropractor has come under fire over his treatment of a two-week-old baby after he dangled the newborn child upside down during a consultation.

Melbourne man Dr Andrew Arnold was performing spinal treatment on the baby.

He filmed the session and later posted the video to Cranbourne Family Chiropractic’s Facebook page.

The footage shows the chiropractor perform a series of controversial tests on the baby.

Dr Arnold begins by folding the baby’s legs into his hips until he feels a click while the newborn’s parents stand off-camera. 

 

A chiropractor has come under fire over his treatment of a two-week-old baby after he dangled the newborn child upside down during a consultation

At length, he pulls out a device called the activator, a spring loaded chiropractic device

At length, he pulls out a device called the activator, a spring loaded chiropractic device

At length he pulls out a device called the activator, a spring loaded chiropractic device. 

He tests the device on an adult’s hand to give them an idea of the force of the tool. 

‘We’re going to use the activator on the lower setting and I’ll just show you on your hand here,’ Dr Arnold says to the person off-camera.

He then proceeds to place the activator on the newborn. 

Within moments of activating it, the baby bursts into tears. But Dr Arnold doesn’t stop there.

He rolls the baby on its back to test its collarbone. With two fingers on the crying baby’s collarbone, he uses his free hand to tap on the upset baby’s head. 

A series of tests later, Dr Arnold goes on to check the bones in the baby’s head.

This time he presses down on the child’s head with both hands, the child visibly distressed. 

The video has gone on to fan debate into the legitimacy of the infant chiropractic treatment.

While the techniques in the video are not illegal, their effectiveness are a divisive issue. 

A series of tests later, Dr Arnold goes on to check the bones in the baby's head

A series of tests later, Dr Arnold goes on to check the bones in the baby’s head

This time he presses down on the child's head with both hands, the child visibly distressed

This time he presses down on the child’s head with both hands, the child visibly distressed

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said she had written to the Chiropractic Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

‘The Chiropractic Board of Australia must condemn this practice,’ she said. 

It’s understood the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Chiropractic Board have kickstarted a confidential investigation into the matter, the Herald Sun reported.

A spokesperson said regulators could not comment on individual cases. 

Daily Mail Australia reached out to Cranbourne Family Chiropractic for comment.   

The Herald Sun reported that it believed the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Chiropractic Board have kickstarted a confidential investigation into the matter

The Herald Sun reported that it believed the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Chiropractic Board have kickstarted a confidential investigation into the matter

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