MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

Chiropractic for kids? Yes, many chiropractors advocate (and earn good money with) it, yet it has been pointed out ad nauseam that the claim of being able of treating paediatric conditions is bogus (in fact, the BCA even lost a famous court case over this issue). But evidence does rarely seem to stop a chiro on a mission!

This website shows us how UK chiropractors plan to educate colleagues in ‘paediatric chiropractic’.

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INSPIRAL PAEDIATRIC SEMINARS ……..KIDS DYNAMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Join us for an exciting weekend of learning and skills development, in a supportive, enjoyable environment
  • Learn the latest in Chiropractic Paediatrics from two world class leaders whose seminars receive rave reviews & letters of gratitude
  • Increase your confidence and certainty in working with families in your community
  • Fri 7th September 2-6pm, Sat 8th 9-6pm, Sun 9th 9-1pm I
  • Investment £649 Earlybird ends August 15th Late fee £679
  • Inclusions: Notes, Lunch on Saturday, onsite parking Park Inn Hotel, Bath Rd, Sipson, Heathrow UB7 0DU

NEURODEVELOPMENT

The seminar offers a neurological approach to healthy development in babies & children. It provides clinically relevant assessment, adjusting & clinical decision making. The focus will be on a Chiropractic wellness paradigm with a collaborative approach to promote healthy outcomes across the infant to adolescent years.

SAFE ADJUSTING

This is a hands-on program with a focus on neuro – developmentally appropriate adjusting of the spine and cranial dural system for health. We address some of the leading challenges with infant health and development, and teach exciting home care plans to facilitate optimum development.

YOUR TEACHERS

Genevieve & Rosemary Keating are leaders in Chiropractic paediatric health, learning & development.

Both are experienced Chiropractors, Facilitators, Diplomates of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board and Master Practitioners of Neuro Linguistics.

Rosemary holds a Masters in Chiropractic Paediatrics, and Genevieve is completing her PhD in Early Childhood Development.

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The event is hosted and organised by the ‘United Chiropractic Association UK’ (UCA), an organisation with a mission to ensure the public has access to vitalistic chiropractic care, which claims that chiropractors provide care that is safe. Because the techniques used by chiropractors are acquired over years of study and experience, chiropractors have an enviable safety record. In fact, in the words of a classic New Zealand study, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.” Chiropractors use the latest methods. After years of study, licensing examinations and continuing education seminars, chiropractors in the United Kingdom are at the top of their game, using proven techniques and natural methods to help you get well and stay well.

The UCA is firmly rooted in the gospel of the founding fathers (D D Palmer, B J Palmer etc.): Chiropractic is concerned with the preservation and restoration of health, and focuses particular attention on the subluxation. A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health. A subluxation is evaluated, diagnosed, and managed through the use of chiropractic procedures based on the best available rational and empirical evidence. Subluxation is a fundamental axiom of the Chiropractic profession. The World Federation of Chiropractors (WFC) policy statement reaffirms the use of the term vertebral subluxation and it is defined succinctly and accepted by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Thus, the UCA seems to subscribe to both principles of the Palmers. The first is subluxation and the second is profit.

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Now, now, now – I must not be so sarcastic.

Try something constructive, Edzard!

You are absolutely correct, Edzard.

Here it is, my constructive contribution to this event:

I herewith offer the UCA to give two lectures during their course; one about the importance of critical thinking in healthcare, and one reviewing the evidence for and against chiropractic for paediatric conditions.

9 Responses to INSPIRAL PAEDIATRIC SEMINARS … chiropractic quackery at its most obvious

  • I’ll give:
    “The role of Vitalism in modern healthcare. From Paracelcus to Princes.”

    From the UCA website:
    “Vitalism – We ascribe to the idea that all living organisms are sustained by an innate intelligence, which is both different from and greater than physical and chemical forces. Further, we believe innate intelligence is an expression of universal intelligence.”

    No doubt a Noble Prize is in preparation for the discovery of this new force.

  • And, as usual, no apostrophe in KIDS.

  • UK osteopathic manipulators try to fix a so called ‘standard for children’
    http://osteodevelopment.org.uk/theme/clinical-practice/
    and it is clear that chiros do the same. ODG is claiming evidence as number one of its ‘key priorities’ listed on:
    http://osteodevelopment.org.uk
    but there is neither evidence for Cranial Osteopathy
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27936211/
    nor for Visceral Osteopathy
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5816506/
    but both are Core Subjects according to the WHO benchmarks for training in ‘osteopathy’ .

    The leadung UK Cranial Osteopathic Society advertised a so called ‘Paediatric Osteopathic Diploma’ starting at 14. September 2018 and they are mainly involved and responsible for the development of this ‘standard’.

    The trainings in visceral manipulation is a CORE subject of osteopathic manipulation in UK’s osteopathic trainings too but everybody must be protected from the application of Visceral Osteopathy for security reasons.

    Cranial Osteopathy has no evidence either for diagnosis and clinical efficacy.

    So why are the Cranial Osteopaths mainly involved and responsible for this program? I guess it’s why Cranial Osteopathy is ‘soft’.

    It is a ‘soft’ manual approach for phrenology now explained with a so called ‘involuntary mechanism’ of skull and BRAIN. The skull is relatively soft during the first months after birth and they think they can manage baby’s three month colics by treating skull BRAIN and neck plus visceral manipulation.

    The chiros pretend to treat a baby’s colics too by manupulating the OAA complex to ‘release the phrenic nerve’.
    You might see that both pretend to treat visceral problems via skull and neck.

    That’s why I call both an ‘advanced phrenology’. Babys and children must be protected from such a ‘standard’ and from chiropractic un general and everyone from Visceral Manipulation too.

    • Explanation:
      the so called ‘involuntary mechanism’ is a new theory of W.G . Sutherland depending basically on Franz Josef Gall’s paradigm that skull and brain are interacting directly on size and shape. So it’s about direct physiological interaction of skull AND brain in total.

      So this so called ‘involuntary mechanism’ of expansion and retraction of skull AND brain is said to happen permanently every minute and should be palpable throughout the whole body indepenently from normal breathing. The rhythmic change of shape of the brain is said to be palpable THROUGH the skull by hands on. The only one who didn’t believe this seems to be me even having done all moduls of an osteopathic Cranial Training according to the WHO standard for training in osteopathy.
      And all the German physicians after their osteopathic trainings in Cranial Osteopathy believe this after having done their preliminary exam!
      It’s unbelievable how the basics of physics don’t matter to such Dr. med. physicians.

      What should be changed in the prliminary trainings?

  • Dear Edzard:

    First at all, I would like to thank you because of your full dedication to research about CAM. It’s impressive. I’m actually a licensed acupuncturist, licensed by Health Ministery of Chile. I would be proud about that, but I’m not. I’m deeply dissapointed about the acupuncture’s teaching content.

    Researching in acupuncture must be an important effort to elucidate the acupuncture specific mechanism, both in preclinical and clinical settings. However, I observe daily how this technique is promoted and recommended even by physicians, which try to “explain” the effect with concepts as “endorphins release” and ideas that came mostly from Dr. Han’s preclinical research in 70’s and 80’s, which were used as an early approach to understand the underlying mechanism of this technique.

    Despite I’m a young guy, I feel embarrased arguing with my colleagues, because in evidence-based facts, acupuncture might be useful just for some specific conditions. They immediatly get anger when I apoint that, because their “mistycal fantasies of misterious energies that flow throughtout the entire body” conception is threatened by the “cold and unpersonalized science vision”.

    Lamentably, but facts are facts. I’m not against my profession, but biomedical research is over the personal beliefs. Preclinical research, placebo research, the fMRI research, all of them could be useful tools to move forward slowly in this interesting research area.

  • This is a hands-on program with a focus on neuro – developmentally appropriate adjusting of the spine and cranial dural system for health.

    Is this a “bring your own infant” program or will the babies be supplied?

    A bit off topic but is my English getting out of date”. I had never seen the term INSPIRAL before. A quick google gave me the definition

    INSPIRAL
    Adjective
    inspiral (comparative more inspiral, superlative most inspiral)
    (astronomy) Describing the paths of a pair of binary stars that are losing energy, and spiralling in towards each other

    These seminars may be rather interesting as we watch the presenters circling each other and finally collapsing in a heap at the end of the presentation. Certainly sounds more dramatic than some conference presentations I have attended.

  • “nvestment £649 Earlybird ends August 15th Late fee £679” bludy ‘ell!

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