A Melbourne chiropractor’s Facebook video has sparked a wave of outrage after performing a controversial treatment on a two-month-old baby boy.
The video shows Dr Andrew Arnold from Cranbourne Family Chiropractic Clinic demonstrating a spinal treatment that includes hanging the baby (named Harvey) upside down, manipulating its neck and spine, using a spring-loaded device known as an ‘activator’ on its jawline and pressing on its skull.
Harvey is filmed screaming throughout, and Arnold comments “He is going to squawk a bit”.
The routine, described as an “adjustment”, is supposed to “synchronise” the baby’s bowels with its brain.
The procedure is highly controversial in medical circles.
Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos stated she had written to the Chiropractic Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
“This vision is deeply disturbing — it’s appalling that young children and infants are being exposed to such potential harm,” she said.
“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 said.
The Herald Sun is reporting the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Chiropractic Board are investigating Dr Arnold’s actions.