A YouTube clip posted by Melbourne chiropractor Ian Rossborough of his cracking the spine of a 4-day-old premature baby has led to his being banned from treating children.
In the video, which has been viewed more than 1 million times since it was posted in January, Rossborough (pictured above during an interview with Channel 10) flexes the baby’s back before pressing firmly on her spine to produce a cracking sound. The sudden movement causes the baby to cry.
In response to outrage from medical professionals and the public, the Chiropractic Board of Australia ordered Rossborough not to treat patients under the age of 18 while it investigated his conduct.
The CBA has now published its decision to impose strict conditions on Rossborough’s registration.
These included that Rossborough must not undertake any chiropractic treatment of patients under the age of two years, including assessment, undertaking a diagnosis/clinical impression, formulating and implementing a management plan, monitoring or reviewing care and facilitating coordination or continuity of care.
He must also not undertake any spinal manipulative therapy of the spine on patients between the age of two years and over and up to the age of six years.
In the event that he undertakes chiropractic treatment of patients between the ages of two and over and up to the age of 18 years, he must be supervised by another registered chiropractor in relation to chiropractic treatment. For the purposes of this condition, “supervision” means a professional relationship in which a skilled registered chiropractor (the supervisor) reviews the practitioner’s files relating to the treatment of the relevant patients, as chosen by the supervisor. The supervision should comprise a minimum of weekly sessions with each session being of a minimum of two hours duration.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy called for an urgent crackdown on chiropractors performing “unproven and potentially unsafe” procedures on infants.