Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation
Chiropractic Australia Attacks Subluxation Care Once Again

No X-rays for Subluxation Analysis

It's now Australia's turn to deal with the so called "Choosing Wisely" campaign that has caused a great deal of turmoil in the United States. Ever since the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) adopted the standards the ACA has been in the midst of an internal struggle after it became obvious that the radiology standards they adopted are a threat to public health. The Choosing Wisely guidelines were rejected by several chiropractic organizations including: Sherman College of Chiropractic, the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation, ChiroFutures Malpractice Insurance Program, the International Federation of Chiropractors & Organizations (IFCO) the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association, the Michigan Chiropractors Association and the New York Chiropractic Council to name a few.

Not to be outdone in outrageousness, Chiropractic Australia has taken it a few steps beyond the nonsense in the United States.

Chiropractic Australia asserts that taking x-rays for non specific spinal pain, telling a patient anything that might be "negative", using verterbal subluxation as a cause of disease, or taking x-rays for subluxation analysis ". . . exposes the consumer to undue risk of harm, emotional stress, or financial cost."

The Australian government has already said "no" to full spine x-rays by chiropractors last year and subluxation focused practitioners have generally been under attack by subluxation deniers for several years.

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Chiropractic Australia says it has been working for many months on a submission to the Choosing Wisely Australia campaign and that they undertook consultation and feedback from the profession.

The following are Chiropractic Australia’s submission points for Choosing Wisely Australia . . .

Chiropractic Australia released a Policy Statement a couple of years ago regarding the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. In their statement the group describes the vertebral subluxation (which they mistakenly use interchangeably with the term Vertebral Subluxation Complex):

“. . . as a biomechanical lesion affecting the range of motion of one or more vertebrae and which is amenable to spinal adjustment or manipulation. However, over the years because of confusion and debate over its use many chiropractors have abandoned the term.”


Similar to other subluxation denier groups, Chiropractic Australia attempts to denigrate the concept by stating it is 120 years old (it’s actually many centuries old) and incorrectly asserting that there are no valid or reliable measures for it (there are several).

They further lead the naieve reader to believe that there is some sort of “controversy” and “debate” among chiropractors regarding the concept when in fact the only controversy or debate that exists is the one they create with their so called Policy Statements.

Australian chiropractors who practice in a subluxation model are encouraged to speak out against the submission and adoption of these standards and these anti-subluxation groups.

CLICK HERE for more about the response to the Choosing Widely Campaign

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