The New Zealand Comission Report

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This 377 page report, Chiropractic In New Zealand, was the most comprehensive and detailed independent examination of chiropractic ever undertaken at that time.

Their report includes the following findings:

* Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts specializing in the correction by spinal manual therapy of what chiropractors identify as biomechanical disorders of the spinal column - they carry out spinal diagnosis and therapy at a sophisticated and refined level.

* Chiropractors are the only health practitioners who are necessarily equipped by their education and training to carry out spinal manual therapy.

* General medical practitioners and physiotherapists have no adequate training in spinal manual therapy.

* Spinal manual therapy in the hands of a registered chiropractor is safe.

* The education and training of a registered chiropractor are sufficient to enable him/her to determine whether there are contraindications to spinal manual therapy in a particular case, and whether the patient should have medical care instead of or as well as chiropractic care.

* Spinal manual therapy can be effective in relieving musculoskeletal symptoms, such as back pain and other symptoms known to respond to such therapy, such as migraine.

* In a limited number of cases where there are organic and/or visceral symptoms, chiropractic treatment may provide relief, but this is unpredictable, and in such cases the patient should be under concurrent medical care if that is practicable.

* In the public interest and in the interests of patients, there must be no impediment to full professional cooperation between chiropractors and medical practitioners.

* The responsibility for spinal manual therapy training, because of its specialized nature, should lie with the chiropractic profession and not in other health professionals.

New Zealand Report. Hasselberg PD. Government Printer, Wellington.