The New Zealand Report
The government of New Zealand published a study of chiropractic with the purpose of determining the merits of including chiropractic in its Social Security and Accident Compensation programmes. Many issues were studied, including cost effectiveness, chiropractic education and training, safety issues, and patient satisfaction. Among other things, the resulting 377-page document concluded that the inclusion of chiropractic would have a positive influence on the health of the country.
Of particular importance was the chapter devoted to safety of chiropractic. The commission investigated two safety issues that had been commonly raised by chiropractic critics. The first was on the safety of chiropractic spinal adjustments and the second was on the perceived notion that seeking chiropractic care delayed medical treatment. After extensive inquiry, the researchers found both safety concerns to be unfounded. Because of the lack of evidence to the contrary, the commissioners determined chiropractic care to be remarkably safe.
The Swedish government’s Commission on Alternative Medicine conducted another noteworthy study that provided credibility to the chiropractic field. It reached conclusions consistent with the New Zealand study.
It further stated that:
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