The internet has gone CRAZY after a video emerged of a Chiropractor treating a 2 week old infant.

Even Victoria’s health minister condemned a Melbourne chiropractor who was filmed hanging a two-week-old baby upside down by his ankles.

A video of Dr Andrew Arnold performing controversial spinal treatments on a newborn was posted on the Cranbourne Family Chiropractic clinic’s Facebook page in August last year. The video has since been deleted.

The footage showed the chiropractor repeatedly tapping the infant’s head, manipulating the bub’s hips, collarbone and back, and using a spring-loaded device on the child’s neck.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos slammed the treatment as “unacceptable” and called on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to act.

“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 told 9News.

Update 22 Feb

The chiropractor has since been banned from treating children aged under 12 while he is investigated by authorities.

Andrew Arnold entered an undertaking with the Chiropractic Board of Australia on Thursday, shares 7 news.

“I will not undertake any chiropractic treatment of children from birth to 12 years,” the undertaking reads on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

“I will not publish, display, promote or provide materials, information or advice that relates to the assessment, management or treatment of children from birth to 12 years, including but not limited to the publication of material on social media, blogs, and/or any other platform on the internet.”

Mr Arnold will be the subject of an investigation by the agency and board, Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.

Ms Mikakos yesterday cited the “extremely disturbing” video after referring Mr Arnold to the national authorities.

“They are investigating this matter and in fact I have invited them to meet with me and I will be meeting with both the chairperson of the Chiropractic Board of Australia and the CEO of AHPRA next week,” she told reporters.

“I’m concerned by this particular case, but I also want to ensure there aren’t other chiropractors around Australia who are similarly undertaking these types of practices.

“It’s very important that the (board) does issue very clear advice to all chiropractors in Australia about the inherent risks associated with these types of practices.”

Parents jump to his defence

Many parents have said their is nothing controversial or graphic about the video and that people need to mind their own business.

Hundreds of comments on the Today show Facebook page saw people defending the Chiropractor’s treatment.

One comment read, “I think people should mind their own business, parents are doing their job and it was a trained chiropractor, why is the today show sticking their beak in.”

Another said, “Really disappointed on Today show as this story could be a real positive … you have set the agenda, why not try a positive message next time. Probably ruined this mans career unnecessarily … shame as the baby has probably just got the best treatment needed!”

Another wrote, “You’re ruining this guy’s reputation unnecessarily. Yes, it doesn’t look that ‘nice’, but it quite possibly is necessary.
When my daughter was born, she couldn’t turn to the left properly after her head had been jammed in my pelvis for the full pregnancy. One side of her face was also going flat because we couldn’t get her to adjust her sleeping position.
I tried a physio, saw the doctor, nurse etc and the only people who helped her was our local chiropractor. We went weekly, with a technique called S.O.T., best thing we ever did!
I personally wouldn’t be comfortable with this technique in the video, but it’s not cruel. It’s a qualified practitioner.”

“He knows what his doing, the lifting upside down, its an old remedy. There must be a reason for parents to take bub to him, wouldnt be calling it endangering and child abuse is a bit extreme”, wrote another.

Another added, “My daughter had colic, i had and no sleep for the first 3mths. I was desperate to try anything. I took her to a chiropractor and that she slept. She no longer had colic. She was keeping her food down. She was breech baby born naturally. Best of all I had sleep to. I had post natal depression because of the lack of sleep and stress of a constantly crying baby. The chiropractor….best choice i made.”

And another, “Many babies have things out after being pushed out of the birth canal. Mine screamed and wouldn’t attach to one side to feed because she had one side out. Pediatrict Chiro is very gentle. My baby was so much happier after a few visits at the Chiro.”

I must admit, when our second son was born we also turned to our trusted Chiropractor. But they never received any treatment like in the above video, it was all very gentle manipulation.

Do you think it is a cruel treatment?

Share your comments below


  • It doesn’t look good at all, poor bub. I do remember being told to hang upside down on the monkey bars when I had back problems as a child.

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  • That is cruel yes and just disgraceful.

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  • You have to be so careful with young babies! He doesn’t look like he is.

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  • To me it looks like torture and very dangerous. Let’s hope the medical authorities will look into it and decide professionally what to do

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  • In older life it is suggested to realign your spine that you hang from your arms – little babies cannot do this – I wasn’t as worried about the baby being held upside down – that would help the spine especially with coleosius. But I didn’t like the way he manipulated the baby – an adult can complain a baby can’t.

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  • I’ve heard that it can help realign babies after birth and help with sleep and colic etc but I don’t think hanging a baby upside down is a good idea! Or standard practice!

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  • Absolutely dividing the community. My son had colic and we ended up with a chiropractor when all else failed. He believed his treatment worked (didn’t include hanging upside down though), whilst we were not necessarily convinced. We think a culmination of things may have helped. But… he was silly to put the video out there for everyone to see. It did not look good at all.

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  • Good that this is being investigated and more research needs to be done in how far this treatment is safe for young children and anybody.

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  • What worried me also was the baby almost rolling off the table.

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  • I think there was a better way to handle such a young baby!!

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  • I’m glad there’s going to be an investigation.

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  • This made my blood run cold, this is unproven and has no medical support. Criminal charges should be filed and parenting classes mandatory

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  • My word! sorry! I don’t want to offend anyone but what about the little baby in the womb who is about to be dismembered and murdered! They would be silent screaming!

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  • I think maybe more research needs to be done about this treatment to ensure it’s safe without any repercussions.

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  • Such a young child should never be taken to a chiropractor as there are so many things that could go wrong. A newborn does not need manipulation of joints or anything else for that manner as their bones are still soft & flexible. The mother should be charged with child endangerment for taking the poor child & employing someone to cause it pain. Chiropractors usually make good decisions to treat their clients, I use one myself & have done for my teenage son who had scoliosis in the spine. I would never have taken any of my kids to a chiro until they were in their teens & have a genuine reason to do so.

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