Sydney, Australia – When Radin Thomlinson is born next month, healthy and strong despite having been diagnosed with a number of spinal subluxations while still in his mother’s womb, it will be in no small part thanks to a cutting edge chiropractic therapy known as an Open Fetal Spinal Adjustment (OFSA).

“When Radin’s mother was referred to me by her Maternal-Fetal Chiropractor after discovering an unusual number of subluxations during routine surrogate applied kinesiology testing, I had to do something fast,” Chiropractic Surgeon Rod Burlingame explained. “Just one prenatal subluxation can be disastrous to an unborn child, and this baby was riddled with them. So after confirming the diagnosis with high-resolution fetal ultrasound, I got to work.”

Dr. Burlingame, who received his Diplomate in Chiropractic Open Fetal Spinal Adjustment from the Australian Chiropractic Association’s Board of Chiropractic Specialties’ Intrauterine Spinal Adjustment Division’s Subdivision of Pediatric Chiropractic in 2005, has performed this delicate procedure at least twice before. “This is what that grueling weekend session at the Courtyard by Marriott in Wagga Wagga was designed for. Once I’m in there, the training takes over.”

Once Baby Radin’s mother is anesthetized using an ancient blend of acupuncture, hypnosis, intravenous propofol and inhaled isoflurane, Dr. Burlingame will make a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen. This will allow for exposure of the uterus and subsequent hysterotomy, which will provide access to the baby for correction of his subluxations. After the spinal adjustments are performed using a tiny Activator, he will be returned to his mother’s uterus and the amniotic fluid replaced with organic water and Noni juice.

Pediatricians and conventional surgeons have voiced concerns over the safety and necessity of intrauterine spinal adjustment, even going so far as to claim that chiropractors have no place in hospitals or performing high-risk procedures. In response, president of the Australian Chiropractic Association Marcelle Jones says that all chiropractic treatments are safe for children regardless of their gestational age. “Chiropractic care can be remarkably gentle and amazingly effective,” Jones revealed. “Being a university-trained spinal health expert allows the chiropractor to change their techniques to suit the abnormalities and location of each individual patient.”


Posted by Clay Jones

Clay Jones, M.D. is a pediatrician and a regular contributor to the Science-Based Medicine blog. He primarily cares for healthy newborns and hospitalized children, and devotes his full time to educating pediatric residents and medical students. Dr. Jones first became aware of and interested in the incursion of pseudoscience into his chosen profession while completing his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital a decade ago. He has since focused his efforts on teaching the application of critical thinking and scientific skepticism to the practice of pediatric medicine. Dr. Jones has no conflicts of interest to disclose and no ties to the pharmaceutical industry. He can be found on Twitter as @SBMPediatrics and is the co-host of The Prism Podcast with fellow SBM contributor Grant Ritchey. The comments expressed by Dr. Jones are his own and do not represent the views or opinions of Newton-Wellesley Hospital or its administration.