Have a chiropractor operate for the benefit of the patient

The Association of Chiropractic Malaysia (ACM) and its members are concerned about the prolonged period of time that chiropractors have been directed to cease operations under the motion control order. Phase One of the National Recovery Plan began on June 1 and was extended twice.

Several letters of appeal were unsuccessfully sent to the relevant authorities. The lack of response and effect creates dissatisfaction among those looking for non-conventional treatments, especially those with persistent pain.

Chiropractic is viewed as the primary contact care and is aimed at the treatment and management of patients with a range of acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal disorders. If left untreated, many of these diseases can worsen the current symptoms or require other unfavorable treatment options.

Chiropractic treatment is designed to be required continuously over an extended period of time, with the treatment program often being closely monitored and adjusted depending on the patient’s progress. With chiropractic centers closed across the country, many patients will not experience long-term relief from their symptoms, let alone make a full recovery.

The frustration of chiropractic patients and chiropractors also arises from the fact that privately practicing physiotherapists have received the green light for an operation. Both professions involve roughly similar physical contact and duration of exposure to the patient. However, even with the proper SOP, adherence to the practice guidelines set by the Department of Health, and the fact that most chiropractors have been vaccinated as part of the Category 2 frontliners, chiropractors are limited to virtual consultations in Phase One of the National Recovery Plan.

A recent survey by the ACM shows that 153 (96.8%) out of 158 chiropractors who responded to the survey received a Covid-19 vaccine. Of the 153 chiropractors, 139 (90.8%) completed both doses.

The Covid-19 pandemic is truly a nuisance for all sectors affected. While the decision to cease operations was made to contain the spread of the disease, it cannot do so at the expense of providing pain relief for those who truly suffer.

The ACM urges the government to reconsider its decision to postpone the resumption of practice for the benefit of patients and to relieve the strained Malaysian health system.