British Chiropractor Cleared of inappropriate HVLA adjustment in Spain

This case is a salutary lesson to chiropractors practising abroad but still registered with the GCC. Despite extensive legal argument regarding the question of the jurisdiction, the PCC found that a chiropractor treating patients in Spain whilst registered as non-practicing in the UK still fell under the regulatory umbrella of the GCC in the UK.

The case involved a complaint by another chiropractor alleging that he had been harmed after receiving high velocity low amplitude lumbar and thoracic adjustments despite a request not to be adjusted “hard”. The Professional Conduct Committee dismissed the complaint at half time having found that the patient’s evidence lacked credibility and was inconsistent with other evidence in the case.