Chiropractic in Brazil is in Trouble

I love physical therapy as a profession…I really do.  I don’t have the time or interest in walking patients through long rehabilitation procedures or exercises.  I do not enjoy working with stroke patients and teaching them how to walk again.  Not my area of expertise or specialty.  I’m thrilled there are people willing to do those things and who excel at them.  I am friends with some of them and have good, respectful, working relationships with others.

That being said, this situation that is happening in South America is getting my goat.  It seems in a new threat to the independence of chiropractic, physical therapists in Brazil, Peru and other countries in South America are lobbying governments for laws that would make chiropractic a sub-specialty and part of the physical therapy profession.

Since chiropractic is not yet licensed in those countries, the PTs feel that by acting quickly, they can absorb a profession that is more than simply spinal manipulation, and make it their own.  The Brazilian Chiropractors’ Association (ABQ) has been campaigning to establish the chiropractic profession but their 200 members are going to have a difficult time against the 95,000 PTs already in Brazil alone.

Chiropractic has been growing rapidly in Brazil since the opening of two university-based chiropractic colleges in the late 1990s – Feevale Central University in Novo Hamburgo, in partnership with Palmer College; and the University of Anhembi Morumbi in Sao Paulo, in partnership with Western States Chiropractic College. The legislation to protect chiropractic and being promoted by the ABQ was approved by a third and final parliamentary Commission in late November 2006 and must now go back to the full house or Camara for final vote. It is being stalled by legislators working with the PT profession, while PTs are providing short courses in chiropractic to try to create a competing chiropractic profession.

Advertisement claiming chiropractic is a specialty of physical therapy, and placed in Brazil’s national newspaper The Globe in February by Brazilian physical therapists.

Advertisement claiming chiropractic is a specialty of physical therapy, and placed in Brazil’s national newspaper The Globe in February by Brazilian physical therapists.

 Recently, the fight for chiropractic in Brazil took a turn when the Federal Police, acting upon a complaint from physiotherapy leaders, challenged visiting doctors of chiropractic for being engaged in the illegal practice of physiotherapy in southern Brazil. 

As chiropractors, what happens in other doctor’s backyards will eventually affect us. The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is asking for chiropractic associations, colleges, other organizations and individuals to assist the ABQ and chiropractic in Brazil financially. We need to stop the PTs in Brazil from succeeding in their attempts to hijack this profession.

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  1. Brazilian P.T said,

    February 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I am Brazilian, Chiropractic is a specialty of the physical therapy acording to COFFITO resolution nº220. The Brazilian physiotherapists have much knowledge about human body and manual therapy therefore no necessity not to become the chiropractic in a profession in our country. D.C. Go home!!!


    March 28, 2010 at 8:33 am

    In Chile the PTs have the same posture as their Brazilian collegues. Where are the true enemies of the chiropractic? The leader behind this incredible operation are Sira Borges and his husband David Chapman, they are promoting the destruction of the chiropractic profession, and is worse, they appear to be happy with this gravis mistake, the are alowwing to become the chiropractic in a PT specialty, please read this to confirm this tragedy
    Chile: Last October, the Universidad de las Americas (UDLA) in Santiago, Chile announced it will receive first students at its new school of chiropractic in March 2010. The dean of chiropractic will be Dr. Rodrigo Pinochet, a graduate of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic Conversion Program held for kinesiologists in Chile in 2005-06. Dr. Pinochet currently serves as director of health sciences at the university.

    The ULDA is a private university owned by Laureate Education, which has over 500,000 students at its network of 45 universities in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Some three years ago, Laureate purchased the University Anhembi Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has one of Brazil’s two chiropractic programs; the curriculum and program in Chile will be based upon those at UAM.


    March 28, 2010 at 8:41 am

    To clarify the truble for the chiropractic, in Chile the Pts professioanl are named kinesiologyst, the own chiropractic will prepare the local Pts in a conversion program, this is to become the chiroparactic in an specialty for those professional I need to insist where are the true emeies of chiropractic? what interest is behind? money? the chiropractic if not stop this form to expand the profession wil be lost, wil be the past

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