Massage therapist accused of illegal practice

News 10 December, 2017
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    Nicolas Desjardins, Massage Therapist

    Catherine Montambeault

    Saturday, December 9, 2017 21:57

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    The owner of a clinic of alternative medicine in Blainville is facing 16 charges of illegal practice of medicine, filed by three professional orders different.

    Nicolas Desjardins is the founder of the Institute of Neuro-Performance, that offers services of neurothérapie, naturopathy and kinesiology.

    It says on the web site of his company to be the holder of a massage therapy training and have attended several development courses online.

    The College of physicians, the College of chiropractors and the professional Order of physiotherapy accuse Mr. Desjardins have made spinal manipulation and joint on his patients while he was not authorized to do so.

    These practices, which can be dangerous if not done correctly, are reserved for the doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors. It is said also to have suggested to his patients that he was entitled to exercise this type of manipulation.

    Last week, the superior Court ordered Nicolas Desjardins and its employees to cease their activities until Thursday, the day on which the case will be back before the judge.

    Contacted by The Newspaper, Mr. Desjardins has been criticized in the professional orders who accuse him of ” playing with terms that are extremely vague […] enabling them to pursue who they want “.

    Not a first

    This is not the first time that Nicolas Desjardins found himself in hot water for his questionable practices.

    In the spring, the man pleaded guilty to three charges filed by the College of chiropractors for illegal practice and misappropriation of title. He had to pay 4500 $ fine.

    “It was even committed, in writing, not to repeat its practices,” notes the president of the College, Dr. Jean-François Henry. If he is found guilty again, he is liable to fines ranging from a $ 2500 to $ 62,000 for each of the 16 counts levelled against him. “As it is a repeat offender, it may be more than the minimum fine “, said Dr Henry.

    Last October, the massage therapist appeared in a report of J. E. on the charlatans and professionals that extend far beyond their fields of expertise. He had performed a cervical manipulation on a journalist who was pretending to be a mere patient.