This is one of the most common questions chiropractors are asked. The answer is simple. Of course it is safe.
Chiropractic is one of the most non-invasive health professions utilized today. Chiropractic is recognized as one
of the safest types of health care in the world. Numerous studies, including those funded by governments,
universities and nonprofit research institutions, have proven chiropractic to be a successful primary therapy for
neuromusculoskeletal conditions; a therapy that is safer, in fact, than most medical procedures used to treat the
same conditions. Chiropractic is also widely used as a complementary mode of care for a variety of other
conditions and diseases and to promote overall health, mobility and well-being.
Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse
side effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are extremely small in relation to other allopathic
health care models. Many patients feel immediate relief and improved mobility following chiropractic treatment,
but some may experience mild soreness or slight aching sensation post treatment, just as they do after some
forms of exercise.
Current literature shows that minor discomfort, soreness and or achy
sensations following spinal manipulation typically goes away within 24
hours. Neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. Some reports
have associated upper high velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of
stroke or vertebral artery dissection of which there is not yet a clear
understanding of the connection. The occurrence appears to be very rare; 1
in 5.85 million manipulations; based on the clinical reports and scientific
studies to date.
Is there a connection between stroke and chiropractic treatment? Would you think twice about cradling the phone
on your shoulder, checking your blind spot while backing into a parking space or getting your hair shampooed at
a salon? The risk of stroke from chiropractic care is no greater than it is from any of these everyday activities
most people perform. It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most
common treatments for musculoskeletal pain -- prescription and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDS) -- as these treatments may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic
According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all
hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID
painkillers like ibuprofen. Although these medications provide temporary relief from pain, they can actually cause
more harm than good. See our web page dedicated to the Safety of NSAIDS for more information on this topic.
As a chiropractor, the issue of safety is one that is raised often. Unfortunately chiropractic has in some people's
minds developed a reputation of being unsafe, when in actual fact it is one of the safest health care professions
around. To confirm this fact, you need look no further than the malpractice insurance premiums paid by
chiropractors. Compared to other professions working on the spine and nervous system they are extremely low.
So either the insurance companies are putting chiropractic before profits, or it is very safe. I think we all know the
answer to that one.
This is a question I have been asked since I enrolled in
Logan Chiropractic College more than ten years ago. The
answer is simple. Of course it is safe. Chiropractic is one
of the most non-invasive health professions utilized today.