We see hundreds of patients at our office on a weekly basis and field many different questions. “Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?” happens to be one of the most common ones, particularly from patients who have never visited a chiropractor before. We wanted to post the answer to this question on your blog. So, if you’ve ever wondered about the safety of chiropractic then this is the article for you.
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. We often tell our new patients that similar to a new exercise, your body may experience some temporary soreness, which is in fact part of the healing process.
Anyone who has started a new exercise program understands that this is part of the healing process. We are not trying to mask the symptom, so when making correction to the underlying cause, your body needs time to adapt to the changes in the new and improved physiology. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
The cause of neck pain and some types of headaches are corrected through precise cervical (neck) adjustments. Neck adjustments work to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion, eliminating nerve irritation, and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck adjustments, when performed by a skilled and well-educated professional such as a doctor of chiropractic, is a remarkably safe procedure.
If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective type of adjustments.
When discussing the risks of any health care procedure, it is important to look at that risk in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition. In this regard, the risks of serious complications from spinal manipulation for conditions such as neck pain and headache compare very favorably with even the most conservative care options. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain—over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers—are significantly greater than those of chiropractic adjustments.
According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people taking NSAIDS are three times more likely than those who do not to develop serious adverse gastrointestinal problems such as hemorrhage (bleeding) and perforation. That risk rises to more than five times among people age 60 and older.
Moreover, the number of prescriptions for powerful drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone have tripled in the past 12 years. The Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that abuse of these commonly prescribed painkillers are among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Overdoses of opioid painkillers are responsible for some 15,000 deaths per year; that’s more than the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined.
Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. We have been providing our wellness services here in our clinic for over 12 years now. We also have a very big referral network of other professionals all over the country, so if you need us to find the right provider for your friend or loved one not in Chicago, then let us know. We want to make sure your people are getting the right fit.
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