Just How Safe Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is recognized as one of the safest treatments available for a variety of musculoskeletal ailments. Because of its drug-free and noninvasive approach to healing, chiropractic has one of the best safety records of all health treatments.

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Of course, there is no such thing as a medical treatment that’s completely free from side effects; however, the risks associated with chiropractic are generally considered to be minimal. While most patients feel an almost immediate relief after treatment, others may experience a mild discomfort following an adjustment. Personally, I find that these symptoms are minimized by scheduling an appointment late in the afternoon and avoiding excessive exercise the day of an adjustment.

When you schedule an appointment with your chiropractor you can rest assured that you’re choosing a health care treatment that’s safe and effective. According to a 2004 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic care is more effective than traditional medical treatment for the relief of chronic lower back pain in patients who’ve been experiencing symptoms for a year or less. Other studies have shown that regular adjustments are able to provide a superior level of short term pain relief than many medications.

One of my favorite statistics on the safety of chiropractic care comes from the website of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA): “if you drive more than a mile to get to your chiropractic appointment, you are at greater risk of serious injury from a car accident than from your chiropractic visit.” It really puts chiropractic safety into perspective.

Chiropractic is an extremely safe method of healthcare. However, you don’t have to take my word for it. Contact your Doctor of Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment to discuss any concerns and answer any questions that you may have.


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