Is Chiropractic Safe?

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Bay Shore Chiropractic for familiesWe see a large number of people in our Bay Shore office, and Dr. Selzer has helped many people overcome a variety of health challenges. In spite of this, the primary issue that seems to stop some folks from getting treatment is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Luckily, according to three separate studies (out of countless on the topic), the answer to this concern is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe

The first article(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 women and men. Each person reported affected by spinal pain, and half of the people received real chiropractic care while the other half were given two fake chiropractic adjustments. Information was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to see if any unfavorable side effects occurred as a result of the actual chiropractic adjustments.

Researchers reported that no participants reported any significant adverse adverse reactions in any way after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some people did report that they got a headache (9% of patients) or muscle stiffness (37 percent) post-treatment, but the results were not serious.

Nationwide Survey Finds that Chiropractic Care is Safe

The next article(2), also released in the influential journal, Spine, was performed in an effort to establish the safety of chiropractic care. The study group was much larger -- 20,000 people. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.

Once again, the experts discovered no serious negative side effects. The authors computed the risk of total adverse reactions to be about 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. And, just as with the first study, some people did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (about 1.6%) or a headache (4 out of every 100), and this caused the researchers to conclude that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe for Children

This third study(3) is different from the first two reports, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this article, the authors analyzed results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic treatment sessions.

Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the young children, chiropractors answering the survey documented only three cases where there were adverse effects. When parents were surveyed, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Furthermore, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."

Based on these three studies (and many more!), chiropractic care has been deemed safe and effective for everyone. To discover what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Bay Shore office and schedule an appointment today at (631) 665-3714.

References

  1. Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
  2. Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
  3. Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.
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    Dr. Craig Selzer is a chiropractor in Bay Shore, New York. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1994 and attended SUNY Stony Brook. He holds additional degrees in Bachelor of Science and Certified Active Release Techniques. All Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy care is a Family Practice dedicated to overall health through the body's innate ability to heal itself. Dr. Selzer is certified in Active Release Techniques and is always treating athletic injuries.