The Safety of Chiropractic
The Most Common Questions
“Doesn’t it hurt?” and “Is it safe?”
Keep in mind, many of the people asking are taking several prescription pills per day or are considering spinal surgery.
According to the ACA, treatment by a chiropractor is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Many patients feel immediate relief following a chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. The reason people who have seen chiropractors swear by them and continue to go back is that chiropractic is just as safe as it is effective.
Spinal manipulation works to improve joint mobility, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. When performed by a skilled, well-educated professional such as a doctor of chiropractic, manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure.
It is important to look at the safety in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition. With the rise of powerful drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone having tripled in the past 12 years, the CDC reports 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. Prescription drug abuse has become epidemic all throughout the country and its addictive nature is shattering families and communities.
Chiropractors are trained specialists who know about this one vital part of the body - your spine. The adjustment can involve a “crack” or “pop”, but they’re not painful. In fact, many people associate that sound with pain relief. The alternative pain relieving methods are often much riskier.
Things We Treat
Lower Back Pain
Ankle and Foot Pain