For a long time, people have debated over the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care. It’s easy to see why people would be skeptical: it’s an alternative treatment method, so they are not completely familiar with it, unlike conventional medical practices.
When talking about chiropractic care in particular, people often wonder if it’s really safe. Is it really worth the trouble? After all, this is a treatment method that involves “spinal adjustments”—no doubt something that sounds intimidating on paper.
So while pursuing chiropractic treatment and trying it out for the first time is a personal decision that only you and your doctor can make, there are factors that can change the way you view this particular treatment method. Let’s take a closer look at the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care, so you can make an informed decision when it comes to your well-being.
Neck Manipulations: Are They Safe?
First let’s talk about spinal adjustments and neck manipulations. When people hear about chiropractic care and the safety concerns and controversies, they always find issues surrounding neck manipulation. What exactly is neck manipulation anyway?
This procedure involves delivering precise and targeted movements to the vertebrae of the spine to fix something that is misaligned. This is done by a trained chiropractor who uses their hands to manually adjust these areas that are experiencing pain and discomfort.
Patients visit chiropractors to help them deal with their neck pain, back pain, or other areas of the body. In fact, chiropractors help treat a lot of musculoskeletal problems. They do this by putting the vertebrae back into their proper location within the body, alleviating pain and leaving the person feeling better than ever.
Now the question remains: is it safe? The truth is that chiropractic care is incredibly safe—but just like any other health care procedure, it has its risks. Here we need to emphasize that all health care procedures have their risks. The degree of risk that chiropractic care presents is no more than the general degree that conventional medicine also presents.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, this risk is only about 1 in over 5 million. Only bad events and experiences make the news, when in fact millions of chiropractic adjustments are being delivered every year. Millions of people enjoy the benefits of chiropractic treatment with zero negative effects.
With the low risk factor and high satisfaction of patients, it’s no surprise that even professional athletes recommend it. These are people who would not vouch for something they know is ineffective—it can affect their career, after all.
And it’s not just the athletes that can benefit from chiropractic care: those who were recently in a car accident can receive adjustments to recover or restore their range of motion.
All states require chiropractors to have a license before they could legally perform adjustments: so if you’re still worried, you can ask your chiropractor if they have one. A license could not be obtained without a degree in chiropractic care, and without passing an official licensure exam. These people know what they are doing.
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