Chiropractic therapy is beneficial for those who are suffering from neck pain, back, pain, headaches, and plenty of other musculoskeletal conditions. This is something that has been confirmed multiple times by evidence-based studies.
But the safety of this procedure has always been questioned. It doesn’t help that “spinal manipulation” sounds very intimidating on paper, especially if you don’t know how it works. This fear and doubt stems from the fact that the spine is one of the most important parts of our body. We rely on it for movement and function—it’s something we can’t afford to damage.
On this article, we will discuss the safety of chiropractic neck adjustments and its potential side effects.
Are Chiropractic Neck Adjustments Really Safe?
It’s easy to dismiss doubts over chiropractic adjustment if you show people how effective it is, and how patients who’ve received it have not suffered from any long term issues.
But there are also those who know way more than the public does when it comes to chiropractic care: and they are concerned that it might damage the internal carotid artery in the neck during spinal manipulation. How do we address these fears?
Researchers have found the answer.
The internal carotid artery was always hard to observe because it is located deep inside the neck, and covered by thick layers of tissue, muscles, bones, and ligaments. But scientists have found a way to analyze the internal carotid artery during spinal adjustment in order to see how it reacts to applied chiropractic forces.
The results showed that the amount of force impressed on the internal carotid artery during chiropractic neck adjustments was not greater than the force it receives and manages on a daily basis. The internal carotid artery reacts to regular human movements all the time, and chiropractic forces do not make an impact.
This shows us that we can receive all the benefits of chiropractic adjustments without fear of consequences.
Are There Potential Side Effects?
All treatment methods have potential side effects, and chiropractic care is no different. But the fact is that spinal adjustments rarely cause them—and even then, they are always mild. One study focused on a group of 28,807 chiropractic patients who received a total of 50,276 neck adjustments combined.
From all of these sessions, only one negative side effect was reported: mild dizziness, which also dissipated quickly. No other adverse effects were found.
On the other hand, the benefits are impressive. Patients experience reduced pain and inflammation soon after receiving the treatment. They can quickly recover from conditions like dizziness, headaches, whiplash, and other problems related to the neck. Chiropractic adjustments have also proven effective against hypertension because it addresses issues in the upper part of the cervical spine.
Professionals have been using chiropractic techniques for years. They use it to restore a patient’s range of motion after a car accident. They can ease a patient’s discomfort after an injury. They can help realign your spine so you can be at your best when training or participating in a sporting event.
Spinal manipulation has been around for a long time. Millions of adjustments are being delivered safely around the world every single year. Chiropractors should not be feared—and neck adjustments should be the least of your worries. It’s much better to receive treatment than to live with pain. Do not let fear prevent you from receiving the care you deserve.
Look for a chiropractor near you today and have yourself examined. They’ll be able to help you with most issues involving your musculoskeletal system—and your overall health, in general.
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