We care for a large number of patients in our Orlando, FL clinic, and Dr. Kevin Yates has helped many people overcome a range of health issues. In spite of this, a common concern that seems to prevent a lot of people from seeking care is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Fortunately, according to three different studies (out of many on the issue), the answer to this question is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
Chiropractic is Safe, According to Australian Study
The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 adults between the ages of 20 and 85. Each participant was affected by spine-related pain, and half of the people received real chiropractic care while the other half were given two sham chiropractic treatment sessions. Data was obtained after each real or fake adjustment to determine if any undesirable negative effects occurred as a result of the real chiropractic treatments.
Researchers found that no one documented any serious undesirable side effects at all after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some people did state that they experienced a headache (9% of patients) or muscle stiffness (37 percent) post-treatment, but the results were not serious.
Large US Survey Finds that Chiropractic is Safe
The second research study(2), also released in the prestigious publication, Spine, was conducted in an effort to determine the safety of chiropractic care. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 individuals. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.
Once again, the researchers found no serious adverse side effects. The experts calculated the risk of total adverse reactions to be approximately 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some individuals did report non-serious, milder, unwanted effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4%), and this prompted 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 Care Is Safe for Kids
The third study(3) is different from the first two pieces of research, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this case, the authors analyzed results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the young ones, chiropractors answering the survey documented only three cases where there were negative side effects. When parents were questioned, 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 studies like these, chiropractic care has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To discover what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Orlando, FL office and schedule an appointment today at (407) 491-3240.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.