When it comes to chiropractic care, many people automatically think about spine adjustments that often come with cracks and pops within the joints. This has led to an age old debate about whether adjustments are safe. You may have seen horror stories circulating in the news or social media about spine adjustments going wrong. However, today we want to put some of the negative myths around chiropractic care to rest and help you feel informed when choosing a treatment option for your health.
The Safety of Spine Adjustments
According to extensive research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, they have deemed adjustments of the spine as safe for treating common pain issues like back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Additionally, when chiropractic care is compared to other common treatments for pain related issues it is considered one of the safest options out there. This is because chiropractic treatment is holistically based and non-invasive, which always comes with fewer risks than medications, injections, or even surgery.
The biggest factor that plays a role in getting safety adjusted is by choosing a properly trained chiropractor. Anyone that has gone through the rigors of chiropractic school is more than qualified to help you with issues related to pain, misalignment, insomnia, injury, poor movements patterns, posture, and more. Additionally, if you want the best of the best, consider finding a chiropractor certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). These elite experts are trained in extensive research based protocols to provide the best possible outcomes.
The Risks of Spine Adjustments
Like any treatment, there are of course some risks involved when it comes to chiropractic spine manipulation. The most common side effects are short term, mild, and associated with the initiation of chiropractic treatment. These include discomfort, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. More serious, but extremely rare, side effects include increased spine damage, severe pain, or vertebral artery dissection. However, if you are working with a trusted chiropractor you can rest assured that they will complete several screens during your initial assessment to make sure you are an appropriate candidate for treatment to avoid unnecessary side effects.
The Bottom Line
As a Western nation, we have become accustomed to quick fixes and are leery of more holistic approaches to our health- often putting chiropractic care under fire because of this. Plus, in a technologically laden world we tend to be drawn to drama. Thus, the latest horror story might be interesting but probably isn’t worth reading since it is most often a very rare issue.
The truth is that chiropractic care requires consistent treatment and attention to an individual’s well-being to be able to yield great long term results. Ultimately, don’t be afraid of chiropractic adjustments. Plus, it is only one option in a chiropractor’s toolbox for improving your health. Try finding a CBP certified provider in your area today to see how they can help you address your health goals and/or pain symptoms today.