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Benefits and possible risks of Chiropractic

The information and treatment in the posts produces innumerable benefits to the patient, among those are reduction of pain, increased mobility of joints and general flexibility, and balanced stimulation of the nervous system through the many chiropractic techniques. The chiropractic adjustment also known as spinal manipulation is just one of many techniques used and all techniques are varied according to the patient history, age, health and condition. Our DHA licensed chiropractors are highly trained in history taking, examination and diagnosis which directs them to determine the correct treatment protocol for each individual patient. Each patient is carefully assessed to ensure that the benefits far outweigh any risks of treatment.

Benefits are many fold but include getting back to a normal lifestyle without pain, being able to exercise well again, regaining flexibility, improving posture and, in many cases, needing less or no more pain medication (with the toll they take on other organs) or surgery.

Post treatment effects (in most patients effects are just beneficial) are mostly short lived and easily alleviated with rest, hot or cold packs and if required over the counter an anti-inflammatory which your chiropractor can recommend. Please follow any advice on daily activities that your chiropractic practitioner suggests. Different areas of the spine and other joints will have varying side effects, though the vast majority of patients experience little or no adverse effects. Mildly increased local pain, headache, dizziness and fatigue are the most common effects but they usually last for only 24 to 48 hours. Concerned patients should consult their chiropractor if symptoms persist or are severe.

As with any medical procedure there are some risks that have been documented and discussed in the past, which have been well researched in the literature and in most cases no current evidence has been found of any causal factors. Your chiropractor can point you to this research if you would like to read it. Much of it can be found following the links below.

Finally, rest assured that a thorough consultation with the chiropractor is always carried out before any procedures are performed, to ensure that your treatment is safe for you. Since risks are often dependent on the health of patient, please discuss your health issues with your chiropractor on your first consultation and whenever you notice or are diagnosed with any new health issues.

  1. A risk-benefit assessment strategy to exclude cervical artery dissection in spinal manual-therapy: a comprehensive review.

  2. Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain.

  3. First-contact care with a medical vs chiropractic provider after consultation with a swiss telemedicine provider: comparison of outcomes, patient satisfaction, and health care costs in spinal, hip, and shoulder pain patients.

  4. Chiropractic Care of Adults With Postpartum-Related Low Back, Pelvic Girdle, or Combination Pain: A Systematic Review.

  5. A nonsurgical approach to the management of patients with lumbar radiculopathy secondary to herniated disk: a prospective observational cohort study with follow-up.

  6. Efficacy of manual therapy in the treatment of tension-type headache. A systematic review from 2000-2013.

  7. Effectiveness of manual therapy for chronic tension-type headache: a pragmatic, randomised, clinical trial.

  8. Spinal manipulation therapy: Is it all about the brain? A current review of the neurophysiological effects of manipulation.

  9. Where to turn for low back pain relief.

  10. Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability Among US Service Members With Low Back Pain. A Comparative Effectiveness Clinical Trial.

  11. The Top 10 Most Impactful SMT Studies in the Past Year.

  12. Effect of Manual Therapy and Therapeutic Exercise Applied to the Cervical Region on Pain and Pressure Pain Sensitivity in Patients with Temporomandibular Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

  13. The Nordic maintenance care program: maintenance care reduces the number of days with pain in acute episodes and increases the length of pain free periods for dysfunctional patients with recurrent and persistent low back pain – a secondary analysis of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial.

  14. An Assessment of Nonoperative Management Strategies in a Herniated Lumbar Disc Population: Successes Versus Failures.

  15. Clinical effectiveness of manipulation and mobilisation interventions for the treatment of non-specific neck pain: protocol for a systematic review
    and meta-analysis.

  16. Effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation versus sham manipulation for recurrent headaches in children aged 7–14 years – a randomised clinical trial.

  17. Effects of spinal manipulative therapy on inflammatory mediators in patients with non-specific low back pain: a non-randomized controlled clinical trial.

  18. The Effectiveness and Harms of Spinal Manipulative Therapy for the Treatment of Acute Neck and Lower Back Pain: A Systematic Review.

  19. Evidence-based guidelines for the Chiropractic Treatment of Adults with Headache.

  20. Impact of Spinal Manipulation on Migraine Pain & Disability – Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis.

  21. Chiropractic Treatment for Headache and Lower Back Pain.