We tend to a large number of people in our Carmel, Indiana clinic, and Dr. Dahlager has helped countless people overcome a wide array of health problems. However, a common worry that seems to prevent some people from pursuing care is whether or not chiropractic adjustments are safe. Well, according to three different studies (out of quite a few on the topic), the answer to this question is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and included 183 women and men. Each person reported affected by spinal pain, and half of the people received real chiropractic adjustments whereas the other half received two sham chiropractic treatment sessions. Data was obtained after each real or fake adjustment to see if any unfavorable reactions occurred as a result of the real chiropractic treatments.
Researchers found that none of the patients reported any serious negative adverse reactions in any way after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some individuals did state that they had a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (37%) after treatment, but the results were not of a serious nature.
The next study(2), also released in the prestigious medical journal, Spine, was done in an effort to ascertain the safety of chiropractic. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.
Once again, the experts found no serious adverse side effects. The authors computed the risk of total side effects to be about 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some volunteers did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (16 out of every 1,000 treatment consultations and 15 out of every 1,000 treatment sessions) or a headache (4%), and this prompted the researchers to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."
The third research paper(3) is different from the first two pieces of research, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this case, the authors analyzed data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic treatment sessions.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the young children, chiropractors responding to the survey documented only three cases where there were negative side effects. When parents were surveyed, 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 has been deemed safe and effective for everyone. To discover what chiropractic can do for you, call our Carmel, Indiana office and make an appointment today at (317) 214-7218.