Safe and Effective Chiropractic Care

By Debra Rodzinak

It is a common fallacy that chiropractic care is not safe. In fact, the opposite seems to be true based on several case-controlled studies performed in the United States and Canada. Ron Feise, a writer for the Faribault Daily News, researched several studies conducted on this subject. According to his research, he found approximately 20 million people visit chiropractors each year seeking relief from various aches and pains. Most of these pains are located in the back, neck, or head. 


According to Feise, two case-controlled studies looked at the relationship between chiropractic neck manipulation and stroke. No association was found in either chiropractic care or primary physician care in relevance to the risk of stroke. Both of the studies concluded that patients were no more likely to suffer a stroke after a trip to their local doctor versus a trip to the chiropractor. In fact, these studies concluded that chiropractic care is an unlikely cause of a stroke. These findings are in agreement with more than a dozen other published scientific studies conducted. 

The chances of having a stroke or dying following chiropractic care are very slim -- fewer than five cases per million treatments, which is the same rate as a visit to the doctor. Disc herniation is estimated to be even lower at one case per million. And, by the way, a chiropractor is a doctor who specializes in the spine. 


In fact, several studies have used MRI technology to examine the stress on the arteries of the neck after a chiropractic session. These stunning conclusions found that chiropractic manipulation actually puts LESS stress on the arteries of the neck than a simple range-of-motion test! A separate study using Doppler ultrasound found the same results.


Spinal surgery is far more dangerous than chiropractic manipulation of the spine. Failure rates for spinal surgery are greater than 22 percent, death rates after spinal surgery are around five in 1,000, and one in 1,000 patients have blindness after spinal surgery! Twenty-nine percent of spinal surgery patients reported serious pain or disability post-op.

As with any treatment, you should always balance the benefits and risks of any treatment regime. This delicate balance is one of the most challenging aspects to finding the best treatment for your particular malady. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to relieve pain and treat symptoms associated with headaches, neck, and back pain.

Visit our experienced chiropractors at The Joint. No need to hassle with insurance forms or appointment times, just walk in and let one of the professionals evaluate your spine to relieve pain in your back, neck, and head.