Common Questions and Answers About Chiropratic Care
There is a wealth of positive evidence supporting the effectiveness of chiropractic care. In recent decades, hundreds of independent controlled clinical research studies have demonstrated that chiropractic care is danger free in treating common symptoms like lower back pain, neck pain, headaches and other disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
This scientific evidence forms the basis for the majority opinion that chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment option for those who haven’t found successful treatment from more traditional methods.
Can Children Be Treated By A Chiropractor?
Yes, children and chiropractor care are compatible. The high levels of physical activity engaged in on the playground or the sports field brings with it a lot of falls and blows to the skeleton and muscles of younger people. While younger bodies are more limber and less susceptible to strain from high impact activities, misalignments that go untreated can develop into problems with chronic pain later in life. Even children as young as infants can be treated with chiropractic care for common ailments like colic.
What Risks Come With Chiropractic Treatment?
All medical care carries a certain amount of risk just by nature of the unpredictability of disorders in the body, and chiropractic care is no different. Chiropractic risks can included an exacerbation of muscle inflammation, strains to the nerves that run throughout the body, fracture of undiagnosed weakness in a bone, or, very rarely, vertebral artery syndrome.
Statistics show, however, that there is a greater risk of being struck by a lightning bolt than falling victim to a complication from chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic treatment is known as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive modes of patient care for treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Records show an excellent history of safety throughout the profession and the risks are known to be very slight. The immediacy of relief that comes from chiropractic adjustment, besides the possibility of slight soreness from muscle movement similar to that felt from working out, usually far outweighs any possible risk for most patients.
If I Can “Pop” My Own Back or Neck, Should I Still See a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors have attended years of medical schooling learning the human neuromusculoskeletal system from the inside out and methods of safely treating it. Chiropractors use a number of advanced techniques to pinpoint and identify specific misalignments in vertebrae of the spine. Further analysis goes into discovering how the body is being affected by this distortion and exactly what needs to be done to get it back in place. “Clicking” or “popping” the body with self-treatment only indicates that a joint that is already in its proper position is moving, nothing else.