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Chiropractic Care: Risks vs Rewards

By Paul Rothbart

Since arriving on the medical care scene, chiropractic has come a long way. It's accepted as a viable form of treatment by the medical community and millions have found relief by making visits to a chiropractor. If you have back, neck, or joint pain, you may be considering trying chiropractic care but could be concerned about the risks. Will it hurt? Could it injure me? Are the benefits worth the risks? Here is some information to help you make that decision.

Risks of Chiropractic Care

Before getting into what the risks of chiropractic treatment are, it is important to realize that everything has risks. Any kind of surgery has the potential to cause damage or a fatality due to the anesthesia or the procedure itself. Medications have side effects and there is generally a risk of addiction. Orthopedic treatment and even dental treatments also have their share of risks. Chiropractic care is no different in that regard. However as it uses no medication or invasive procedures, the risks are minimal. There is sometimes soreness, but it's usually no worse than you would experience after a hard workout. The number of patients who suffer from severe pain or damage to their bodies is minuscule compared to the number of people who see chiropractors. 

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Offsetting the small amount of risk are the great potential benefits of chiropractic care. For pain relief, it may be one of the best methods of treatment out there. A chiropractor gets to the source of pain. An examination finds subluxations or compressed discs in the spine. The chiropractor then makes adjustments that get the spine right and can relieve pain. A chiropractor can also treat joint problems. The body is treated as a whole and the process is completely natural. Regular visits can help prevent these problems from recurring. 

But Wait, There's More

Chiropractic care has other, lesser-known benefits. It can help relieve tension headaches and migraines that are caused by problems with the spine. Many people find that they sleep better when making regular visits. Good sleep is one of the most important aspects of health and helps your body to heal. Another benefit some patients experience is the ability to manage stress better. Chronic stress causes many mental and physical ailments. Anything that can help with stress is certainly worth trying.

Like anything else, chiropractic care does have its risks. But the benefits far outweigh them. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment and you may find that seeing a chiropractor is one of the best things you could do for your health.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tampa, Fla.

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