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Chiropractic Myths

Spinal Adjustments Hurt

Quite the contrary. Many patients feel instant relief immediately after their treatments. In fact, most look forward to their Chiropractic treatments. In patients suffering from severe bouts of back or neck pain, some discomfort may be experienced for obvious reasons, however, for most patients this is not the case.

 

Spinal Adjustments Are Dangerous

Chiropractic spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by Chiropractors. In fact, Chiropractic adjustments are among the safest treatments for most back and neck problems. According to a 1993 Ontario Ministry of Health commissioned study,

“There is no clinical or case-control study that demonstrates or even implies that chiropractic spinal manipulation is unsafe in the treatment of low-back pain. Some medical treatments are equally safe,but others are unsafe and generate iatrogenic (doctor-induced) complications for low-back pain patients. Our reading of the literature suggests that chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management of low-back pain."

Lead investigator of the study, Pran Manga, Ph.D., however, did warn that spinal adjustments need to be performed by properly trained health care professionals:

”Indeed, several existing medical therapies of low-back pain are generally contraindicated on the basis of the existing clinical trials. There is also some evidence in the literature to suggest that spinal manipulations are less safe and less effective when performed by non-Chiropractic professionals."

 

Chiropractic Is Not Scientific

Chiropractors have always sought to provide the safest and most effective healing methods for their patients. In order to achieve this, the Chiropractic profession has been dedicated to conducting scientific studies to improve their diagnostic methods and treatment techniques. In the last 20 years Chiropractic health care has established an impressive array of scientific research that demonstrates the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of Chiropractic care.