How Safe is Chiropractic Care?
A number of people in Saint Paul, MN have never seen a chiropractor, and if you yourself have never experienced a chiropractic adjustment, you certainly have a lot of questions about how chiropractic actually works and how it can help you enhance your health.
A common one we hear from new patients is: "Is chiropractic safe for my family?"
First, there are about 60,000 chiropractic doctors in the USA and they see about 30 million patients. If each person sees their chiropractor three times a year, that's about 90 million adjustments each year in the United States. If chiropractic care wasn't safe, we'd certainly be hearing about it the news.
Second, there's real scientific research that demonstrates that chiropractic is safe. The prestigious medical journal Spine published a study in 2013 that evaluated 183 patients in Australia. 92 patients received two chiropractic adjustments each; the other 91 patients received a sham adjustment. The investigators had all of the test subjects submit a questionnaire asking about any side effects that the patients might have encountered.
The doctors found that there were "no serious adverse events" from chiropractic care. Some people did report muscle tightness or a slight increase in pain immediately after the adjustment, but these were short-lived.
Even the AMA suggests that patients see a chiropractor before going through more invasive procedures, like surgery. In 2013, the Canadian Family Physician recommended chiropractic care for pregnant women who want to avoid medications. In addition, many of our patients bring their kids in for chiropractic care and some research shows that it can bebeneficial for colic in babies.
We've treated thousands of people in Saint Paul, MN and we'd like to help you, too! Give our office a call today at (316) 729-4500 for a consultation or appointment.