Chiropractic Safety & Effectiveness
According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pains of the arms or legs, headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints.”
In general, the only risks associated with chiropractic care are occasional mild soreness or aching, similar to the sensation after exercise, but these effects seldom last beyond 24 hours.
Chiropractic has also been shown time and time again to be extremely effective in getting patients back to normal living much more rapidly than traditional medical treatment. According to the A.C.A., “A March 2004 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care in treating chronic low-back pain in those patients who have been experiencing symptoms for one year or less. In addition, a study published in the July 15, 2003 edition of the journal Spine found that “manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications.”
Recent medical research and animal studies have shown that spinal manipulation can decrease blood pressure and adrenal and nerve activity and enhance immune function by increasing metabolic rates of substances that regulate immunity and inflammation, including beta-endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers.
Chiropractic is Economical
Chiropractic care for the treatment of musculoskeletal and other conditions has been shown to be a safe, cost-effective alternative to traditional medical care. According to Pran Manga, PhD., University of Ottawa, “Chiropractic care is a cost-effective alternative to the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. It is also safer, increasingly accepted by the public as reflected in the growing utilization and high patient retention rates, and there is much and repeated evidence that patients prefer chiropractic over other forms of care for the more common musculoskeletal conditions. The integration of chiropractic into the health care system should serve to reduce health care costs, improve accessibility to needed care, and improve health outcomes. There is an extensive body of literature demonstrating that chiropractic care for NMS disorders is effective…There is a strong and compelling consensus that chiropractic is safer (than medical management), and patient satisfaction is higher than for other professions.”