Spinal adjustments have always been doubted by people. They question its safety as well as its effectiveness. But these fears are often unfounded, as chiropractic care is among the most reliable treatment methods around.
However, it is easy to see why people would be intimidated by the term “spinal adjustment”. We all rely on our spine for movement and function, after all. But today we are going to talk about chiropractic neck adjustments—and chiropractic care in general—to see if it is really as dangerous as the media makes it out to be.
Spoiler alert: it’s not dangerous. Here’s why you should consider chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic Neck Adjustments: Are They Dangerous?
Professionals have been using chiropractic techniques for years. They can use it to restore a patient’s range of motion after a car accident. They can use it to ease their discomfort or reduce inflammation after an injury. It can help athletes realign their spine so that they could operate at optimal levels while training or during a game.
Spinal manipulation has been around for a long time, and millions of adjustments are being safely delivered around the world every single year.
Although they look rough, spinal adjustments are much gentler than they appear. The adjustments don’t hurt. You may hear cracking sounds due to air being released from joints, but that’s nothing to be afraid of. Chiropractors target specific areas in your body to rebalance your spine and allow the rest of your body to heal naturally.
Chiropractic care is a controlled method that’s only performed by trained professionals. Patient satisfaction has always been high, and that wouldn’t be possible if the method was dangerous.
Side Effects of Chiropractic Neck Adjustments
Every treatment method has potential side effects, and this one is no different. But there’s nothing too serious that you should be worried about it. Remember that every form of medical treatment has its own risks—so chiropractic care shouldn’t take some extra heat just because it has its own potential side effects.
Discomfort and tiredness in the treated areas are quite common—but 85% of these reported conditions are mild and disappear within 24 hours.
If you’re looking for serious side effects, there is an extremely rare chance of vertebral or carotid artery dissection and stroke. But studies have reported that the chance of stroke occurring is 1 in 100,000 treatments. And these reports don’t even highlight chiropractic care as the sole cause of the stroke.
To give you a bit of perspective, there is a 1 in 13,300 chance that a person will die due to drinking 1 bottle of wine per day. There is also a 1 in 5,000 chance of dying from taking contraceptive pills. There is a 1 in 7,150 chance that you’ll die from a rock climbing accident. There’s a 1 in 2 million chance that a person will die from an amateur boxing match.
There’s a bigger chance of dying from pregnancy: as that has a 1 in 4,350 chance of occurrence.
These numbers should give you an idea on how “dangerous” chiropractic care can be. The decision is upon you, but at least you know that there’s really nothing to fear. You might even appreciate how good these adjustments can make you feel. If Olympic-level athletes are willing to stake their careers on this treatment method, there’s no reason for you to fear.
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