Is Chiropractic Dangerous?

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Many people wonder if chiropractic treatment is dangerous. You may have heard that herniated disks, compressed nerves, and even stroke and paralysis are possible after a chiropractic treatment. But the reality is, any complications stemming from chiropractic care are generally mild and some of these possible injuries are simply rumors. Modern medicine is much more dangerous than chiropractic.

Persons experiencing a headache or backache might reach straight for an OTC pain reliever before thinking to call a chiropractor. But acetaminophen is the causeof over 50,000 hospital visits and 450 deaths each year. Medications for asthma, allergies, and Crohn’s disease all come with a laundry list of side effects. Not to mention the risks of medication mix-ups, accidental drug interactions, and other adverse reactions. With chiropractic care, back pain, migraines, sciatica, asthma, allergies, Crohn’s disease, and other disorders can be helped without medications.

It’s common to think that only persons with back pain should seek out a chiropractor, but chiropractic treatment is ideal and safe for infants, children, adults, and even pregnant women who want to increase their overall health and wellness. In fact, chiropractic treatment can correct or prevent breech presentation. A breech baby will be born feet first, which can be dangerous for both mother and child and necessitate a cesarean section. Chiropractic treatment is safe during pregnancy and can even make giving birth easier and shorten labor times.

Chiropractic is also safe for children and infants. Birth can have traumatic effects on a baby’s body. Early subluxations can lead to breathing troubles, nursing difficulties, colic, and sleep disturbances. Compared to a doctor’s visit or prescription solution, chiropractic care is much safer for children.

Some people believe chiropractic is dangerous because of the “popping” noise of spinal manipulation. Although the pops are natural and do not indicate an issue or injury, this is completely understandable. To alleviate concerns, chiropractors have a variety of tools at their disposal to provide effective, non-manual spinal manipulation.

In fact, chiropractic care often involves more than just spinal manipulation. In caring for the total body and working toward wellness, a chiropractor might employ massage therapy, functional neurology, nutritional changes, and more to achieve your health goals. There is little to no risk associated with these additional therapies.

As with anything, approach chiropractic with caution and sensibility. Choose a reputable doctor with good reviews who knows what they’re doing. If you’re still nervous or have questions about receiving chiropractic care, contact Ability Chirotoday.