We tend to a large number of patients in our Redondo Beach clinic, and Dr. Vinick has helped many people manage a wide array of health problems. However, a common worry that seems to stop many people from getting care is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Well, according to three different studies (out of many on the topic), the answer to this concern is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first article(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 men and women. Each participant reported suffering from spine-related pain, and half of the patients received real chiropractic care whereas the remaining patients received two fake chiropractic treatments. Data was collected after each real or fake adjustment to determine whether or not any unpleasant side effects occurred as a result of the actual chiropractic adjustments.
The authors found that none of the patients documented any serious negative side effects whatsoever after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some people did state that they got a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) after treatment, but the effects were not of a serious nature.
The next article(2), also released in the distinguished publication, Spine, was conducted in an attempt to establish the safety of chiropractic care. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 people. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.
Once again, the investigators discovered no serious adverse side effects. The authors computed the risk of total adverse reactions to be about six out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some volunteers did report non-serious, milder, unwanted effects such as dizziness (about 1.6%) or a headache (4%), and this prompted the researchers to conclude that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."
The third research paper(3) is different from the previous two reports, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this article, researchers investigated results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the kids, chiropractors answering the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse reactions. When parents were surveyed, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."
Based on studies like these, chiropractic has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To find out what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Redondo Beach clinic and schedule an appointment today at (310) 375-4325.