3 Important Points About Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic manipulation has been known to bring about a host of benefits and has been scientifically proven in many different peer-reviewed studies to be especially effective in the treatment of back and neck pain. With that aside, it may also be used for specific types of joint pain including pain in the legs, shoulders, arms etc. Frozen shoulder syndrome can be safely treated via chiropractic manipulation as well.
Of course, if you are already interested in chiropractic treatment for neck pain, back pain, joint pain, or perhaps for a more specific purpose that has not been mentioned here, you might still have some misgivings. In modern times, it is always good to take everything with a grain of salt. Is chiropractic practice just a bunch of snake oil? If so, does it come with several risks? Could you be putting your own safety in danger by seeing a chiropractor?
Well, to tell you the truth, the short answer is “no,” but here are some common questions and answers regarding the risks involved in chiropractic adjustments. After all, phrases like “spinal manipulation” can seem pretty intimidating to the uninitiated.
Is it safe to undergo chiropractic manipulation?
Allowing someone to manipulate your spinal column might seem like a pretty scary thing to do, but rest assured that it’s actually pretty safe. In fact, chiropractic practice prides itself on being safer than a majority of other types of treatment – especially for pain in the lower back and neck area. This is because chiropractic adjustments do not rely on either drugs nor on invasive surgery in order to get the job done. In other words, it allows you to preserve the integrity of your body without relying on external factors.
Complications associated with chiropractic treatment may include a herniated disc or worsening of certain conditions. Of course, it is worth noting that these are rare cases and the skill of the chiropractor including human error may be factored in as well. Certain types of stroke may also be triggered after a neck manipulation – but these are extremely rare cases.
Over-all, the America Chiropractic Association believes that neck manipulation in particular is relatively safe. To quote: “neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, recent evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously, or following everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon.”
But is it actually effective?
Yes it is. There are several actual researched benefits of chiropractic treatment. The majority of these actual benefits are in the area of relief from back and neck pain as well as correcting the posture. Studies show relief from Sciatica due to chiropractic treatment of subluxations in the spine from the European Spine Journal. Patients with low back pain and neck pain also reported positive results due to chiropractic adjustments in a separate study published in the British Medical Journal. The Journal of Manipulative and Psychological Therapeutics also published a different study showing chiropractic treatment to be effective for the treatment of chronic lower back pain. Another area where chiropractic treatment has been shown to be super effective is in the treatment of tension and migraine headaches. There are over 230 peer-reviewed studies on the subject.
Will chiropractic treatment aggravate a pinched nerve?
On the contrary, chiropractic adjustments can actually release the tension from a pinched nerve. Even a simple massage has also been shown to be able to solve the issue of a pinched nerve causing taut muscles.