There is a lot of misinformation out there about all medical treatments, but particularly chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is incredibly safe, with a tremendous body of research proving its effectiveness. The American Chiropractic Association recently published a great handout addressing these issues: How Safe Is Chiropractic Care? (also available in PDF: ACA Chiropractic FAQ’s).
According to the American Chiropractic Association:
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drugfree, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint pain of the arms or legs, and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.
The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment. But some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they might after exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
In addition to being a safe form of treatment, spinal manipulation is incredibly effective, getting patients back on their feet faster than traditional medical care. Giles and Muller found that spinal manipulation may provide better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications.2 Two years later, they found that for treating chronic mechanical low-back pain and neck pain, spinal manipulation may provide broader and more significant long-term benefits than acupuncture or pain-relief medication.3
We understand that some doctors are better than others, and that some treatments will be best for certain patients based on their specific conditions, needs, and medical history. That is why we encourage patients to ask questions, raise concerns, and take an active and leading role in their own healing. Our chiropractic physician, Dr. Michael Herb is happy to provide additional research on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care at Absolute Wellness Center, or you are welcome to check out the information on our Chiropractic Care FAQ’s page. Dr. Herb is also specialized in sports medicine, and prides himself on staying up to date on the latest research. He is happy to spend as much time as needed with each and every patient to ensure they are comfortable and confident.
Absolute Wellness Center in Eugene, OR provides sports medicine, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, and massage. To learn more about safe and effective treatment options for your pain or injury, or just to improve your health, please give us a call at 541-484-5777.