Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Finding relief from pain can take several forms, with many of you looking for alternative forms of pain management. The widespread pain medication addiction problems facing the U.S. have raised the profile of chiropractors as one of the most popular alternatives to pain medications available. Among the most popular reasons for seeking the assistance of a chiropractor is:

  • Back pain
  • Auto accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches and migraines

More than 22 million Americans have sought the assistance of a chiropractor to find relief from several types of pain. The popularity of chiropractic care continues to grow, with alternative therapies on the rise instead of prescription narcotic pain medications. When you consider the use of chiropractic care, you should be aware of the benefits of this form of treatment and its risks. There have been numerous studies completed about the safety of chiropractic spinal adjustments, which are largely safe.

Around 35 percent of people seeking chiropractic care do so to ease the pain of lower back issues. The use of chiropractic adjustments for lower back issues is safe and successful, with the instances of injury still regarded as rare. Chiropractors will explain to you the goal of their profession is to restore the range of motion and alignment of the body through spinal manipulation.

The return to alignment is a safe procedure when completed by a qualified and trained chiropractor. The use of chiropractic care is designed to allow the electrical impulses passing through your body from the brain to the extremities and back to flow freely. By unblocking the passages of electrical impulses, you will feel less pain and usually see a return to higher levels of energy.

Staying Safe With your Chiropractor

When you start your chiropractic journey, you will want to be sure your expert is well trained and capable of keeping you safe. Each qualified chiropractor goes through more than 4,000 hours of training to complete their education. The training requirements for a chiropractor are among the most stringent in the medical sector.

The initial training required to complete a chiropractic care course is more than 1,000 hours longer than those required to become a doctor of physical therapy. The stringent training requirements for a chiropractor are on a par with a medical physical, who undergoes just 200 hours more training than chiropractors. One of the ways you can help your chiropractor keep you safe is to make sure you provide your medical history to your doctor.

When you arrive at your chiropractor’s office, you will fill in several forms to help your doctor understand your general health. Along with detailing your current pain issues, you will explain your medical history. Allowing your chiropractor to examine your medical history will allow them to create a treatment plan taking your personal issues into account. The research completed into chiropractic care has shown the use of spinal manipulation and chiropractic treatments is safe for the treatment of acute pain.

The description of acute pain usually describes pain located in the lower back or neck and was caused by a sudden movement. Among the acute pain incidents treated by chiropractors, include:

  • Moving furniture
  • Sports collission
  • Whiplash from an auto accident

Medical issues that have been shown to benefit from the use of chiropractic care are headaches and migraines. The unblocking of the electrical impulse pathways moving around the body is thought to be of aid in the treatment of headaches and migraines, with neck pain also helped. The treatment of several medical conditions has been proven to be safe for patients seeking chiropractic care. The conditions chiropractors can assist with include fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. The safety of chiropractic care is high for most patients. However, some medical conditions do not respond well to chiropractic adjustments.

These conditions include:

  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Spinal cancer
  • Stroke
  • Numbness or a loss of strength

Studies have shown the potential side-effects of chiropractic adjustments have a short lifespan. The short lifespan of these side effects lasts overnight and generally disappears the day after the treatment has been completed. When you are ready to seek chiropractic care call our office at 205-637-1363.

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