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Does Chiropractic Work?… and is it safe?

Posted by Dr. Gray on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A resounding YES! Of course! Found these two clips on YouTube and thought you might be interested.


3 Responses to “Does Chiropractic Work?… and is it safe?”

  1. You are so correct. I appreciate your information blog helping to educate others about the safety of chiropractic care.

    As you know, Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of 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 do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

    Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension.

    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, there is not yet a clear understanding of the connection. The occurrence appears to be very rare—1 in 5.85 million manipulations— based on the clinical reports and scientific studies to date. If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.

    In 1994, Cloud reported the following complications from medical therapy:

    1.5 million people will be hospitalized annually because of iatrogenic (physician caused) reactions, and 100,000 will die.

    1,000 people will die this week from complications of surgery that was unnecessary.

    1,600 children will die this year from allergic reaction to aspirin, and thousands of people will die this year from anaphylactic reactions to prescribed drugs.

    Dr. Lucian Leape (adjunct professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health) estimated that one million patients nationwide are injured by medical errors during hospital treatment each year, and 120,000 patients die because of medical error. That’s equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every day and is three times more the number of people killed each year in U. S. motor-vehicle accidents…They found out that one out every 200 patients died as a result of a hospital mistake, and that errors accounted for 69% of injuries caused by medical treatment that lengthened hospitalization or led to a disability upon discharge.

    Russel Sher, DC
    Asheville Center for Health Excellence


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