Side Effects of Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic is different from treatments in conventional western medicine and is included in complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs). Chiropractor operates under statutory regulation, which works the same way with that for conventional medical doctors. Chiropractic is legal only if it is practiced by those administered in General Chiropractic Council (GCC). And those registered in GCG are practitioners who have certain qualifications in chiropractic and who agree to follow its code of practice.

This regulation is to guarantee the safety of the patients by monitoring its training, practice, and conduct. So, is chiropractic a scam? This regulation, however, doesn’t guarantee that this treatment is absolutely safe, effective, and risk-free. Chiropractors must follow the standard of practice, and if they don’t, patients can complain to the GCG.

Is Chiropractic Good For You?

In some cases, there are found some side effects of chiropractic adjustments. There is a report mentioning that 50% patients experience adverse effects after spinal manipulation, including stiffness or soreness, fatigue, mild headache, temporarily increased pain. In most cases, these effects are minor and do not develop into severe interferences. The effects usually heal within couple of days.

It is very rare that the adverse effects will develop into severe complications. However, since there is a possibility of mistakes to happen, serious complications might also happen, including but not limited to the following:

  • Artery wall tearing, which can lead to stroke
  • Spinal column injuries, which can lead to paralysis
  • Blood build-up between the outer layers of the brain and the skull, which can lead to coma or even death

However, these complications are very rare to happen and can be prevented as long as chiropractor does the right procedure.

Precautions might be taken into account to make sure that chiropractic adjustment is good for you and does not lead to severe complications like mentioned above. Chiropractor is not allowed to undergo chiropractic adjustment if the patients have increased risk of damage to the spines, bones, or nerves. Read this benefits of chiropractic adjustment.

People with certain health conditions must not have chiropractic adjustments. And they include people with severe osteoporosis, primary bone cancer or secondary bone cancer, poorly controlled diabetic neuropathy, poorly controlled gout or arthritis, spinal cord nerves compression, and fractures.