Is Chiropractic Safe: What are the Benefits and Risks?

Updated on May 9, 2020

Chiropractic adaptation is a procedure used by a chiropractor to apply a controlled force to a spinal joint using the hands or small instruments. The objective is to improve the backbone movement and physical function of the whole body.

By: Dr. Demaine

Adjusting the chiropractic is safe if a person is properly trained and licensed to practice chiropractic care. It is rare, but complications are possible.

Like with a doctor’s visit, you can take your medical history and perform a physical exam if you see a chiropractor for back pain as well as any tests necessary to provide you with a precise diagnosis and treatment plan. One of the most common methods chiropractors do is spinal handling or chiropractic adjustment, after which repetitive movements or heavy lifting may lead to re-movement of the spinal cord, which enables you to heal while relaxing your muscle pains and strain. 

Chiropractic adjustments are performed in various ways following an assessment of the areas of concern. These can include pressing the teeth near the spine or pulling the body through fast motions that can make the popping sound.

The Benefits

  • It helps to rejuvenate nature. In contrast, chiropractic care helps your body to treat itself naturally with most other treatments, such as medicines, operation, or injection treatment.
  • It reduces ear infections of children. Many children are infected with frequent ears, and antibiotics are often prescribed. After regular chiropractic care, some children have a drop in otitis medium.

It can enhance your immunity. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can lead to a down-regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines and an increase in immune response antibodies. Moreover, leucocytes that help white blood cells fend off the disease can be produced through chiropractic.

  • Digestive problems can be reduced. If the problem is severe, frequent visits to a chiropractor can often minimize symptoms.
  • Your sleep is enhanced. Your sleep standard improves when you are not affected by spinal pain so that you feel more energetic and more focused.
  • Your blood pressure can be lowered. If the spinal cord is misaligned, it does not properly maintain your functions – like your blood pressure, which increases your health risk.
  • It can improve your equilibrium. The longer the backbone is durable and healthier, the harder the balance, the harder it is to prevent personal injury as it does from slip and slip.

Studies of pain relief, which are used by chiropractors, osteopaths, and medical practitioners to treat chronic back pain did do not confirm the efficacy of prolotherapy or sclerotherapy. Injections like sugar water or anesthetics are involved in the therapy in order to consolidate the ligaments on the back.

The Possible Risks

Persons with or taking osteoporosis, compression of the backbone, or inflammatory arthritis should not be spinally manipulated. In addition, before spinal manipulation, patients with cancer history should be clarified first by their doctor.

Chiropractic adaptation will be safe when someone is trained to provide chiropractic care and is licensed to perform it. Serious chiropractic adaptation complications are overall rare but may include a herniated disk or an exacerbation of existing disk herniation, nerve compression in the bottom spinal column, and a specific stroke type (vertebral artery dissection) following neck manipulation.

The entire treatment is based on an accurate reverse pain diagnosis. Also, the chiropractor should be well apprised about your medical archives. It must involve your current medicines, history of traumas, operations, and lifestyle factors. Although rare, treatment with herniated or slipped disks or manipulation of your neck resulted in injury to your spinal cord has worsened. To be safe, always check for chiropractic alternatives or other pain relief options with your physician.


Chiropractic care is safe if chiropractors are properly trained and licensed. Mild side effects are expected in the treated area, including temporary soreness, rigidity, and tenderness. Your research, though, will still be done. Request a doctor’s referral. Check the website of the chiropractor, including patient reviews. Talk to the chiropractor about its treatments and ask about potential treatment adverse effects.

Consider seeing an osteopathic doctor when you decide that the chiropractor is not for you. Osteopaths are fully authorized physicians able to practice all medical fields. Specialized training is provided to the musculoskeletal system, including manual readjustments, myofascial release, and other bones and muscle tissue manipulation.


Dr. Demaine has been a chiropractor for over 25 years and established his practice in 2002. He is a leading chiropractor in North & South Carolina who has the most cutting edge technology to help adjust the patient’s spine to its proper function as well as a leading physician in the treatment of auto accident injuries.