Chirorpactors use a variety of techniques, however the one that gets the most attention in regards to adverse events is spinal manipulative therapy.
One in three people may experience minor, short term problems such a slight ache or soreness for 24 hours post treatment.
A recent study into the safety of chiropractic found that minor side effects following cervical spine manipulation were relatively common, although the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low.
To quote the article, Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Thiel HW, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC.
“Data were obtained from 28,807 treatment consultations and 50,276 cervical spine manipulations. There were no reports of serious adverse events. This translates to an estimated risk of a serious adverse event of, at worse approximately 1 per 10,000 treatment consultations immediately after cervical spine manipulation, approximately 2 per 10,000 treatment consultations up to 7 days after treatment and approximately 6 per 100,000 cervical spine manipulations. Minor side effects with a possible neurologic involvement were more common. The highest risk immediately after treatment was fainting/dizziness/light-headedness in, at worse approximately 16 per 1000 treatment consultations. Up to 7 days after treatment, these risks were headache in, at worse approximately 4 per 100, numbness/tingling in upper limbs in, at worse approximately 15 per 1000 and fainting/dizziness/light-headedness in, at worse approximately 13 per 1000 treatment consultations.”
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