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How Safe is Chiropractic Care?

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When it comes to healthcare options, chiropractic care stands out for its drug-free, non-surgical approach, making it a sought-after care for those seeking alternative methods. However, people often still wonder about its safety. And with that, let’s explore how safe chiropractic care is and why it’s a good choice for people of all ages, from babies to seniors.

Looking at the Safety of Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic care mainly involves adjustments of the spine to fix alignment, reduce pain, and help the body function better. Unlike surgery, chiropractic care doesn’t involve invasive procedures, which means there’s less risk of complications. Also, because chiropractic doesn’t use painkillers, there’s no chance of side effects or becoming dependent on medication.

Statistically speaking, chiropractic adjustments are often noted for their safety. For example, the risk of a serious complication from a chiropractic adjustment is typically reported to be 1 in several million. In contrast, common over-the-counter pain relievers carry risks of complications such as gastrointestinal bleeding or liver damage which happen more often.

Supportive Statistics Regarding Safety and Risks

A landmark study published by the National Institutes of Health[1] highlighted that chiropractic adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. This shows that chiropractic care is not only safe but also works well for managing pain without the risks of medication.

Moreover, chiropractic care is widely recognized for its gentle approach, which is so safe that even newborns and infants can get adjusted. These pediatric adjustments are known to be extremely gentle, helping to address issues like colic and other alignment-related conditions from an early age. In alignment with this, a survey study explored the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care in a pediatric population[2]. It gathered data from chiropractors and parents, focusing on children with conditions like colic and musculoskeletal issues. The findings indicated that chiropractic care is generally safe and well-tolerated in children, with many parents reporting improvements in their child’s symptoms and overall well-being.

Initial Assessment and Personalised Care Plan

Ensuring the safety of chiropractic care involves carefully assessing each person before we begin any adjustments. This evaluation helps us determine if someone is a good candidate for chiropractic care. For individuals with particular conditions, such as certain types of bone fractures or severe osteoporosis, we customize our care plans to meet their specific needs. By taking these steps, we guarantee that every adjustment we provide is both safe and effective for each individual.

Conclusion: A Safe Alternative for Holistic Wellness

The evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care is clear. With its low risk of complications and its non-invasive nature, chiropractic provides a promising alternative for those seeking relief from pain and improved physical wellness without the risks associated with drugs and surgery.

If you are considering chiropractic care and are concerned about safety, we invite you to our practice for an initial assessment. Discover firsthand how chiropractic can safely enhance your health and well-being.

For appointments, call/text 022-4031568 or book online here.


1. National Institutes of Health. Study on the Comparative Safety of Chiropractic and Pain Relievers. 2. Alcantara, J., Ohm, J., & Kunz, D. The Safety and Effectiveness of Pediatric Chiropractic: A Survey of Chiropractors and Parents in a Practice-Based Research Network, 2011.