We tend to a large number of patients in our Singapore office, and Dr. Stakes has helped many people manage a range of health challenges. However, one concern that seems to stop a lot of men and women from seeking treatment is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Luckily, according to three separate studies (out of many on the issue), the answer to this concern is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first study(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 women and men. Each test subject was affected by some kind of back pain, and half of the people received real chiropractic care while the other half were given two sham chiropractic adjustments. Information was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to discover whether or not any undesirable reactions were caused by the real chiropractic adjustments.
Researchers reported that no one reported any serious unfavorable adverse reactions at all after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some participants did report that they got a headache (just 9% of people) or muscle stiffness (37 percent) post-treatment, but the results were not serious.
A second article(2), also released in the influential medical journal, Spine, was done in an effort to determine the safety of chiropractic. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 people. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.
Again, the researchers found no serious negative side effects. The experts calculated the risk of total side effects to be approximately six out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. And, just as with the previous study, some volunteers did report non-serious, milder, unwanted effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4%), and this caused the researchers to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."
The third study(3) is unique from the first two reports, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this article, researchers investigated results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the young children, chiropractors responding to the survey documented only three cases where there were adverse side effects. When parents were questioned, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."
Based on studies like these, chiropractic care has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To find out what chiropractic can do for you, call our Singapore office and make an appointment today at +65 6235 1220.