Benefits and Risks of Chiropractic Therapy

Chiropractic is considered one of the most effective and safest forms of alternative health management techniques. It has been successfully used in curing acute lower back pain, which is caused by sudden trauma or even repeated mild stress on the back.Headaches and neck pains are the other common problems that can be treated by a chiropractor. There are also instances of resolution of fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis with mild manipulations.A person has to complete undergraduate study before being allowed to enter the 4-5 year chiropractic course. A qualified chiropractor can be identified by the ‘DC’ after his name. An experienced practitioner can offer significant pain relief within one or two sessions of spinal manipulations.But first you need to know if you are an ideal candidate for chiropractic or if you fall in the high risk category. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you cannot go in for chiropractic as you might end up worsening your symptoms:this content

  • Do you have signs of inflamed arthritis?
  • Have you been diagnosed with osteoporosis?
  • Do you have spinal cord compression?
  • Are you on anti-coagulants (blood thinning) medication?
  • Have you ever had cancer?

If your answer is no to all of the above, you can go ahead and select your chiropractor with care. Check his or her qualifications and experience and obtain references from their other clients, and only if you are satisfied, you should proceed.A good chiropractor will discuss your medical and surgical history with you and ask you about any trauma that you have suffered in the past. They would also physically examine you and ask for blood and urine tests, and in some cases, diagnostic imaging procedures, to get a clear idea of your current health condition.Make sure you clear all your doubts and you are entirely comfortable before you start the sessions. Some chiropractors use gentle, low force manipulations, while others use some quick and controlled force adjustments. When manipulations are done skillfully, you will definitely see an improvement in the quality and range of movement of the affected body part.

There is a small risk of worsening your condition or even more serious after effects of manipulation. Incidence of stroke followed by death have been reported in rare instances after neck manipulation.This is why it is very important that you discuss and describe all your ailments with the chiropractor and also keep your primary physician informed of your decision to undergo chiropractic therapy.Several papers have been presented by internationally acclaimed doctors claiming the ill effects of chiropractic far outweigh the benefits. This argument is countered by successful chiropractors with a growing body of evidence that chiropractic does indeed offer substantial pain relief and cure. They claim that the risks are the same as in regular medicine. Both sides agree though that as long as patients are made aware of what is involved, they should be left to choose their treatment option.

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