Does Chiropractic Medicine Work?

For years, chiropractic medicine has been looked at as the questionable middle ground between standard health and “alternative” practitioners, which includes acupuncturists and massage therapists. According to a recent TIME Magazine article, chiropractic medicine was established as the first type of holistic medicine that focused on treating the whole person as opposed to just the body part that hurt. As with any other profession, some chiropractors are good, others are mediocre and a few will be bad – unfortunately, the small group of bad chiropractors tend to set the tone for public opinion on chiropractors everywhere.

Can Spinal Manipulation Result in Injury?

There is a public perception that twisting and adjusting your spine will result in serious injury or even a stroke and torn arteries. Research from the U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that the risk of suffering from a stroke after visiting a chiropractor is extremely low. You are just as likely to suffer a stroke after visiting a physician. Among 134 million chiropractic cases, there have been only 23 cases of artery tears.

There have been more reports of less serious side effects after visiting with a chiropractor. Some patients report feeling an increase in pain or soreness, but the symptoms quickly subside with time. The article went on to report that malpractice and liability insurance premiums for chiropractors are much lower than for physicians and surgeons which would suggest that, based on malpractice data, chiropractic medicine is very safe.

How Does it Help Back Pain?

According to the article, how and why spinal manipulation reduces back or neck pain is a bit of an unsolved mystery. What’s more important to many patients is that it does work and relives them of any pain or pressure. In fact, some studies suggest that combining the back and neck adjustments you’d typically receive from a chiropractor with standard medical care from a physician can lead to better patient outcomes.

At Manhattan Sports Therapy, Dr. Rolland Nemirovsky is an experienced medical professional who can help improve your flexibility, mobility and strength. Our office focuses on treatments that are non-invasive and non-surgical. If you’re suffering from back or neck pains, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today by calling (646) 798-1330.