One of the most common questions we get asked as chiropractors (and one of the easiest to answer) is the question of chiropractic safety. The simple facts are that chiropractic care is incredibly safe.
Science behind Chiropractic
The Science and Philosophy of Chiropractic can be explained in 60 seconds. Maybe, it is the sheer simplicity of it that makes it so unbelievable to people who have not experienced it for themselves. Hippocrates once stated, “We are either growing or dying.” Every day we are exposed to chemical, physical and mental stressors in our environment that continually bombard our system. It is the job of our nerve system to detect these stressors, interpret them, and either adapt to them and continue our growth or shrink from them and stop growing while in a survival or protective mode.
Brain and Body connection
The Brain has in it, an inborn intelligence that controls the body. The brain sends signals down through the spinal cord, out through the nerves, to every cell, tissue and organ in the body. As long as the messages can successfully travel back and forth between the mind and the body, your body can function properly, and you can be healthy. When the body is healthy, there should be no symptoms or “warning signs” from the body, such as pain.Stress in life (physical, chemical, or emotional) can cause the spine to move out of place and pinch on the nerves. When this happens, there is interference in the communication between the mind and the body. As such, the body can no longer function with maximum efficiency, and problems begin to develop. Eventually, when the problem becomes bad enough, you may experience warning signs such as pain.
Chiropractic Treatment safety, research and benefits
A Chiropractor is trained to detect these misalignments and re-align the body. When the body is put back in the “normal” position, it begins to function properly. When the body is functioning properly, there is no need for warning signs, and pain disappears on its own. The body heals itself, as long as there is no interference in the system. Chiropractors gently remove interference. It is as simple as that! Chiropractic is a safe, gentle, conservative and natural approach to better health. In repeated studies, chiropractic has been found to be beneficial and it provides an effective alternative to drugs or surgery.Not only that but safe, gentle and effective chiropractic care can often reduce your need for drugs and surgery, which we know do have adverse side effects, further increasing the safety benefit. Chiropractic research continues to study the benefits and risks of spinal adjustment through carefully-monitored clinical trials, which findings are published in various reviews and journals. Remember that all the available evidence shows chiropractic treatment is extremely safe, and no chiropractic professional will ever be blasé or dismissive about this subject. Chiropractors regularly engage in further training and postgraduate courses to ensure they are fully up-to-speed with the latest findings and developments so their treatment can continue to exhibit best and safest practice.