Chiropractic: Safe and Effective Health Care

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As Vancouver's Sports Chiropractor, Armitage & Associates is committed to helping you maximize your performance potential. These articles are provided to help you understand muscle and joint behavior, prevent injury, and aid recover from common activity-related injuries.


Chiropractic: Safe and Effective Health Care

chiropractic neck

Chiropractic care has a strong safety record and is widely accepted as a drug-free, surgery-free form of health care. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects – even common non-prescription pain relievers carry a risk. Fortunately, adverse effects associated with chiropractic adjustment are usually minor and short-term.

What is a neck adjustment and how do I benefit from this procedure?

A neck adjustment (also known as a cervical manipulation) is a precise manual procedure applied to thejoints of the neck. Your chiropractor has received extensive training to perform this procedure. Neck adjustment works to improve the mobility of the spinal joints in the neck to reduce muscle tightness, restore range of motion and help relieve pressure and tension. Patients typically notice a reduction of pain, soreness and stiffness, improved ability to turn and tilt their head, and enhanced well-being.

What training do chiropractors have?

Chiropractors complete an intensive four to five year full-time program following university studies or graduation from CEGEP in Quebec. All chiropractors must pass national qualifying examinations and be provincially licensed in order to practice in Canada.

Chiropractors are trained to take a medical history and assess your condition before making a diagnosis and proposing a treatment plan. Your chiropractor is trained to determine if a neck adjustment is right for you. He or she may decide to use massage, exercise or other therapies to treat your condition.

Is neck adjustment safe?

Yes, it is. Millions of neckadjustments are performed safely and effectively every year in Canada. Neck adjustment is performed well within the normal turning range of the head.

There is less movement than it takes to look over your shoulder.

One of the most recent studies into the safety of neck adjustment further confirms the safety of this procedure. This particular study, conducted in 2007, looked at over 19,000 chiropractic patients and tracked more than 50,000 neck adjustments. It found no instances of serious adverse effects. By way of comparison, neck adjustment is significantly safer than other commonly used health remedies. For example, long-term use of non-prescription pain relievers carries a far greater risk of serious complications than neck adjustment.

Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however, some may experience temporary soreness, stiffness or slight swelling. In rare situations, patients may experience symptoms such as dizziness, local numbness, or radiating pain. If this happens to you, it is important to tell your chiropractor who can help you manage any effects of treatment.


  • Edward M Harrington
    July 19, 2010

    The body has an innate intelligence that runs a series of complex systems that rely on proper balance and coordination in order to function correctly.

    August 7, 2010

    Thanks for this Wonderful article


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