Chiropractor therapy is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint (aka spinal manipulation). The purpose of receiving spinal manipulation is to improve the motion and flexibility of your spine so that your body’s physical function is not only restored, but can also be maintained so that you are able to move freely.
So you may be wanting to know, "Is chiropractic therapy safe?" Simply stated, yes—it is one of the safest forms of treatment that can relieve back pain without drugs or surgery.
- Worsening an existing herniated disk, or causing a herniated disk
- Nerves are compressed in the lower part of the spinal column
- A certain type of stroke as a result of neck manipulation
Don't seek chiropractic adjustment if you have:
- Severe osteoporosis
- Numbness, tingling, or loss of strength is experienced in an arm or leg
- Cancer in your spine
- An increased risk of stroke
- An abnormal bone growth or degeneration in the upper neck
What can you expect at your initial visit? You will be asked questions about your health history, have a physical exam (x-rays or MRI) with particular attention to your spine.
During a typical chiropractic adjustment, you will generally lie face down on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table. Using hands or a small instrument, the chiropractor will apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its usual range of motion. Some people experience minor side effects for a few days after the treatment, including headache, fatigue, or pain in the parts of the body that were treated.
What are some benefits of chiropractic therapy? In addition to treating low back pain, chiropractic therapy can be effective for headaches, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and other spine-related conditions, such as neck pain.
Have you been wondering is chiropractic therapy safe? Call McKim Chiropractic for more information about chiropractor therapy and to schedule a consultation. Our licensed and certified staff at McKim Chiropractic is committed to helping the families of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, achieve health wholeness!