The Safety of Chiropractic Adjustments
Evaluating Risks and Benefits


Chiropractic adjustments have become a common treatment for individuals seeking relief from back pain, neck pain, or other musculoskeletal issues. Almost 5 million Canadians visit a chiropractor each year. You might have heard about the benefits of visiting a chiropractor, such as improved mobility and reduced discomfort. With four years of post-graduate chiropractic training and more than 4,200 hours of specialized clinical training, chiropractors are critical in helping millions of people with MSK conditions. However, it’s crucial to consider these procedures’ safety and potential benefits.

When performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor, chiropractic adjustments are generally considered safe. The risks associated with this form of treatment are relatively low.

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Evaluating the Safety of Chiropractic Adjustments

Addressing physical stressors is a primary focus of holistic chiropractic care. Holistic chiropractors employ various techniques to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and restore balance to the musculoskeletal system. Here’s how they tackle physical stressors:

Neck Pain

Chiropractic neck adjustments, or cervical manipulation, alleviate neck pain and are commonly used for spine disease, nerve compression, and more. 

Research: In a study targeting the efficacy of treatments for mechanical neck pain—a condition affecting roughly 70% of people at some point. Researchers compared spinal manipulation therapy (SMT), medication, and home exercise with advice (HEA). Conducted through a randomized trial with 272 participants suffering from nonspecific neck pain for 2 to 12 weeks, the study aimed to evaluate these treatments over 12 weeks, tracking outcomes at several intervals up to a year.

Results: For pain, SMT had a statistically significant advantage over medication after 8, 12, 26, and 52 weeks (P ≤ 0.010), and HEA was superior to medication at 26 weeks (P = 0.02). 

Conclusion: For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT was more effective than medication in the short and long term.

Back Pain

For those dealing with back pain, chiropractic care can offer relief. Treatment aims to reduce back nerve compression, and studies suggest it generally poses minimal risk. Back pain is a prevalent issue among adults, impacting approximately 80% of individuals at least once during their lifetime. However, approximately 4.5 million Canadians use the services of a chiropractor each year, indicating the widespread trust and reliance on chiropractic care for managing back pain effectively.


Chiropractic adjustments can also be effective for certain types of headaches, particularly those originating from neck tension. Current estimates suggest that in Canada, 27% of women and 14% of men suffer from severe headaches. One in five patients presents to chiropractors with a chief complaint of headache. Care typically focuses on reducing stress and improving neck and upper back function. Treatment is generally considered a safe option for managing headaches.

According to a study:
For migraines, the top methods were advice on headache triggers (94.1%), stress management (89.4%), and non-thrust spinal mobilization (88.4%).

For tension headaches, the most common methods were advice on headache triggers (90.9%), stress management (90.1%), and soft tissue therapies (massage, myofascial, stretching, or trigger point therapy) for the neck/shoulder area (88.1%).

For cervicogenic headaches, the most popular methods included prescription exercises for the neck/shoulders (91.7%), spinal manipulation (90.6%), and soft tissue therapies (massage, myofascial, stretching, or trigger point therapy) for the neck/shoulder area (88.3%).

Based on the data, chiropractic therapy, including spinal mobilization and manipulation, and soft tissue therapies, is widely used to manage headaches like migraines, tension headaches, and cervicogenic headaches. This indicates the perceived effectiveness of chiropractic care in alleviating headache symptoms among participants.

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Evidence-Based Analysis

In considering the safety of chiropractic adjustments, it’s important to examine the rigor of clinical studies and weigh the experiences reported by patients.

While it’s known that chiropractic care is popular for treating back and neck pain, research into its safety profile is paramount. A systematic review highlighted a need for more comprehensive research to determine the prevalence of adverse reactions to chiropractic adjustments. Despite the absence of robust data regarding adverse effects, evidence suggests that chiropractors are adopting more evidence-based outcome measures to track patient progress.

Additionally, the incidence of serious complications, such as stroke following cervical manipulation, appears to be exceedingly rare when viewed against the backdrop of research, such as a population-based case-crossover study found in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments offer a range of health benefits that can enhance your quality of life. When performed by a licensed and trained chiropractor, these adjustments are considered a safe alternative or complement to conventional treatments.

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