Spinal Adjustments Hurt
Quite the contrary. Many patients feel instant relief after their treatments. In fact, most look forward to their chiropractic treatments. In patients suffering from severe bouts of neck or back pain, some discomfort may be noticed for obvious reasons, however, for most patients this is not the case.
Spinal Adjustments Are Dangerous
Chiropractors. In fact, chiropractic adjustments are among the safest treatments for most back and neck problems. According to a 1993 Ontario Ministry of Health commissioned study,
“There is no clinical or case-control study that demonstrates or even implies that chiropractic spinal manipulation is unsafe in the treatments of low-back pain. Some medical treatments are equally safe, but others are unsafe and generate iatrogenic (doctor induced) complications for low-back patients. Our reading of the literature suggests that chiropractic manipulation is safer then medical management of low-back pain”
Lead investigator of the study, Pran Manga, Ph.D., however, did warn that spinal adjustments performed by health care professionals other than qualified doctors of chiropractic were potentially harmful and less effective.
“Indeed, several existing medical therapies of low-back pain are generally contraindicated on the basis of the existing clinical trials. There is also some evidence in the literature to suggest that spinal manipulations are less safe and less effective when performed by non-chiropractic professionals.”
On December 8, 1994, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) of the US Department of Health and Human Services released clinical practice guidelines for the management of acute low-back pain. Their guidelines were developed after an extensive study of the diagnostic and treatment methods used for low-back pain. Their findings included…
*The risk of serious complications from lumbar spinal manipulation is rare
*Conservative treatment such as spinal manipulation should be pursued in most case before considering surgical intervention.
*Prescription drugs such as oral steroids, antidepressant medication and colchicines are not recommended for acute low-back problems.
Chiropractic doctors lack education compared with medical doctors.
The training and education endured by chiropractors is extremely thorough and demanding, similar to that of medical doctors with the exception of pharmacology and surgery.
Prior to entering chiropractic college, the aspiring chiropractor requires 2-4 years (depending on the college attended and the state on wishes to practice in) of pre-med undergraduate studies. Once completed, the student must next complete 4-5 academic years at a chiropractic college. This includes extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, radiology, differential diagnosis, chiropractic adjustive techniques, biomechanics and other health related studies.
In addition, prior to graduation, each student must successfully complete several hundred clinical hours of “real” patient management in a clinical setting under professional supervision. Most chiropractic colleges also require students to partake in clinical externship programs which place them in actual chiropractic offices, further enhancing their clinical practice skills.
Near or soon after graduation, the new doctors of chiropractic must successfully complete rigorous National and Provincial examinations prior to obtaining a license to practice chiropractic. Once licensed, most provinces require that chiropractors receive annual continuing education to ensure that a high level of competency is maintained.