Q: A friend told me that having a Chiropractor adjust your spine is very unsafe. Is that true?

A: Absolutely Not!! This is a question I get very often and I am amazed by the amount of misinformation circulating about the risks of spinal adjusting. The risk of being seriously injured by a chiropractic adjustment is between 1 in a million and 1 in 100 million depending upon whose research you read, and what part of the spine we are talking about. That makes having your neck adjusted about 500 times safer than taking an aspirin. In fact aspirin and ibuprophen, taken properly, are responsible for approximately 16,000 American deaths each year. And no one died from going to their chiropractor. Believe me; if they had it would have been all over the news for months. Furthermore according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), adverse drug reactions (i.e. side effects of properly prescribed, properly taken drugs) account for 2.2 Million hospitalizations every year…That equivalent to the entire population of Arkansas – every year. So, in a nutshell, yes there is a risk, but compared to the risk of other treatments, it is incredibly small.

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