A number of people in Bonita Springs, FL have never been to a chiropractor, and if you've never received a chiropractic adjustment, you certainly have a few questions about how chiropractic actually works and how it can help you improve your overall health.
One of the most common questions we hear from brand new patients is: "Is chiropractic safe for my family?"
First and foremost, there are about 60,000 chiropractic doctors in the United States and they see about 30 million patients. If each patient sees their doctor three times a year, that's about 90 million adjustments each year in the country. If chiropractic wasn't safe, we'd certainly be hearing about it the news.
Secondly, there's real scientific information that shows that chiropractic is safe. The prominent medical journal Spine shared an article in 2013 that examined 183 patients in Australia. 92 of the people received some chiropractic adjustments; the other 91 patients received a fake adjustment. The researchers had all of the study participants submit a questionnaire asking about any side effects that they might have experienced.
The researchers found that there were "no serious adverse events" from chiropractic care. Some patients did document muscle stiffness or a slight increase in pain immediately after the adjustment, but these were short-lived.
Even the AMA suggests that people see a chiropractor before considering more invasive treatment, like surgery. In 2013, the Canadian Family Physician recommended chiropractic care for pregnant women who want to avoid medications. Furthermore, many of our patients bring their children in for chiropractic care and some studies have shown that it can bebeneficial for colic in babies.
We've treated thousands of people in Bonita Springs, FL and we'd like to help you, too! Give our office a call today at (239) 495-1166 for an appointment.