By: Dr. Daniel Vandervoort, Jan 11, 2012

Is going to chiropractors actually safe?

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

The safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment has been studied very carefully. Both the medical community and more importantly, chiropractors themselves need to be completely certain that the care they provide is safe.

To date, no significant findings have shown that the risks are greater than for other back or neck pain treatments. A Canadian study, published in 2001 in the medical journal Stroke, concluded that the stroke associated with neck adjustments is so rare that it is difficult to calculate an associated risk factor. The estimated level of risk is smaller than that associated with many commonly used diagnostic tests or prescription drugs. Neck adjustments are often given by chiropractors to treat headaches and neck pain and they are well within the normal range of motion of the neck.

Most people will have relief following an adjustment. A few individuals may have temporary pain, stiffness or slight swelling but much less than you would have the day after going to gym following a break from exercise. On rare occasions people may have temporary dizziness, local numbness or radiating pain; however, adverse effects are typically short lived and minor. Again, for the vast majority of people chiropractic treatment feels good and is very beneficial for your spinal health.

In summary, complications from chiropractic care are rare. Treatment does not involve risky drugs or surgery and if a chiropractor diagnoses a problem that would better be treated by another health professional, he or she will make an appropriate referral. Chiropractic is widely recognised as one of the safest, drug free, non-invasive therapies available and a person does not have to be in pain to benefit from chiropractic care.

Dr. Daniel Vandervoort graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1987 with both clinical and academic honours. He studied Human Kinetics at the University of Waterloo prior to CMCC. Born in Guelph, Ontario Daniel attended Georgetown High School.

Dr. Dan is the director of Rockland’s oldest and most established chiropractic clinic since 1994. He also enjoys practicing 2 days per week at the Beacon Hill Chiropractic Clinic on Montreal Rd. near Orleans with his partner Dr. Sylvie Bordeleau.

Dr. Vandervoort has special interests in athletics, fitness and nutrition. He is long term member of the local gym and competes in triathlons and road races. From both personal and clinical experience, Dr. Dan has considerable knowledge in the assessment and treatment of athletic injuries. He is able to treat spine related conditions in people of all ages using diversified and Activator techniques as well as providing appropriate home exercises.