Once a year, massive numbers of individuals within the U.S. see chiropractors for reduction of complications; back, shoulder, foot and neck pain; and for help with numbness and tingling or a loss of strength in the arms and hands.
About 35 million adults nationwide saw a chiropractor in the previous 12 months, according to a survey done by the Gallup Panel that was released in August. The survey, conducted on behalf of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, based in Davenport, Iowa, found that more than 62 million people have seen a chiropractor since 2011, and 77 percent of those treated found their chiropractic care “very effective.” And indeed, chiropractors tout their treatment as the least invasive and safest therapy for many ailments. But chiropractic treatment is not without risk, as a recent high-profile death shows.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office ruled in October that the mysterious death of Playboy model Katie May was attributable to a stroke caused by an artery that was ruptured during a chiropractic treatment, specifically, a neck manipulation. May, 34, died in February after she went to a chiropractor for treatment following a fall.
Here’s a closer look at some of the advantages of chiropractic treatment, what some doctors say are potential downsides and suggestions for how to obtain the best care.
What They Do
Chiropractors treat people by aligning their spine with a variety of manipulations. During the first visit, chiropractors typically perform a physical exam and take a health history, paying special attention to the spine and whether the patient has normal bone density. People with lower levels of bone density, such as people with osteoporosis, would receive gentler treatments. The chiropractor typically uses his or her hands to apply controlled, rapid force to a damaged or injured joint, to allow the joint to move in a normal manner and reduce pain and inflammation, says Ray Tuck, a chiropractor in Blacksburg, Virginia, and the chairman of the board of the American Chiropractic Affiliation. One maneuver is the excessive-speed cervical adjustment, during which the affected person relaxes his or her head within the arms of the chiropractor, who fast thrusts the top in a single route – every so often making a cracking sound. Chiropractors may additionally habits gentler, low-speed cervical changes.
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