February 16, 2004 at 9:22 PM CST - Updated June 26 at 6:28 AM
Because of philosophical differences, misunderstandings,and economic competition, many myths have circulated about the chiropractic profession over the years.
Myth #2:Chiropractic care is dangerous. The safety of chiropractic care has been well documented in professional journals of all kinds. In fact, serious side effects of chiropractic manipulative therapy (C.M.T.) occur approximately one out of every one million adjustments. Chiropractic is so safe, even newborns and the elderly receive chiropractic adjustments.
Compare this with the side effects of medicines and surgical errors. Research reveals that some 100,000 people die each year from the effects of prescription drugs alone as reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (April,1998), making prescription drugs the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
In 1979, the government of New Zealand published an objective study to determine the value of including chiropractic care in its Social Security and Accident Compensation programs. Issues addressed included cost effectiveness, chiropractic education and training, safety, and patient satisfaction. The study investigated the safety of chiropractic spinal adjustments and whether or not seeking chiropractic care delayed medical treatment. The researchers determined that chiropractic care is remarkably safe and would have a positive influence on the health of the country.
A consistent scientific protocol is used to locate malfunctioning areas of the spine, and as sophisticated diagnostic imaging becomes available, researchers are affirming what chiropractic doctors have known all along.
For more information, visit the ACA website at www.amerchiro.org. or call Dr. Elliott at (936) 639-1014 or 1-866-537-BACK for more information.