Is chiropractic care safe?

We understand why a patient may not want his or her neck adjusted. They've watched too much professional wrestling, and we can relate to their fears and concerns. However, how many of these patients would let someone inject them, prescribe a daily pill, or remove a required piece of anatomy without question? An adjustment doesn't sound quite as bad when you see it through a different set of lenses, now does it?

Chiropractic care is non-invasive. Therefore, the body's response under the care of a chiropractor is far more predictable than its reactions to surgical procedures or drug treatments. News media coverage and widespread advertising campaigns do much to propagate the long lists of drug side effects and their frequent casualties as well as lawsuits for prescription drugs and medical implants. You will never see this with chiropractic treatment. There simply is a lack of any data concluding that chiropractic is in any way harmful or dangerous. 

"What about when chiropractors crack your bones?" Well, it's not actually your bones making the noise, and even this procedure is exceedingly safe and efficient. Every day in America, nearly one million chiropractic adjustments are given. Complications are exceedingly rare, as is evidenced by the negligible malpractice insurance rates paid by most chiropractic physicians. Insurance companies deem chiropractors many times safer than medical physicians prescribing pharmaceuticals. Numbers do not lie.

As far back as 1979, these facts were well known, and a great safety summary statement was published by the government of New Zealand which established a commission to study the efficacy and safety of chiropractic. They found:

"The conspicuous lack of evidence that chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record."