Is Visiting A Chiropractor Good or Bad? 6 Dangers of Chiropractic Revealed

By Dr. Adams Scott | Mon, Jul 9, 2012

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Have you ever visited a chiropractor?What is a chiropractic treatment? Is a visit to chiropractor good or bad? These are the common questions that many patients might have when considering the treatment as an option.

Chiropractic treatment is a type of non-conventional or alternative treatment that mainly deals with spine manipulation to relieve various ailments, such as headaches, back pain and so on. So is visiting a chiropractor good or bad? The answer can be yes and no, depending on the chiropractor’s experience and the ailment that you are treating.

Always remember to do your research wisely and before you attempt to go for a treatment, it is good that you are informed about the following dangers of chiropractic.


1. Anti Vaccination

The whole idea of chiropractic is that all diseases are the result of subluxations; it does not believe that the diseases can be caused by germs and it is also against the idea of vaccination. Instead, it believes in mysticism and vitalism.

It is also very common that chiropractors will advise against children going for vaccination. This advice does not have a solid medical stand and is solely based on the dogmatic adherence to the principles and beliefs of chiropractic.


2. Chiropractors Are Not Qualified Doctors

Many people tend to form the wrong impression that chiropractors are part of the medical community, together with qualified doctors and specialists. Unfortunately, this is not true at all; they are actually part of the alternative medicine industry.

With this misconception, many people may place as much trust in a chiropractor’s advice as they would in that of a qualified doctor.


3. Chiropractic for Children

Seek help from paediatricians who are qualified medical doctors for children. They will be able to treat your child using the conventional approach.In the recent years, more chiropractors are targeting children as well. According to these practitioners, children are never too young to have their manipulated or examined.

There are also claims that ailments or conditions may respond to chiropractic care in young children and even babies.

These ailments can include:

  • ear infections
  • asthma
  • learning disorders
  • breathing problems
  • bed-wetting
  • problems with immune systems
  • stomach problems
  • hyperactivity
  • clumsiness

Chiropractors also believe that by treating babies and children, they are effectively preventing diseases from developing.

If you are looking for a conventional approach to treat your child, then seek help from paediatricians instead. They are qualified doctors who specialize in the treatment of children as opposed to chiropractors.


4. Overuse of X-ray

Most of the time, chiropractors will make use of x-rays to diagnose a patient. However, using x-rays to search for subluxations has little or no diagnostic value at all.

As such, these patients are unnecessarily exposed to substantial amount of radiation for nothing.


5. Sudden Thrust

One of the manipulation techniques in a chiropractic treatment involves an adjustment that will be delivered very suddenly and forcefully, in an attempt to move the vertebrae. The result from this is a “popping” sound and there is no prior warning given to the patient.

Depending on the chiropractor and the type of ailment, this action may be performed for the sake of the sound effect only which then poses a risk of causing spinal injury.


6. Manipulation of the Neck

This technique is commonly being used to relieve headache, migraine and pain in the upper-back. As good as it may seem, neck manipulation can actually lead to strokes if not properly executed. Presently, there are no exactly figures about the likelihood of stroke; but chances are, this could be several in a million.



Chiropractic is essentially a pseudoscientific approach to health care and has no basis in its facts. Some of its beliefs also go against the scientific evidence, medical opinion; which makes chiropractic seems like it is based upon 19th-century thinking.

Adams is a full time medical writer for and is working as a freelance health writer for several local schools. Adams attended medical school at New York Medical College and previously worked as a family physician in his own clinic. He retired in 2009 and started writing medical journals in his free time for websites and schools. Adams has strong passions in social programs offering social work in nursing homes for the aged and children. Due to his past medical experience as a general practitioner, he has a heart-felt desire to help people overcome their medical related problems.
Dr. Adams Scott

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