Is chiropractic care safe?

Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids the unnecessary use of invasive procedures and addictive drugs.

The World Health Organisation states that when “employed skilfully and appropriately, Chiropractic care is safe and effective for the prevention and management of a number of health problems.”

In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, a study in the 1995 Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.

There are very rare risks of infrequent strain/ injury to a ligament or disc in the neck (less than 1 in 139,000) or low-back (1 in 62,000) as a result of chiropractic care.

To put things into perspective, you have a greater chance of being seriously injured in a car accident than from Chiropractic care. Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength to conduct safe, effective treatment.


Dabbs, V., & Lauretti, W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDS for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 18 (8), 530-536.

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