Great News: Chiropractic isn’t likely to kill you!

For those of you who are familiar with chiropractic this headline may seem funny to you. There is a chunk of the population that is extremely worried about this though. In fact there is a company called, the Chiropractic Stroke Awareness Group. They are very worried that Chiropractic may kill you by causing a stroke. The good news is that it won’t.

Chiropractic has never been shown to cause stroke, though it has also never been definitively ruled out either. The plain fact is that it is so rare that it is nearly impossible to study enough to prove causality. However there have been recent studies that indicate that chiropractic may lower your risk for stroke by decreasing hypertension. “This procedure [Chiropractic manipulation of the Atlas] has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination,” study leader George Bakris, MD, told WebMD. “And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems,” adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center. Full Article Here

To clarify, there are risks associated with chiropractic treatment. Those risks are less than the risk you take by taking a dose of Asprin, but they do exist. According to recent studies the risk of stroke following a chiropractic adjustment (not because of, but following) is 1 in 5.85 million. This study found that you are no more likely to suffer a stroke after visiting a chiropractor thatn you are after visiting your medical doctor. For perspective here is a comparative list:

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Additional information and studies can be found here.


2 thoughts on “Great News: Chiropractic isn’t likely to kill you!

  1. Dr. Huffman

    You might also add that chiropractic malpractice insurance premiums are about $1,500-3,000 per year compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars paid by medical doctors. If chiropractors were puttig lives at risk you can be assured the insurers rates would reflect that.

    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Thank you Dr. Huffman. Insurance premiums are indeed an indication of risk, and by their measure chiropractors are probably the least risky physician that a person could go to, however that risk extends far beyond the measuring of the risk of stroke. Stroke (VBA) is not a major risk factor when going to see just about any physician. It just happens to have been in the news with regard to chiropractic. We all know what kind of headlines sell news. Saying “one person died of a stroke after seeing a chiropractor” is much more exciting than saying “millions experience the benefits of chiropractic every year without having a stroke.” It’s just the way of things.


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