Myth 3: “Adjustments are dangerous and can cause a stroke”

Chiropractic has repeatedly been proven as an extremely safe form of healthcare. Unfortunately, political and emotional issues have clouded the true scientific discussion of actual and relative risks. Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are safer than many everyday activities and are far safer than common over-the-counter painkillers and other prescribed medications.

There are some who suggest that the chance of having a stroke from a chiropractic adjustment is about 1 in 1,000,000 – 5.25 million. These numbers are only estimated, but if even remotely accurate it indicates that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning, being killed on a bicycle, or dying from taking aspirin, than you have of being seriously injured by chiropractic.

The chiropractic profession is continually engaged in monitoring and improving the quality and safety of the care that is delivered.