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  • Writer's picturePaul Villanueva

Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?

A Chiropractic adjustment is typically safe when they are performed by a licensed professional. However, going to an unlicensed Chiropractor can lead to some serious issues. Although it may seem tempting and convenient to go to someone who claims they know what they are doing; here are a couple of reasons why you would want to avoid visiting one along with what you need to know about the safety of Chiropractic adjustments.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

An adjustment is spinal manipulation done by hand or by using a small device that applies controlled pressure to the spine. When an adjustment is performed correctly it can promote a lot of benefits such as headache relief, better mobility, less lower back pain, and more. In addition, it has some mental wellness benefits because you’re trying to relieve pain.

It is most effective when you schedule multiple visits because it may take some time to correct certain issues; also, because most people wait years to visit a Chiropractor, the issue might require multiple visits.

Unlicensed Chiropractors

One of the biggest reasons why you would want to avoid an unlicensed Chiropractor is because they are dealing with the spine. Your spine carries different signals to your brain, and controls both your motor function and sensory functions. If any part of the spine is damaged using controlled spinal manipulation it can lead to serious injury.

In California, anyone can call themselves a doctor; however, a Chiropractor is a protected title because of the sensitive nature of the procedures involved. You will always find a Chiropractic practice in a business suite and not in a converted garage of a residential home. If in doubt, you can research a Chiropractor in California by visiting and doing a search using their name or business name.

Side Effects of a Chiropractic Adjustment

It is very common to feel sore or other minor muscle discomforts after a Chiropractic adjustment. This can include a slight headache, fatigue, or even nausea. However, the main reason why a person would feel certain symptoms is because toxins are being released from the spine. This is nothing to worry about as these symptoms are just temporary.

You can expect to feel less side effects as your treatment continues. Also, these side effects are typically felt because you’re correcting years of injury and pain. So if you feel weird or even flu-like after an adjustment there’s no reason to be alarmed. This just means that your body is releasing toxins and the soreness or slight pain is your spine getting back into alignment.

Preventive Care

One lesser known fact is that you shouldn’t wait for noticeable pain or an injury to visit a Chiropractor. Although injuries are very unpredictable and no one goes out of their way to get injured, you can schedule regular visits in order to help improve your mobility. Through spinal manipulation you are able to help increase your body's mobility so if and when an injury occurs it won’t be as severe.

Another benefit of having a body that is not stiff is that you’re more than likely to be more active. Therefore, getting an adjustment can lead to better lifestyle choices based on your ability to be mobile and not deal with joint pain. These second hand effects can lead to weight loss and even better mental health.


A Chiropractic adjustment is safe if it is being performed by a licensed professional. Although there can be some rare complications, the most common side effects include some slight discomfort along with flu-like symptoms. Also, an adjustment is not just reserved for people who are currently experiencing pain, but it’s great for preventative care as well.

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