Chiropractic, The Pros and Cons of Seeking Chiropractic Care

Why do you think people seek Allentown chiropractic care? The majority of patients complain about lower back pain and neck pain. However, back pain is the most common cause of why chiropractors are highly in-demand. According to statistics, every year, more than 14% of the American adult population starting from 18 years old are seeking professional help because of back pain. Over the years, chiropractic visits have steadily increased. What is chiropractic care and how can you benefit from it? Are there risks involved? Let’s find out more.

Understanding Chiropractic Care

Millions of Americans suffering from back pain are spending all their money on surgeries and prescription medications just to relieve pain. Unfortunately, despite their investments, many of them never experience pain relief. The explanation for this is pretty straightforward, medications don’t solve the root cause of the problem but rather treat the symptoms. Once the effect of the drug wears off, the pain inevitably comes back. Surgeries, besides being expensive, also comes with risks and there are no assurances that going through surgery will solve the problem. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and drug-free treatment that stimulates your body’s natural ability to heal itself. The treatment does not involve taking anything orally and neither does it require stitches. It’s all-natural yet 100% effective. No wonder, people are lining up to get treated.

Reasons For Seeking Chiropractic Care

What could be the reasons why people are looking and booking appointments with chiropractors? Back pain or lumbar spine pain is the most common complaint of chiropractic patients. Through spinal adjustments and manipulations, back pain can be relieved as well as other neuropathy symptoms. Neck pain can also be relieved through chiropractic care. Headaches that stem from pressure and chronic stress can also be treated through chiropractic care. Neuropathy symptoms such as tingling, tremors, numbness, and weakness will disappear when your spine is properly aligned. Besides relieving pain, chiropractic care also promotes improvement in your mobility and performance, enhances easier delivery in pregnant women, and provides allergy relief.

Different Kinds of Chiropractic Care

There are 3 ways your chiropractor will adjust your spine depending on your specific case. A chiropractic adjustment is one. In this treatment, your chiropractor will align your spine by applying gentle pressure to relieve muscle tensions and to loosen frozen joints. Spine force treatments are another method of rehabilitating your spine. Core Flexion-distraction is another option to provide long-term pain relief for patients that incurred spinal injuries, damaged discs, and pinched nerves.

Cons of Chiropractic Care

One of the disadvantages of chiropractic care is the possibility that the patient will develop a stroke especially if the adjustment is done on the neck. However, it will only happen if you choose an inexperienced chiropractor, which is why it is vital that you find a seasoned, skilled, and licensed chiropractor. The risk of rupturing an artery is low but it can happen if the chiropractor isn’t qualified to perform it. Besides a stroke, an inexperienced chiropractor can also apply too much pressure on your bones leading to bone fractures. Chiropractic care is not a suitable treatment for patients who have bone cancer and other bone problems like osteoporosis. If you ever plan to get treatment, ask your physician about it. Patients also complain of stiffness and soreness after the treatment. This is perfectly normal and would disappear within or after 24 hours from the treatment.


The pros will always outnumber the cons but like any other treatment, chiropractic care must be done adeptly. This is why we would always recommend that you do your research and find a qualified and licensed chiropractor to provide the treatment for maximum efficacy and safety.

Dr. Paul Braadt is a 3rd generation chiropractor and a graduate of the prestigous Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been treating patients for over 35 years in Allentown, PA.

By Dr. Paul Braadt

Dr. Paul Braadt is a 3rd generation chiropractor and a graduate of the prestigous Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been treating patients for over 35 years in Allentown, PA.