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Chiropractic Research Review

Spinal Manipulation Produces Benign Side Effects

A study in Sweden measured unpleasant reactions, time of onset, duration, and severity of symptoms following spinal manipulation. The study concludes that reactions to spinal manipulation are common and benign.

They typically arise and disappear shortly after treatment.

The most common reactions are local discomfort in the area of treatment (two-thirds of reactions), followed by pain in areas other than that of treatment, fatigue or headache (10% each). Nausea, dizziness or "other" reactions are uncommonly reported (<5% of reactions). Reactions are most commonly reported by women and (for both genders) at the beginning of the treatment series. Patients with long-lasting problems are more likely to report treatment reactions; however, patients with no prior experience of chiropractic care do not report more reactions than patients previously treated by chiropractors.

Leboeuf-Yde C, Hennius B, Rudberg E, Leufvenmark P, Thunman M. Side-effects of chiropractic treatment: a prospective study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Oct. 1997;20(8), pp511-15.

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