February 8, 2023

Chiropractic Adjustment Benefits

Numerous health benefits are associated with chiropractic adjustments, but the majority have not been subjected to the large scientific studies required to confirm them.

There are some other conditions where chiropractors have had success, but we don’t have evidence for many of them. For example, we know that some people report improvements in things like asthma, but we don’t understand the mechanisms.

The following are the scientifically supported benefits of chiropractic adjustments:

Back Pain Relieving

Numerous studies have found that chiropractic adjustments can provide moderate, short-term pain relief in the back.

The most extensive research has been conducted in musculoskeletal conditions involving the spine.

One study compared the effects of adding chiropractic care to standard medical interventions for low back pain (medication, physical therapy, and pain clinic referral) and discovered that the group receiving chiropractic care fared better than the control group in terms of reported pain intensity, disability, and greater satisfaction.

Migraine Treatment

According to research, chiropractic adjustments may provide migraine relief. A 2019 meta-analysis of six studies on the effectiveness of spinal manipulation concluded that it might help reduce both migraine days and intensity. More research, however, is required.

Chiropractic Adjustment Risks and Side Effects

Chiropractic adjustments generally have mild side effects. They may include, in particular, spinal manipulation:

  • Mild to moderate discomfort or pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • If you experience any of the following symptoms after a chiropractic adjustment, contact your doctor:
  • Extreme discomfort
  • Tingling or numbness
  • A headache that won’t go away

Although rare, severe complications can include worsening pain, injury, and nerve damage. Furthermore, chiropractic care is not recommended for everyone, including those with certain cancers, severe osteoporosis, or an increased risk of stroke, so consult your primary care provider first.

How Frequently Should I Have a Chiropractic Adjustment?

The frequency of your chiropractic adjustments is determined by your reasons for seeking care, your chiropractor, and how you respond to treatment.

For example, people suffering from chronic pain may visit the chiropractor more frequently than those seeking treatment for an acute problem. Even if a chiropractor can relieve your pain in one visit, they may still require you to return for at least one follow-up appointment.

Some chiropractic patients prefer to see a chiropractor regularly to keep their joints aligned, prevent injury, and maintain flexibility, or because they believe it improves their overall health.

What Are the Costs of Chiropractic Adjustments?

The chiropractic adjustment cost varies depending on your location, the reason for care, the provider, and the treatment plan. It varies greatly and can range from $30 to $300 per visit.

Many health insurance companies cover chiropractic care. Specific information about your plan should be obtained from your health care provider. Despite the fact that some chiropractors do not accept health insurance, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Chiropractic care can be paid for with various health savings accounts (HSAs).

Medicare Part B covers chiropractic adjustments deemed medically necessary, but you must first ensure that you meet the strict eligibility requirements. In some cases, Medicaid will cover chiropractic adjustments, though coverage varies by state. Additionally, chiropractic adjustments are available to US veterans at many Veteran Association facilities across the country.