LIFE Chiropractic, Gateshead

552 Durham Road, Low Fell NE9 6HX

0191 4911006

0191 4911006

Life Chiropractic Gateshead Chiropractor

552 Durham Road, Low Fell, NE9 6HX

Safety and Side Effects

Common Side Effects


Common side effects may be positive and negative.


Positive side effects will include relief of muscle spasm and discomfort, a sense of looseness, easier head turning, improved sleep and possibly some gastrointestinal and bladder changes.


Relatively negative side effects would include muscular soreness, similar to post exercise soreness, mild joint sprains, headaches, radiating leg or arm discomfort, tiredness, cold-like symptoms and rarely rib irritation. The rib irritation is usually due to a previous rib injury resetting as a result of the adjusment.


These symptoms usually only occur in the first few weeks of care. They should be likened to the stiffness and soreness one would expect on embarking on a fitness program. As the body improves it's capacity to adapt to the changes, most, if not all of the mild reactions will reduce or cease altogether.


Our initial assessment reviews all aspects of your health, including blood pressure, weight, height, case history and medical conditions so that we may determine whether chiropractic care is appropriate. We will not begin care unless we are confident no harm will result.


Be Confident In The Process


The most important thing to remember is to allow the body to mend itself. Most symptoms are signs of long term problems that take time to heal. The healing process is not a rose garden, it's an up and down process. Enjoy the days or weeks that feel good and don't worry about the hours or days when symptoms return.

Speculative Concerns About Manipulations


Chiropractic adjustments, when delivered by properly trained and registered chiropractors, are very safe. Especially when compared with medical care approaches that use drugs or surgery for similar conditions.


There has been some concern that adjustments to the cervical spine may be involved in causing a form of stroke known as vertebrobasilar insufficiency. The incidences have been very rare, and is estimated to be in the region of 1 in 500 000, to 1 in 1 million neck adjustments. The difficulty is that it is such a rare event following manipulative therapy, no one is certain that the adjustment actually causes the stroke, or if it is coincidentally given at the time a stroke is in progress.


There are approximately 150,000 strokes per year in the UK, resulting in 60,000 deaths. Stroke is the third leading cause of death.

Symptoms of a stroke developing will include neck pain, stiffness and headache, which are common to many conditions presenting to a chiropractic office. Carotid artery dissection is a common form of stroke estimated to be 2-5 per 100,000.


Use this link for more in-depth discussion on safety.

2008 Study looking at chiropractic and stroke compared to medical consultation.