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Demystifying Chiropractic Neck Adjustments: Are They Safe?

Dr. Rory Dopps
Chiropractic Adjustments

Hello, I'm Dr. Rory Dopps from Dopps Chiropractic in Overland Park, Kansas. One of the most common questions we receive from patients is whether chiropractic neck adjustments, also referred to as "neck cracking," are safe. In this blog, we'll discuss the safety of chiropractic neck adjustments and clarify some misconceptions surrounding this treatment.

Chiropractic neck adjustments are a well-established and widely accepted form of treatment for various neck-related issues. These adjustments involve applying a gentle, controlled force to specific joints in the neck to restore proper alignment and improve joint function. When performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor, neck adjustments are generally considered safe and effective.

Here are some key points to consider regarding the safety of chiropractic neck adjustments:

  1. Chiropractic education and training: Chiropractors undergo rigorous education and training, including extensive study of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. This education equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely perform neck adjustments.

  2. Customized treatment: Chiropractors tailor their treatment approach to each patient's unique needs and circumstances. They will carefully consider factors such as age, medical history, and the nature of the issue before deciding on the most appropriate treatment method.

  3. Risk vs. benefit: Like any medical intervention, chiropractic neck adjustments carry some risks, although they are generally low. The risks associated with neck adjustments are significantly lower than those associated with many other treatments for neck pain, such as prescription medications or surgery.

  4. Adverse effects: Although rare, some people may experience minor discomfort or side effects after a neck adjustment. These effects typically resolve within a short period and can be managed with at-home care, such as ice or heat application.

Despite the overall safety of chiropractic neck adjustments, it's crucial to choose a qualified and experienced chiropractor to perform the treatment. An untrained individual attempting to adjust your neck can result in serious injury.

In conclusion, chiropractic neck adjustments, when performed by a trained professional, are generally considered safe and effective for treating a variety of neck-related issues. If you're experiencing neck pain or discomfort, consider scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor like myself. You can book an appointment online at Also, don't forget to visit our nutrition shop on our website for products designed to support your overall health and well-being.

Stay healthy, and remember to take care of your neck!


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