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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Understanding the Potential Side Effects of Chiropractic Neck Manipulation

Updated: May 26, 2023

Learning the effects of a chiropracitc adjustment
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Hello, I'm Dr. Rory Dopps from Dopps Chiropractic in Overland Park, Kansas. Chiropractic neck manipulation, also known as cervical adjustments, can provide significant relief for many patients suffering from neck pain or stiffness. However, as with any medical intervention, it's essential to be aware of potential side effects. In this blog, we'll discuss the possible side effects of neck manipulation and the precautions chiropractors take to ensure patient safety.

Chiropractic neck manipulation is a safe and effective treatment option for many neck-related issues when performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor. However, some patients may experience minor side effects after the procedure. These side effects are typically short-lived and can be managed with at-home care.

Common side effects of neck manipulation include:

  1. Temporary discomfort: Some patients may experience minor soreness, stiffness, or aching in the neck or surrounding muscles following an adjustment. This discomfort usually resolves within a day or two.

  2. Headaches: Headaches may occur after neck manipulation but are typically mild and short-lived.

  3. Dizziness: Some patients may experience temporary dizziness or lightheadedness immediately after a neck adjustment. This sensation usually subsides within a few minutes.

  4. Fatigue: It is not uncommon to feel slightly fatigued after a chiropractic adjustment, as the body adjusts to the changes in alignment and muscle tension.

It's important to note that serious complications from chiropractic neck manipulation are rare.

Chiropractors take several precautions to ensure patient safety, including:

  1. Comprehensive assessment: Before performing a neck manipulation, chiropractors conduct a thorough evaluation of the patient's medical history, symptoms, and physical condition to determine the most appropriate treatment approach.

  2. Individualized treatment: Chiropractors tailor their treatment approach to each patient's unique needs, taking into account factors such as age, medical history, and the nature of the issue.

  3. Proper technique: Chiropractors are extensively trained in various techniques to ensure they are applying the appropriate force and direction during neck manipulation.

  4. Monitoring and communication: Chiropractors closely monitor their patients during treatment and maintain open communication, addressing any concerns or discomfort the patient may experience.

In conclusion, while there are potential side effects associated with chiropractic neck manipulation, they are typically mild and short-lived. Chiropractors take extensive precautions to ensure the safety and efficacy of their treatments. 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, be sure 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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