Does Chiropractic Have Side Effects?

Chiropractic is very safe and has far fewer risks than many other treatments including anti-inflammatory drugs, pain killers and surgery.


Side effects after treatment occur for approximately 50% of patients, the most common include:

  • Tenderness of the area treated
  • Temporary increase in pain (follow cryotherapy advice)
  • Mild headache
  • Fatigue


Serious side effects of chiropractic are extremely rare, in fact there is large doubt cast by recent evidence reviews that treatment is a causal factor at all, and rather just an associated occurence, but of course your chiropractor can discuss this in more detail with you prior during your consultation.