Beneficial, effective health care

    Over 800,000 Albertans seek treatment from a Doctor of Chiropractic each

    EDMONTON, June 19 /CNW/ - Chiropractic health care is a beneficial and
effective treatment option that provides thousands of Albertans with relief
from pain and dysfunction said the Alberta College and Association of
Chiropractors (ACAC) today in response to a call for limits to be placed on
vertebral adjustment (also termed manipulation) of the neck.
    "In comparison with many other common health care interventions,
chiropractic adjustment is one of the safest and lowest risk options," said
ACAC president, Dr. Clark Mills. "Side effects from chiropractic adjustment
are typically minor and resolve quickly."
    The most recent research into neck adjustment further supports the safety
record. The results of a collaborative and multidisciplinary six-year study by
the Bone and Joint Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders into
the causes, prognosis and treatment of neck pain were published in the
peer-reviewed journal Spine in January 2008. The study concludes that
Vertebral Basilar Artery (VBA) stroke is a very rare event in the population.
The research indicates clearly that the risk of VBA stroke associated with a
visit to a chiropractor's office appears to be no different from the risk of
VBA stroke following a visit to a physician's office.
    The study concludes that this type of stroke commonly begins with neck
pain and/or headache which causes the patient to seek care from their
chiropractor or family physician before the stroke fully develops.
    Similarly, a British study of more than 19,000 chiropractic patients
encompassing over 50,000 cervical spine manipulations published in October
2007 in Spine found "no reports of serious adverse events."
    In Canada, a study conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative
Sciences (ICES) states, "The evidence to date indicates that the risk
associated with chiropractic manipulation of the neck is both small and
inaccurately estimated. The estimated level of risk is smaller than that
associated with many commonly used diagnostic tests or prescription drugs."
The study was published in 2001 in the medical journal Stroke.
    "The call for a limit on adjustment of the neck is unfounded and based on
anecdotal reports," said Dr. Mills. "The body of published, peer-reviewed
research internationally clearly supports the safety of this health care
    Chiropractic is a regulated health profession in Alberta. Chiropractors
deliver health services under a legislated scope of practice. In Canada,
chiropractors require a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education:
three years at an undergraduate university level including science
pre-requisites followed by an additional four years of specialized training at
an accredited chiropractic college.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Deb Manz,
CEO, Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, 11203 - 70 Street,
Edmonton, Alberta, T5B 1T1, telephone: (780) 420-0932, email:

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