Research and Safety

One-quarter of U.S. adults (nearly 62 million) visited a chiropractor in the last five years, and over half of this population went in the last 12 months. Of those who recently visited a chiropractor, 88% reported that the quality of care they received was a good value for their money, and three out of four people who saw a chiropractor in the past year described their care as “very effective.” In fact, in a consumer survey, chiropractic care outperformed all other forms of treatment for back pain, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications, deep-tissue massage, Pilates and yoga.

Safety of Chiropractic Care

Risks associated with chiropractic care are extremely small. Because chiropractic care is drug-free and surgery-free, it does not expose patients to the risks associated with pharmaceuticals or surgical procedures. Surgery comes with the risk of infection and other complications during or after the procedure, and prescription painkillers come with other well-known risks, such as the potential for abuse and addiction.

Now that the U.S. and other countries are facing an opioid overdose epidemic, chiropractic care is receiving a significant amount of attention for helping to alleviate chronic pain without the use of medications like opioids. In fact, in early 2019, research was presented at a conference for the American Academy of Pain Management. This research showed that the patients who visited a chiropractor for pain management were nearly half (49%) as likely to be prescribed an opioid as those who sought out other types of healthcare providers to treat pain. Even over-the-counter medications like anti-inflammatory drugs can have adverse side effects (internal bleeding, for example).

The risk of serious complications from chiropractic treatment, in contrast, is estimated at less than one in 1 million treatments—and the adverse effects reported were generally related to a pre-existing medical condition. The odds are greater that you will be struck by lightning!

Chiropractic Care for Pain Management

Chiropractic care offers safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including lower back pain, which is the leading cause of physical disability across the globe, according to a 2013 Global Burden of Disease study. A meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2017 concluded that spinal manipulation should be the first line of defense for treating acute lower back pain. This is an important piece of research, as so many who suffer from chronic pain turn to addictive medications to treat the pain or to invasive surgery. In 2017, the American College of Physicians updated their lower back pain treatment guidelines to recommend the use of drug-free therapies such as spinal manipulation for treating acute and chronic lower back pain.

Chiropractic Care for Children and Pregnant Women

5 Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy.

Chiropractic care is safe for both pregnant women and children alike. In fact, 75-85% of women who sought chiropractic care while pregnant reported that it helped reduce their back, leg, joint and pelvic aches and pains. Chiropractors also help reduce the likelihood of experiencing back pain while in labor. This is significant, since 50% of women experience back pain while pregnant and 75% have it during labor.

In 2000, there were 30 million pediatric visits to chiropractors in the U.S., and by 2009, this number more than doubled to 68 million. One of the most common reasons children see a chiropractor is for the treatment of chronic ear infections. In fact, five out of six children will have an ear infection before the age of three. One study found spinal adjustments to help with ear infection symptoms in 93% of children. 75% experienced improvements in ten visits or less, while 43% were feeling better after one or two visits. Chiropractic care has also been found helpful for children who suffer from colic, torticollis (a twisting of the head to one side), nursing difficulties stemming from not being able to turn the head properly and problems with crawling.

In addition, evidence from research supports the effectiveness of chiropractic care in the treatment of headaches, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, vertigo and possibly asthma, along with other conditions. Adults, children and pregnant women alike have found safe and effective results from chiropractic treatments to help alleviate pain and manage overall health. If you’d like to achieve and maintain wellness or would like to relieve pain in your body, we may be able to help!

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I've been coming to see Dr. Bob since 1984 for my back pain. After each visit, the vast improvement lasts about one whole month. Even after all these years, Dr. Bob continues to provide outstanding care for me, my children, and my grandchildren. I've referred several people to HealthWise Chiropractic, so they too can see the results I have. My favorite part of my visits is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and doctors and, of course, the results I get that improve my daily living."
    Danny S.
  • "About ten years ago I was at the gym, I bent over and couldn't get up, the pain was horrible. I contacted Healthwise and Dr. Mike gave me an emergency appointment that evening. He did a complete physical and x-ray before he started any treatment. After my first treatment I was able to stand up and walk with minimal pain. With a few visits I was back to normal. I continued treatments as needed for the next several years.
    I see Dr. Bob regularly to stay fit and pain-free. He tests my strength and weakness to determine the best treatment. Our open discussion led him to help my acid reflux. I now exercise and walk as is essential for a septuagenarian.
    I told Dr. Bob that I was starting to get knee pain that I thought was arthritis; I didn't think chiropractic care could help. He told me about new equipment to help. I look forward to improvement.
    I was a skeptic of chiropractic care, now I would recommend HealthWise to anyone with chronic/simple pain. It worked for me. It can work for you!"
    Sherry B.
  • "I was very miserable with constant pain in my leg while knowing it had something to do with my back. My friend surprised me with an appointment with Dr. Bob. After being treated by Dr. Bob I knew right away it was exactly what I needed. I learned a lot through my conversations with the doctor. I am really thankful to Dr. Bob and his staff."
    Ed L.
  • "I had a very limited understanding of chiropractic care until I tried it for the first time 12 years ago. I came in with severe pain in my neck, which prohibited me from moving my head. I was greeted by a kind staff, had an exam and x-rays done on my first appointment followed by an adjustment. I felt so much better after my first adjustment and by following the treatment plan my headaches and migraines improved. My overall health has improved because of chiropractic care. Dr. Bob helps make sure that I am taking the right supplements to optimize my health and fitness performance. They have helped me with allergies, knee and shoulder pain, and earaches. I had no idea when I began my chiropractic journey just how much help the doctors and staff at HealthWise would be at improving my quality of life."
    Britt H.
  • "I have been a patient at HealthWise Chiropractic for over 20 years. In the past and currently I am seeing Dr. Bob, however, I have seen all docs at Healthwise. My general issues are usually seasonally related to sinus and allergies. Recently I have been receiving treatment for my hip and lower back. Dr. Bob zeros in on trigger points and quickly relieves my pain. He is a wealth of knowledge and offers help and suggestion on my health issues. The staff is friendly and helpful. I leave feeling better and I believe helps to keep my body aligned and energized. I have also come in after falls, injuries and surgeries. I truly believe my adjustments at the time added to a quicker recovery."
    Liz B.
  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Bob for two and half months. . I see him for an adjustment every two weeks. I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in January 2021 while working in Florida for my continued lower back pain and chronic bilateral hip bursitis. Because my pain was mostly relieved with continued adjustments, I decided to continue with treatment when returning to Wisconsin. I have been very happy with my continued pain relief/adjustments at HealthWise. I highly recommend anyone with chronic back and neck pain to try chiropractic adjustments here at HealthWise. It will make your life better."
    Marianne V.
  • "Really enjoyed the different things that they can do for you and your pain management. Would highly recommend."
    Rhiannon P.
  • "I enjoy coming, getting readjusted and any additional therapies. It has made my life healthier and less stressful. If I have questions, they are answered at that visit. The staff is very professional, personable and friendly. I always look forward to my next visit with them. I am glad to be part of Healthwise Chiropractic family:)"
    Marcella L.
  • "DR MIKE IS A GREAT CHIROPRACTOR. HE TAKES THE TIME TO GIVE YOU A COMPLETE ADJUSTMENT IS TIME. HE IS ALSO A GOOD CONVERSATIONALIST. THANKS"
    RICHARD R.
  • "Dr. Mike is fantastic! He is very personable….will take time to really to your needs… I enjoy my visits…the maintenance has helped tremendously…..and he is there when the emergency pops up! Excellent Chiropractor!"
    Ann W.


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