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Ernst, E. (2009) 'Chiropractic maintenance treatment, a useful preventative approach?', Prev Med.2009 Aug-Sep;49(2-3):99-100.

Prev Med.2009 Aug-Sep;49(2-3):99-100.

Chiropractic maintenance treatment, a useful preventative approach?

E Ernst


Most chiropractors advise patients to have regular maintenance treatments with spinal manipulation, even in the absence of any symptoms or diseases. This article evaluates the evidence for or against this approach. No compelling evidence was found to indicate that chiropractic maintenance therapy effectively prevents symptoms or diseases. As spinal manipulation has repeatedly been associated with considerable harm, the risk benefit balance of chiropractic maintenance care is not demonstrably positive. Therefore there are no good reasons to recommend it.

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