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Consent to Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is recognised as being an effective and safe method of care for many conditions. To put it into context, chiropratic care has been shown to be 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs (Dabbs V, Lauretti W, 1995) and safer than driving a car (Lauretti W, 1999). However, you must recognise that there are slight risks associated with all health care procedures which you should be informed about. These include, although are not limited to:

  • Nausea and dizziness

  • Fractures

  • Disc injuries (neck: less than 1 in 139,000; low back: 1 in 62,000)

  • Strokes (or like episodes) (approx. 1 in 5.85 million, Haldeman, et al. Spine Vol 24-8, 1999)

  • An exacerbation and/or aggravation of any underlying condition

Some people might experience some mild soreness for 24-28 hours post adjustment, especially if their body is unwinding. This is a normal sign of change, as may occur after exercise or stretching. Clinical experience consistently demonstrates unexpected improvements in people’s lives. One study indicated that 23% of people experienced an improvement of some other aspect of their health (Leboeuf-Yde C et al., 1997). Of individuals who experience such improvements:

  • 26% experienced improvements in their respiratory system

  • 25% in their digestive system

  • 14% in their circulatory system/heart

  • 14% in their eyes/vision

Broken down into subcategories, the benefits reported were:

  • 21% easier to breathe

  • 20% improved digestive function

  • 11% clearer/better/sharper vision

  • 7% better circulation

  • 5% changes in heart rhythm/blood pressure

  • 4% less ringing in the ears/improved hearing

​I have read and understand the information provided above. I do not expect the chiropractor to be able to anticipate or explain all the risk and complications. I wish to rely on the chiropractor to exercise his/her judgement during the course of procedures which he/she feels, at the time, based upon the facts known, is in my best interests. I hereby acknowledge my consent to the performance of the proposed chiropractic care by Dr Rohan Kapoor, Dr Karli Newton and/or any other chiropractor working at PerformanceOne Spinal & Sports Clinic. I understand that I can withdraw consent at any time.

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