Chiropractic Therapy as a Complementary Therapy for Cancer

chiro neckChiropractic Therapy is based on the idea that a healthy spine and nervous system play an important role in your overall health and well-being, and that illness is the result of nerves being compressed by muscle spasms or joints that are out of place.

Chiropractors don’t use medicines or surgery; they are trained to diagnose physical problems and are likely to call themselves primary healthcare practitioners rather than complementary therapists.

Chiropractors treat illness by moving, or manipulating, the bones of the spine and other joints and muscles to release the compressed nerves, and most commonly treat back pain, neck pain, headaches and pain from muscle, joint and bone problems.

While there is no evidence at this time that chiropractic therapy can treat cancer itself, many individuals with cancer turn to a chiropractor for some relief of certain symptoms or side-effects of cancer.

Chiropractic Therapy as a Complementary Therapy

While there is no evidence at this time that chiropractic therapy can treat cancer itself, chiropractic therapy is useful for muscle and bone problems, so it may help people living with cancer cope with some types of pain and discomfort.

Chiropractic therapy may help with:

  • Low back pain
  • Migraines or other headaches caused by neck problems
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain in the arms, shoulders, hips or legs

One of the main reasons people with cancer see a chiropractor is to help control pain, headaches and tension.

There is some scientific evidence to suggest that chiropractic care may help to relieve headaches and back pain. But there is no evidence to suggest that it helps to prevent, treat or cure cancer and chiropractors would not claim to be able to cure cancer.



Trials have looked at spinal manipulation as a treatment for various conditions. Research studies have found that chiropractic care works well for ongoing lower back pain. In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended spinal manipulation as given by chiropractors as an effective treatment option for people with ongoing lower back pain.

A 2010 review of scientific evidence on manual therapies found that spinal manipulation can also help people with

  • Migraine
  • Neck related headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Knee and elbow conditions
  • Whiplash injury

The 2010 review stated that spinal manipulation does not appear to be helpful for asthma, high blood pressure or period pain. The studies could not tell whether it helps with fibromyalgia, pain in the middle area of the back, premenstrual syndrome, sciatica, or jaw joint disorders.

Chiropractic manipulation has been studied for many conditions, but there aren’t any research studies on whether chiropractic therapy helps people living with cancer. Further clinical trials will help to show how well chiropractic care works, and whether it will help for cancer or not as none of these studies were specific for people with cancer


Read more about how Chiropractic Therapy is administered, Possible Side-effects and Risks etc., on our static Complementary & Alternative Therapies page, Chiropractic Therapy



Please note that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust shares information regarding various types of cancer treatments on this blog merely for informational use. LFCT does not endorse or promote any specific cancer treatments – we believe that the public should be informed but that the option is theirs to take as to what treatments are to be used.

Always consult your medical practitioner prior to taking any other medication, natural or otherwise.




About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

Posted on 5 May, 2016, in Alternative Treatments, Blog, Cancer Treatments and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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