Myths and Misconceptions
It is not uncommon for misunderstandings and misguided information to surround the world of chiropractic care. Similarly to other holistic styles of treatment, chiropractic treatments are often considered to be a secondary option to pain or a luxury not required for daily comfort. In an effort to remove that stigma, we have provided you with some helpful information to clear up any confusion regarding chiropractic care.
Myth: Chiropractors are not real doctors
Fact: To practice in the United States, a chiropractor is required to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC). Following undergrad schooling, four to five years of additional schooling are required. These years of schooling include hours of classroom, clinical, and laboratory internships. A chiropractor must also pass four sets of national board exams to officially obtain their license and be able to practice within the U.S. When all of their schooling and testing is completed, a chiropractor has a degree not dissimilar to that of a common medical doctor.
Myth: Getting a chiropractic adjustment is painful and unsafe
Fact: While a brief moment of discomfort is common in those with very severe tightness in the neck or back, most patients express feelings of immediate relief after the adjustment is done. It is not advised for someone who has little to no experience in the area of chiropractic care to perform an adjustment on another person, but when it is done by a professional with years of schooling, there is nothing remotely dangerous about being adjusted. Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, natural, and non-invasive way to treat pain. The use of steroids or other pain remedies are often ruled out in favor of chiropractic care. The holistic approach to pain remedy also allows young children, expectant mothers, and even the elderly to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care without the after effects of strong medicine.
Myth: Chiropractic care is expensive
Fact: Chiropractic care is not only less invasive, but it does not cost any more than traditional medicine. With the lack of harmful drugs and painful surgeries, chiropractic care can create a way of life that can elongate life expectancy and help strengthen your immune system.
Myth: You must continue seeing a chiropractor for the rest of your life to remain out of pain
Fact: After your initial examination, the regularity of your visits will differ depending on the issues of the individual patient. Similarly to see your dentist or your eye doctor, you wouldn’t expect the state of your spine to remain the same without the occasional check in with your chiropractor. While newer patients do return on a weekly basis, your visits can become more spread out as time goes on. While you do not have to make adjustments a regular part of your life, we have patients who ask to come back weekly, sometimes even multiple times a week!
Myth: Chiropractic care is only for back pain
Truth: While the neck and the back are often the main focus of a chiropractor, the maintenance of spinal care can affect so many other aspects of the body’s health. Regular adjustments can help strengthen the immune system and reduce the chances of getting sick further down the road. Regular adjustments have been known to help with migraines, ulcers, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, fatigue, and ear infections in children. Expectant women have also experienced a improvement with pregnancy-related pain.
For further chiropractic information and questions, please visit https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Why-Choose-Chiropractic/What-Research-Shows