Chiropractic is well recognized today as an effective and natural solution to spinal issues and other body problems. This means that it eliminated the need for risky surgery and drugs with unpleasant side effects. This would be good news for anyone that suffers from spinal problems, chronic back pain or headaches, but this is not the case for a lot of people.
There are still a lot of misconceptions about chiropractic treatment, and this has the effect of discouraging a lot of people from seeking the help they need from the best possible source. However, these misconceptions stem from a lack of understanding about this approach to treatment and the chiropractic profession as a whole.
Today we discuss 5 of the most common myths that have to do with chiropractic care and share the actual truth everybody needs to know:
Myth #1: Chiropractors are not real doctors
Fact: Chiropractors do not practice until they have undergone at least six years of university medical education. This is at par with most doctors and even more than some. Just because the treatment approach does not include prescription drugs or surgery does not mean they are not highly qualified.
Most people are aware of the delicate nature of necks and spines, and therefore only want to entrust their care to a doctor that is properly accredited. Generally, chiropractors have four years of pre-medical undergraduate education, learning about various scientific fields. Next, they have to complete four to five years of study at an accredited chiropractic college. During these years, students must complete AT LEAST 4,200 hours of study, combining time in the classroom and laboratory and clinical experience. This breadth of education prepares chiropractors to treat the variety of cases they see. Via Multi-Specialty
Myth #2: Chiropractic treatment is highly risky and dangerous
Fact: Chiropractic care is less invasive than other forms of medical intervention that increase risk for injury. In fact, surgery and medical side effects present a lot more danger than the methods used by chiropractors.
“As with any health profession, chiropractic does have a set of risks but statistically you have a greater chance of getting struck by lightning – which is one in 100 000 – than getting a serious adverse effect from a chiropractic adjustment – which is one in 1 000 000. Chiropractors enjoy some of the lowest malpractice insurance premiums of any registered health care professional due to its safety record.” Via All4Women
Myth #3: Chiropractic treatment is painful
When done right, chiropractic adjustments should not hurt. In fact, chiropractors usually have so many techniques at their disposal, so they typically pick those that are the safest and most comfortable for each patient. In fact, you are more likely to feel uncomfortable going through a deep tissue massage than a chiropractic adjustment.
When someone is experiencing back pain the last thing they want to experience is worsened pain in the chiropractor’s office. If your chiropractor is performing an adjustment correctly, it should not be painful. Though there might be some brief discomfort, this has to do with your presenting injury and not the adjustment itself. Generally, patients feel relieved and comfortable after an adjustment. Via Multi-Specialty
Myth #4: Chiropractors can only treat back pain
While chiropractic treatment is especially effective in treating back pain, this treatment approach has far-reaching benefits for a wide range of conditions. Some of the less-known conditions that can be treated by chiropractic were discussed in an earlier post. Check it out here…
Myth #5: Once you receive chiropractic treatment the first time, you’ll need it again and again
Fact: Many chiropractic patients are happy to see their chiropractors again because of the great experience they had and the positive results they got out of it.
Every patient is in complete control of his or her health and it is no different when it comes to chiropractic care, says Dr Delgado.
“While some people may choose to have their spine checked regularly for the rest of their lives as a part of their wellness lifestyle, some may only use it sporadically for relief care. The amount of chiropractic care you utilise is always up to you, and your chiropractor will support you whether you choose relief care or wellness care.” Via All4Women
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