Dismissing the Myths of Chiropractic Medicine

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According to WebMD, “Among people seeking back pain relief alternatives, most choose chiropractic treatment. About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually.” Even with the vast number of people visiting chiropractors on a yearly basis, there is still an aura of mystery that surrounds this practice of medicine. Rumors and myths swirl around and it seems as though everyone has a different story to tell. Well, today, we’re here to set all of those myths and rumors straight and give you all the information you need to know when it comes to chiropractic.

Myth #1: Chiropractors aren’t real doctors 

Chiropractors have four years of pre-med undergraduate education plus four to five years of study at an accredited chiropractic college. Chiropractic students complete at least 4,200 hours of study, in both the classroom plus lab/clinical experience.

Additionally, most chiropractors need to complete a 1-year clinical training program where they learn the ins and outs of patient care. A chiropractor has an education that is equally as extensive in basic human health sciences as any other doctor. Chiropractors go through extremely rigorous training to ensure they can treat their patients in the most effective way possible and be prepared for any case that may come their way.

If you’re wondering whether or not a chiropractor is an actual doctor, the answer is an unquestionable yes. They are a doctor with a specific purpose and very specialized training.

Myth #2: I should only go to a chiropractor if I have back pain

Yes, it is true that the majority of patients visit a chiropractor for some sort of back issue. According to WebMD, 35% of people who visit a chiropractor are seeking relief from back pain. However, you can see a chiropractor for many conditions other than this as well. Chiropractors also treat pain in the neck, arms, and legs, and they even treat headaches.

Some chiropractors will specialize only in patients with back pain, though many of them deal with a much wider range of issues and concerns. Most chiropractors focus on helping patients improve their overall health and they are trained to care for all the joints in your body. While back pain is the most common, it is certainly not the only concern you should see a chiropractor for.

Myth #3: Getting an adjustment will hurt

Chiropractors are meant to heal pain, not to make it worse. Back injuries are some of the most painful and the last thing anyone would want to experience in this situation is more of that pain. If your chiropractor is doing his or her job correctly and making their adjustments in the proper way, then they should not hurt. Instead, they should provide relief for the patient. They should make you feel better. There might be some brief discomfort associated with the adjustment, but they certainly should never hurt. A chiropractor’s work should leave you feeling more comfortable, not less.

Myth #4: Once I start going, I’ll never be able to stop

Many people make the mistake of thinking that once they begin their chiropractic care, they will have to continue it indefinitely. No one wants to begin something they won’t be able to end, especially when they are making a financial commitment in doing so.

Since most people feel better and more at ease after their chiropractic care, they WANT to continue going. You’ll see changes in your pain level, your energy level, and your comfort level, and when you begin to start feeling better, you don’t want to give that up. Chiropractic care is meant to enhance quality of life. Every patient, however, of course has the choice about whether to continue with this care regularly, occasionally, or not at all.

Myth #5: Only adults can use chiropractors

Chiropractors can help people of all ages, even newborn babies! Children experience spinal injuries and traumas just like anyone else, and in fact, they are highly susceptible to them. Because of this, just like anyone else, a chiropractor would greatly be able to help them. For children, receiving chiropractic care is safe and it’s recommended, especially for children who are active athletes. A chiropractor can look at bumps and bruises and ensure they don’t turn into bigger problems down the road.

Myth #6: Seeing a chiropractor is more expensive than seeing a doctor 

Many studies have been done that indicate that this just isn’t true. Patients who see a chiropractor are less likely to need any type of spinal surgery down the road. The costs associated with this surgery itself, along with the rehab afterwards, would be much higher than receiving care from a chiropractor.

Additionally, those who receive care from a chiropractor also tend to lead healthier lifestyles in general, requiring less medical treatment for other issues as well.