Myths and Facts about Chiropractic
Chiropractors are not Real Doctors
Actually… Chiropractors are licensed as primary health care doctors and have the same level of education as medical doctors. The difference between chiropractors and medical doctors is in the way they treat the human body. Where medical doctors rely on external chemical compounds to treat ailments, chiropractors focus on the structurally correcting the internal conditions, which causes the ailments in the first place. Because of this, chiropractic is highly effective in treating a wide range of conditions without resorting to taking drugs.
Chiropractic Adjustments are Dangerous
Actually…. You are hundreds of times more likely to suffer an adverse reaction by taking an aspirin than you are from having a chiropractic adjustment. Most people don’t realize that there are more than 100,000 adverse reactions each year from taking a simple aspirin while there are fewer than 100 adverse reactions to chiropractic adjustments. Considering that there are over 3 million people being adjusted every year, the risk from being adjusted is extremely low.
People can Adjust Themselves by “Cracking” Their Neck or Back
Actually… It’s almost impossible to adjust yourself in a way to free any fixations or correct any subluxations. Some people can get their neck or back to “pop”, but this usually only affects the segments that are not the true culprit and over time can lead to other problems. Just as you wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself, it’s best to leave the adjustments of your back and neck to the professional chiropractor. Even professionals cannot adjust themselves.
Spinal Adjustments Hurt
Actually… Most patients feel instant relief immediately after their treatments. Patients suffering from severe neck or back pain may experience some discomfort but for most patients this in not the case. Most patients look forward to their chiropractic treatments
Medical Doctors don’t like Chiropractors
Actually… There is little animosity towards chiropractors from the medical community. Even medical doctors and nurses get treated by chiropractor every year. Chiropractors are now on staff at many major hospitals, in the military, working for insurance companies and work side by side with medical doctors in private clinics.
Once you Start Chiropractic You Must Continue Forever
Actually…. While this is not strictly true, it is important to remember that ALL doctors continue to treat you for the rest of your life, at least ideally. For example, how often do you go to your dentist? Your dentist will keep scheduling visits even when you have no tooth pain. We all learn at an early age the value of routine maintenance for our teeth, but for most people that message wasn’t given to the rest of the body.