3 Common Myths About Chiropractic Treatment

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3 Common Myths About Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractors treat a variety of musculoskeletal disorders, and there are many people who believe that chiropractic treatment can relieve other health problems too, but many people are worried about visiting a chiropractor. These three common myths about chiropractic treatment are often to blame. Let’s go through them one by one and see if the facts shed new light on this form of natural therapy.

3 Common Myths About Chiropractic Treatment

1. If you visit a chiropractor once, you have to keep on going back

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Although you might need to visit your local chiropractor several times in order to get the full benefits of the treatment, the course of care does come to an end at some point – and for many patients, that’s the last time they ever have to see a chiropractor. Here’s how it works.

During the first visit, the chiropractor assesses the new patient, looking into their medical history, and conducts a physical examination to work out what the real cause of the problem is. After he or she has checked all the details, the chiropractor comes up with a diagnosis and suggests a treatment plan to address the problem.

This is the time when you can discuss the proposed treatment with your chiropractor and ask any questions if you aren’t 100% sure about what the treatment plan entails. Now it’s up to you to decide whether you’d like to go ahead with the treatment or not. You’ll probably find that your chiropractor wants to explore the treatment strategy as you go, adjusting it to suit your individual needs based on how you respond to the first few sessions.

If you decide that chiropractic treatment isn’t for you halfway through a course of treatment, there’s nothing to stop you from discontinuing the treatment altogether – you’ll be no worse off than you were before.

2. Chiropractors don’t have proper qualifications

While this may not be true in all countries, Canadian chiropractors have to have some pretty impressive qualifications and get through a really tough licensing examination before they can even apply to be registered chiropractors.

Typically, we’re looking at a seven-year university qualification followed by an internship before a chiropractor can complete the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) exam and apply for licensing. It’s hardly surprising that after such rigorous training, the title of ‘doctor’ is officially accepted as the correct honorific for your chiropractor!

3. Chiropractic treatments are painful

In general, chiropractic treatment doesn’t hurt at all. If there is a lot of pain or swelling, it can be a trifle uncomfortable, but many patients experience immediate pain relief. Afterwards, the area may feel slightly tender, but the pain should not be intense.

Some people worry about the cracking and popping sounds the joints make as they are manipulated and aligned, but the sound is actually caused by the release of bubbles of gas that were trapped in the joint rather than by a grinding of bones or cartilage.

The bottom line

Ensure that you visit a licensed chiropractor, and make a few enquiries into their reputation before making your final decision, but rest assured that you are dealing with a medical professional who won’t hurt you and who could resolve your pain problems for good!

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