Chiropractic Myths and Facts
If you have been in a car accident or work place accident you probably know that going to the chiropractor can be a valuable asset in a speedy and full recovery. Chiropractic is the leading treatment in back pain relief and accident recovery. However, many people still question the viability and effectiveness of the chiropractic field and haven’t tried chiropractic care because of things they have heard. Unfortunately, most of these things that people “hear” about chiropractic are myths! If you want to find out for yourself, take advantage of a chiropractor with a free consultation and see what your local spinal health professional can do for you. They will often be able to help you alleviate or at least reduce your pain, help you recover from an injury, improve the quality of your life, and may even be able to solve various health issues that other treatment cannot. Still not sold on chiropractic care? Take a look at these myths and facts regarding one of the most popular pain relief treatments on the market!
Myth #1: Chiropractors crack your bones
What really happens: A spinal adjustment is the most common form of treatment used by chiropractors. An adjustment, otherwise known as spinal manipulative therapy is a non-invasive, manual procedure performed by a skilled practitioner on dysfunctional spinal or extremity joints. Contrary to popular belief, the audible sound heard during an adjustment is not the bones cracking, but the opening of joint spaces and the associated release of gas.
Myth #2: Once you go to the chiropractor you will always have to go back
What really happens: Evidence-based recommendations for your treatment/management plan will be made by your chiropractor based on your specific diagnosis. Regular adjustments are part of a healthy lifestyle but sometimes even just one adjustment may be enough to help you reach your health goals.
Myth #3: Chiropractors are not real doctors
What really happens: In order for a chiropractor to practice in Canada, they must first complete an undergraduate program before then completing a doctor of chiropractic program through an accredited institution. The doctor of chiropractic program takes 4 years to complete and includes at least 4,200 hours of specialized clinical training. After completion of their doctor of chiropractic program they must pass provincial and national board exams to get their license to practice. In order to maintain their license, they must continue their education in the field.
Myth #4: Chiropractic care is only effective for back pain
What really happens: Chiropractors are knowledgeable on all joints of the body. Although back pain is the most common reason for a visit to the chiropractor’s office, neck pain and headaches are not far behind. You would be surprised just how much your local chiropractor can do for you!
Myth #5: Adjustments are painful
What actually happens: Contrary to popular belief, in most cases a spinal adjustment won’t hurt at all. In fact, most patients actually feel great after receiving an adjustment.
Next time you’re in pain, consult your local chiropractor and find out how he or she may be able to help!