Here are just a few of the common myths associated with chiropractic care that need some busting.
Myth #1: Once you start going to a chiropractor, you have to keep going forever.
Like most everything, that depends. You only have to continue going to the chiropractor as long as you wish to maintain the health of your neuromusculoskeletal system. Going to a chiropractor is much like exercising at a gym or eating a healthy diet: As long as you keep it up, you’ll reap the benefits.
It’s like going to the dentist. No one would doubt that routine dental care will help your teeth remain healthy for a long time. The same is true for chiropractic care. It can help you feel better, move with more freedom, and stay healthier throughout your lifetime. Of course you can enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care even if you simply go for a short time, but to truly enjoy the real benefits of chiropractic care a part you should make it a continuing part of your lifestyle.
Myth #2: Chiropractors are not real doctors.
The biggest difference between chiropractors and medical doctors is not in their level of education, but in their method of treatment. Chiropractors provide physical solutions — adjustments, exercises, stretches, muscle therapy — to help the body heal from conditions that are physical in origin, such as back pain, muscle spasms, headaches, and poor posture. Also unlike standard medical doctors, whom you usually visit only when you have a symptom to be treated, chiropractors can offer adjustments to improve spinal alignment and overall well-being before symptoms develop.
Myth #3: Medical doctors aren’t fans of chiropractors.
In the 30 years since, the opinion of most medical doctors has changed. Many hospitals across the country now have chiropractors on staff, and many chiropractic offices have medical doctors on staff. Chiropractors and medical doctors now work comfortably together in cases where medical care is necessary as an adjunct to chiropractic care.
Myth #4: A chiropractic adjustment hurts.
Most patients actually feel a sense of relief, and the adjustment will cause no pain. Chiropractors make adjustments to the spine through specific movements – shifting the body to provide motion to joints that may be locked up.
Myth #5: Chiropractic doctors only treat back pain.
Chiropractic doctors specialize in improving joint function. They focus on maintaining movement to the joints of the spine as well as the neck, knees, ankles, hands, and feet. They offer headache relief, neck pain treatment, provide care after an auto injury, and even provide sciatica pain relief. Pregnant mothers seek chiropractic care for pain during pregnancy, and many athletes utilize chiropractic treatment for sports injuries.
Myth #6: Chiropractic care is not safe for pregnant women.
Every pregnant woman is unique in their circumstances, but majority of women who are expecting can safely see a chiropractor. In fact, a chiropractor can help moms-to-be with back pain and hip pain. They can also help with morning sickness and help reposition the baby. There are many benefits to receiving chiropractic care when you are expecting.
Myth #7: Chiropractic care is not safe for infants.
We can understand why there would be some concern when it comes to chiropractic care an infants; a tiny, fragile infant versus an adult who cracks and pops backs for a living. It seems like a dangerous situation. However, infant chiropractic care is not the same as adult chiropractic care. In fact, infant care is very gentle and only consists of a few light massage techniques to align the spine properly. Many parents have found that chiropractic care for their new baby is highly beneficial when it comes to acid reflux, colic, ear infections, and development.
Myth #8: You can perform chiropractic care yourself.
While self adjustments can give temporary relief and a false sense of correcting the problem.
Myth #9: Chiropractic care is expensive.
Most insurance plans (including Medicare) include chiropractic benefits. Insurance companies have statistically quantified the cost of preventive healthcare vs drugs and surgery. Give us a call with your insurance information, and we will be happy to check your benefit eligibility. We also offer affordable Treatment Plans that reduce the out of pocket expense especially if you pay without insurance.
Myth #10: Chiropractic care rarely works.
Here are just a few folks you may be familiar with who believe in chiropractic care: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jordan Spieth, Sara Harding, Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Denzel Washington, Jerry Rice, Julie Andrews, Emmitt Smith, Lance Armstrong, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson, Cher, Jerry Seinfeld, David Duchovney, The Eagles, Bon Jovi Members, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Clint Eastwood, Patrick Stewart, James Earl Jones, the list goes on and on!
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References: afcchiropractic.com, wholechiro.com, chiropartners.com, fulkchiropratic.com, chiropractorglendaleca-thejoint.com, and chiropratic.peezy.org.