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Myths, Fears & Facts


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!


Have any of these myths kept you from visiting a chiropractor?

Come on in and see what chiropractic care is really about

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“You only have the pain to lose!”


Alleviating Fear and Embracing Curiosity

Fear. It can be one of those things that keeps us from acting in our own best interest. Fear of the unknown, fear of something that sounds similar to an unpleasant experience we had in the past, fear of feeling worse. What happens when fear meets pain? What happens when fear meets curiosity? When pain and curiosity outweigh fear, sometimes that may lead to a change in our behavior: the idea to try something different, something new. Here is an interview from a recent patient who had some apprehension about visiting a chiropractor.

Susan’s Experience:


I am 58 and a school teacher. I haven’t been to a chiropractor in 25 years. My knee and wrist were what brought me to see Dr. Karim.

Did I have any fears or concerns? I have a fear of all things medical, so yes, there was fear.

The care at Family & Sport Chiropractic is much more personalized than what I am used to from a doctor visit. I was surprised that Dr. Karim could assess and treat in the same session. He also helped me understand pain I had been feeling.

I had accepted my knee pain, wrist pain, and lack of mobility in my neck as “usual” old age things settling in. I would recommend this to “older” people who may think their pain is permanent. I also am a “large” lady who thought weight was causing pain and couldn’t be helped. So “large” people you may find relief too!

If you are afraid, do it anyway. You only have the pain to lose!


Our patients come from all walks of life, different ages, genders, and backgrounds. What they have in common is the shared experience of chiropractic care. Some people, if they have never been or have not been in a long time may experience some level of fear. Susan overcame her fear and entertained her curiosity. She now continues to follow her recommended treatment plan, and has been empowered by more knowledge of her body and how regular adjustments help heal ailments while maintaining a pain free state. Susan gained experience and knows what to expect each visit, thus eliminating the fear of the unknown.

Come schedule your first exam today, let us help alleviate your fears.

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Relieve stress with chiropractic care.

Traffic Jams. Paying bills. Deadlines. Pesky neighbors.  These unpleasant or challenging situations create stress in our lives.  So why is it some people deal with these stress situations better than others?  The answer is complex and includes many factors from genetics to weather conditions, but communicating with your chiropractor about dealing with stress is the starting point. You might be surprised to find that chiropractors are full of sound advice on ways to effectively deal with stress in your everyday life.  When you are receiving regular chiropractic care, you will begin to learn that improving nerve and spinal function has a dramatic impact on improving emotional, mental, and physical function in your life.

Chiropractors as well as others understand that problems with your spine and nervous system come from 3 primary stresses:  Physical, Chemical & Emotional.  In fact, Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University, measured the immune systems of people under chiropractic care as compared to those in the general population and those with cancer and other serious diseases.  In his initial three-year study of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more, the chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care, and 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases!  The superiority of those under chiropractic care also did not diminish with age!

If you feel like stress is taking its toll on your life, call our office today or use the Make An Appointment button to schedule a talk with our doctor.  Chiropractic care can help.

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How to maximize your results!

Have you ever wondered how you maximize your health during the course of chiropractic care? There are normally three stages of care that each patient will go through during their course of chiropractic treatment.  These stages are Relief Care, Corrective Care, and Maintenance Care.

Relief care provides temporary relief from your symptoms or pain, but does not correct the cause. This is the point when you initially start feeling better after starting chiropractic care.  While the pain may be going away, the actual problem isn’t and requires more work so that we can then prevent future damage.

Corrective care, on the other hand, takes longer because you are trying to correct the source of the problem.  Some considerations in the length of this treatment are the condition and integrity of the spinal column, the age and physical condition of the patient, and the age and severity of the problem.  A complete correction is not always possible for everyone, but we have seen amazing results in our chiropractic office.  We will discuss with you our recommendations for achieving a corrective state for your condition.

Maintenance care is the final stage that ensures that the integrity of the spine is being maintained.  It involves a periodic checkup and adjustments as needed. Because our day to day activities put pressure on our bodies, we must continue to monitor the health of condition of your spine.  Regular chiropractic adjustments will help to make sure you are living at the most optimized condition and that your personal life maintains the ability to live with maximum results!

So, what happens when you discontinue maintenance care? What if you stop getting adjusted and receiving chiropractic treatments? Some people are just concerned about relieving the symptoms, while others know that a complete correction is best for their overall health.  The choice is up to you, but you should discuss this with our office so that you know the facts as they pertain to your case.  We want you to feel better, live longer, and experience optimal health and we know that you can do this with regular chiropractic care!

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Chiropractic Wellness- Backpack safety

Backpack safety and your kids.

Backpack Chiropractic Wellness We are very happy to offer the following tips to help prevent your children from the needless pain of an over stuffed backpack.  You may not realize it, but backpacks could cause the student in your household health risks and back pain that can cause many health conditions. And now that backpacks have begun to replace briefcases in the work place, you too might want to follow this advice:

  • Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight.  The backpack will cause your child to begin bending forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
  • A backpack with individualized compartments will help you position the contents most effectively and ensure that your child’s sandwich isn’t flattened by a heavy textbook.
  • When packing the backpack, make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on the child’s back.  An uneven surface rubbing against your child’s back could cause painful blisters.
  • Tell your child to use both shoulder straps, not just one.  A backpack slung over one shoulder disproportionately shifts all of the weight to one side and can cause not only neck and muscle spasms but also a low back pain.
  • Padded shoulder straps are very important.  Not only will they be more comfortable than non-padded straps, but they will also help prevent the straps from digging into your child’s shoulders.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable, so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body.  Shoulder straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably, and cause misalignment and pain.
  • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk with your child’s teacher.  It might be possible to leave the heaviest books at school and bring home only lighter handout materials or work books.

Talk to your child about the proper use of backpacks and help him/her understand why this and other ergonomic issues are important.  A child who is educated early in life on these issues can apply this knowledge late in life (at home or in the office) and as a result, your child will be happier and healthier. To learn more about how you and your family can benefit from chiropractic care, take a moment to schedule an appointment at our office.

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Do you floss your spine?

When dentists are asked about the importance of brushing and flossing, many observe, “just floss the teeth you want to keep!” Typical tooth brushing reaches only about 70% of tooth surfaces.  The 30% below the gumline is a breeding ground for disease and bad breath. Every day you take measures to maintain your teeth and gums.  You probably visit your dentist’s office once or twice a year.  How come no one says, “Once you go to a dentist, you have to go for the rest of your life?”

The fact is your spine requires maintenance, as do your skin, ears, fingernails, and hair.  Just think of what you put your spine through each day!  A stress-filled job, poorly designed chairs, repetitive motions, a lack of exercise, a sagging mattress and countless “microtraumas” that accumulate over time.  Your spine, and the nervous system it protects, is being constantly assaulted by the way we live our busy lives. And while a way to “floss your spine” hasn’t been invented, a visit to our office for regular chiropractic care is even better.  If it’s been awhile since your last visit or you are new to chiropractic, give us a call.  Let’s catch those little problems before they become serious.  We will help you keep your spine in optimum condition; at least the part of your spine you want to keep!

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