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Common Chiropractic Myths Debunked

Over the years, people have come to accept certain chiropractic myths instead of accepting the wisdom of truth. As a patient, when you are making any medical decisions about any part of your body it is important that you have all the facts. Especially since there is a lot of incorrect information regarding chiropractic services out there. Fortunately, we are here to debunk these myths and uncover the facts.

Myth: Chiropractors Aren’t Real Doctors.

Fact: Most people think of a doctor as a health care practitioner who strictly performs surgeries and prescribes pills. They also believe that this the only and best method for health care. People have to understand that there is much more to health care than just these aspects. Chiropractors are doctors licensed to practice in many nations in the world. They have to undergo rigorous education in the healing sciences. They spend a large portion of their studies in clinical subjects that relate to evaluating and caring for their patients. They spend over 4,200 hours in the laboratory, clinical experience and in the classrooms.

Myth: Chiropractic Isn’t Scientific.

Fact: Don’t be misled by the “low-tech” nature of chiropractic adjustments! There are a growing number of studies that suggest the chiropractic approach to reducing nerve disturbance along the spine, may enhance the ability of the brain and nerve system to control and regulate the body. These include published research documenting the results of chiropractic care on asthma, infantile colic, immune function, dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps), improving vision and brain function, lower back pain, one’s overall health status and many others.

Myth: Chiropractic Adjustments Will Grind and Crack Your Bones.

Fact: An adjustment is the most common form of chiropractic treatment. It is a non-invasive manual procedure that is given by skilled practitioners. The goal is to decrease pain and improve the functioning in areas with reduced movement, mostly in the joints and surrounding tissue. There is an audible sound from the adjustment that is caused by slight opening in the joint space as gas is released. These noises cause people to believe it is made from the cracking of a bone, which is not the case. It’s actually the same noise that you hear when you crack your knuckles.

Myth: Chiropractic Care is Dangerous for Children.

Fact: The concern that many parents have is that chiropractic adjustments will be too forceful. They mistakenly think that their child will receive adjustments like ones they receive. Not only are adjusting techniques modified for each person’s size and unique spinal problem, an infant’s spine rarely has the long-standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes a child’s chiropractic adjustments gentle. Knowing exactly where to adjust, newborns and infants are adjusted with no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato. Many parents have commented that they see almost instant improvements in the well-being of their child.

Myth: Once You See A Chiropractor, You’ll Have to Keep Coming Back Again and Again.

Fact: When patients have an acute problem, chiropractors often can solve it in one visit. But more often than not, people’s troubles build up over time from injury, repetitive motion or lack thereof, and misalignment. Then the musculoskeletal system gets set in its ways. So, when a chiropractor recommends regular visits it’s because they prevent the spine from slipping back into those old, bad habits. At the end of the day, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. Many folks choose to continue their chiropractic care on some type of periodic basis for the rest of their lives. While others choose to see us from time to time for episodes of neck or back pain. It’s your choice.

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