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Common Myths and Misunderstandings about Chiropractic

 There are a number of myths associated with chiropractors and their medicine. A number of these myths center on the efficacy of the chiropractic art, as well as the dangers associated with chiropractic medicine. Further, a number of individuals believe that chiropractors do not have proper or reputable degrees or medical backgrounds.  This article will explore the top myths associated with chiropractic work. There will be a breakdown for each myth identified, then the facts for your perusal.


Myth 1:  Chiropractors always crack your bones when you go to treatment  sessions.

Fact: A chiropractic adjustment is certainly an important aspect of a treatment  session.  A chiropractic adjustment, further, focuses on the mobilization of  joints in the body, and works to positively affect the position and movements  of the body’s joints. The sound heard during these chiropractic adjustments is  the sound caused by the opening of the joint space and the expansion of the  gases within those spaces. The bones themselves on either side of the body’s  joints are not affected. The chiropractic adjustment, however, does affect the  connective tissues that hold the joints together. However, not all chiropractic  treatment plans involve these sort of body manipulations. A variety of  techniques may be utilized during a patient’s treatment session, including  electrical stimulation of muscles, manipulation of the soft tissues and muscles,  exercise advice, stretching and more.


Myth 2:  You will have to go for the rest of your life once you start.

Fact: This is untrue. If you are being treated for something specifically, then the  treatment plan continues until the issue is resolved. If the issue you are going  to treatment for is chronic, treatment may last several months. Some  individuals continue going their chiropractic treatment sessions after an issue  is resolved to prevent future problems from arising. This is similar to dental  care: checkups are required to prevent future issues and monitor health.


Myth 3: Chiropractors are not real doctors and do not have reputable  credentials.

Fact: This is simply untrue. In order to an individual to practice chiropractic work in  the United States, they must attend a four year graduate program at a  nationally recognized institution. This program is for a D.C., or Doctor of  Chiropractic. This Doctor of Chiropractic program includes at least 4,200 hours  of specialized training in the clinical realm. This is all completed after an  undergraduate program. Schooling involves a variety of coursework, including  anatomy and physiology, microbiology, neurology, toxicopharmacology,  biomechanics, and more. After the graduate program is completed, national  board exams must be passed. A specific state exam must also be passed.  Further, a chiropractor must maintain their license by completing 24 hours per  year of continuing education credits. In fact, chiropractors tend to have more  medical hours of training than their medical counterparts. The biggest  difference between a chiropractor and a medical doctor lies not in their  training, but more in their philosophy of treatment.


Myth 4: Chiropractic treatment sessions are ONLY for back pain.

Fact: The chiropractic sessions individuals attend are for far more than just back   pain and injury. Chiropractic sessions are meant to treat all the joints of the  body.  Sports injuries and other injuries of all kinds may also be treated by a  chiropractor.


Myth 5:  Adjustments are painful or uncomfortable.

Fact: This is untrue. Most individuals find these adjustments rather relaxing and  comfortable though it will be a unique experience, if it is your first time.


Myth 6: There is no scientific evidence that chiropractic medicine works and is  effective.

Fact: There are many studies that indicate that chiropractic treatment sessions are  beneficial for a multitude of reasons. Further, the benefits go beyond muscles  and joints to include promoting the health and wellbeing of the immune  system, brain function, and general wellbeing.


Myth 7:  Medical doctors do not like, or approve of, chiropractors.

Fact: In the 1940s, chiropractic medicine received a bad name. The American  Medical Association tried to undermine the treatments provided by  chiropractors and the chiropractic profession as a whole, which they saw  as a threat to their own profession, and attempts were made to discredit  and put it out of business. This went on into the 1980s.  However, in the  1980s, a landmark lawsuit indicated that the American Medical Association  was guilty of conspiring and was made to  pay restitution to the chiropractic  profession. Since  then, medical doctors’ have widely  changed their opinions  and have warmed towards chiropractors.


Myth 8:  Chiropractic adjustments are for adults, not children.

Fact:  Children can also benefit from adjustments. In fact, research has shown that  children can sustain as many as 1,500 spinal injuries—all before the age of  five. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help minimize the impact of these  injuries.


Myth 9: Chiropractic care is expensive.

Fact: Many health insurance companies actually pay for chiropractic visits because  they have shown to statistically reduce the need for drugs and other forms of  expensive therapies. Therefore, asking the insurance about their chiropractic  coverage may yield pleasant results.  An average adjustment is often between  $50 and $150 for a basic adjustment, but specialties like non-surgical spinal  decompression may cost more.  Most chiropractors will offer a discount if  multiple procedures are paid for up front.


Myth 10: Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous.

Fact: Statistics indicate that chiropractic adjustments are less dangerous than  driving to work. Generally, any malpractice insurance that medical professions  pay is based on the risks associated with their profession.  Chiropractors pay  substantially less than many other medical professionals for their malpractice  insurance.  Think of it like auto insurance; teens cost the most, responsible  adults, the least, the same goes for chiropractic risks compared to traditional  medical treatments.


Myth 11: Prescription and over-the-counter medications are safe—why go to a chiropractor when I can pop a pill in?

Fact: Many drugs have adverse side-effects. Further, many drugs need to be taken  over a long period of time, some for the rest of a lifespan. These drugs can  wreak havoc on a body system, and can cause more issues than it solves.  Chiropractic medicine prevents the need for the side effects, especially the  side effects of drugs like pain-relievers, which some individuals can become  addicted to.


Myth 12: Chiropractic treatments are ineffective.

Fact: Many have had positive results after a series of chiropractic treatment  sessions. The only way to determine if chiropractic medicine is right for you is  to make an appointment with a trusted chiropractic and go through several  sessions. You may form your own opinion and judgment on the efficacy of  chiropractic treatments for yourself and your needs after experiencing the  medicine for yourself. There are a number of studies that can be found in  reputable journals that indicate the efficacy and general positive benefits on a  patient’s wellbeing after a series of chiropractic sessions.


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