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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-
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.
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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.