Debunking 4 Common Chiropractic Myths
Chiropractors have one job: keep your musculoskeletal system straight and healthy.
Unfortunately, rumors and myths often prevent people from seeking the care they need. We’re here to clear the air and debunk some of the most popular misconceptions about chiropractic care!
Adjustments Are Painful and Dangerous
Walking into a chiropractic office for the first time can be intimidating, especially if you’re not sure what to expect. From the outside looking in, between the snapping and popping sounds made during adjustments, the process can both look and sound like it’s quite painful.
Generally, however, the opposite is true: Many patients say they experience immediate relief from pain after an adjustment. The popping sounds made whenever the chiropractor makes an adjustment may sound like a horrible cracking to come, but really these sounds stem from the release of gas bubbles between the joints! It’s essentially the same auditory phenomenon that comes from cracking your knuckles.
Many people also believe that spinal manipulation of any kind is inherently dangerous and can cause permanent damage to one’s body. In reality, adjustments are safer and more efficient than spinal realignment surgery or pain killer medications! Chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for the human body of the 21st century and all of the modern stress we put on it. Treatments help restore flexibility and mobility to our bodies, as well as relieve soreness and stiffness.
What’s important to remember is that chiropractors are licensed professionals with years of medical training under their belts. They’ve put in countless hours to recognize problem areas and treat them in a comfortable and healthy way.
Treatment Is Expensive
Now more than ever, people are paying very close attention to how much their health care costs.
It’s very easy to look at chiropractic treatment and assume that it would be pricey. On the surface, it seems more like an expensive elective treatment rather than a medical necessity, so it only makes sense to assume it isn’t covered by most insurance plans. Even if it is, the copay is surely through the roof, right?
Truth be told, chiropractic appointments are comparatively less expensive than a traditional trip to a physician’s office, even if you’re paying out of pocket. Chiropractic is also one of the most covered benefits on all traditional insurance policies. In fact, as many as 87% of insured U.S. citizens have coverage for chiropractic care in their plans!
You Must Keep Going
You may have heard this one before, as it’s a very popular rumor: If you receive chiropractic care once, you have to keep seeing a chiropractor for the rest of your life at risk of damaging your spine even worse. If that were the case, why bother seeing a chiropractor at all, right?
This is a strange and discouraging one because it preys on the general public’s misunderstandings of what chiropractic care is. Regular adjustments are as much a part of a healthy lifestyle as sticking to an exercise routine or getting physicals from a physician.
The conspiracy theory is that chiropractic care is designed to weaken your spine, thereby forcing you to keep coming back to ease the pain. When you receive your first chiropractic adjustment, however, the only thing happening to your back is just that: adjustment. Adjustment performed by an experienced chiropractor can help manage or prevent a variety of health conditions and physical aches. Because of how our bodies simply are, our spines will almost certainly become misaligned again with the passing of time.
If you stop going to the dentist, for example, you know your dental health will inevitably suffer. The same could be said for chiropractic care.
Chiropractors Are Pseudo-Doctors
At the end of the day, a majority of chiropractic myths come down to this one: “It’s not real.” Believe it or not, there are groups of people who are firmly skeptical when it comes to chiropractic care, spinal adjustments, and spinal manipulative therapy.
Many believe chiropractors aren’t real doctors, and that medical physicians are more trustworthy due to their more well-known educational paths. The truth is that chiropractic students go through an extremely rigorous curriculum with a workload that is virtually indistinguishable to that of a traditional medical student. In fact, many chiropractic students actually end up fulfilling more classroom time than a traditional medical student!
After graduation, students must pass four sets of national board exams and a state exam before being allowed to practice. Only upon completing all five exams do chiropractors receive a license that enables them to practice primary care, just like any family practitioner. Whenever you come in to see one, you can be assured that you’re in good, well-educated hands!
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