If a friend mentions that they are thinking of seeing a chiropractor, you:
- enthusiastically applaud their choice to seek drug-free healing
- ask if they have seen a ‘real’ doctor yet
- warn them they are risking their life
If you answered b) or c), you may be under the influence of one or more common chiropractor misconceptions. If you think it’s just common knowledge that chiropractic is unsafe, remember: before germ theory, it was common knowledge that disease was caused by witches.
Here we debunk seven common chiropractor misconceptions.
Misconception #1: Benefits that people experience from chiropractic care are all psychological
Chiropractic care is a proven form of medicine focused on restoring the musculoskeletal system to its optimal function, which in turn restores the body’s natural recuperative ability. Its benefits far outweigh what could be experienced by the placebo effect.
Misconception #2: Chiropractic care is dangerous
Chiropractic treatment is safe when performed by a chiropractic doctor. What makes it so safe? It’s natural, holistic and has far fewer serious side effects than prescription drugs, which cause a significant number of hospitalizations each year, or even over-the-counter NSAIDs, which are not safe for many people to use long term.
Misconception #3: It hurts
While dizziness or tiredness may follow a chiropractic adjustment, there is absolutely no evidence, anecdotal or otherwise, to suggest that treatment is painful. The same can’t be said of surgery to alleviate chronic back pain.
“In rare cases, a certain amount of discomfort might happen but it is hardly substantial enough to result into any feeling of pain. Since the treatment is manually applied, there are several factors that could potentially alter the sensations experienced along with the treatment procedure,” according to Chiropractic.peezy.org.
Misconception #4: It has serious side effects
Chiropractic adjustment procedures of the cervical spine produce real, lasting results for people with chronic back and neck pain, mobility issues, headaches and arthritis. Often, chiropractic care is coupled with lifestyle advice, at-home exercises and relaxation techniques. The only serious side effect from chiropractic is healthier, pain-free patients.
Misconception #5: You can perform chiropractic yourself
You can, but it’s somewhat like performing surgery on yourself: you risk making yourself worse. It’s best to leave spinal treatments to a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Misconception #6: Chiropractic treatment never ends
Neither does going to the dentist! The frequency of treatment depends on several factors, such as your original health condition(s) and lifestyle factors.
A person does not need a chiropractor any more than they need a dentist. If your spine is anatomically correct, freely moving and you observe the proper biomechanics of daily living, you do not need to see a chiropractor for anything other than a ‘tune up,’” according to Carson Doctors Group.
Misconception #7: Chiropractors are not ‘real’ doctors
The designation ‘Doctor of Chiropractic’ is not a made-up title; chiropractic is a recognized form of health care that is covered by most insurance policies.
“The educational process leading to the title Doctor of Chiropractic is similar to that of an M.D. A chiropractic student is required to complete three to four years of pre-chiropractic studies at university, followed by four years of chiropractic education,” according to ActiveLivingChiro.ca.
Chiropractic doctors are considered health care professionals not on their own say-so, but because they have obtained a doctorate degree in chiropractic after a minimum of 7 years of training and clinical experience – including more course hours in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, neurology, and nutrition than a GP. Doctors of Chiropractic are the second-largest health care profession in the U.S. and Canada.
Do You Need Help from a Chiropractor?
For back pain relief without drugs, the choice for Charlotte residents is Proactive Chiropractic. For almost 10 years, Dr. Alec Klebopros has helped treat patients, from babies to seniors, that experience a variety of pains from head to toe.
Contact Proactive Chiropractic for a consultation today, and start feeling better!