Over the years working in the chiropractic industry, we have heard a lot of myths about chiropractic care. Today, we here at Above and Beyond Wellness Center will address these common chiropractic myths and shed some truth on the matter.
Myth 1: Chiropractors Are Not Real Doctors
Truth: To become a chiropractor, you must achieve a Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.). The training and education that one has to have to achieve a D.C. is similar to undergoing training for a Doctors of Medicine (M.D.). A D.C. must go through 4 years of specialized schooling, 700 hours of patient care, and rigorous licensing boards at the state and national levels to become a licensed chiropractor.
Myth 2: Chiropractors Crack Your Bones
Truth: The most common form of chiropractic adjustment is spinal manipulative therapy. The cracking sound you hear during alignment is the opening of joint spaces in the spine, and the release of gas through those spaces.
Myth 3: Chiropractors Only Work With Back Pain
Truth: As we mentioned above, spinal adjustments for back pain are just one of the therapies we work on at Above and Beyond. Chiropractors are skilled in all of your joints, from your head to your toes. Conditions from tennis elbow, to carpal tunnel can be treated by a chiropractor.
Myth 4: Chiropractic Care is Expensive
Truth: Compared to most other doctor’s visits, chiropractic care can be relatively inexpensive. Also, when you consider savings over an extended period of time from choosing this more natural alternative over costly medications, you would end up saving you a bundle.
Myth 5: If You See a Chiropractor Once, You will Always Have to Go
Truth: Actually, for people suffering from acute joint issues, they experience relief for their ailments in just a few sessions. While the benefits of seeing a chiropractor can extend to things like a healthier immune system and increased athletic performance, the choice is up to you whether or not you continue your sessions.
Myth 6: Children Should Not See a Chiropractor
Truth: Studies have actually shown that children who regularly see a chiropractor experience fewer illnesses, and fewer symptoms when they do end up falling ill.
Myth 7: Spinal Adjustments Are Dangerous
Truth: According to medical studies, the result of injury following a chiropractic treatment is less than 0.01%. If you see a licensed and practicing D.C., than your chiropractic adjustments will be among the safest and most effective ways to treat your back and neck pain.
Myth 8: Not Very Many People See a Chiropractor
Truth: Next to medicine and dentistry, chiropractic is the 3rd largest primary care profession in the United States.
Myth 9: Spinal Adjustments Hurt
Truth: Actually, this is quite the contrary. Aside from the possible disconcerting popping noise we spoke about earlier, most patients feel instant relief after they have been adjusted. There are some patients with acute pain that will most likely feel discomfort, but that is their acute pain, after their adjustment, they feel a decreased level of that pain.
Myth 10: Why a Chiropractor? I Can Crack My Own Back
Truth: Do you feel a little bit like a professional when you roll out of bed in the morning, twist to the side, and hear a nice, loud crack in your back? Why even go to a chiropractor then, right? Wrong, you may actually be causing more problems along your spine by cracking your own back. In fact, having the proper posture needed for aligning your back is almost impossible to achieve on your own – best to let the professionals with 4+ years of training take care of it!
Do you have any other myths about chiropractic that you have heard stated as fact? Want to know the truth about the practice and benefits of chiropractic adjustments? Give our staff at Above and Beyond Wellness Center a call at, 201.265.0555!
To a happy, pain-free, and aligned back,
Dr. Roger Sahoury
Above and Beyond Wellness