Myths & Truths

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#1. Not Very Many People Go To See A Chiropractor:

 Chiropractic is the 3rd largest primary health care profession in the western world next to Medicine and Dentistry.

#2. Chiropractic Doctors Are Not Real Doctors:

 chiropractor-education-chart1Doctors of Chiropractic and Doctors of Medicine take the same class load with a few  exceptions that you can see in the table to the right. Residencies are  required by both degrees prior to graduation. These entail the student  successfully completing several hundred clinical hours of “real” patient  management in a clinical setting under professional supervision.  Most  Chiropractic colleges require students to partake in a clinical  externship program which places them in actual chiropractic offices,  which allows them to enhance their knowledge on clinical skills, as well  as, how to run an office from all aspects. Both Doctors have to  successfully complete National Board Exams prior to obtaining a  license.  Continuing education is then required to maintain a high level  of competency and to stay up to date on the latest research and  techniques for both Doctorate degrees.

#3. Chiropractors Only Treat Back Pain:

 Back pain is what Chiropractors are known for, but the root of  Chiropractic is much deeper than that.  Chiropractors affect your spinal  column, which in turn affects your nerves and tissues.  This allows us  to help your body heal itself so you can develop Wellness from Within.   Some of the non soft tissue conditions we can help treat are: migraine  headaches, ear infections, colic, ADD, sinus issues, common cold,  dysmenorrhea  (painful menses), ulcers and bowel complications, just to  list a few.

#4. Spinal Adjustments Hurt:

People usually feel instant relief after a spinal adjustment.   Patients tend to get off the table feeling more relaxed, higher energy,  out of discomfort/pain . Patients that are in an acute pain level  sometimes experience pain during the actual adjustment because any  movement during the acute phase causes them pain, but after the  treatment they usually feel relief and a decrease in the pain level.

#5. Spinal Adjustments Are Dangerous:

Chiropractic adjustments are safe when performed by a Doctor of  Chiropractic, but can be dangerous when performed by another healthcare  professional that is less trained in the area of expertise.  It has been  shown that Chiropractic adjustments are among the safest and most  effective ways to treat back and neck pain.  Conservative spinal  manipulations should be pursued in most cases before considering drug  and surgical intervention.

The result of injury following a chiropractic treatment is less than  0.01% according to medical studies.  This compares with a much higher  risk of invasive procedures involving injections, medications, and  surgeries. Some people fear they will have a stroke if their neck is  adjusted; the truth is there is no scientific evidence to show an  increase risk of any serious event following a chiropractic adjustment.   There are some who suggest that the chance of having a stroke after a  spinal manipulation is about 1 in 1,000,000.  This number has never been  scientifically proven it is only estimated, but it shows that you have a  better chance of being struck by lightening, being killed on a bicycle  and dying from taking aspirin then by being seriously injured by  chiropractic care.

#6. Cracking your Knuckles will give you Arthritis:

There was a study done to see if there was a  correlation between one developing osteoarthritis and cracking their  knuckles on their hands.  The participants included 15 people who  cracked their knuckles and 13 who did not crack their knuckles.  Of the  15 that did crack their knuckles only 1 showed arthritic changes. On the  contrary, 5 of the 13 who did not crack their knuckles showed that they  had arthritic changes in their hands.  This shows that joints receive a  therapeutic effect from an adjustment.  This is because the movement of  the joint back into place allows the joint itself to get nourishment  from the exchange of gases .  It also allows the fluid and gases of the  joint capsule to move and not stay stagnant, which also helps decrease  the arthritic formation.

#7. Chiropractors Crack Your Bones:

 A chiropractic adjustment is focused on mobilizing a specific joint  that is fixated to restore normal function.  This fixation affects your  whole body through handicapping other joints, as well as, internal  organs.  The audible sound, which is sometimes heard during the  adjustment, is the sound of Oxygen, Nitrogen and CO2 being released due  to the opening of the joint space.

#8. Chiropractic Care Is Only For Adults:

kids-playingChiropractic care is safe for children of all ages, including  babies.  Childhood is the stage in life where you are growing, learning,  exploring and playing so the musculoskeletal system is under a lot of  stress.  OSHA estimates that a child sustains 1,500 spinal related  traumas before the age of 5.  Chiropractic care can help kiddos develop Wellness from Within and  prevent many ailments that present during childhood such as: colic, ear  infections, common colds, bowel issues, growth pains, athletic injuries  to list a few.

#9. Chiropractic Care Is Expensive:

Most insurance companies have Chiropractic coverage.  Insurances are  turning to more cost effective, preventative measures to help their  clients stay healthy and prevent complications and serious health issues  later in life. Most Chiropractors also offer a cash based price for  those patients that do not have insurance or do not have insurance  coverage for Chiropractic care.  This is usually at an affordable cost  so that you can keep yourself and your family healthy.

#10. You Will Have To Continue Chiropractic Care For The Rest Of Your Life:

 Chiropractors promote preventative care to help their patients avoid  pain, disease and sickness in their patients.  After getting their  patients out of acute pain, they usually recommend their patients return  for checkups.  This is equivalent to a dentist recommending checkups to  help their patients prevent cavities and gum disease.  The preventative  approach in health care has been gaining large support in the medical  community and with insurance because it has been proven to be cost and  health effective in the long term. Chiropractic checkups are safe,  convenient, quick and natural and prevent complicated problems in the  future. Many patients see changes in their energy, immune function,  sleep patterns and general well being with chiropractic care, but it  always is your choice on how often you see your Chiropractor.

We hope this answered any questions about Chiropractic you might  have.  If there are any questions or concerns that we have not addressed of yours please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to help assist you in achieving wellness through Chiropractic Care.

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