It is a common truth that there is no profession devoid of myths that have been made popular over time. One thing I have realized is the fact that in order to make the world better, we must correct all our illusions and replace them with truths. This is especially important for myths pertaining to health and wellness. Patients need to understand certain procedures and practices properly before coming to vita conclusions that may affect their health outcomes. Chiropractic care is a profession that a majority of people have been misinformed. In this article, I will debunk the top 10 most common myths that people have when it comes chiropractic.
Here they are:
- No! It is not addictive: Even though getting addicted to chiropractic adjustments is very healthy and beneficial, it is NOT addictive. That is like someone saying that going and seeing the dental hygienist to get your teeth cleaned is addictive, its preventative. Chiropractic adjustments make patients more relaxed and more energized which helps to lower stress. Although people are often discouraged by the potential of ‘getting hooked’ on chiropractic care, the fact is that it is not addictive in any way.
- Yes! They are real doctors: Chiropractors have to go through more than 4000 hours of study (which includes clinical experience). If you ask me, that is a whole lot of time spent studying. On the average, you need to spend almost a decade of study and practice to become a chiropractor. They are also subject to testing procedures that are monitored by the government board, just like medical doctors. In fact the first two years of medical school and chiropractic school are identical in their classes.
- No! It is not dangerous: Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic care is NOT more dangerous than other forms of medical care. In fact it is much less dangerous according to malpractice insurance premiums. (Chiropractors yearly premiums are a fraction of the cost of even your general medical doctor)
- Yes! They help other conditions besides back pain: Chiropractors are commonly known to help patients with back problems but that is not all they do. They can also make adjustments to your posture and nutrition that can promote the overall wellness of your body. Chiropractic has also helped people with other ailments such as; acid reflux, asthma, ear infections, and headaches.
- No! It doesn’t hurt to get adjusted: The fear of pain causes people to run away from a lot of things. The good news is that it doesn’t hurt, rather it ultimately helps you to reduce stress levels because it allows your nervous system to reset and go from sympathetic (fight or flight) to parasympathetic (rest and digest).
- Yes! It works: It is often believed that chiropractic care is not as efficient as medical care but that belief is false. Studies over the years have shown results that affirm the efficiency of chiropractic care. In fact all the new research proves that chiropractic care should be the first line of defense for anyone suffering from lower back pain because chiropractic care gets the best results in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of side effects.
- No! You cannot do it by yourself: Except you have been adequately trained there is no way that you can do what a Chiropractor does. The result that you would achieve from cracking your back is nothing compared to the carefully orchestrated process that a Chiropractor goes through before they adjust you.
- Yes! Children can get Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care is suitable for people of all ages and I recommended it for babies. This is important for the proper functionality of their nervous system which can be influenced at a tender age. I encourage all new moms to have their children checked by a chiropractor to make sure that there was no in-utero or birth trauma which could affect their health and growth as they get older. The way that an infant or toddler is adjusted is very different than an adult. If you plan on visiting a chiropractor for your children please visit the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association to find a chiropractor who specializes in treating children.
- No! It is not a one-size-fits-all process: Every patient has a unique need and in order to find what that need is, there needs to be a proper evaluation by the Chiropractor.
- Yes! You should continue after the symptoms are gone: The fact that the symptoms disappear does not mean that you should stop care. Treating a symptom only never allows your body to completely heal the underlying cause of what created the symptom in the first place.
Contrary to what most people believe, there is nothing mysterious about chiropractic care. As a matter of fact, it is often taunted as being a great method of healing without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care simply focuses on correcting the underlying cause of our symptoms which I believe mostly emanate from the spine and nervous system rather than just treating the symptoms. In order to understand the advantages of this amazing method of holistic healthcare, we need to erase the myths that come with it so as not to be tainted by misinformation.
Yours in health,
Dr. Brian Wallace