Since its founding days nearly 120 years ago, chiropractic has grown into a reputable and well-respected healthcare practice. Yet, over the years many fals…
Since its founding days nearly 120 years ago, chiropractic has grown into a reputable and well-respected healthcare practice. Yet, over the years many false myths have developed about chiropractic care. Below we take a look at five of the biggest myths and reveal the real truths.
Myth 1 – Chiropractic is not an accepted healthcare practice Truth – Chiropractic is recognized by the National Institutes of Health and licensed in all 50 states as an effective healthcare practice. Researchers worldwide have published studies and continue to study and report on the many positive effects of chiropractic. It has helped millions of people rehabilitate from chronic and debilitating pain and dysfunction including celebrities, professional athletes, and military veterans.
Myth 2 – Chiropractors are not real doctors Truth – Chiropractors are licensed Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) who have earned degrees from nationally accredited colleges and universities. Chiropractors receive as many or more hours of college instruction, especially in anatomical and physiological sciences, than medical doctors. The average chiropractic student is in college for 18 semesters. Chiropractic students must also complete a significant amount of clinical work before they are eligible to sit for the 5 part national exams and obtain a license.
Myth 3 – Chiropractic adjustments are not safe Truth – Hundreds of clinical studies have proven chiropractic adjustments to be a safe and effective treatment for people of all ages. Chiropractic is an all-natural, holistic healthcare practice, which can help people avoid surgery and drugs. A chiropractic adjustment should only be provided by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. It is not safe for a lay person to provide a chiropractic adjustment. Proper adjustment techniques require the training and experience of a chiropractor.
Myth 4 – Chiropractic is only useful for back injuries Truth – Chiropractors are trained to address the biomechanics and nervous system of the body as a whole. As such, they regularly treat patients for leg, back, hip, neck, and shoulder pain. They treat patients for headaches and treat patients with fibromyalgia, arthritis, digestive disorders, fertility and many other ailments. Clinical studies have shown the effectiveness of chiropractic not only for back pain but also other pain and dysfunction throughout the body. In addition, chiropractors are advocates for healthy lifestyles and injury prevention. Thus, chiropractors regularly treat patients for general health and fitness to prevent injury before it occurs. Many athletes see a chiropractoras part of their training regime.
Myth 5 – Chiropractic care is expensive and not covered by insurance Truth – Chiropractic care is very affordable and much less costly than surgery and medications. Medicare and most insurance companies cover chiropractic visits because research has shown chiropractic to be an effective preventative and rehabilitative therapy in addition to very cost effective. Further, chiropractic can help many people avoid costly and invasive surgeries.
Chiropractic is an all-natural healing and wellness healthcare practice backed by scientific research and millions of personal testimonials. Most chiropractors will provide an initial consultation free of charge to be sure you have come to the right place. An initial chiropractic examination can help determine if there are any discrepancies in your body’s alignment, symmetry, range of motion, and mobility. The health benefits received from chiropractic care can lead to a greatly improved quality of life.