6 Myths About Chiropractors Dispelled
Chiropractic can improve a wide variety of conditions including but not limited to back pain, migraines, and sports injuries. However, some people avoid chiropractors because they believe in myths about the practice. This is detrimental to their health and recovery because an adjustment could help them a whole lot!
Myth #1: Chiropractors Are Not Physicians
Truth: Chiropractors are highly trained individuals. In order to receive the official degree, a Doctor of Chiropractic, students must complete four (or more) years of specialized schooling after receiving an undergraduate degree, usually pre-med. This is actually similar, or more hours, to those within the medical profession. The training is very rigorous and prepares them to keep you in good health through holistic means. Chiropractors must also take a national certification test and get licensed to practice.
Myth #2: Chiropractic Is Bad Because It Cracks Your Joints
Truth: Many people believe that cracking their joints is not good for their health. First off, there is no cracking or breaking occurring during a Chiropractic Adjustment. That is a myth in itself. That being said, trying to adjust your own joints, or having a friend or non-Chiropractor do it, can hurt and cause damage because they do not have the proper and extensive training that is necessary. As explained above, chiropractors are especially well-trained individuals who know how to work with intention. They know which areas of your body need adjusting and why, and they know how to target those areas specifically. Trying to do it on your own may put yourself at risk, so setting up an appointment with a chiropractor is a much better idea.
Myth #3: Chiropractors Only Help Resolve Back Problems
Truth: While a large focus of Chiropractic has become focused on treating back pain, Chiropractors can work on any and every joint in the human body. They can also help to resolve conditions related to misalignments like chronic headaches, digestive issues and pain relief for chronic conditions. Dr. Wahl has even seen colic, seizures, high blood pressure, and diabetes get better under Chiropractic care.
Myth #4: You Have to Go to the Chiropractor Forever
Truth: Some think if you start going to the chiro, you will have to keep going back for the rest of your life! Your local chiropractor would love to see you for the rest of your life, but there are no chains so they can't and they don't have some magical power to make you come in forever. A lot of our patients are families that come in on a regular baiss because they want to maintain their spinal and body health. This is no different than someone continuing to brush their teeth and seeing their dentist regularly, or keeping on an eating and exercise maintenance plan after losing a bunch of weight. That being said, the patient always makes the decision about whether or not to continue coming back.
Myth #5: It's Not Safe
Truth: Going to a chiropractor is very safe. This fact has been proven through a few different studies. The most common side effect of a chiropractic adjustment is some soreness in the days after. It is highly unlikely for any adverse health events to happen shortly after a chiropractic session. There is the belief that there is an association between chiropractic adjustment and stroke, but studies have proven that is just not true. Dr. Wahl's malpractice insurance is $600 per year as of the writing of this blog. That drawfs the cost of any other physician's insurance cost.
Myth #6: Chiropractors Are Not for Kids
Kids have a spine that they use. They fall, they get hurt, they are under stress too. A Chiropractor for Kids can help an injury heal faster and can help them heal from the many small spinal traumas that happen throughout childhood. During regular visits, a chiro can make sure that development is normal and catch common conditions like scoliosis before they become more serious. We have even helped patients improve their scoliosis without therapy or surgery.
Now that we've dispelled these common chiropractic myths, plan a visit to Dr. Aaron Wahl, a Family Wellness Expert and Chiropractor in Chesterfield.