If you’ve already had the good fortune to benefit from great chiropractic care, chances are you’ve had at least one conversation with a friend trying to convince them to do the same. It’s also very possible you’ve run into any number of arguments from that person as to why it isn’t necessary or a possibility for whatever their issue is.
See if any of these sounds familiar.
Myth: I manage to crack my own back, why pay someone else to do it?
According to professional chiropractors, this is one of the worst things you can do. While it may provide some temporary relief for basic back, neck or shoulder pain, when compared to the specific force and direction a pro will apply, it’s not possible to safely and accurately adjust yourself and can also lead to further injury and long term degeneration.
Myth: Adjustments are painful and dangerous.
Chiropractic treatments have an amazing safety record. The treatments themselves provide gentle, safe, and drug-free therapy that leave most patients with immediate relief after an appointment.
As with many activities that work the body, including therapeutic massage, not to mention a regular exercise routine or sports activity, some soreness may occur after treatment but should abate quickly.
Myth: I can’t afford it.
Think so? Double check your insurance policy. As chiropractic care becomes more mainstream, especially as a preventative treatment, more insurance companies are including chiro treatments in their coverage. Additionally, it is quicker and easier to treat a condition initially from the start leading to less cost than it is to wait for the problem to build up and ultimately spend more time and money trying to fix.
Myth: Once you start treatment, you can’t stop.
Just as every person has different medical and health needs, chiro patients have different treatment needs as well. There are three basic types of chiro care;
therapeutic, corrective and wellness.
Therapeutic care is used for issues like pain relief. Corrective care is utilized in cases of chronic structural issues like scoliosis. Wellness care helps maintain any results achieved from the other treatments or works as a preventative measure for those who have typical structural systems.
Just as regular wellness appointments are recommended by your doctor (mammogram, prostate, etc.), routine chiro care is recommended to help prevent future injury. In the end, though, it’s up to you. The real truth is, people keep going not because they have to, but because they want to.
Myth: Chiropractic treatments won’t help my condition.
Chiropractic care isn’t just to help your back, neck or shoulders. When a chiropractic treatment is received, it realigns the spine. This alignment lets the brain and body communicate more efficiently as well as improves the nervous system’s ability to function properly. All of this lets the body heal itself more effectively with less need for OTC pain meds and more.
Myth: Chiropractors aren’t real doctors, I only want a real doctor treating me.
Doctors of chiropractic are required to complete up to 400 more hours of instruction than MD’s do. And, many of those extra hours are dedicated to advanced information in anatomy, nutrition, physiology, public health, and rehab. Chiropractors are back doctors, you wouldn’t go to an optometrist for teeth problems.
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More studies are coming out every day telling us what thousands of chiro professionals
have known for decades. Proper alignment in our bodies can have a positive effect on
our entire system.