Exposing The Truth: An Examination Of Some Common Myths Surrounding Chiropractic Care

The chiropractic field has long had its critics. Many people won't go see the chiropractor not because they have studied the facts and come to a logical conclusion that chiropractic care won't work for them, but rather because they believe some of the commonly touted myths about the profession and about the treatments that chiropractors offer. The truth is, so many people could benefit from chiropractic care – a safe, natural, whole-body therapy. In deciding whether or not chiropractic care is right for you, it's essential that you don't fall prey to these common myths.

Chiropractors are uneducated quacks.

Surely, there are a few less-than-stellar citizens in every profession. But as a whole, chiropractors are a very well-educated, professional group of health practitioners. Before enrolling in chiropractic school, candidates must complete a 4-year college degree. Then, they spend 4 years in chiropractic school, which includes classroom and hands-on instruction. The difficulty of chiropractic school is on par with that of medical school, and chiropractors learn extensively about the anatomy and physiology of the body. They must complete an internship and pass a practical exam before becoming licensed to practice.

Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous.

Unless you consider some mild fatigue and soreness dangerous, this myth is pretty far from the truth. Serious complications related to chiropractic care (like herniated discs and compression of nerves) are very rare, and they happen most often in patients with severe osteoporosis or cancer in the spine. If you don't have these conditions, the most serious side effect you have to worry about is a little stiffness for a day or two after your adjustment. And even this does not happen to everyone. Many patients feel great the day after their treatment. Compare the possible side effects of chiropractic care to those of alternatives like back surgery and pain relieving medications, and chiropractic care certainly looks like the safest option when it comes to treating back pain and stiffness.

Chiropractic adjustments hurt.

If you watch and listen to someone getting a chiropractic adjustment, the loud popping noises may make it seem like the procedure would be painful. But think of cracking your knuckles. That makes a similar sound, and it's not painful at all. Neither are chiropractic services. When your chiropractor pushes your vertebrae back into alignment, you won't feel any pain. In fact, most people feel a sense of relief and relaxation.

If you suffer from back of neck pain, do not avoid the chiropractor because you're concerned about pain or safety. The truth is, this is one of the safest, most comfortable treatment options available to you.