Has a friend or relative ever listened to you complain about various aches and pains, only to recommend that you should see a chiropractor?
Perhaps you hesitated or told your friend that you didn’t “believe” in chiropractic care. If so, you’re not alone. That is because there are so many persistent myths about chiropractic treatments.
Individuals who have never received care from a chiropractor may be suspicious because they have heard these myths for so long. Unfortunately, these beliefs are based on false assumptions that may be preventing people from receiving healing treatments that may bring them considerable physical and mental relief.
Let’s examine the five top chiropractic myths, which just might inspire you to contact Dean Chiropractic for a consultation.
Myth #1: Chiropractors Only Work on Pain in the Back and Neck
Many people do begin a course of chiropractic care because of chronic back or neck pain. In fact, this is an incredibly common ailment that afflicts pretty nearly everyone at least once or twice in a lifetime.
Still, this is not the only reason why people seek chiropractic treatments. Chiropractors prefer to focus on total-body wellness for each patient. This means that while they do make spinal adjustments, they also treat a variety of other ailments.
Here are just a few of the reasons why people commonly seek the care of a chiropractor:
- Correction of posture
- Relief of chronic pain
- Strain or injury to tissue
- Gastrointestinal problems
Moreover, chiropractors frequently are asked to assist with fertility problems as well as pregnancy and postnatal wellness. Some people have even received chiropractic care to cope with autoimmune disorders or osteoarthritis.
Although most people are unaware of it, chiropractic treatments also may be beneficial for mental health as they alleviate chronic pain. People who receive chiropractic care may experience less stress, depression and anxiety as a result of the therapy.
Because chiropractors look at the total picture rather than just one or two symptoms, they may be able to get to the root cause of pain and discomfort. This can mean greater healing for the whole body rather than the application of a “band-aid” that provides only temporary relief.
Myth #2: Once You Begin Chiropractic Care, You Can Never Stop
This is one of the most pervasive and persistent of all the myths surrounding chiropractic care. While there are patients who have conditions that make it conducive for them to receive ongoing chiropractic adjustments, this simply isn’t the case for many others.
Here are a few of the conditions that may require only short-term care from a chiropractor:
- Alleviating back pain caused by poor posture while sitting at a desk
- Relieving prenatal nausea
- Easing neck pain after a car accident or a slip and fall
- Healing an injury from a sport or recreational activity
- Correcting subluxations that cause colic in babies
Take the first entry on this list as an example. Plenty of people spend too much time hunched over a desk, and this can lead to a myriad of health issues.
Of course, one of the main problems with poor desk posture is back pain. However, if a person seeks chiropractic adjustments to ease their back pain and takes additional steps to correct the problem, there’s no reason why chiropractic treatments need to continue forever.
By switching to a stand-up or convertible desk, taking frequent breaks to stretch and focusing on exercises that strengthen the core, anyone can make the health problems that are associated with poor desk posture a thing of the past.
Myth #3: Chiropractors Aren’t “Real” Doctors
Here’s another really persistent myth in chiropractic care. Yet, there is plenty of evidence out there suggesting otherwise.
Consider some of the “Key Facts” that are described by the American Chiropractic Association.
Among these facts, you will discover that chiropractors attend nationally accredited schools where they complete doctoral graduate school programs. Through the curriculum, they complete at least 4,200 hours of laboratory, classroom and clinical internship time. In fact, the average program that results in a Doctor of Chiropractic degree involves the same number of classroom hours as MD and DO programs in medical schools.
In these doctoral degree programs, students encounter everything from musculoskeletal health to imaging techniques. It’s also necessary to complete a one-year residency.
Upon graduation, students must pass a rigorous national board examination and obtain a license in the state where they plan to practice.
Before even being admitted to the doctoral program, individuals must complete a four-year undergraduate program in a related field.
The result is that chiropractors are extraordinarily well qualified to provide medical care and advice. They must continue to comply with tough state and federal guidelines throughout their practice, and they dedicate themselves to providing safe and effective care.
Myth #4: Chiropractic Adjustments Are Dangerous
It is unfortunate that this myth has persisted for so long. The reality is that chiropractic treatments actually can be much safer than taking prescription drugs or undergoing surgery. Both of these common and conventional medical treatments may cause serious side effects or require extensive recovery periods.
Chiropractic care, on the other hand, is quite safe. That’s because it is a non-invasive therapy that alleviates all sorts of pain and discomfort throughout the body.
Any risks associated with chiropractic care tend to be rare and minimal. While some patients experience an immediate alleviation of symptoms, others may deal with aching or sore muscles, rather as they would after a strenuous workout. This type of minor discomfort generally subsides after about 24 hours.
It also is true that spinal adjustments are reliably effective. Because little or no recovery time is needed, patients are able to return to favorite activities in a remarkably short time period.
Closely related to this myth is the idea that medical doctors and osteopaths don’t want their patients to undergo chiropractic care. While it is possible that some of these health care practitioners feel this way, most of them are not so narrow minded.
They see chiropractic care as just one more tool that can bring considerable physical, mental and emotional benefits to patients. A physician may recommend chiropractic treatments to a patient who is recovering from surgery or an injury. A similar recommendation may be made as a means of reducing chronic pain or aiding overall well-being.
Myth #5: Chiropractic Care Is Expensive, and Insurance Doesn’t Cover It
It’s a shame that so many people let a false belief in the inaccessibility of chiropractic care prevent them from receiving treatments that might help them feel better.
The reality is that the majority of health insurance companies today provide at least some coverage for chiropractic care. This is even the case with Medicare.
Accordingly, it makes sense to check with your insurer to confirm whether or not coverage is available with your policy. If it is, then all you have to do is find a chiropractor who accepts your insurance.
Even if you don’t have insurance coverage for chiropractic treatments, you still may be pleasantly surprised by how affordable such care is. This is especially true when compared with the cost of doctor appointments, prescription medications, surgery and physical therapy.
Contact Dean Chiropractic Today
Are you interested in learning more about chiropractic care and how it could benefit you? If so, contact Dean Chiropractic today. Our friendly, caring and supportive health care professionals are here to help you along your wellness journey regardless of where you are along the path.
Don’t let myths prevent you from getting the balanced, integrative health care that you deserve. Instead, listen to the scientific evidence that supports the efficacy of chiropractic care.