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Posted on 09-01-2016

Debunking Chiropractic Myths

Chiropractic care is expensive

A study in the "Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics" showed that chiropractors are 20 percent cheaper than medical doctors when it comes to lower back pain. If you visit a chiropractor first then it will be cheaper over time, as you are less likely to need spinal surgery. Surgery and rehabilitative care costs outweigh the cost of chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is dangerous

Chiropractic care is actually less invasive than other medical interventions that increase your risk for injury. Surgery and medical side effects are more dangerous than chiropractic methods like neck manipulation or spinal adjustment. It has been found that spine surgery, neck surgery and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have a much higher risk of serious side effects or death.

Children can't get chiropractic care

Chiropractic care for children is not only safe, but it is also recommended for children as young as babies. Since children are active, they are vulnerable to injuries that can harm their neck and back. Chiropractors will adjust their approach when working with children and ensure that they are gentle.

Chiropractors aren't real doctors

Typically, chiropractors have four years of pre-medical undergraduate education where they learn about various scientific fields. In addition to this, chiropractors are required to complete four or five years of study at an accredited chiropractic college. Throughout this time they must complete at least 4,200 hours of study, which combines classroom time with laboratory and clinical experience.

Chiropractic care is a lifelong commitment

Many people think they'll need to see a chiropractor forever after going once, but this is not the case. The chiropractor will develop a targeted treatment plan for you after identifying what causes the pain. This plan includes the number of sessions the chiropractor thinks you need to heal. If you want to see a chiropractor for conservative maintenance, that choice is yours.

Adjustments hurt

When a licensed chiropractor performs an adjustment correctly it will not hurt. There might be brief discomfort, but this rarely has anything to do with your injury or the condition. Patients usually feel relief and comfort after an adjustment.

Chiropractors are just for back pain

Back pain is just one of the many conditions a chiropractor can treat. Chiropractors can provide relief from headaches by recommending adjustments to their posture and nutrition perform relaxation techniques and spinal manipulation and identify the cause of the headaches. Chiropractors can also help improve your immune system.

Adjustments will grind and crack your bones

The popping sounds made during a chiropractic adjustment are not cracking or grinding, they signify the release of gas bubbles between joints. You'll hear this same sound when you crack your knuckles and it comes from joint changing.

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