In the last few decades, chiropractic has entered the mainstream, but there are still some myths about the practice around. Misinformation and misunderstanding unfortunately breeds fear in those who could benefit from chiropractic care!
Some people decide to stay away from chiropractic because they have heard that you can get a stroke after receiving a manipulation in your cervical spine. And that is true – in one out of a million manipulations of the neck.
Chiropractors do not “crack your bones”! The sound you sometimes hear after the adjustments is caused by the release of Oxygen, Nitrogen and CO2 gas from the spine. It’s not because your bones grind against each other! And, no – you will not get arthritis from this.
Fear of pain is what stops many from visiting a chiropractor. While those suffering from acute pain may indeed experience pain during the adjustment, after the treatment they will usually feel instant relief from pain and discomfort.
Some people still think of chiropractic as just a fad. This “fad” is now practiced for more than hundred years. And, yes – chiropractors are real doctors! They are licensed as health care providers, and they are required to complete a residency. There is also a solid scientific proof that chiropractic treatments work.
Some people fear that it will cost them too much! Many insurance companies, including Medicare, cover chiropractic treatments. If that is not the case with you, a chiropractor may offer you a cash based price.
A commonly held belief is that chiropractic is effective only for back pain. Indeed, chiropractic care has been found to be the most effective method for improving back pain – but, it also offers a safe, drug free treatment for many ailments, such as ADD, sinus issues, common cold, ear infections, migraine headaches, and it may help with pain management.
Misalignment of the spine causes the central nervous system, and consequently your whole body, not to function properly. That’s why it is said that the chiropractic adjustments can help the body to heal itself.
Some people fear that once they go to the chiropractic doctor, they will always have to go. The truth is that you can choose to “get adjusted” periodically in order to avoid any painful symptoms you might had before your chiropractic treatment to return.
Chiropractic is all about prevention, so regular checkups are recommended, but the choice to continue chiropractic care or not is yours! Many patients experience increased overall well-being with chiropractic care; they report having more energy and a stronger immune system, amongst other benefits.
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