Chiropractic Myths & Truths
Myth # 1 Chiropractors are not Real Doctors
The Truth: Chiropractors undergo the same educational hours as medical doctors do, and are licensed as primary health care doctors. The difference between chiropractors and medical doctors has to do with how they treat the human body. Whereas medical doctors rely on external chemical compounds (prescriptions) to treat ailments, Chiropractors focus on correcting the cause of the ailment. In many cases, a structural misalignment is the cause of the ailment in the first place. Because of this, chiropractic is highly effective in treating a wide range of conditions without resorting to taking drugs.
Myth #2 Chiropractic Adjustments are Dangerous
The Truth: You are actually more likely to suffer an adverse reaction to taking an aspirin than you are from having a chiropractic adjustment. Most people are not aware that there are more than 100,000 adverse reactions each year from taking a simple aspirin, while there are fewer than 100 adverse reactions to chiropractic adjustments. When you consider the fact that there are over 100 million people worldwide being adjusted every year, statistics say it is safer to get an adjustment than it is to take a cross-country flight.
Myth #3 Once you Start Chiropractic You Must Continue Forever
The Truth: This statement is not entirely true or false. It is important to remember that ALL doctors continue to treat you for the rest of you life. You probably have your “family doctor” because you continue to seek his or her guidance year after year. How often do you go to your dentist? Is it not true that your dentist will keep scheduling visits even when you have no tooth pain? We all learned at an early age the value of routine maintenance for our teeth, but most of us simply never learned the importance of the same type of routine maintenance for our spine.
Myth #4 Medical Doctors don’t like Chiropractors
The Truth: For the most part there is little animosity towards chiropractors from the medical community. As a matter fact, an increasing number of medical doctors and nurses are seeking Chiropractic care every year. Chiropractors are now on staff at many major hospitals, every branch of the military, and are working side by side with medical doctors in private clinics.
Myth #5 People can Adjust Themselves by “Cracking” Their Neck or Back
The Truth: It would be almost impossible to adjust oneself in a way to free any fixations or correct any subluxations. Some people can get their neck or back to “pop”, but this usually only affects the segments that are not the true culprit and over time can lead to other problems. Just as you wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself, it is safest to leave the adjustments of your back and neck to a licensed Chiropractor . Even Chiropractors cannot adjust themselves.
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