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Chiropractic Myths and Facts
Myth 1: Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous.
False: Many Studies have shown that Chiropractic adjustments are safer than many common activities like walking your dog, showering and gazing at stars.
Myth 2: Prescription and non-prescription drugs are safe.
False: Adverse reactions to properly prescribed medications are the third leading cause of death in America. Chiropractic care offers a safe, drug free alternative to many ailments and is much safer than popping a pill.
Myth 3: Once you start going to a chiropractor, you have to keep going for the rest of your life.
False: This is a frequent concern about chiropractic. It is actually partially true but not for the reason you might think. You only have to continue going to the chiropractor as long as you wish to maintain the health of your neuromusculoskeletal system. Going to a chiropractor is much like going to the dentist, exercising at a gym, or eating a healthy diet: As long as you keep it up, you continue to enjoy the benefits.
Just as you go to a dentist to prevent cavities, you go to your chiropractor to prevent subluxationand to keep your nervous system working at its prime! Although you can enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care even if you receive care for a short time, the real benefits come into play when you make chiropractic care a part of your wellness lifestyle.
Myth 4: Chiropractic care is not effective.
False: Millions of people have benefited from regular Chiropractic care, including: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Christie Brinkley, Emmit Smith, Joe Montana, Tim Tebow and many others.
Myth 5: Children don’t need Chiropractic adjustments.
False: Chiropractic care is safe for children of all ages, including babies.
Myth 6: Childhood bumps and bruises are harmless.
Truth: OSHA estimates that a child sustains 1,500 spinal–related traumas before the age of 5. If we catch these injuries as soon as possible we can prevent lifelong illness!
Myth 7: Your bones crack during an adjustment.
False: The noise you hear is the release of CO2 gas from the spine that creates the popping sound. A noise-free method is now available.
Myth 8: Chiropractic Care Is Expensive
False: Patients who have experienced long-term care and the chiropractic lifestyle know it improves quality of life. Studies have shown that long-time chiropractic patients considered their health as excellent, they required less medications, and experienced less chronic conditions associated with aging. Chiropractic care is covered by most health care insurance plans. Patients who have experienced the health benefits of chiropractic care know the value of treatment in improving their overall health.
Myth 9: Neck Adjustments Cause Stroke
False: There is no scientific evidence that there is an increased risk of any serious event following a chiropractic adjustment. Even if a stroke occurs, it is likely not due to the adjustment itself but rather a condition that the patient already had. Current research suggests that the chance of having a stroke from a chiropractic adjustment is about 1 in 8,000,000 adjustments. Research into the safety of chiropractic care has demonstrated that there is no evidence of excess risk of stroke associated with chiropractic care compared to other forms of health care.
Myth 10: There Is No Scientific Proof It Works
False: Studies completed over the last few years have proven the positive benefits of chiropractic care including reduced pain, increased immune function, general wellbeing, and increased brain functioning. Chiropractic care has demonstrated favorable results over pharmaceutical management when dealing with neck and back pain. The ICL (Index to Chiropractic Literature) is a gateway to the literature published in chiropractic and manual medicine. It offers the most recent literature available. If you have specific questions, ask your chiropractor!
Myth 11: I Can Crack My Back on My Own
False: Proper positioning is essential for a chiropractic adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment is done to restore dysfunctional joint movement. When you attempt to adjust yourself, any joint that is capable of moving can achieve a sound, which makes most people think that their self-manipulation was successful, however, this does not mean that you have restored the proper movement to the right joint. Using specific adjustments, chiropractors are able to properly restore joint motion, improve function, and provide lasting relief.
Myth 12: Chiropractors Are Not Real Doctors
False: A chiropractor is considered a Primary Care Practitioner – this means we act as a first-contact health care professional, just like your medical doctor. In order for a chiropractor to practice in the United States, they must first complete an undergraduate program and then complete a Doctor of Chiropractic program through an accredited institution. The Doctor of Chiropractic program takes nearly 4 years to complete and includes at least 4,400 hours of specialized clinical training. After completion of the program (which includes the study of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, toxicopharmacology, microbiology, neurology, nutrition, radiology, and clinical sciences specifically relating to diagnosis) chiropractors must pass national board exams to qualify for a license. To maintain their license, a chiropractor must complete continuing education courses to ensure updated knowledge in all aspects of patient care.
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