It’s safe to say that chiropractic is considered to be a controversial profession. Unfortunately, this is due to the circulation of specific myths about the natural, drug-free practice which has led people to believe that chiropractic treatment does more harm than good. This is simply NOT true.
Let’s take a look at (and debunk) a few of the most common chiropractic myths.
Chiropractic Doesn’t Really Work
MYTH. In a consumer survey, chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, Pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies. In another survey, three in four people who saw a chiropractor in the last year (77%) described chiropractic care as “very effective”. Evidence-based research studies have also proven the effectiveness of chiropractic care.
Chiropractors Are Not Real Doctors
MYTH. While chiropractors do not specialise in medicine, they are indeed doctors who are licensed to practice in many countries around the globe. They must study for six years and pass rigorous examinations before they qualify, making them knowledgeable, respected and well-rounded healthcare practitioners.
Chiropractic Treatments Are Painful
MYTH. Chiropractic treatments should not be painful. At most, a patient will feel pressure and slight discomfort depending on the severity of inflammation.
Chiropractic is Dangerous for Children and the Elderly
MYTH. Chiropractic care is, in actual fact, highly beneficial for children and the elderly. Kids can start seeing a chiropractor from infancy, and the elderly may see an improvement in the symptoms associated with many age-related conditions including osteoporosis and arthritis through regular chiropractic treatments.
Once You Start Seeing a Chiropractor, You Have to Continue to Do So for the Rest of Your Life
MYTH. While regular visits to a chiropractor can only help to improve one’s wellbeing, how many times a patient returns is entirely up to them. Initially, a chiropractor will provide each patient with a treatment plan and a recommended number of visits depending on their condition and symptoms. Long-term treatment may sometimes be necessary but, in most cases, the issue should be resolved in the short-term.
Chiropractors Only Treat Back Pain
MYTH. While the spine is indeed the main focus of doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic care can help to treat a wide variety of afflictions including headaches and muscoskeletal injuries to name a few.
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