08 Apr Common Myths Surrounding Chiropractic Care
Most people have heard of chiropractic care but they do not understand what it really involves. Some people have heard of patients going to a Glenolden chiropractor to “get their backs cracked” or to stretch their necks. This is not really what chiropractic care involves, however, and misconceptions like these are just a few of the many myths surrounding chiropractic care.
So, is chiropractic care effective? Is it true that chiropractors are not actual doctors? Are chiropractic treatments painful? These are just a few of the myths busted below, so you can understand the full benefits of chiropractic care.
MYTH: Chiropractors are Not Real Doctors
Many people think that anyone with a basic knowledge of the spine can set up shop and start calling him or herself a chiropractor. This is so far from the truth. Chiropractic is a heavily regulated industry, and those practicing it must obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree.
Completion of this degree allows chiropractors to practice under the title of ‘doctor’ just as physicians, dentists, and optometrists do. Like other doctors who must have full and extensive training in their chosen fields, chiropractors are able to diagnose and treat problems to better help their patients.
MYTH: You Need a Referral to See a Glenolden Chiropractor
There are many specialists that require patients to have a referral from a medical doctor before they begin treatment. Due to this, many think that chiropractors operate the same way, but most do not. Certain insurance policies may require a referral from a doctor before coverage is provided, but chiropractors will generally allow individuals to contact them directly. After the initial consultation, the chiropractor may choose to treat someone or provide a referral for another specialist.
MYTH: Medical Doctors Do Not Like Chiropractors
This is a myth that actually began with a kernel of truth. It was back in the 1940s when Morris Fishbein led the American Medical Association’s opposition to chiropractic. For the next several decades, there was a war on the chiropractic industry by medical doctors, some who even tried to eliminate the field altogether. It was not until the late 1980s when the Supreme Court of Illinois found the American Medical Association guilty of conspiracy that people started to change their minds about chiropractic.
Today, most people, including those in the medical field, have changed their views on chiropractic. They have seen the great number of patients it helps, and now many hospitals and health clinics have chiropractors on staff. Chiropractors today can work hand in hand with your doctor, whether it is by taking a referral or keeping your doctor updated on the treatments you are receiving.
MYTH: There is No Evidence That it Works
Many people question the effectiveness of chiropractic care, but that is usually because they do not fully understand how it works. Study after study has been done on chiropractic care showing that spinal adjustment is effective in relieving back pain. Multiple studies have also been conducted on the effectiveness of chiropractic care when treating headaches and have proven it as an effective form of treatment. As more studies are done on the many ways chiropractic care can help patients, even more people will start to learn how effective this treatment really is.
MYTH: Chiropractors Only Treat Your Back
It is true that chiropractors are mainly known for treating back problems, particularly for those who have never visited one before. Chiropractors can treat so much more than back pain, however. In addition to headaches, chiropractors can treat neck pain, shoulder pain, arm and leg pain, and even TMJ pain. They are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat health problems, and they also place an emphasis on preventative care.
Chiropractors will often make recommendations on issues such as diet and lifestyle, contributing to a person’s overall health. The idea that chiropractors can only treat a patient’s back is just not true.
MYTH: After Seeing a Chiropractor Once, You Must Keep Going
It is difficult to understand how exactly this myth got started — perhaps because people heard of others continuing to see a chiropractor on a regular basis after their first visit. However, how often you see a chiropractor is always up to you.
After the initial visit, a chiropractor will recommend a certain amount of additional visits. Over the course of those sessions, he or she will continue to assess and evaluate whether or not you are responding to a certain type of treatment. If you are responding and the chiropractor believes you are at risk of sustaining the same type of injury, he or she may suggest follow-up appointments as a preventative measure.
Many people benefit from regularly seeing a chiropractor. That does not mean that anyone who sees one after an injury is committed to doing so for the rest of his or her life.
MYTH: Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt
Chiropractic is meant to reduce and prevent pain, not increase it. The majority of patients do not feel any pain during a chiropractic adjustment. In fact, most report feeling an immediate feeling of relief from pain. In some cases, a person may have a headache or the area of treatment may be tender and mildly sore for a day or two. These small side effects are normal and typically resolve on their own. If they do not, it is important to tell your chiropractor so he or she can recommend different treatment, or perhaps review the original diagnosis.
MYTH: Chiropractic Care is Dangerous
Some people avoid going to the chiropractor because they think it is dangerous. They do not like the idea of someone “messing with their spine.” Chiropractors are trained healthcare professionals who know the proper techniques, along with when to use them and when not to. Generally speaking, chiropractic care is extremely safe and a great way to contribute to your overall health.
However, chiropractic is not for everyone, and it could pose a danger to some people. To ensure chiropractic is safe, the chiropractor will make a full assessment before beginning any treatment. If he or she notices some red flags, such as a patient who does not have the ligaments in the neck that provides true stability, the chiropractor will advise the patient that chiropractic care could pose a risk and will help that patient find another specialist more suitable to help.
MYTH: It is Difficult to Find a Good Glenolden Chiropractor
This last myth is not true at all. It is very easy to find a good chiropractor in Glenolden, you just have to contact the Injury Care Center. We are the professionals in chiropractic and we want to help you start feeling better as soon as possible. You do not even need a referral, so call us today at 866-237-0088 or fill out our online form to learn more.