Chiropractic Myths

“All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

Arthur Schopenhauer
German philosopher (1788 – 1860)

Truths and Misconceptions
There are many rumors out there talking about the capabilities and limitations of chiropractic care, but only a hand-full of these are remotely accurate. Hopefully we can clear up some of the foggy claims.
MYTH # 1
Chiropractors Crack Your Bones

Also known as spinal manipulative therapy, an adjustment is a non-invasive, manual procedure that is delivered by a skilled practitioner to dysfunctional spinal or extremity joints. The primary goal is to decrease pain and restore function by improving areas of reduced movement in the joints and surrounding tissues, and to decrease muscle tightness or spasm. The audible sound sometimes heard during an adjustment is caused by the slight opening of the joint space and the release of gas within that space.

MYTH # 2
Once You Go To The Chiropractor, You’ll Always Have To Go

Your chiropractor will make evidence-based recommendations for your treatment/management plan based on your specific diagnosis. Regular adjustments are a part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercises and nutritional advice can also be included to help you live a healthy lifestyle. The choice to continue is yours.

MYTH # 3
Chiropractors Are Not Real Doctors

Chiropractors have the same level of education as medical doctors, 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. Where medical doctors rely on external chemical compounds to treat ailments, chiropractors focus on correcting interference within the nervous system (Allowing YOUR body to heal from the inside out!).

MYTH # 4
Chiropractic Care Is Expensive

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 extended 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 # 5
Adjustments Are Painful

Normally, spinal adjustments will not hurt at all. In fact, most Practice Members experience a great sense of relief during adjustments. Depending on the condition and severity of subluxations, along with other factors like swelling, muscle tightness, inflammation, and duration of time between adjustments, some discomfort may be expected during and following an adjustment. Similar to being sore after working out for the first time in a while, it is normal and short lived, and we will work with you to help your adjustments go as smoothly as possible.

MYTH # 6
You Need Medical Doctor Approval

Not true. You don’t need anyone’s approval to receive chiropractic care. Some insurance policies require a referral before they will reimburse for chiropractic services. But these days, coverage is often so skimpy that it hardly makes it worthwhile. Ultimately, you have to decide how much your health is worth. It’s better not to depend on the profit motives of an insurance carrier to dictate the care you receive!

MYTH # 7
I’m too old/young for chiropractic care

You’re never too old or too young for chiropractic care. Many imagine that all spinal adjustments are the same. But, each person’s chiropractic care is unique. We choose from a variety of adjusting techniques for infants, the elderly and even those who have had back surgery. This helps assure results and patient satisfaction.

MYTH # 8
Chiropractic is the treatment of neck and back pain

Our focus is on the spinal column simply because it is the most common source of nervous system compromise. The moving bones of the spine are often involved in a variety of non-spinal health problems. Reducing nervous system disturbances along the spine allows your entire body to work as it was designed and permits your body to heal from the inside out.

MYTH # 9
Chiropractic care can cure anything

Chiropractic doesn’t cure anything, nor do doctors. Your body does the curing. The only thing that the best doctors can do is to remove any interferences that may be preventing your body from healing itself. That’s why chiropractic doctors are interested in the nervous system. Your nervous system controls how your body works.

MYTH # 10
All patients are adjusted the same way

You may have noticed that your visits are similar from visit to visit, with each adjustment building on the ones before it. However, every patient is adjusted differently because every patient is different. With 24 moving bones in the spine (each of which can move in many different directions) we see a wide variety of spinal patterns and health problems.

MYTH # 11
Neck Adjustments Cause Stroke

The truth is, there is no scientific evidence that there is an increased risk of any serious event following a chiropractic adjustment. Current research suggests that the chance of having a stroke from a chiropractic adjustment is about 1 in 8,000,000. 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 # 12
There Is No Scientific Proof It Works

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.