Top 3 Chiropractic Myths – Debunked!

Sports ChiroTherapy: Top Three Chiropractic Myths Debunked!
By Jaimi Jansen

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Chiropractors are doctors that specialize in movement and issues associated with nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Chiropractic work is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to correcting problems that arise from physical trauma and repetitive motions which affect tissues associated with mobility. However, chiropractic work is often misunderstood.

Here are the top three chiropractic myths:

1. “Once I get adjusted I’ll have to keep doing it forever”:

As mentioned above, chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to optimal health and these approaches can take time. The problem with other approaches that treat pain with opioid based pain killers is that they can often mask the severity of the problem, without actually treating the source of the pain. When choosing chiropractic, one should expect to have more than one visit depending on the severity of the problem, and the chiropractor should let the patient know the extent and duration of the treatment.

2. “Chiropractors only crack bones”:

0008_CORE2016 (1)While there appears to be some truth to this statement, nothing in medicine is that black and white. Chiropractic is a very intricate discipline based on the manipulation of bones, muscles, and nerves that requires extensive training and knowledge of the body. What appears to be only “cracking” of the bones is actually a complex and delicate manipulation of bones and muscles to restore motility to joint tissues that have undergone a chemical and physical change.

These changes result in pain, inflammation, and diminished function. Spinal manipulations (chiropractic adjustments) and cervical manipulations (neck adjustments) are among the most common chiropractic practices and are extremely delicate. It is important to take into consideration that the neck and spine protect the brainstem and spinal cord, both of which are part of the central nervous system, the most complex part of the body. It takes an extremely skilled professional to manipulate these systems and help alleviate pain associated with their respective dysfunctions.

3. “Chiropractic doesn’t work”:

Chiropractic is a well established and effective medical practice that requires practitioners to undergo at least four years of graduate training like an MD or DO program. In addition, all practicing chiropractors must become certified and licensed, as well as meet a yearly minimum of continuing education requirements.

Sources:

  • “What Is Chiropractic?” American Chiropractic Association Patients Why Choose Chiropractic? What Is Chiropractic? N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2017. .

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