Common Misconceptions of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic refers to different types of therapies that focus on the structure of the body, specifically the spine. They manipulate the body’s alignment to provide relief from pain and aid in improving functions in the affected area. The central belief in chiropractic care is the body’s ability to heal itself. That’s why the therapy relies on non-intrusive treatments and techniques.
If you’re thinking about trying it out, but find yourself hesitating from booking an appointment with a chiropractic clinic, you might be falling for a few common myths and misconceptions about chiropractic care.
Misconception 1: Chiropractic Treatment is Expensive
In comparison to visiting a general practitioner, chiropractic care costs an average of 40% less. Chiropractic care is recognized as one of the most cost-effective, drug-free, non-invasive, and safest therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. American Chiropractic Association research estimates that chiropractic care reduces the number of visits to primary care doctors for neck and back pain, resulting in annual Medicare savings of $83.5 million. Most treatment plans for neuromusculoskeletal pain involve medication, surgery, and intensive physical therapy. Chiropractic therapy provides a much less expensive, natural, safe, and healthy alternative and is covered by most insurances.
Misconception 2: Adjustments Hurt and are Dangerous
Adjustments include a mere shift of the body following the spine’s natural movement, providing motion to joints that have locked up. Adjustments are designed to provide relief and should cause no pain during the process. If your pain worsens following adjustments, that is a sign that something is wrong, and you should speak with your chiropractor right away. The pain relief you will get from chiropractic treatment will outweigh out any mild discomfort you may feel during the adjustment.
Studies have shown that chiropractic care is safe and effective. So safe that chiropractors pay less in malpractice insurance than any other type of doctor, due to their low number of injury lawsuits. The risk of addiction to pain medications is high, and there are complication risks with surgeries; chiropractic care is much safer. One study compared patients suffering from low back pain using spinal manipulation treatment against those using prescription medications. Only 56% saw pain decrease from medications, but 94% saw pain relief after just 4 weeks of chiropractic care.
Misconception 3: Chiropractors are not Qualified Doctors
Chiropractors must undergo intensive medical training including four years of undergraduate school, then four to five years of doctorate studies. They must pass state and national board certifications to receive their license. To become a Doctor of Chiropractic, their four years of training includes two years of basic sciences (Part 1 of the National Boards), and two years of clinical sciences (Part 2 of the National Boards). The chiropractors at Pain Stop Clinics have also undergone additional training necessary to use physiological therapeutics in their practice (Part 3 of National Boards). Part 4 of the National Boards includes practical skills such as diagnostic imaging, chiropractic technique, and case management. This intensive schooling and education equips these medical professionals with the skills needed to provide effective treatment for sciatica, headaches, low back pain, ear infections, hypertension, and more.
Misconception 4: Once I Begin, I Have to Continue Chiropractic Care Forever
Some people choose to eat whatever they want with no exercise and no concern for their health, and as a result they may end up with a trip to the doctor for cholesterol issues, diabetic issues, or weight issues. The doctor may be able to help them with treatments for those issues, but with no adjustments to their lifestyle, it is likely they will continue to need return trips for additional treatments. An adjustment to eating healthy and getting regular exercise could provide them with sustained relief and limit their need for medications.
Chiropractic care can be used to provide relief from pain and may also be used as wellness care. Some people will choose to only seek treatment for pain and once that pain has been relieved, they no longer seek chiropractic care, until they are once again in need of pain relief. Others will continue to seek regular treatment after their pain is resolved. That regular treatment is much less frequent and consists of minor adjustments to maintain alignment in the spine for overall wellness in the body. Periodic spinal adjustments for wellness care help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle, just as sticking to a regular gym schedule helps you maintain your fitness level. If you want to keep your body at optimal performance levels, you must maintain healthy practices.
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