There is a lot of information (and misinformation) that people can find online today. When it comes to chiropractic care, the misinformation can become difficult for many people to differentiate from the truth. Therefore, we have compiled a list of some of the most common myths and misconceptions about chiropractic care below. It is our hope that by understanding the truth about chiropractic care, patients will be able to better seek the care that they need and deserve.
Chiropractic is Dangerous
Many people have fears about having their neck and back adjusted or manipulated. While these fears are generally due to the perceived weakness of the neck and back from movies, chiropractors are specially trained to perform these techniques safely and effectively. In fact, chiropractic is safe for the elderly, infants, pregnant women, teens, and many other demographics. It is difficult to find medical procedures or even medications that are able to help this wide of a range of the patient population.
Chiropractic Treatments are Expensive
Many insurance companies consider chiropractic care a covered procedure, meaning that you may only be responsible for a copay, or potentially no costs at all, to receive your chiropractic care. Even Medicare and Medicaid offer coverage for chiropractic care.
Recent studies show that chiropractic care is one of the most affordable and cost-effective treatment options for patients. Studies like this have helped insurance companies justify and even prefer chiropractic care for their clients.
Chiropractic Care Must be Used for the Rest of Your Life
Many chiropractic patients visit a chiropractor for a specific issue. However, your chiropractor will be able to develop a specific treatment plan designed to best manage and correct your issues. At the conclusion of this treatment plan, the benefits are often so striking that many patients continue to see a chiropractor on a regular basis even though the original issue has been resolved and see these visits as routine checkups. If they decide to stop these visits, it does not mean that they will regress. In fact, there are studies to suggest that the benefits of chiropractic care last well after the last adjustment.
Chiropractors Aren’t Real Medical Professionals
The modern certification process for chiropractors is exceptionally rigorous. In fact, current chiropractic students complete more in-class instruction than medical students. Chiropractors must also complete a residency program and pass four national tests as well as the appropriate state board tests in order to receive their certification. Many chiropractors are also required to complete a full year of Ph.D. level nutrition classes. This means that not only are they medical professionals, but they are adequately equipped to help you with many of your health needs beyond the neck and spine.
Chiropractic Care Isn’t Effective
This myth continues to be pushed by people who haven’t ever received chiropractic care. Many patients have received excellent care and help with their conditions through chiropractic care. Adjustments and spinal manipulations have been used to help treat migraines, back pain, earaches, neck pain, arthritis, pregnancy, blood pressure issues, and generalized joint pain. If chiropractic care wasn’t effective, insurance companies would not cover this procedure.
Chiropractic Isn’t Safe for Kids
Chiropractic care is especially important for kids. Their rapid growth and high activity levels mean that they are more prone to injury than other age groups. If children aren’t treated quickly for their injuries, it can impair their proper growth and development.
Chiropractic care has been found as a safe and effective treatment for many demographics, including children. Many parents opt for chiropractic care rather than many other medical procedures or potentially dangerous medications.
Many of the myths about chiropractic care mask the countless benefits that this medical field can have for your life. Chiropractic care requires less downtime or recovery than most medical procedures and avoids or reduces the need to use medications that contain opioids. With these benefits, it’s hard to imagine why you shouldn’t consider chiropractic for your treatment.