While chiropractic care is a safe and natural route to physical and neurological wellness, it is still steeped in myth and misinformation. Often, people who might benefit most from care avoid treatment because of the stigma associated with chiropractic. Let’s explore a few of those myths:
1. Chiropractic care is expensive.
Many studies can prove otherwise. Dr. Richard Liliedahl studied data from 85,000 people insured by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. In examining a two year window, he found that patients who sought out a chiropractor for lower back pain paid out 40 % less in costs than patients who visited medical doctors. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported that chiropractic patients required fewer visits to medical doctors, often reducing their medical costs by half.
2. Chiropractic adjustments are painful.
Most adjustments are hardly more painful than being pushed and prodded by a gentle hand. Adjustments are about relieving pain, not causing it. Chiropractors are trained to recognize where an issue resides and how much pressure to apply in order to correct it. Often, patients report immediate relief after the appointment. This does not mean a cure to what ails them, but a significant decrease in the discomfort they have been living with.
3. Chiropractic care is dangerous.
Chiropractic treatment is far safer than surgical procedures. In fact, the American Medical Association recommends consulting a chiropractor before considering surgeries concerning your back or neck. Chiropractic is also completely natural, meaning you do not have to be concerned with how you will function after an adjustment. This is a considerable benefit when compared to the numerous reactions and side effects of anesthesia or prescribed medications.
4. Chiropractors do not have any real medical training.
To be a Doctor of Chiropractic, you are required to complete 250 more course hours for your degree than an MD. Chiropractors attend 4 years of undergraduate study and then are required to attend 4 – 5 more years of school to obtain a doctorate. Chiropractors receive a more intensive education in certain areas of study, such as physiology, rehabilitation, and nutrition, than a general MD.
5. Once you start, you can’t stop seeing the chiropractor. Ever.
Going to a chiropractor on a regular basis is often recommended, but never mandatory. While some people insist on regularly scheduled adjustments, the chiropractors themselves neither advise nor require patients to continue care if there are no apparent symptoms.