Myths of Chiropractic
Chiropractors are only back pain doctors:
Although Chiropractic Care is great at relieving pain and suffering and is probably best known for this, we are actually Doctors Of The Nervous System. My purpose as a Doctor of Chiropractic is to locate and adjust subluxations (misalignments in the spine which cause interference in your nervous system).
When nerve interference is reduced and optimal communication in the nervous system is restored, normal physiology is enhanced, and we are healthier and more vital overall! When our vitality is restored, healing occurs.
Chiropractic adjustments hurt:
There are several reasons for this. Soft tissues, (muscles, tendons and ligament) will be remodeled during corrective chiropractic care. The stretching of tight muscles, and the reactivation of muscles that were previously not functioning can result in soreness. Toxins are released after being adjusted, and can result in soreness or a flu like feeling. This release of toxins is the result of increased blood flow to muscles that have been in spasm. However, many people after their first adjustment do not experience any soreness but feel more energized!
Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous:
Chiropractic adjustments are not dangerous. Chiropractic malpractice insurance is the lowest among health care providers in the U.S. Malpractice rates are determined by inherent risk, and danger to patients. If Chiropractic were dangerous…our rates would be 50-100 times higher than they are.
Once I start chiropractic care I have to go forever:
This is not true! Once you experience the power of Chiropractic, you will always want to be adjusted.
Chiropractic is the same as Medicine:
The two disciplines are based in different paradigms. Medical Doctors treat disease, that is where you go when you are sick or have had major trauma. Chiropractic is a vitalistic paradigm that focuses on creating health and wellness. Unfortunately, the biggest public perception is that Chiropractic is for back pain. While Chiropractic is probably the best choice for low back pain, it is a very small portion of what we do.
Our primary purpose is to PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLBEING. This is accomplished thru balancing the Nervous System. Our balanced approach embraces the philosophy of Be Fit! Eat Right! Think Well! Get Adjusted!
Doctors of Chiropractic are less educated than Medical Doctors:
Doctors of Chiropractic are highly trained in understanding the NeuroMusculoSkeletal (NMS) system of the body. Our emphasis is on assessing and making correction of poor function to maximize healing, health and wellness. The Journal of the American Medical Association published the results of 2 studies in the last 10 years that showed a 20% pass rate of new M.D.’s, in the realm of normal NMS knowledge. They are experts in the knowledge and treatment of disease, but as this research shows, they are not adequately trained in normal anatomy.
Chiropractic is not Scientific:
That is a resounding NO!! There was a time when the technology did not exist to measure the change in physiology of a chiropractic adjustment. Today we have technology in the form of functional MRI, PET Scans and more, which show the changes in brain function that occurs as the result of a chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic care is expensive:
Chiropractic care is one of the most cost effective ways to promote health and wellness and prevent disease. The results of a study Medicare performed showed that people receiving regular Chiropractic care, visited their M.D.’s half as often as their cohorts, AND THEIR MEDICAL EXPENSES WERE 70% LOWER! Remember, it is more cost effective to promote health and wellness than to fight disease! If you think being pro-active to create health is expensive, try getting sick! Illness is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in the U.S. today!