It’s not uncommon for misunderstandings and myths about certain industries to arise, and chiropractic care is no exception, and actually may be one of the most misunderstood areas of practice. There are thousands of people struggling with back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and many other conditions that can be treated by a chiropractor. But due to these myths, these people go through their days living in pain thinking it’s just a part of getting older, or it’s just a part of being an athlete. The good news is that many of these misunderstandings regarding chiropractic care can be cleared up in just a few minutes.
Chiropractic Care is Expensive
When care for lower back pain is first provided by a chiropractor, it can be as much as 20 percent cheaper than when provided by a medical doctor, according to a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The expertise provided by a chiropractor is often enough to avoid spinal surgery.
Chiropractic Care is Dangerous
Doctors of chiropractic are more likely to use techniques and methods that are less invasive and have a lower risk for injury. Other treatments methods, like surgery, can lead to long recovery times, side effects, and costly medications. The techniques used for chiropractors (massage, neck manipulation, or spinal adjustments), have fewer side effects and are less invasive.
Chiropractors Aren’t Real Doctors
In fact, chiropractors have four years of pre-medical undergraduate education, then they complete four to five years at a chiropractic college. During this time, they are required to complete at least 4,200 hours of study, classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience.
Many people associate making an appointment with a chiropractor to a dentist appointment. If they are struggling with a toothache, they first have to endure the pain of a dentist poking and prodding around in their mouth before they find relief. With a chiropractic adjustment, if there is any pain, it is because of the injury, and not the adjustment. A properly trained and experienced chiropractor can complete and adjustment without pain and only minor discomfort.
Once You Start, You Have to Keep Going
Just like any other doctor, a chiropractor will create a treatment plan based on your needs. They may recommend a few follow-up appointments to ensure that any injury is healing properly and any pain is resolving as it should. If you feel you need to schedule regular maintenance appointments, that is up to you.
Chiropractors Only Treat Back Pain
At IN Chiropractic & Wellness, we want to help you manage all bodily pains and many other conditions, such as headaches and disorders relating to the musculoskeletal system, muscles, ligaments, and joints. We also want to help you lead a healthy lifestyle and offer advice on how you can improve your posture and immune system.
There will always be someone who is skeptical about seeing a chiropractor, but if you are experiencing back pain, a sports injury, migraines, or simply want advice on relaxation techniques, please give IN Chiropractic & Wellness a call today. We want to make sure you are living your life to its fullest.