Common Chiropractic Myths Have Been Dispelled!

chiroMyths sure can make things more exciting. Was the City of Troy a real place defended by Achilles? Did extraterrestrials actually build the pyramids? Does Bigfoot really exist? Some myths may never be dispelled, but when it comes to chiropractic, several myths have been dismissed including these common ones.

A Chiropractor Isn’t a Real Doctor

There’s a difference between a medical doctor and a doctor of chiropractic, sure, but the differences don’t make one a “real” doctor and the other not a “real” doctor. The degree earned by chiropractors makes them specialists in finding, detecting and treated misalignments of the spine. Chiropractors need to have undergraduate degrees and then complete specialized graduate degrees and must also hold a license on both a national and a state level. If that doesn’t make them a “real” doctor then what does?

You Can Crack Your Own Back – No Chiropractor Needed

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Chiropractors are trained to realign the spine and even they refuse to do spinal adjustments on themselves. It’s normal to feel your own back crack every once in a while, but it’s a completely different thing to take steps to try and adjust your own spine. The cracking you’re doing to your own back isn’t the same thing a chiropractor is doing. So, do yourself a favor and leave the cracking to the chiropractic experts. If you ignore this advice, you could be doing more harm than good!

Once You Get Adjusted You Have to Be Adjusted Forever

This is the chiropractic chip myth – that you can’t stop at just one. The fact of the matter is that your treatment is in your hands. Your chiropractor will make recommendations to you, but you decide how much or how little you need or want to be treated. If you are being treated for specific illnesses or injuries, getting your spine back in line may take some time, but to get the relief you don’t have to come back forever. One of the core beliefs of chiropractic is that once you find and treat the root of your condition then your body can work to heal itself. That means if your treatment is successful, you may only want to come back a few times a year for maintenance visits.

There’s no question you can ask your chiropractor that they haven’t heard before, so if you’re curious about something you’ve heard about chiropractic, simply ask. They’ll be happy to set the record straight!

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