The Truth about Chiropractic Care

Over the years a number of myths and misconceptions about chiropractic care have grown and become common thought among people with a lack of information on the subject.  We’re going to discuss the three biggest myths and detail why they simply aren’t true.

Myth #1 Chiropractic care hurts

Some people think the chiropractor “cracks” or “pops” your back or your joints, which sounds like it would be painful.  But the noise is simply the release of CO2 gas bubbles, the same as when you crack your knuckles or any other joint. Typically there is no pain associated with this practice.  If you’re still worried, most chiropractors offer methods that won’t even create the popping noise if you mention to them beforehand that you don’t want to hear the sound.  Beyond the cracking noise which isn’t even painful, any other pain associated with chiropractic care is similar to a massage in that the pain is soon replaced by an overall reduction of pain and increased mobility.  The reason people look into chiropractic care in the first place is typically because they are feeling some pain or discomfort and the thought of aggravating that further can be scary.  However, chiropractors are trained professionals who know how to help you, which leads to the next common myth…

Chiropractic CareMyth #2 Chiropractors are “not real doctors”

Some people dismiss chiropractic care despite the fact that chiropractors are required to complete more hours of schooling than medical doctors. A chiropractic college grants a D.C. or Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. The chiropractic and medical school curricula are both difficult and nearly identical.  Upon graduation chiropractors still have to pass national and state board exams before they can begin practicing.

Myth #3 If you go to a chiropractor once, you will have to go for the rest of your life

As with any decision in your life seeing a chiropractor is just that, a decision.  You decide to go the first time and you can decide to go back or not after each visit.  Many people choose to continue seeing their chiropractor because they are experiencing and receiving the benefits of chiropractic care first hand.  If you feel you aren’t getting anything from your treatment or even that you’re not getting enough out of it you can stop going.  Seeing a chiropractor is similar to seeing your dentist, no one doubts that routine dental care will help maintain the overall health of your teeth just like seeing a chiropractor helps maintain the overall health of your neuromusculoskeletal system.

These myths have gained traction due to lack of knowledge.  The best way to realize the true benefits of chiropractic care is by experiencing it for yourself.  Schedule an appointment and ask our experts any questions you have before you start your treatment.