Debunking 3 Chiropractor Myths
You might be telling someone about your experience at a chiropractor - how it helped you and how much you enjoyed it - however they’re just not be getting it. It is frustrating, and it does often happen that people have false beliefs about chiropractors. It is important to debunk the myths around chiropractor to ensure that people are not missing out on the helpful resource that a chiropractor can actually be. Here are some common myths and objections that people might have:
- “I can crack my own back. Why do I need to go to a chiropractor?” It is not recommended to do this! A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force that is applied in a specific direction to a specific joint. It is impossible to adjust yourself correctly, safely, and accurately. You might think you can do it, but doing so might lead to more pain and worsen the condition you are in.
- “A chiropractor is not a real doctor.” Most adults are unaware of the educational requirements needed for a person to become a chiropractor. Doctors of chiropractic attend around 400 more classroom hours than their MD peers, specifically in the areas of physiology, rehab, nutrition, anatomy, and public health.
- “Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous and can hurt you.” Chiropractic is a safe, drug-free, and gentle therapy with an excellent safety record. Many patients will feel instant relief following an adjustment. However, it is not unusual that some patients might experience soreness or aching, but that is normal, just like one would after a workout. Some common treatments for musculoskeletal pain like anti-inflammatory drugs, prescription painkillers, and over-the-counter-medication can offer a significantly greater health risk than chiropractic care.
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