Did you know that, among other myths about chiropractic care, chiropractors used to be stereotyped as witch doctors? Because the American Medical Association didn’t understand chiropractic care in the beginning, they even convinced some local governments to make chiropractic a crime!
Fortunately for everyone, scientific studies done by hospitals and independent labs ended up proving that chiropractic care was grounded in scientific theories. The more research was done, the more reason doctors found to believe that even the pioneering, “witch doctors” were onto something real and helpful.
But that’s not the only myth about chiropractic care.
More Myths about Chiropractic Care
People tend to believe many things, not all of them accurate. What are some other myths about chiropractic care?
Myth #1: Chiropractic Care is Only Used for Back Pain
Although back pain is one of the most common reasons that our patients initially seek us out, they are quick to find that chiropractic care treats so much more than that. Chiropractic care is based on the core principle that optimal health and wellness are achieved, not through artificial means but through guiding the body to its own intuitive knack for healing. As much as possible, we avoid surgical interventions in favor of hands-on treatments such as manual spinal adjustments to help align the joints along the spinal column, physical therapy exercises and nutritional counseling.
Spinal misalignment can cause pinched nerves that lead to conditions such a migraines, sciatica, insomnia and TMJ. Chiropractic care can help to alleviate all of these conditions. Additionally, we believe in “whole person” wellness, meaning that we look for underlying causes of illness and injury, instead of just addressing the presenting symptoms. Rather than offer a band aid of temporary relief, which is what painkillers typically do, we look at age, health history, fitness level, lifestyle and other personal factors to help us determine how to treat your problem in the most effective way. Getting to the root of the issue allows us to customize a solution specific to your situation, not just offer a cookie-cutter, a one-size-fits-all cure.
Myth #2: Chiropractic Adjustments Are Painful
Many people think that the “popping” sound they hear during chiropractic adjustments means that the treatment is painful. The popping sound, referred to as cavitation, is actually just the sound of built up gasses being released after the spinal joints are shifted back into place. The sound has nothing to do with the feeling that accompanies adjustment.
Instead of being painful, manual spinal adjustments actually most often result in the opposite sensation an immediate relaxation of tense muscles and a feeling of relief from pain.
Myth #3: Chiropractic Doctors Don’t Have a Lot of Training
While it is true that chiropractic doctors don’t have a medical degree, they do have specialized training that requires just as many years of study as a physician. Most chiropractors have undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry or various health sciences as well as other advanced certifications in areas such as physical therapy, nutrition or disease. In addition, in order to earn their doctor of chiropractic degree, chiropractors must complete three to six years of schooling followed by a period of clinical internships, during which they are supervised by experienced physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists or other healthcare professionals.
Myth #4: Chiropractic Care is a “New” Type of Health Treatment
Although chiropractic care didn’t come into mainstream popularity until about 20 or 30 years ago, it actually has roots in ancient history. The manual manipulation of the spine was used on patients as early as the fourth century A.D. The word “chiropractor” comes from the Greek language and means “done by hand.” The formal practice of chiropractic as a medical discipline didn’t begin until the late 1800s when Dr. Daniel David Palmer reportedly cured a janitor of deafness by performing a spinal adjustment. Dr. Palmer coined the term “subluxations” which referred to spinal misalignment and he believed that these misalignments could have an extreme effect on a person’s overall health and wellness. Palmer opened the first Chiropractic School in 1895.
Myth #5: Chiropractic Care is Not Covered by Any Insurance
Although once considered “alternative medicine,” chiropractic treatments began to surge in popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s. This popularity hit a peak when the National Institutes of Health changed the name if it’s Office of Alternative Medicine to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). With the name change came a wave of related clinical studies about the effectiveness of chiropractic care. Increased public interest in all-natural, drug-free health likely played a large part in the popularity of chiropractic care and the interest in this treatment modality continues to grow each year. Consequently, many employee-sponsored insurance plans now include chiropractic care as one of their routine health maintenance options.
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