Chiropractic Myths

Common myths about chiropractic

  1. Chiropractic doctors lack education compared to medical doctors.
  2. Chiropractors are not real doctors.
  3. Spinal adjustments and other adjustments hurt.
  4. Adjustments are dangerous.
  5. Chiropractic medicine is unscientific.
  6. Chiropractic care is expensive.
  7. Chiropractors expect you to continue chiropractic care for the rest of your life.
  8. Chiropractors only treat back pain.
  9. Medical doctors do not accept chiropractic as a legitimate treatment.

Corrected information about those myths

1. Chiropractic doctors lack education compared to medical doctors.

Doctors of Chiropractic, Medical Doctors, and Doctors of Osteopathy serve as primary care poviders and gatekeepers to the health care system. The chiropractor is well trained to diagnose and consult with, or refer to, other health care providers. Chiropractic colleges are accredited by The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), The Commission on Colleges of the Southern association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for accreditation of programs and institutions offering the doctor of chiropractic degree. Among those organizations accepting chiropractic legitimacy are the U.S. Department of Labor which recognizes the title of Doctor and chiropractic work, and the American Medical Association which states that a physician may refer a patient for diagnostic or therapeutic services to a chiropractor. Many health insurance policies cover chiropractic treatment.

2. Chiropractors are not real doctors.

Chiropractic colleges are accredited by The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for accreditation of programs and institutions offering the doctor of chiropractic degree. Therefore, the school meets federal and state guidelines for student financial aid. As a result, graduates are given the title Doctor of Chiropractic. Among those organizations accepting chiropractic legitimacy are the U.S. Department of Labor which recognizes the title of Doctor and chiropractic work, and the American Medical Association which states that a physician may refer a patient for diagnostic or therapeutic services to a chiropractor. Many health insurance policies cover chiropractic treatment.

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3. Spinal adjustments and other adjustments hurt.

The majority of the time, you will feel no pain. There may be some adjustments that cause a momentary twinge. Adjustments can feel similar to massage in that at first there is some initial pain that is quickly worked out. Occasionally, patients report pain occurring after visiting a chiropractor due to scar tissue that builds up around malpositioned joints breaking free. Once the joints are properly positioned, there may be a little "workout soreness" as the muscles regain strength to hold the joint in the correct position. A few follow-up adjustments, and home exercises the chiropractor assigns the patient, can correct this.

4. Adjustments are dangerous.

When treated by a licensced chiropractic doctor, injuries caused during chiropractic sessions are rare. The ratio of malpractice lawsuits (and corresponding malpractice insurance rates) is higher among medical doctors than chiropractic doctors. Additionally, "a New Zealand study found adjustments "remarkably safe" " (Patient Media, 1999).
Data: The Chiropractic Profession and Its Research and Education Programs
Submitted to: Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida; Prepared in response to legislative proviso in Specific Appropriation 161 of the 2000 General Appropriations Act
Risk of Chiropractic Neck Treatments by AmericanChiropractic.net

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5. Chiropractic medicine is unscientific.

Before receiving the title Doctor of Chiropractic, a student requires extensive medical training in traditional medical courses. Chiropractic research is ongoing, and more frequently, there is partnership between chiropractors and the greater scientific and clinical communities in training, research, and practice.

6. Chiropractic care is expensive.

Chiropractic care can be no more expensive than that of traditional medicine. Many insurance policies cover visits to a chiropractor to aid you with the expense. Contact us to find out what insurances are accepted.

7. Chiropractors expect you to continue chiropractic care for the rest of your life.

False. Effective chiropractic treatments, followed by physical therapy excercises performed by the patient, can heal an injury enough to no longer require chiropractic visits. Some conditions may require a quarterly or annual exam to ensure some injuries have continued to heal correctly.

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8. Chiropractors only treat back pain.

Absolutely not. You are not just a back. A great many injuries can be treated with chiropractic methods. Shoulder, knee, and other joint injuries, hiatal hernias are among those conditions that can be treated and nutritional counseling is available. Schedule a consultation on us for more information regarding your condition.

9. Medical doctors do not accept chiropractic as a legitimate treatment.

This is somewhat true. In years past, medical doctors did not believe in the legitamacy of chiropractic treatment. Today, more medical practitioners are refering their patients for chiropractic care. Additionally, the American Medical Association states that a physician may refer a patient for diagnostic or therapeutic services to a chiropractor.

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