Although chiropractic is a well-known, widespread form of treatment today, there are still numerous myths that surround the therapy. Today, we’re going to address these rumors. Here are a few myths that you may have heard surrounding the field of therapy, as well as the truth behind this non-invasive wellness treatment.
Chiropractic Only Relieves Back Pain
Sure, chiropractic can be used to relieve back pain. But the benefits don’t stop there. Chiropractic can relieve headaches, leg pain, neck pain, muscle spasms, and other musculoskeletal problems, including ligament problems and joint pain. Sciatica, a common cause of lower back and leg pain, can be relieved by chiropractic treatments.
Chiropractic Isn’t Safe
While no treatment is guaranteed to be safe, chiropractic is completely non-invasive, which reduces risks nearly to zero. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) sums up the safety of chiropractic nicely:
“Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small.”
Chiropractic isn’t just safe, it’s an effective medical treatment that has little to no side effects.
Chiropractic Isn’t a Medical Treatment
Chiropractic doctors are trained, certified professionals. As the ACA notes on their website, “the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.” Doctors of chiropractic endure a rigorous education, including a litany of medical and non-medical courses. The ACA notes that chiropractic doctors study “biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology [as well as] orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.”
Chiropractic Costs More Than Surgery
Chiropractic treatments are almost always less expensive than surgery. Although you may have to make multiple visits to the chiropractor for the duration of your treatments, each visit is comparably inexpensive, even when totalled and compared to the price associated with surgery. Take sciatica surgery, for instance. Surgery to correct sciatica can cost thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, chiropractic treatments may only cost hundreds. On top of the cost, there’s a recovery time that goes alongside surgery.
That Popping Sound Is Unhealthy
As joints are shifted and expanded, a tiny vacuum is formed between the bones. This vacuum fills with gas from the surrounding area. That action causes the popping sound that goes hand-in-hand with chiropractic adjustments. It’s the same sound and action that you perform if you crack your knuckles.
Chiropractic Treatments Are Unending
If you’re treating an ailment or injury, you’ll likely need multiple adjustments. However, treatments are effective at fixing alignments over time. Since your muscles have to release and adjust to new positions, it can take some time before your muscles adjust and hold the new, proper alignment. So, in short, it takes multiple adjustments for a full treatment, but your chiropractor may slow or stop treatments once the injury or ailment is fully treated.
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