Common Myths about chiropractic care
“Once you get adjusted, your spine will be ‘addicted’ to it and you will always need it.”
Chiropractic adjustments do not make your spine less healthy or cause you to need continual adjustments to compensate for your spine somehow being worse off as a result of treatment. This myth probably originates from the way people talk about chiropractic care. Because they have experienced the benefits of chiropractic adjustments, many people will say that they “need an adjustment” when they have any pain or stiffness. This simply indicates that a person knows their body well enough to understand what it needs to heal properly and feel better.
“Chiropractors make you come back for treatment for the rest of your life.”
First, chiropractors at Doctors Clinic will never make you do anything you don’t want to do. Second, there are different kinds of chiropractic care for different degrees of dysfunction. When you are injured or have severe symptoms, your chiropractor will recommend care that is more frequent and intensive so that you can recover. After recovery, your chiropractor will discuss how to care for your spine so that the condition will not recur. This is called maintenance care and is very infrequent. The concept is parallel to dental check-ups or getting regular oil changes for your car.
“Chiropractic adjustments are painful.”
Generally speaking, chiropractic adjustments are a painless and even enjoyable experience. In fact, most patients look forward to being adjusted. Muscle or joint stiffness may cause a small percentage of patients to experience mild discomfort when adjusted. This is usually very short lived.
“Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous.”
We’ve all seen action movies, with scenes where someone grabs another person’s head and twists violently, killing them. Some people imagine that chiropractic adjustments involve some degree of the same risk. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments are safe. Millions of people are adjusted every year without any injuries at all. Also, if you are ever in a survival situation, don’t rely on violently twisting someone’s head in order to kill them. That’s a myth, too!