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Myth # 1 Chiropractors are not Real Doctors

Fact.  Chiropractors obtain the same level of education as their medical counterparts.  In fact, chiropractors are licensed as primary health care doctors.  The difference between chiropractors and medical doctors has to do with how they treat the human body.  Where medical doctors rely on external chemical compounds to treat ailments, chiropractors focus on structurally correcting the internal conditions which cause the ailments in the first place.  This is why chiropractic is highly effective in treating a wide range of conditions without resorting to medications, injections, or surgery.

Myth #2 Chiropractic Adjustments are Dangerous

Fact.  This is just FALSE!  As a matter of fact, you are hundreds of times more likely to suffer an adverse reaction to taking an aspirin than you are from having a chiropractic adjustment.  To put this into perspective, most people don’t realize that there are more than 300,000 deaths each year from taking a simple aspirin.  Contrast this with the fact that there are fewer than 100 adverse reactions to chiropractic adjustments reported annually.  When you consider that there are over 3 million people being adjusted in one year, the risk from being adjusted is exceptionally small.

Myth #3 Once you Start Chiropractic You Must Continue Forever

Fact!  While this is not strictly true, it is important to remember that ALL doctors continue to treat you for the rest of your life, at least ideally.  For example, how often do you go to your dentist?  Is it not true that your dentist will keep scheduling visits even when you have no tooth pain?  We all learned at an early age the value of routine maintenance for our teeth, but for most of us we never learned the importance of the same type of routine maintenance for the rest of the body.  Many chiropractors will recommend maintenance for the spine much like your dentist, eye care physician, or primary care physician will do for the teeth, eyes, and general health.

Myth #4 Medical Doctors don’t like Chiropractors

For the most part there is little animosity towards chiropractors from the medical community.  There are a few medical doctors that don’t like chiropractors for one reason or another.  As a matter fact more and more medical doctors and nurses are being treated by chiropractors every year.  Chiropractors are now on staff at many major hospitals, the military, working at insurance companies and work side by side with medical doctors in private clinics.  In fact, the head physician at the USOC medical clinics (United States Olympic Committee) is a chiropractor!

Myth #5 People can Adjust Themselves by “Cracking” Their Neck or Back

Fact.  It would be almost impossible to adjust oneself in a way to free any fixations or correct any subluxations.  Some people can get their neck or back to “pop”, but this usually only affects the segments that are not the true culprit and over time can lead to other problems.  Just as you wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself, its best to leave the adjustments of your back and neck to the professional chiropractor.  Even professionals cannot adjust themselves.

Myth #6 Spinal Adjustments Hurt

Fact.  Many patients feel instant relief following their treatments.  Obviously patients suffering from severe  neck or back pain may experience some discomfort following an adjustment.  This, however, is the exception not the rule and most patients look forward to their adjustments.

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