Myths and Facts About Chiropractic

There are many myths out there about chiropractic. Let's set the record straight.

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Myth #1: Chiropractors Are Not Real Doctors


Chiropractors have the same level of education as medical doctors and 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 or surgeries to treat ailments, chiropractors focus on the structure of the body to affect its function, as well as lifestyle changes that impact health. Because of this, chiropractic is highly effective in treating a wide range of conditions without resorting to medication.

Myth #2: Chiropractic Adjustments Are Dangerous


This is just wrong. 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. Most people don’t realize that there are more than 100,000 adverse reactions each year from taking a simple aspirin, while there are fewer than 100 adverse reactions to chiropractic adjustments. When you consider that there are over 3 million people being adjusted in one year, the risk from being adjusted is miniscule. 

Myth #3: Once You Start Chiropractic You Must Continue Forever


While this is not true, it is important to remember that many types of physicians will continue to treat you for various ailments for the rest of your life. For example, how often do you go to your dentist? Isn't it 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 most of us never learned the importance of the same type of routine maintenance for the spine. Likewise, most people will continue to see their general practitioner when they have a fever, pains, or injury. Though most patients initially seek chiropractic care because of pain or dysfunction some may choose to continue with occasional care specifically because chiropractic adjustments help them to feel better and inprove their performance and functioning! Whether you choose pain relief care or just want a tune up of your muscle and joints, at The Village Chiropractic Center your care is always up to you.

Myth #4: Medical Doctors Don’t Like Chiropractors


For the most part there is little animosity towards chiropractors from the medical community. 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 working side by side with medical doctors in private clinics.

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


It would be almost impossible to adjust yourself in a way that frees any fixations or corrects any areas of segmental dysfunction. Some people can get their neck or back to “pop,” but this usually only affects areas that are not the true culprit. It can make you feel slightly better for various reasons, but it is not effective for actual areas of dysfunction and injury. Just as you wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself, it's best to leave the adjustments of your back and neck to the professional chiropractor. Even professionals cannot adjust themselves.

Myth #6: Spinal Adjustments Hurt


Many patients feel instant relief with their treatments. For obvious reasons, patients suffering from severe neck or back pain may experience some discomfort, but for most patients this is not the case. In fact, most patients look forward to their chiropractic treatments. At The Village Chiropractic Center, Dr. Berry uses the ProAdjuster to adjust the spine, so you are seated in a comfortable position and experience no twisting, "popping," or "cracking." Believe it or not, some people love that "crack", and for those people we wil gladly provide the "old school" manual adjustments.

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