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Myths & Facts
#1 Myth – Chiropractors are not real doctors
Just like medical doctors, chiropractors are professionals subject to the same type of testing procedures, licensing and monitoring by state and national peer-reviewed boards. Chiropractors attend graduate colleges that focus specifically on Chiropractic education. They are licensed as health care providers in every U.S. state and dozens of countries around the world. As part of their education, chiropractic students also complete a residency working with real patients in a clinical setting, supervised by licensed doctors of chiropractic. Once chiropractic students graduate, they have to pass four sets of national board exams as well as state board exams in the states where they want to practice. Like their medical counterparts, chiropractic students take courses in subjects such as anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, physiology, neurology and many other of the same courses.
The main difference between chiropractors and medical doctors is not in their level of education but in their preferred method of caring for patients. Medical doctors are focused on working with the allopathic method which includes surgery and pharmacology. Chiropractors work with evaluation and treatment of subluxations, biomechanics and nutrition. If a patient has a problem due to their spine being misaligned, there is no drug that will fix this. Chiropractors provide a physical solution—adjustments, exercises, muscle therapy, etc.—that assist the body to heal itself.
#2 Myth – Once you start going to a chiropractor, you have to keep going for the rest of your life
Like going to the dentist, exercising or eating a healthy diet, chiropractic care allows individuals to maintain the health of their neuromusculoskeletal system. Just like your teeth, your spine is subject to daily wear as you walk, drive, lift, bend, sit. And just as you benefit from routine dental care so your teeth remain healthy, the same remains true for your spine.
Many assume that if they do not feel any pain, all is well. Unfortunately, pain may appear only after a disease or other condition has become advanced. When a cavity begins to develop in your tooth it may not hurt until it is at the advanced stage. This is similar to when a person goes to a chiropractor seeking relief from pain. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is the first symptom to disappear, though much of the underlying condition remains. Careful evaluation of your condition by the chiropractor will determine the treatment and duration needed for your body to heal.
When you make chiropractic care part of your wellness routine, your body and over all health benefits. Individuals who suffer from a wide variety of conditions such as allergies, colds, headaches and fatigue have benefited from chiropractic care. Why? Because chiropractic releases stress on the nervous system, allowing your body to heal and function at its best. Many people who receive regular treatment know when their body is becoming out of balance. For example, they may feel tired for no particular reason or have a slight headache for days. Each person’s body may communicate with them with different signals indicating the need for a chiropractic treatment.
We have found those who make routine chiropractic care a part of their lifestyle are people who want to maintain optimum health and desire to fully participate in a full life.