5 Chiropractic Myths: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction

The goal of chiropractic care is to naturally heal spinal misalignments without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractors perform adjustments to promote spinal health and the well being of each patient. Although most patients recognize a positive outcome, myths about the profession still linger, causing some who are suffering from pain to avoid seeking chiropractic intervention.

“There is no proof chiropractic care works.”

Chiropractic care has proven to satisfy the majority of patients suffering from various types of pain. In a study published by the British Medical Journal, 183 patients suffering with neck pain were randomly divided and prescribed either chiropractic care, general practitioner appointments and drug prescriptions, or exercise to treat pain. After 52 weeks, those treated with chiropractic care recovered fastest and spent only one-third as much on treatment efforts compared to the alternatives.

“I can crack my own back. Chiropractic is no different.”

Doctors of Chiropractic use hands on spinal adjustments to realign the spine and alleviate pain without medicinal or surgical intervention. The doctor is able to customize a treatment plan for each patient by observing the location of the pain and any potential problematic factors. This custom treatment plan is exclusive to seeking professional help. By taking initiative, and trying to fix your own back pain, you run the risk of intensifying pain and/or injury. Furthermore, chiropractic physicians often offer far more than traditional adjustments, enhancing patient wellbeing with therapies such as massage or acupuncture.

“Chiropractors are only for adults.”

With the visual of a spinal adjustment comes the assumption that chiropractic care is too intense to be safe or beneficial for children. This assumption may prevent many parents from researching the benefits that chiropractic care could provide for children suffering with colic, acid reflux, or ear infections. Studies have shown that after 4 chiropractic appointments, children suffering with acid reflux have noticed improvement. Similar results were shown with children who suffered from ear infections and colic because of the sensitivity of the nerves located in the gut and brain to vertebral subluxation (spinal misalignment).

“Chiropractors only know about the spine.”

Chiropractors use a holistic approach to locate what is causing your pain. Their scope of practice includes, but is not limited to, neck pain, headaches, back pain, and preventative care. By performing physical exams, x-rays, labs, and structure analyses, they are able to pursue the origin of your pain and customize a treatment plan that will alleviate pain and promote a healthier lifestyle moving forward.

“Chiropractic care causes further injury.”

Doctors of Chiropractic are required to complete four years of undergraduate education and an additional 3-5 years studying at a Chiropractic College. After which, they gain experience from a clinical internship. Doctors of Chiropractic have extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with the human body and how it functions. A licensed chiropractor is taught to evaluate each patient using a holistic approach and customize a safe treatment plan that ensures the future health and safety of each patient.

Our physicians at SouthEast Chiropractic are experienced, accredited, and eager to formulate a safe, customized treatment plan for you. If you are located in the Gastonia or Belmont area and believe you could benefit from chiropractic treatment, click below to schedule your next appointment.