The roots of chiropractic care can be traced back for centuries. Writings from ancient China and Greece detail the use of spinal manipulation as far back as 2700 B.C., and the practice was utilized in the United States as early as 1895. As it gained momentum, chiropractic care began to be studied and medical research was conducted to determine its usefulness. The results of these studies began to build, supporting its use for a growing number of ailments. However, despite its longevity and effectiveness, it remains one of the most misunderstood practices of medicine.
For as long as it has been in existence, chiropractic care has been plagued with misconceptions. Many of these stem from a lack of integrated medical education in the early days and a resistance to more traditional forms of medicine. However, as time has passed, chiropractors and other physicians have begun to understand and embrace how their practices complement each other and the benefit that their patients stand to gain from each. While skepticism of chiropractic care may remain, the concerns are generally based on outdated information or complete misinformation. Here are five of the most common myths we hear from Mount Holly patients about chiropractic care today:
- It’s Painful – The fear of pain from a chiropractic adjustment is perhaps the most common misconception. Many think of being forced into uncomfortable positions and hearing cracking sounds as their back is “popped” back into place. In actuality, most patients feel great relief following their adjustment, and chiropractors are skilled at recognizing exactly where and how much pressure to apply. Advances in equipment and technology have also made chiropractic visits more comfortable. Spinal decompression tables can be used to gently treat a number of problems including sciatica, herniated or bulging discs, headaches, and neck pain. Mount Holly patients have found great relief from this particular method in both our Gastonia and Belmont office locations.
- Once You See a Chiropractor, You Must Keep Going – There is a belief among many patients that if they begin seeing a chiropractor, they will have to continue going indefinitely to maintain their results or level of comfort. While a regular routine of care is often recommended, each patient is different. Some may require more long-term care than others, but this is not always the case. Furthermore, the patient can always choose to discontinue treatment at any time and will likely still experience benefit from their previous appointments.
- It’s Only for Back and Neck Pain – Most consider chiropractic care to be a source of relief for back or neck injuries, but many do not realize how many other areas of the body are affected by improper spine alignment. Among the many problems a chiropractor can effectively treat are headaches, sciatica, pinched nerves, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, auto accident injuries, and many more.
- Chiropractors Aren’t Real Doctors – The educational requirements for chiropractors are far more rigorous than most realize. In order to become a licensed chiropractor, these doctors must complete four years of undergraduate education and four to five years of study at an accredited chiropractic college. Like their medical counterparts, these physicians study courses such as anatomy, physiology, and microbiology, and they must participate with actual clinical subjects. Furthermore, they must also pass National and State board certifications before being able to obtain their license.
- It’s Expensive – What many may not realize is that chiropractic care is quite often covered by their health insurance. Today, there is a greater acceptance and understanding of chiropractic as a means of healthcare which can actually lessen costs over time. Patients who undergo chiropractic care are far less likely to need more invasive treatments such as surgery later on. In fact, a recent study determined that of those patients with lower back injuries, 43% who first saw a surgeon had lumbar spine surgery while only 1.5% of those who first saw a chiropractor needed surgery.
Chiropractic care is one of the safest, most non-invasive forms of treatment available for a wide range of ailments. However, it remains widely plagued by misconceptions about its legitimacy and effectiveness. Medical research has shown in a growing number of studies that seeing a chiropractor can not only alleviate pain, but it can also lower the need for pain medications, surgery, or other forms of medical treatment.
The physicians at SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers have studied at some of the top chiropractic universities in the nation and are affiliated with professional organizations such as the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). If you feel that you could benefit from chiropractic care and are located in the Mount Holly area, please click here to request an appointment with one of our physicians at our Gastonia or Belmont locations. To learn more about some of the ways you may benefit from seeing a chiropractor, click the image below to download our free, informative guide.