As old and proven as the practice of chiropractic care is, there still remains a great deal of confusion and unanswered questions among American patients. Does it really work? How does it help, exactly? While most forms of holistic healing are widely accepted in other parts of the world, within America, where westernized medicine reigns supreme, they are often viewed skeptically.
As practitioners, we encounter a large number of questions surrounding the efficacy and usefulness of chiropractic care. We welcome the opportunity to educate and spread awareness about this form of medical care that is capable of so much and that has helped so many. Following are just three of the most common questions we encounter. Of course, there are countless more, and if yours isn’t listed, feel free to call or come by and ask us yourself!
Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?
It’s common to assume that you’ll need a referral to see someone who specializes in any particular area of medicine. However, this is not typically the case with chiropractic. Most patients are able to schedule their own appointment with the chiropractor of their choice. However, there are some insurance plans that may have referral requirements. It is best to check with your health insurance provider before scheduling your appointment.
Are Chiropractors Real Doctors?
Don’t worry, we aren’t offended! Yes, chiropractors are absolutely real doctors with a plethora of healthcare education. In fact, the requirements to become a doctor of chiropractic medicine are among the most stringent. By the time a chiropractor is able to practice, he or she will have completed pre-medical undergraduate courses in chemistry, psychology, biology and more, followed by four to five years at an accredited chiropractic college. By the time your chiropractor is able to treat you, they have been thoroughly educated in anatomy, physiology, neurology, imaging, orthopedics, nutrition, and more. In total, they’ve devoted roughly 4,200 hours to becoming the best physician possible.
Do chiropractors only treat back pain?
Remember the Apple commercials that touted apps for nearly everything you can imagine with the simple phrase, “There’s an app for that!”? We feel similarly about chiropractic. This isn’t to suggest that chiropractic is a cure-all, but it’s astounding how much of our health and wellbeing is tied directly to our spine and soft tissue. Back and neck pain may be the most common ailments that we treat, but there are countless other areas of concern that can also benefit from chiropractic care. These can include headaches, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, sciatica, allergies, digestive issues, and more. Even those who are perfectly healthy and have no physical complaints can benefit long-term from proactive chiropractic care.
Discover the incredible benefits of chiropractic for yourself, if you haven’t already. Whether you’re looking for more answers or are ready to schedule an appointment, reach out to us at our Gastonia or Belmont locations. We’re always happy to help patients discover this path to health and wellness.