11.5 Myths About Chiropractic Exposed
However, none of these medical opinions are based in scientific fact. In fact, there have been numerous studies which explored the overall risk of spinal manipulation. These studies (which were published in peer refereed scientific index medicus journals) show the rate of an adverse reaction following a chiropractic adjustment to be roughly 1 in 3,000,000. Now for purposes of comparison, you have 100 TIMES greater likelihood of being injured from taking a MotrinÂ. Chiropractors pay the lowest malpractice premiums of any physician. Why is this? Because according to the insurance industry, chiropractors don't injure or kill people. It literally is the safest form of healthcare known to human kind.
4. Once You Go, You Have To Keep Going Back ForeverYou don't have to go back forever. You don't have to get to bed on time and get a good 8 hours of sleep each night. We do certain things because it makes sense to do them. We see benefits in keeping up with maintaining our health.While you don't have to go to a chiropractor forever, some people opt to continue on a periodic maintenance basis so they can keep their joints moving well and maintain good posture. It's kind of like going to the dentist for periodic check ups and cleanings. The spine is just like everything else (your teeth, your car, your house, etc..) in that it requires periodic maintenance for optimum function. People go to their primary care doctors indefinitely. Women go to the scoliosis treatment gynecologist for an examination. These things are done for wellness & prevention measures. The same thing applies to your spine with chiropractic care.5. Chiropractors Aren't "Real Doctors"The word "Doctor" is latin for "teacher" or "learned one". It doesn't mean "he who prescribes drugs. There are many different types of doctoral degree programs: D.C., M.D., D.O., O.D., D.V.M., D.M.D., Ph.D., Ed.D, D.P.T., etc. A professional or academic doctorate degree is considered to be the highest degree conferred in any given area of study.6. I Can Crack My Own BackWhile you may be able to "crack" the joints in your back, you are merely doing a non-specific manipulation of your spine. A chiropractor doesn't do that. Chiropractors perform very specific corrections by moving the vertebrae to their "normal" position. This is like if you knock your front end of your car's suspension out of alignment. You go to the auto shop and the mechanic loosens the suspension. Then they put a laser down the long axis of the car and move the camber and tow back and forth until the front end is re-aligned and then re-tighten everything back up. They aren't just wiggling it back and forth carelessly. A chiropractic adjustment works along the same principals. The chiropractor locates the vertebrae that is out of alignment. Then utilizing very specific vectors, he/she gently slips the bone back into place.7. Neck Adjustments Cause StrokesCertain people in the medical community (who have a negative bias against chiropractic and seek to sling mud against the profession) are trying to convince the world that chiropractors cause strokes. Again, there is no scientific study which proves this claim.