Anyone who has already been to a chiropractor knows all too well that they can be absolute lifesavers when you are in pain. When it comes to your first visit though, you may not know a great deal about what a chiropractor does or even if they can help you out.

For this reason, you should take the time to find the best chiropractor in your area and make an appointment. You might have something that needs taking care of before you get in any pain. By getting ahead of the problem you can avoid a lot of discomfort.

We have gathered together some of the most common myths about chiropractors so that you are able to make an informed choice the next time you think about visiting the doctors.

1. Once you start seeing a chiropractor, you won’t be able to stop

This is simply not true. At your first visit to the chiropractor, they will take a good look at your medical history, any discomfort that you have and then a quick exam to determine the cause of the pain. At this point, there will be a treatment plan laid out so that you are able to meet your goals.

Once you are pain and discomfort free, you may wish to end the treatment there. However, it is a pretty good idea to schedule a follow-up appointment so that the cause of the initial discomfort does not come back and you’re back to square one. It is best to think of it as maintenance so that you are able to stay pain-free.

2. They’re not real doctors

To put it simply they are doctors that have a very specific expertise as it relates to the alignment of your bones, especially the ones in your back. This will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication in some cases and has proven to be very effective. If you are still not convinced then you should feel free to ask your chiropractor about their qualifications. They will be more than happy to explain the method behind the manipulation that they do and how it will allow you to be pain or discomfort free.

3. You need a referral to see a chiropractor

Chiropractors are primary contact providers, this means that you can go to them directly with your symptoms and they will be able to diagnose what is wrong. If the cause of your symptoms is not something that they are able to treat them then they will be able to refer you to the right medical professional.

4. Chiropractic care has not been proven to work

There is a reason why you are very familiar with chiropractic care and that because many people benefit from the results of treatment provided to them by their chiropractor around the world. If you are looking for more proof then you should, of course, do your research, what you will find is millions of success stories from patients that are now pain and discomfort free after their chiropractor has worked with them.

5. Chiropractors only work with back pain

Your chiropractor is able to ensure that all of your skeletal structure is aligned correctly. There are many aspects to what they do, and while it is true that their main focus is on the back pain, it is sometimes the case that the back is not the cause of the pain, rather somewhere else in the body that needs an adjustment.

6. It hurts

For the most part, the joint manipulations that the chiropractor will perform do not hurt. It might sound painful as the joint will pop similar to the sound of cracking knuckles.

  • Gretchen is a spiritual guide and life coach. She uses the MANDALA HEALS blog to dispense advice, tutorials & guides on various topics.

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