Nearly all of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. Chiropractic care is a tried and tested way to alleviate this pain. To make things even better it is natural and safe. There are a lot of misconceptions about chiropractic care and just how much of a positive impact that it can have.

1. Chiropractic doctors aren’t real doctors

This is one of the most pervasive myths out there. Chiropractic doctors study full time for at least 6 years in university which is similar to many other specialisms. A chiropractor’s goal is to naturally support the body’s own healing by restoring nerve function in the spine. This is something that they are very good at and you will notice results almost right away.

2. Chiropractic treatment is very painful

In reality, the adjustments that a chiropractic doctor will make to your bone alignment will not hurt at all. You may hear a loud pop as the adjustments are made but this is just the sound of gas moving within your joints. Just like when you crack your knuckles. Patients that undergo chiropractic treatment will actually notice a immediate stop in the pain, rather than experiencing any new pain.

3. The move your bones around

The adjustments that a chiropractic doctor will make are minor but will have a huge effect on your comfortability and pain level. The adjustments that are done will allow your nervous system to operate much more efficiently.

4. Chiropractic treatment is not safe

The chances of having any negative side effects of chiropractic treatment are very low. This is because the treatments are totally natural and not invasive in any way. The only contact that the doctor will have with you is that of pressure on your body with their fingers. It may come as a surprise that chiropractic doctors have very low malpractice lawsuit numbers compared to other specialisms. When other forms of medicine involve drug dosages, needles and surgery, when you think about it, this statistic makes a lot of sense.

5. Chiropractic care is only for the rich

Chiropractic care is covered by most insurance packages so you may probably not need to worry about the cost for the most part. In addition to this regular chiropractic sessions will actually keep you healthier overall. This means fewer trips to the doctor and other related expenses.

6. They only treat back pain

Chiropractic care works with the entire nervous system. A visit to your chiropractic can cure anything from headaches, allergies, high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, shoulder pain, sciatica, and much more. Chiropractic goes far beyond treating back pain, as it treats overall wellness.

7. Once you start, you can’t stop

The amount of time that you spend at the chiropractor will be entirely at your discretion. If the chiropractor is able to help you with your pain then it will probably be a permanent solution provided that you follow their aftercare instructions regarding posture. If you find that the pain returns that you should feel free to visit your chiropractor again.

8. It’s unscientific

Chiropractic medicine is based on sound scientific principles. It has been scientifically proven over and over again that the nervous system controls and regulates every single cell and tissue in the body, and that the nervous system is housed in the spine.

When the spine becomes misaligned, it has also been proven that the nervous system does not function as it should. Chiropractic care helps patients take control of their health through a natural approach.

  • 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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