Top 6 Myths About Chiropractic Debunked

I wanted to go over some of the common myths about chiropractic and maybe some common misconceptions.

The first one is you have to go for life.

Well, that’s not the way it works. You don’t have to go for life.

Some people say you get to go for life if you want to.

The key thing to an understanding about chiropractic is we’re treating conditions.

We treat your condition from beginning to end.

Some conditions are chronic and do require maintenance care.

Treatment for life is not a thing that you have to do to go see a chiropractor.

Another question that people have about chiropractors is do they treat only back pain? Is it just back pain?

Well, it’s back pain, it’s neck pain, it’s headaches.

What chiropractors are treating is we’re treating the nervous system.

That’s your brain, your spinal cord, and the nerves that go out to all your organs and glands, all your body’s functions.

We’re treating the nervous system through the spine, and therefore we can kind of have an impact on almost anything.

Some of the most common impacts I see are things like digestion, vascular complaints, complaints with cardiovascular function, heart, asthma, things that respond well with chiropractic.

Another one is chiropractic is dangerous.

Well, this is kind of silly, to be honest with you.

There’s a lot of research that demonstrates how dangerous medicine is, and we don’t want to talk about how medicine ranks as being about the six largest killers of people in this country through medical errors because chiropractors are not in the same game.

We’re not in the same pool in terms of the risk evaluated with it.

The risk of chiropractic is almost negligible.

However, concerns are one of those things we always want to talk about with our patients.

Chiropractic is not for everyone.

Well, chiropractors may not be for everyone.

There are certain types of patients that I don’t like treating.

I’m not particularly good with infant care or early toddler care, but I excel with adolescents, and I excel with kids like eight, nine, ten, and all the problems that happen in that change in life.

It’s not a matter that chiropractic is for everyone, the question is, does the condition the person has respond to care?

That’s what a professional is designed to tell you to do if chiropractic is appropriate for you or your child.

Then chiropractic is expensive.

Again, we get into this little game of comparing chiropractic to medicine.

Well, one day in the emergency room, one treatment costs more than ten years with chiropractic care.

There are studies by the RAND Corporation, as well as many, many other insurance industry overviews looking at the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic compared to medicine, and they’re not even on the same playing field.

Chiropractic is so much more cost-effective.

My last one, my favorite one is chiropractors aren’t real doctors, because I got a card here that says Dr. Eric Smith.

I paid money to get these printed up and everything.

All humor aside, chiropractors go through pretty much four years of pre-medical education, and then we go through four to five years of postgraduate studies.

Chiropractic is a separate educational system.

We have our colleges.

We have our accreditation, and these are all supervised by the state as well as the federal government.

Say that we’re not real doctors, in comparison to what?

We’re not medical doctors.

We’re not saying that we’re medical doctors.

We’re chiropractors, doctors of chiropractic. Pretty real here.