Many people are reluctant to visit a chiropractor for fear that the treatment will hurt, and some believe they’re only for those who are already injured. In reality, though, a chiropractor may help improve the alignment of the nervous system, soft tissue, and spine to keep you moving (and feeling) the way you should. Here, we’ll get to the bottom of some of the most common misconceptions about chiropractic care.
A Chiropractor’s Focus is Too Narrow
Although a chiropractor is indeed a spine specialist, they’re equally knowledgeable about the entire nervous system. The most effective chiropractors incorporate soft tissue therapy, spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, and other modalities in their treatment plans.
They’ll “Crack” Your Bones
Adjustment is a manual technique chiropractors use to restore joint function and reduce pain. Sometimes, these adjustments create audible popping or cracking noises, but there’s no need to worry. These sounds are made when the joint opens and releases built-up gas pressure. It only happens in dysfunctional joints, and it’s an indication that the treatment was a success.
It’s Possible to Self-Adjust
When joints become stiff and rigid, nearby joints may become hyper-mobile to make up for the decreased range of motion. Any movable joint can make the audible ‘pop’ we discussed above, making you think you’ve done the adjustment correctly. However, to restore the joint to full function, precise handling and proper positioning are required. Self-adjustment may provide temporary relief, but it sometimes lead to increased instability and injury risk. For safe and accurate adjustment, it’s best to seek professional help.
A chiropractic adjustment should never hurt. In most cases, patients feel a great sense of relief, but an initial adjustment may cause initial discomfort as the nervous system and the rest of the body become accustomed to changes in joint position. As they adapt, you’ll feel more like yourself.
A Chiropractor Isn’t a Healthcare Provider
Although chiropractors don’t hold medical degrees, they do have to undergo roughly six years of undergrad and graduate study before they get a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from a CCE-accredited school. No matter their area of focus, every chiropractor must take a licensing exam to get into practice, and, to keep that license, undergo regular continuing education.
Chiropractic Isn’t Kid-Friendly
As parents know, children grow quickly, and they’re more susceptible to trauma during rough play. Regular checkups during these crucial growth periods will prevent misalignment and future dysfunction. If conditions such as scoliosis and arthritis run in the family, it’s even more important to seek spinal care. With regular chiropractic visits, a child can grow with proper nerve development and function.
Once Chiropractic Care Starts, It Never Stops
This couldn’t be further from the truth! Your chiropractor, after a thorough examination, will make educated decisions and create an evidence-based program that works. After an initial issue is brought under control, regular chiropractic adjustments can (and should) become part of your healthy lifestyle.
It’s up to you, though; the better your diet and exercise program, the less care you’ll need. No matter whether you’re sedentary, lead an active lifestyle, or are under a great deal of stress, a monthly visit may help you reset your nervous system and live with less pain.
Everyone, no matter their age, can potentially benefit from regular chiropractic care. Frequent adjustments eliminate interference between the body and the nervous system, promoting proper function and movement. Chiropractic care is multifaceted, covering everything from soft tissue therapy and trigger point relief to nutritional counseling and therapeutic exercise. When it’s applied professionally and competently, it may just work for you.