Whilst chiropractic care can be life-changing for people with chronic symptoms such as hip pain, neck pain or frequent headaches, there are a number of myths in circulation that often prevent people from seeking treatments that could help them.
To address this, we’ve debunked a selection of the most common misconceptions surrounding chiropractic services:
Myth #1: Chiropractic care is painful
Whilst the idea of a chiropractic adjustment may sound painful, this is simply not the case. Indeed, chiropractors are highly trained to gently manipulate the skeletal and muscular system, often providing patients with instant relief from pain.
Myth #2: Chiropractic treatments are dangerous
Unlike many other forms of medical treatment, chiropractic care is minimally invasive and very safe. Compared to pain management strategies such as anti-inflammatory drug regimes or steroids, for example, chiropractic treatments carry very few risks and side effects.
Myth #3: Once you start visiting the chiropractor, you’ll be signed up for life
The idea that chiropractic care is only a long-term option is misguided. Whilst some patients do indeed find ongoing care beneficial for their overall health and wellbeing, many choose to come in for a few visits to address an acute symptom or set of symptoms.
Newcomers to the world of chiropractic care can rest assured that their chiropractor will talk them through their options before drawing up a treatment plan and timetable.
Myth #4: Chiropractors are less qualified than medical doctors
Chiropractors are required to study for many years at undergraduate and postgraduate level in much the same way that medical doctors are. Indeed, the notion that chiropractic professionals are somehow less educated or trustworthy than other healthcare professionals is based on incorrect assumptions about the value and efficacy of natural healing options.
Myth #5: Chiropractors only treat back pain
Whilst back pain is a very common condition that chiropractors come across frequently, it is not the only issue they are able to treat. Indeed, chiropractic care covers a wide range of chronic and acute conditions such as joint stiffness and pain, fatigue, headaches and migraines, and even chronic gastrointestinal issues.