For years, plaguing chiropractic are the misconceptions about treatment styles, education and the effectiveness of this type of therapy. Despite the numerous amounts of satisfied patients who praise the practice highly, myths about chiropractors fail to go away. In this article, we share with you the most common concerns asked of us each day about chiropractors and their treatment style, and we debunk the most popular yet untrue myths plaguing our industry.
Myth: Cracking is all a chiropractor can do
Spinal manipulation is a treatment style chiropractors specialise in, distinct from other therapies. However, this is just one treatment method utilised by chiropractors, and we implore other mobility and exercise-based treatments to complement spinal manipulation, when applicable. These treatments include exercise from strength and conditioning, stretching and massage, advice on activity and lifestyle choices, and referring you to other services relevant to your condition, such as a podiatrist.
Myth: You only see a chiropractor for back pain
This popular misconception has been persistent within the chiropractic field for many years, and we are happy to confirm it’s completely untrue. The range of issues chiropractors can treat is vast and includes headache and migraine treatment, hip pain, problems with sciatica, neck pain, postural issues and any other pain, or preventative treatment, relating to the musculoskeletal system.
Myth: Chiropractic treatment is painful
The majority of people feel little to no pain from chiropractic manipulation and treatment. As this style of therapy is designed to help relieve pain or work on preventative conditions, patients can feel relief from prolonged discomfort and years of suffering. As we mentioned earlier, manipulation isn’t the only style of treatment a chiropractor offers, and if you’re hesitant about this approach, open communication with your therapist is best.
Myth: Once you start, you can’t stop
Like any medical and therapeutical treatment, how much you need to see your chiropractor is entirely up to you and the therapist. Most people who attend regular sessions with their chiropractor are usually working on preventative care, or continuing a practise their body responds positively from. However, there are no obligations to return to see your chiropractor, nor are there any reasons to suggest you need long term, ongoing sessions.
We understand visiting a chiropractor for the first time can be daunting, and we do everything possible to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Contact us at Melville Wellness, here in Perth, to discuss your treatment options!