Despite the countless cases in which chiropractic treatment has alleviated a patient’s pain, increased mobility and improved the patient’s overall wellness, there are still a number of myths surrounding this form of treatment. Today, I want to clear up a few of the most common misconceptions that I hear about chiropractic treatment. If you are on the fence about visiting a chiropractor, hopefully this will help to put your mind at ease and make an informed decision.
Myth #1: Chiropractors Aren’t “Real” Doctors
While it’s true that there are distinctions between doctors of chiropractic and medical doctors, this does not diminish the fact that chiropractors are doctors. They are highly trained, and many complete pre-med degrees prior to obtaining their doctor of chiropractic degree.
If you are concerned about the qualifications of a specific chiropractor, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Find out where he or she studied and what degrees they have obtained. Just like any doctor, your chiropractor is someone that you should trust and feel comfortable with.
Myth #2: Chiropractic Treatment is Painful
Whether you’re dealing with an aching back, a stiff neck or any other type of pain or discomfort, the idea of being physically adjusted may seem less than appealing. Hearing other people talk about having their chiropractor “crack” their back isn’t very comforting either. But in reality, chiropractic treatment generally is not painful.
During treatment, you may feel a bit of discomfort or experience the “hurts so good” sensation, but these should be mild and generally lead to almost immediate pain relief and improved mobility. Also, your chiropractor will pay close attention to your non-verbal cues during your treatment and ease up if you seem to be experiencing pain. Of course, you are also encouraged to communicate with your chiropractor about how you are feeling during treatment.
Myth #3: Chiropractic Treatment is a Lifelong Commitment
When seeing a chiropractor to seek relief for a specific ailment, your treatment plan will likely only include a few sessions. Though the exact number of recommended appointments will vary based on the nature of your problem and your intended outcome, you don’t need to be concerned about having to continue seeing a chiropractor for the rest of your life. For most chiropractors, the ultimate goal is to treat the underlying condition that is causing your pain and discomfort so that you do not need future treatment
That being said, maintenance treatment can be very beneficial, especially for athletes and those who experience repetitive injuries. Seeing a chiropractor once in a while for maintenance adjustments is a good way to prevent problems before they occur.
At WellCore Health and Chiropractic, we are passionate about providing comprehensive chiropractic care that helps our patients get back to living their lives like they did before their pain started. If you have any questions about chiropractic care or you would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (503) 648-6997.