Chiropractic care is one of the most effective methods to alleviate pain in the musculoskeletal system. But despite years of ongoing studies, people still fear that undergoing chiropractic treatment may have dangerous effects on their well-being, or that chiropractors are not actual doctors and only undergo a limited period of training before practicing. Below are 4 of the most common myths about chiropractic care, debunked.
It is very painful
Even though some people may fear that joint manipulation may be extremely painful, after visiting the chiropractor, many people realize it is quite the contrary. Immediate pain relief has been reported even after the first visit, and their condition would only get better and better. What many people fear is the so-called “cracking and popping” that they may hear during adjustment. In reality, the sound is produced by the release of gas bubbles that accumulate in the joints, kind of the same way that would happen when you crack your knuckles. Some people do experience some sort of discomfort during the procedure, but nothing on the lines of not being able to walk or continue with your normal activities.
It can have damaging side effects
Another common misconception about chiropractic care is that it can leave serious damage after, and some people may even believe it can result in a stroke. There have been a series of studies conducted on patients, to prove that, apart from some mild sensations that some patients may experience for a very short period of time, there is nothing to fear. Amongst those side effects, one can feel a light headache, fatigue or local discomfort. Those effects go away shortly after the procedure, and you can carry on with your day.
It is a life-long treatment
Although some people who suffer from severe affections in the musculoskeletal system may have to go to the chiropractor for a long period of time, it does not mean that it always has to be this way. When you first meet with the chiropractor, they will perform a physical examination and discuss about your medical history. “Only after consulting you, will the doctor be able to recommend a treatment plan that could last anywhere from a few weeks to a few years. Some people acknowledge the benefits that chiropractic care has on their body and decide to keep continuing care long after their condition has been improved. But this is a decision that belongs to the patient and the patient only.” explains an expert from Rolling Hills Medical.
Chiropractors are not real doctors
Many people believe that chiropractors nave not actually graduated medical school, and are not actually called doctors. This could not be further from the truth, as they actually need to complete 8 years of higher education before they can get their license for practice. They must first finish 4 years of undergraduate education, after which they graduate with a pre-med major. To get their license, they must then attend a chiropractic graduate program, which translates into 4 more years of education. They will graduate with the title of Doctor of Chiropractic, after 4,200 hours of class, just as many as any other medical doctors.