Four Myths About Chiropractic Care and the Reality Behind Them

Many people are put off visiting a chiropractor because they do not understand what is involved. If any of the myths below seem familiar, it might be time to look a little deeper and find out how a chiropractor could help you.

Lack of training

The first myth is that chiropractors do not have the same kind of medical knowledge and training as other healthcare professionals. This could not be further from the truth. A chiropractor will generally spend several years studying at a university or other approved institution, and much of this study will be very similar to that of medical doctors. Your chiropractor will have the same knowledge of human physiology as your doctor, as well as the specialist knowledge they need for their own practice.


A second myth is that chiropractic care is a very painful form of therapy because of its rough, hands-on nature. The reality is that chiropractic adjustments are very gentle. The treatment is more akin to a massage than a beating, and you should go away feeling refreshed and with a sense of well-being. Some people are also afraid of cracking noises, but in fact, the most you should hear is a small pop of gas as your body is realigned correctly. There will be no scary noise and no pain during your session.

Limited scope

The third myth is that chiropractic adjustments are only carried out on the spine and that other areas of the body are untreatable. There are two problems with this idea. For one thing, the area where you are feeling pain may not be where the problem is — spinal adjustments could help cure pain elsewhere in the body. And in any case, chiropractors work on all your joints. Your jaw, shoulder, wrists, hips and ankles are all areas where a chiropractor can help.

Lifelong commitment

Lastly, some people are worried that once they start with chiropractic treatment, they will have to continue it for life. In fact, there are sound reasons for having a regular preventative session to keep your body functioning at its best, but this is not necessary. A single visit to a chiropractor can relieve your pain, and there will be no need to return unless you want to — which is highly likely!

The best way to counter any misinformation on the subject is to talk to your chiropractor and bring them any concerns you have. They will soon allay your fears, and you will be able to take your first step towards lifelong health.

To schedule an appointment, call a local chiropractor