Common Myths about Chiropractic Care
Some people are afraid to try alternative treatment methods, and that seems to be especially true of
chiropractic care. Their reluctance is probably due to the misconceptions and outright myths that seem to swirl
around chiropractic. Four of the more common myths about chiropractic care are addressed below.
Myth No. 1: Chiropractic Treatments are Painful
Far from it. In fact, chiropractic care typically is pain-free. Many patients feel immediate relief and relaxed
following their treatments. Some even describe the experience as being similar to having a massage. Some patients
that have been struggling with long-term neck or back pain might feel some discomfort, but even they become more
relaxed and comfortable as their treatments continue over time.
Most adult chiropractic patients look forward to their treatments. And while children may feel some apprehension
or outright fear at the beginning, chiropractic treatments administered to infants and kids are usually
Depending on the condition and which areas are affected, a chiropractic treatment session can last anywhere
between 30 and 60 minutes. Patients might feel some discomfort or mild pain, which can vary with their individual
ability to tolerate pain and the severity of their condition.
Myth No. 2: Chiropractic Treatments are Risky or Even Dangerous
In fact, chiropractic adjustments are considered to be one of the safest types of treatments for back and neck
dysfunctions and pain. Spinal manipulation only rarely leads to severe complications, and most doctors recommend
trying it before considering surgery. Chiropractic care is also considered to be an initial treatment option before
a patient resorts to steroids, antidepressants or other strong medications.
Myth No. 3: Compared to Medical Doctors, Chiropractors are not as Capable
A very rigorous, thorough and demanding education and training regimen must be successfully completed by all
chiropractors. Aspiring chiropractors begin by studying two to four years as an undergraduate, and then complete
four to five years of specialized coursework at a chiropractic college. With the exception of subjects such as
pharmacology and surgery, chiropractic coursework is actually quite similar to the courses taken by medical
doctors. After successfully completing the program at their chiropractic college, these highly-trained
professionals are well-schooled in subjects such as radiology, differential diagnosis, pathology, biomechanics,
physiology, chiropractic adjustment techniques and other health-related topics. Despite all this education, their
qualification is doubly-ensured by State and National Board Examinations. In addition, all chiropractors must
complete continuing education coursework on a regular basis.
Myth No. 4: Chiropractic Care is Expensive
Chiropractic treatment is not only effective, it's also extremely cost-effective. It can be far less pricey than
undergoing expensive major medical interventions such as surgery. It's also less expensive than being on a
long-term medication regimen. Chiropractic patients discover that their treatments actually reduce their overall
healthcare expenses, including costs for prescription medications, inpatient care and health care programs.
Chiropractic evaluation sessions don't last long, and they're also inexpensive. Depending on their condition,
patients might only need to visit their chiropractors a few times each year. Once patients have successfully
completed a treatment program, they can decide whether they'll continue with that treatment or just go in for
Chiropractic preventive programs can also be used to help patients eliminate spine, neck and back problems
before their condition progresses and more significant interventions are required.