Unlike other types of doctors on television shows and in the news, you don’t often see chiropractors in the spotlight. There are many misconceptions about what chiropractic is and how chiropractors help patients get and stay well. Though our work often remains behind the scenes, there are many patients that can benefit from seeing a chiropractor.
Here are 5 things that you probably didn’t know about chiropractic:
1. Chiropractic treatments work for people of all ages.
Chiropractic treatments are not just for one age group. Chiropractic care can benefit seniors by relieving pain, restoring range of motion and increasing coordination and balance. Chiropractors also treat children and can help with a variety of symptoms such as colic, asthma, and allergies. Many chiropractors can also help assist with bed-wetting issues and some behavioral problems in children.
2. You don’t have to go to the chiropractor for the rest of your life.
It’s a common myth that once you start regular chiropractic treatments, you’ll have to continue to go for the rest of your life. The truth is, after your symptoms have been relieved, your chiropractor won’t expect you to make continuous visits other than occasional check-ups, much like a dentist. Of course, many people choose to make their visits more regular as they find benefits in weekly or monthly maintenance visits.
3. Athletes don’t just use chiropractors for the occasional injury.
In addition to treatment for injuries, many athletes see a chiropractor regularly to perform better and stay healthy. As movement specialists, chiropractors have helped top athletes and sports teams prevent injuries, speed up recovery, and improve balance and coordination. Seeing a chiropractor for more than just the occasional injury helps give athletes the competitive edge.
4. Chiropractic adjustments don’t hurt.
Many people who have not been to the chiropractor imagine painful, bone-snapping adjustments. In reality, new patients often find that adjustments are gentler than they first anticipated. The sound an adjustment makes can sometimes be off-putting, but this sound is just the result of gasses being released from the joint capsule when space is created in the joint during adjustment.
5. Chiropractors know more than just the spine.
It’s a common misconception that chiropractors only know about backbones. Many chiropractors screen for issues that are not related to the spine and refer to other specialists when necessary. As part of a total health package, chiropractors also give advice on nutrition and fitness, and they can specialize in areas like sports rehabilitation, neurology, pediatrics, and nutrition.
Hopefully, this list helps clear up a couple of common misconceptions you may have had about seeing a chiropractor. Ultimately, chiropractic treatment benefits more than just the person with chronic back pain or the athlete with serious injuries. A number of people visit the chiropractor regularly as part of maintaining their total wellness.