Myth #1: Chiropractors only treat the spine
Chiropractors specialize in a range of musculoskeletal conditions. These conditions include the lower and upper extremities. Chiropractic education focuses on the musculoskeletal system giving them extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The education chiropractors receive covers injuries, disorders, or dysfunction of bones, joints, tendons, and muscles. Their education makes them great candidates to treat more injuries than just the spine.
Myth #2: Once you come in for your first visit, you’ll have to go the rest of your life
Although some enjoy going to the chiropractor weekly or monthly, this is NOT a requirement of chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is great for any acute flare-ups or chronic pain. The goal is to get you out of pain and once you are back into function you should be dismissed from care. Wellness visits are common and sometimes encouraged to avoid future flare-ups, but they are not required. The number of visits it takes for you to get better from chiropractic care will vary depending on your injury and how long you have had symptoms. Going to a sports chiropractor who offers therapeutic exercises can provide long-term relief with a decreased likelihood of pain reoccurring.
Myth #3: You have to get adjusted when you see a chiropractor
Chiropractors have training in multiple forms of therapy including soft tissue work, light joint mobilizations, therapeutic exercise, lifestyle modifications, ergonomic modification, and compensation patterns. Each one of those listed does not involve adjusting your joints. The type of care you receive depends on your preferences, symptoms, and what you are comfortable with. Chiropractors can help you reach your goals and help you get out of pain without using any form of joint manipulation or adjustments. Make sure you talk to your chiropractor about what types of treatment they can offer you and what you are comfortable with.
Myth #4: Chiropractors “aren’t real doctors”
Becoming a chiropractor requires 3-4 years of undergraduate studies, a doctorate from a chiropractic college including a clinical internship, passing four separate standardized board exams, and obtaining a state license. This process is what makes a chiropractor a doctor. Chiropractors are trained in first aid and emergency management and receive very similar education to medical doctors. The main difference in our education is that chiropractors have an emphasis on anatomy and nutrition, while medical doctors have more emphasis on pharmacology and public health.