Despite the millions of safe and effective adjustments delivered by chiropractors every year, there are still many myths surrounding the viability of spinal adjustments. People tend to be a skeptic in terms of alternative treatment methods, even though they can be very helpful.
And so we will bust some of the most common myths that are keeping people from getting chiropractic care when they need it.
The first and perhaps the most controversial myth concerning chiropractors is that they do not undergo proper, certified training. But in reality, becoming a chiropractor takes five years of university study, which encompasses a double bachelor’s degree and more than 1,600 hours of clinical work.
Complete A Degree
Aspiring chiropractors first need to complete a three-year Bachelor of Science degree. This introduces them to human biological sciences and preliminary chiropractic units which will help them later on. Then they progress onto their second degree, a Bachelor of Clinical Chiropractic, which takes two more years.
Students learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of various disorders. That includes muscle abnormalities, joint abnormalities, and other related pain syndromes.
So this ties into the next common myth that we will address: and that’s the myth that chiropractors only crack backs. Chiropractors understand the entire musculoskeletal system. They know how the spine works in line with the rest of the body. They understand this complex relationship.
Chiropractors have an in-depth understanding of how the spine and related structures, including soft tissue, joints, muscles, etc. They treat patients through mobilization, strengthening and conditioning exercises, stretching, massage, and application of therapeutic modalities. They perform these based on what the patient needs. Chiropractors also provide lifestyle advice to help clients live healthily.
In addition to treating neck and back pain, they are also trained to help patients suffering from certain types of headache and migraine, whiplash-related injuries, and musculoskeletal pain in the upper and lower limbs.
Chiropractic Therapy Works
Another myth is that there’s no proof that chiropractic therapy works. Chiropractic treatment includes a variety of evidence-based treatments for musculoskeletal pain.
A 2018 review published in The Spine Journal references numerous studies spanning 17 years which involved spinal manipulation. The review found that chiropractic methods were viable options for pain management for those suffering from chronic lower back pain.
A similar study published by NCBI revealed that 93 percent of patients suffering from chronic whiplash syndrome improved after receiving chiropractic treatment. The National Centre for Biotechnology cited preliminary evidence that suggests spinal manipulative therapy is beneficial for patients with back-related leg pain. Another study by the NCBI released in 2010 showed that spinal manipulation is effective in treating both migraines and headaches.
Visit a chiropractic clinic near you today and learn more about how spinal manipulation works. It’s safe, it’s painless, and it provides pain relief and comfort for many people all around the world. The best part is that it does not have side effects because it makes use of an all-natural approach. There are no medications involved—only safe adjustments meant to mobilize and relieve your joints, muscles, and the rest of your body.
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