Despite the millions of successful chiropractic adjustments delivered every year, many people still have preconceptions about chiropractic care. Some people think chiropractors are a level below MDs. There are even those who compare chiropractors to voodoo practitioners.
A lot of people are afraid or intimidated because of the term “spinal adjustments”. They think chiropractors crack bones and bend people in uncomfortable ways. There’s a deep-seated fear that the chiropractor might not really know what they are doing.
But it’s time to set aside these preconceptions—and today we will talk about why. Believe it or not, chiropractors do know what they’re doing when they are adjusting people’s spine. We all want the best, especially if our lives depend upon it. Even something “good” may not be good enough.
Here’s why alternative treatments, particularly chiropractic treatment, is more than good enough. For starters, chiropractors are trained to do exactly what they are doing. They spend years learning about the body and how to properly adjust it in a way that promotes natural healing. And before a chiropractor can operate, they need to get a license. They can’t obtain this license without proper education and training. And even when they obtain this license, they can only operate within the state they obtained the license from.
About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. This is because, among people seeking alternatives for back pain relief, most choose chiropractic treatment. Of the 22 million who visit chiropractors, 7.7 million are seeking relief from back pain from various causes such as accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. That’s 35 percent of the total number of chiropractic patients.
Other common complaints include neck pain, arm pain, leg pain, and headaches. The misconceptions surrounding chiropractic treatment are mostly based on the fact that many people don’t understand what it is. This is a hands-on approach that uses spinal manipulation, but chiropractors may also use other alternative treatments. The practice revolves around the understanding that the body can repair itself if it is in proper alignment. This is why chiropractors are equipped with an acute knowledge of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine.
They can adjust the body safely in a way that it will be able to heal itself without surgery or medication. It is also used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury, which is perfect for athletes with sports injuries or anyone who has ever been in an accident, like a car crash. The added mobility also helps prevent future injuries.
Speaking of athletes, chiropractic care can help improve their performance. Chiropractic care helps improve strength and flexibility, while also relaxing the patient—all of which can improve an athlete’s game. This is why many professional organizations have a sports chiropractor in their medical team.
Some people would say that a bad encounter with a chiropractor is what turned them off. But bad practitioners exist for every profession. There are bad lawyers, teachers, mechanics, and even doctors; surely, there will be a few bad chiropractors here and there. But it should not keep you away from the many benefits of chiropractic treatment. Look for a chiropractic clinic near you today and experience the health benefits of spinal manipulation.
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