Chiropractic medicine is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders and pain in the musculoskeletal system.
In the last few decades, chiropractic care has become widely more popular in the general medical community. However, there are still some pervasive myths that may steer someone away from benefiting from chiropractic treatments.
Let’s bust some myths with somechiropractic care factsto help you better understand how a chiropractor can help you.
Myth #1: Bed Rest Is The Best Treatment For Back Pain
While getting plenty of rest is important if you’ve sustained an injury, staying in bed for an extended period of time isn’t always the best treatment for back pain.
When you don’t get enough movement, you lose muscle strength and flexibility. This can actually make your back pain worse over time. If back pain is getting in the way of you getting exercise, you may want to consider some of these tips to help you get back on your feet and moving:
- Hot/Cold Therapy: This helps to relax muscles and reduce painful inflammation. You can use muscle rubs or ice/heat packs at home.
- Low Impact Activities: This includes walking, yoga and rowing. Low impact activities help you build strength and spinal stability.
- Chiropractic adjustments/massage: Your chiropractor can perform adjustments to your spinal alignment that can help relieve muscle, tendon and ligament tension that may be causing you trouble. On top of in-clinic treatments, your chiropractor can advise you on lifestyle adjustments to reduce future injury.
Myth #2: Chiropractors Are Not “Real Doctors”
Chiropractors do not have an MD (medical degree). However, they are doctors of chiropractic care.
To become a chiropractor, one must have 4 years of undergraduate education (typically a pre-med major) before attending graduate-level health colleges to understand and treat disorders of the nerves, bones, muscles, and connective tissues. While chiropractors are mostly recognized for treating back pain, your chiropractor can treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders without the use of invasive procedures or drugs.
Myth #3: Adjustments Are Painful
A question we come across online is: “Can chiropractic care hurt you?”
There are always some risks involved with any treatment or procedure. However, with chiropractic care, the risks are very low.
Chiropractic adjustments might sound scarier than they really are. You may hear the odd pop of a joint. However, there is very little to no pain involved in any treatment plan.
Some adjustments may leave you feeling some discomfort and soreness. It’s a familiar feeling you can expect after a strenuous session at the gym, — and it’s nothing that should cause you alarm.
With a little rest and hydration, you can get back to your usual activities the next day.
Myth #4: After The First Visit, You’ll Need To Visit a Chiropractor Forever
Our chiropractic care goal is to have our patients feel better leaving our clinic than when they first arrived.
It’s true that, depending on your condition, you may need multiple treatments for your full movement rehabilitation. However, it’s not our intention to have you addicted to chiropractic care.
Chiropractors don’t just treat the pain. We investigate the underlying cause for your ailment because without first identifying the cause, it’s likely to return, often much worse than before.
Each body responds differently to treatment, which is why we work closely with our patients to accurately diagnose their condition, plan treatments, and educate them to take their health into their own hands.
Myth #5: Chiropractic Treatments Are Expensive
Everyone’s situation for health costs will differ, depending on their condition.
Chiropractic costs can vary depending on the treatment types. Your chiropractor can review and discuss the cost of your treatment, based on your individual needs and work within your budget.
However, if you’re comparing chiropractic treatments to other long-term care from doctors or specialists, you end up paying significantly less when considering the potential costs of medication, physiotherapy and any other long-term treatment plans down the line.
Most health insurance plans cover chiropractic treatments. Clinics do their best to make it convenient for you by offering direct billing options.
The Bottom Line On Chiropractic Myths
We hope this article has cleared up any apprehensions you might have had about visiting a chiropractor for your movement rehabilitation and pain management.
Chiropractic care is a drug-free and non-invasive option for those suffering from musculoskeletal problems.
If you’re committed to living a healthier life and want to ensure your body thrives well into old age, your chiropractor is an excellent source of information on how to get you there.
Chiropractic care involves manual treatments, prescribed exercise routines and general wellness guidance individualized to your goals.
Take action to a healthier life by booking an appointment at Kilian Chiropractic today.