Chiropractic has become a popular and commonly sought after service for people in pain. As with every increasingly popular industry, there have been quite a few myths about chiropractic that many people believe as fact. Keep reading to find out if any of the following four myths about chiropractic have kept you from seeing your local chiropractor.
4 Common Chiropractic Care Myths
Once I start chiropractic, I can never stop.
As chiropractors, we understand where this myth comes from, but no one is forcing our patients at Divine Spine to keep coming back. Try looking at this myth from a different perspective. Instead of viewing chiropractic as a treatment for a condition, imagine it as a technique for health maintenance, because that’s really what chiropractic is. Sure, we help our patients conquer their pain and other complaints, but the core goal of chiropractic is to promote and maintain optimal wellness within the neuromuscular and nervous systems. You don’t only go to the dentist one time, right? Of course not! Regular dental visits are imperative to proper oral health maintenance just as regular chiropractic visits will keep your body healthy.
That being said, many people utilize chiropractic on a need by need basis, visiting the local chiropractor only when they have a specific complaint. This is fine, too! We at Divine Spine are here for you when you need us.
Chiropractic adjustments are painful.
For the vast majority of chiropractic patients, chiropractic adjustments are relieving, not painful. What the chiropractor is doing during an adjustment is resetting the joints in your body-usually your spine-into proper position in order to promote optimal functioning within your neuromuscular and nervous systems. For a very rare group, this may cause some discomfort, but the type of pain reported itself is described as relieving as well. Have you or someone else ever put pressure on one of your knotted muscles until the area began to throb in gratifying agony? This “hurts so good” type of pain is what patients may experience during an adjustment. This type of pain is usually brief and may lead to significant pain relief.
Chiropractic is just for back pain.
If you think a spinal misalignment will only affect your back, take a minute to consider what the spinal cord is. Your spine is not just a row of bones joined together. These bones have a purpose: to protect your central nervous system, which is responsible for allowing all other parts of your body to communicate with your brain. It stands to reason, then, that a spinal misalignment could cause pain or other complaints in any part of the body, not just the back. The muscles in the back can also cause pain in the arms, hips, etc. by moving your joints out of position.
Chiropractic care isn’t for me.
If you visit your local chiropractor with the expectation that it won’t make any difference, your brain may prevent your body from experiencing the full benefits of chiropractic care! Here’s our advice: come in once with an open mind. If you think chiropractic care won’t work for you because you’re too old, too young, too this, or too that, we want to encourage you to come on in anyway. Chiropractic is truly for everyone. With the many aspects of chiropractic care from adjustments to lifestyle and nutrition guidance, you’re bound to experience the benefits for yourself if only you give it a try.
Are you ready to try chiropractic care? Contact our experienced and trusted Edmonton chiropractor at Divine Spine. We can be reached via phone or our online contact form. Visit this page to learn about even more chiropractic care myths!