Learn the Truth to Experience the Benefits
Over the last several decades, chiropractic care has become widely accepted as a natural, drug-free approach to pain relief from a variety of medical issues. Yet, many myths about the profession continue to persist, leading some patients to miss out on an opportunity to improve their health. We’ll take a look at the stigma that surrounds chiropractic medicine and debunk four common myths about the care you receive.
Don't let myths about chiropractic care stop you from getting the treatment you need to live a healthier, pain-free life. At Unruh Spine Center, our chiropractors focus on helping patients in Santa Clarita and surrounding areas meet their health goals. Contact us to set up your initial consultation today.
Myth 1: Once you start chiropractic care, you have to continue
First off, the choice you make for healthcare is yours and yours alone; you don’t have to do anything you don’t want. This misconception is that the benefits of chiropractic care are only temporary and that you’ll need to keep going for the rest of your life. The care you receive will depend on your unique situation.
For example, if you are working to recover from a sports injury, chiropractic care can help speed recovery while also managing pain while you heal. On the other hand, if you have a condition that causes chronic pain, you may need routine appointments to maintain flexibility, range of motion and minimize side effects. Each patient is different.
Just as you visit your dentist to get your teeth cleaned and cavities filled, chiropractic care can give you benefits that you can’t get on your own. Many patients schedule regular appointments because they feel better after their adjustments. Although we recommend regular adjustments, the choice is always yours.
Myth 2: Chiropractic care is not real medical care
This misconception stems from the mid-20th century when a group of physicians from the American Medical Association (AMA) publicity scorned chiropractic medicine and tried to eliminate the profession by portraying chiropractors as uneducated and unscientific charlatans. The curriculum for chiropractic students is actually quite rigid. According to the Center for Studies in Health Policy, Inc., chiropractors have more classroom educational hours with 4,485 when compared to medical doctors at 4,248.
Practitioners must earn a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from an accredited college and can be licensed as primary care doctors. They must also complete a residency and work with patients under the guidance of licensed chiropractors. When they have completed schooling, students must pass four sets of national board exams, plus a licensing exam in the state where they want to work. To maintain their license, chiropractic physicians must complete continuing education courses to ensure they remain current on the latest natural medicine practices and innovations.
Myth 3: You can adjust yourself by cracking your back or neck at home
Self-adjustments can be dangerous and can lead to arthritic conditions. You may feel a sense of relief when you try to crack yourself, but you’ll only create a nonspecific motion that only results in the classic cracking sound caused by an expansion of air and gas. Chiropractic adjustments are specific modifications of subluxations or joint misalignment. Never try to do one on your own.
Myth 4: Spinal adjustments are painful
Chiropractic adjustments rely heavily on spinal manipulation and adjustments. When performed by highly trained, licensed professionals, these adjustments are safe and should not hurt. The most difficult thing for many patients is getting over the idea that their adjustments will be painful, possibly because of the popping and cracking sounds that occur. These sounds simply come from the spine releasing carbon dioxide gas.
You may experience a feeling of surprise when your doctor performs an initial adjustment, but generally this will diminish over time. Some patients may feel soreness akin to a gym workout several hours after your appointment, as you’ll use muscles differently following an adjustment.
Learn More About Chiropractic Care in Santa Clarita
Chiropractic care encompasses much more than spinal adjustments. The licensed professionals at Unruh Spine Center focus on natural, non-invasive and evidence-based practices of disease prevention. Our chiropractic services can treat a wide range of conditions and improve overall health through a scope of treatment practices. Contact us to schedule your appointment to learn more about effective chiropractic care.