Top Ten Chiropractic Myths

Myth #1: Bones Grind Against Each Other During Adjustment

The sound often mistaken for grinding or ‘cracking’ while practicing chiropractic adjustments isn’t because your bones are grinding against each other. The bone and socket naturally have slight opening in the joint space, which when adjusted releases gas within that gap. Our goal at Morgan Creek Family Chiropractic is to minimize pain and rejuvenate restricted-movement areas, so that muscle spasms are eliminated. One of the most well known and common chiropractic techniques involves an adjustment or manipulation of the spine or extremity joints, which is the point of connection between two bones. This is the most effective and non-invasive procedure done manually by skilled chiropractors.

Myth #2: You Have To Go On with Chiropractic Care For The Rest Of Your Life

This myth is also often termed as ‘Chiropractic care can be addictive’. The truth of the matter is that those patients who visit a Chiropractor regularly see a vast improvement in their health and have their pain eliminated thus leading a healthier lifestyle. However, our chiropractor will always personalize your chiropractic plan based on the diagnosis. Our care and service is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition and exercise. We leave it up to the patient’s choice to continue or not.

Myth #3: Chiropractors Are Not Considered As Mainstream Doctors

This has got to be one of the most popular myths out there and is definitely not true. One of the 5 health professionals legally entitled to use the title of ‘doctor’ before their name are Chiropractors. Chiropractic students receive 4,485 hours of college classroom instructions versus 4,248 hours for other medical students. Prior to entering Chiropractic College, the student requires 2-4 years of undergraduate studies. Once that is done, there are 4-5 academic years of studies at a recognized chiropractic college. This includes extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, radiology, differential diagnosis, chiropractic adjustive techniques, biomechanics, and other health-related studies. In addition, prior to graduation each student must successfully complete several hundred clinical hours of “real” patient management in a clinical setting under professional supervision. Near or soon after graduation, the new doctors of chiropractic must successfully complete painstaking National and State Board examinations before a license to practice chiropractic can be obtained. It is also required that chiropractors receive annual continuing education to ensure that a high level of competency is maintained. To find out more about Dr. Raji Grewal and her expertise, please contact Morgan Creek Family Chiropractic.

Myth #4: Chiropractic Is Only For Adults

Chiropractic care and wellness adjustments are beneficial for everyone. Newborns to senior citizens have all benefited from chiropractic care. Many research projects show chiropractic care being helpful for colic, ear infections, erratic sleeping habits, bedwetting, scoliosis, “growing pains” and many other common childhood health problems. It has also shown that children under the care of chiropractors have a stronger immunity system and are less susceptible to colds and infections. Young athletes especially participating in contact or recreational sports benefit from chiropractic care. Even the most minor of injuries must be addressed correctly in order to ensure they don’t cause any problems later in the future.

Myth #5: Chiropractors Treat Back Pain Only

Chiropractic care has seen many successful results in treating a number of non-soft tissue conditions such as Post Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), ulcers, migraines, and ear infections in children. While these conditions aren’t cured by chiropractic, many patients treated by Chiropractors have felt almost instant relief from these malaises. Many chiropractors believe that these problems can be caused by disruptions in the nervous system as a result of spinal abnormalities. Consequently, corrections of these spinal abnormalities have helped thousands of individuals to overcome these conditions and regain control of their lives. While back pain is the most common reason for a visit to the chiropractor, treatment for all joint pains can be found, as well as conditions such as tendonopathies, osteoarthritis, ligamentous sprains, and chronic pain syndromes. Recent studies have found that chiropractic care addresses all these issues and is usually the most suitable first line of treatment.

Myth #6: Chiropractic Care Is Costly

The truth of the matter is that chiropractic treatment is in fact cost-effective. It is actually much more affordable compared to major surgical procedures and medications. In 2008, the Ontario Government in Canada published a report titled “A Study to Examine the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low-back Pain”. This report provides compelling evidence to prove that chiropractic services are significantly more affordable than conventional medical treatments. Not only this, but people who have integrated chiropractic care into their lifestyle are living proof of how regular chiropractic care provides excellent health and prevents medication conditions related to aging. Most extended health care insurance plans cover chiropractic care.

Myth #7: Adjustments Cause Pain

One of the reasons why many people integrate chiropractic into their lifestyle is because adjustments don’t hurt. Most patients visit Chiropractors complaining of aches and pains but after treatment walk out pain free. However, if an injury is being addressed, there might be some discomfort, but not pain. The sensation is similar to putting pressure on a bruise or sore muscles after an extensive workout. Dr. Raji uses the latest techniques that are non-invasive and gentle.

Myth #8: Cervical Manipulation May Cause Stroke

No scientific evidence supports this myth. In fact, researchers have estimated that the chance of having a stroke after a chiropractic adjustment is about 1 in 8,000,000. If this is true, you are at a greater risk of being struck by lightning or dying from taking an aspirin than being seriously injured by chiropractic treatments

Myth #9: Chiropractic Care Is Unscientific

The nature of chiropractic adjustments may be “low-tech” compared to other medical practices. However, you should not under estimate the effectiveness of chiropractic care. It is scientific with growing number of studies suggesting chiropractic approach to eradicate nerve disturbance along the spine and also boost the ability of the brain and nervous system. There are many published research documents which prove positive results in chiropractic care especially on asthma, infantile colic, immune function, dysmenorrheal (menstrual cramps), lower back pain, improving vision and brain function. The ICL (Index to Chiropractic Literature) offers compelling evidence and the most recent literature published in chiropractic care and manual medicine.

Myth #10: It’s Safe to Crack Your Back By Yourself

A chiropractor has over 4 years of medical and educational training. Additionally, Chiropractors continuously educate and practice to maintain their professional license. In the absence of this training and education, it is virtually impossible to safely adjust your own back. Without proper adjustment, you’re bound to do more harm than good to yourself. Even though the cracking sound might be heard, it doesn’t mean the right joint has been manipulated properly.

To find out more if Chiropractic is the right treatment for you, please call Dr.Raji and book a consultation at 604.385.2020