At Mauricio Chiropractic, our goal is to help patients distinguish between the truth and common misconceptions that often plague chiropractic care. Unfortunately, if a myth is widespread, it can be accepted as fact, even if it is lacking proper evidence.
Here is a glimpse at some of the top myths our experts have encountered over the course of their careers. Let’s dissect these myths and provide the truth.
Myth #1: Chiropractic Physicians Are Less Educated Than “Real” Doctors
A common myth is that chiropractors do not undergo a significant amount of training.
In fact, they typically complete about 8 years of higher education before they are licensed.
They usually graduate with a pre-med major after having taken courses in sciences, such as biology, chemistry, psychology, and physics.
They then attend a chiropractic graduate program. On average, these involve 4 years of education with a total of 4,485 instructional hours in course credits while medical students receive around 4,248 hours.
Both Doctors and Chiropractors have to successfully complete National Board Exams prior to obtaining a license. Continuing education is then required to maintain a high level of competency and to stay up to date on the latest research and techniques for both Doctorate degrees.
Myth #2: Chiropractors Only Treat Back Pain
Chiropractors are known for treating back pain, but the root of chiropractic care is much deeper than that. Chiropractic care is used to resolve or manage a variety of health conditions such as:
- Acute and chronic pain
- Chronic gastrointestinal infections
- Autoimmune disorders
- Pregnancy-related pain
Myth #3: Chiropractic Medicine is Only for Adults
Some parents fear that chiropractic care is unsafe or unnecessary for children. However, chiropractic care can be very helpful for both children and babies.
Childhood is the stage in life where you grow, learn, explore, and play, resulting in a lot of stress on the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care can help children develop wellness from within and prevent many ailments that present during childhood, for example:
- Ear Infections
- Common Colds
- Bowel Issues
- Growth Pains
- Athletic Injuries
Myth #4: Chiropractic Adjustments Are Dangerous
One of the most common sources of contention regarding chiropractic treatments is safety. Chiropractic adjustments are safe when performed by a Doctor of Chiropractic Care, but can be dangerous when performed by another healthcare professional that is less trained in the area of expertise.
Chiropractic adjustments are actually among the safest and most effective ways to treat back and neck pain.
The result of injury following chiropractic treatment is less than 0.01% according to medical studies. This compares with a much higher risk of invasive procedures involving injections, medications, and surgeries.
Myth #5: You Will Have To Continue Chiropractic Care For The Rest Of Your Life
A dentist will most likely recommend regular checkups to help their patients prevent cavities and gum disease. Just like a dentist, a chiropractor will promote preventative care to help his patients avoid pain, disease, and illness.
The preventative approach in healthcare has gained large support in the medical community as it has proved to be cost and health-effective in the long term.
Regular chiropractic checkups are safe, convenient, quick, and natural and will prevent health problems in the future.
Chiropractic Care in Orlando, FL | Mauricio Chiropractic
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