Myths About Chiropractic Care
Despite the growing popularity of chiropractic methods to alleviate the symptoms of musculoskeletal problems, a number of myths still persist, which can dissuade some people from undergoing the treatments.
- Adjustments are painful.
The majority of chiropractic adjustments are not painful, and can actually provide immediate relief of pain. Cracking sounds can often occur but this is not harmful, and is thought to supply be the release of gas that has built up in the joint.
- Chiropractors only treat back pain.
Many people who see a chiropractor do have back pain, which means that the majority of the work they do is treating this condition. Back and neck pain, along with whiplash injuries, are the most common reasons to visit a chiropractor. However, it can also be used to treat problems with other joints, such as shoulders, elbows and ankles.
- Chiropractors are not real doctors.
The undergraduate study that chiropractors undertake is the same as those entering any other field of medicine, and this is followed by four years of specialist training. Like medical doctors, they must be registered with the appropriate Council, licensed and are also required to undergo professional development training on an annual basis, in order to maintain this registration.
Chiropractic treatment is not just “cracking bones”, as the common misconception claims; diagnostic methods such as X-rays will be used where necessary to identify the issues and find the best approach to treatment for each individual patient.
- The treatment is not effective.
Since chiropractors are often seen as less legitimate than practitioners of other branches of medicine, people often question whether it not it even works. There is now a considerable body of evidence to support the use of chiropractic treatment, and it is often recommended as the first step in addressing both acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
- Once you start chiropractic treatment, you have to keep going.
The recommended treatment for each patient will vary depending on their exact condition. Some patients will find that only a few sessions give the relief they were looking for, while others take longer. Some choose to have regular chiropractic check-ups, as with many other health conditions. As the patient, it will always be your decision whether or not to continue.
Chiropractic First offers treatment for neck and back issues, including scoliosis and slipped discs, and can also be helpful in relieving persistent headaches. Clinics are located around the UK, with practices in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.