Tell your friends and family that you’re seeing a chiropractor, and you’re bound to run across a few skeptics. Chiropractic care isn’t always easy to explain or understand. It isn’t like taking a pill or having surgery. It’s about calming the nervous system, removing toxins and natural healing. That’s why there’s a lot of misinformation out there. So in the interest of spreading the truth, today we’ve decided to debunk some common myths about chiropractors…
- Chiropractors Only Treat Back Pain
Chiropractors treat a full range of symptoms and conditions. We provide treatment for arthritis, accident-related injuries, sports-related injuries, sciatica, carpal tunnel, back pain, neck pain, migraines and much more. Our work doesn’t just revolve around the spine and the back — we’re focused on the nervous system and musculoskeletal system — and how everything is connected. We’re dedicated to improving our patients’ overall quality of life, helping them regain their health naturally.
- Chiropractors Aren’t Real Doctors
While medical doctors (MDs) and chiropractors (DCs) have different approaches when it comes to health and healing, both receive degrees from government-accredited institutions and are licensed to practice.
Before a chiropractic student is accepted into a five-year chiropractic college, they typically complete 4 years of undergraduate pre-medical education. This includes coursework in biology, chemistry and other sciences. Graduate school is typically 4-5 years of study. Here, students become more immersed in lab work, chiropractic practice and philosophy. While chiropractors generally do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, they do receive rigorous training in physiology, anatomy, rehabilitation, diagnosis and nutrition. They are also taught a number of intricate adjusting techniques that are unique to the field.
After graduation students they must complete a one-year clinical-based program of supervised patient care. Before they can practice, they must take a national exam and be licensed by their state. Florida Chiropractors are certified by the Board of Chiropractic Medicine.
- Our Services Aren’t Safe or Effective
Before a chiropractor treats you, you will be asked to have an X-ray and supply information about your medical history. This helps the chiropractor identify any underlying issues that could put you at risk. It also helps them understand the underlying cause of any issues you may be dealing with, so they can customize their adjusting techniques during treatment.
Skeptical about the benefits of chiropractic services? Check out the studies, read the reviews and talk to friends and family — we guarantee you’ll find someone whose life has been changed through chiropractic treatment. And often, chiropractic is safer and more effective than taking drugs.
- We’re Too Expensive
Basic chiropractic care is often covered by insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. However, it’s always good to call your insurance company and review your benefits in detail, so you understand what the costs will be up front.
Additionally, many chiropractors provide payment plans to help keep payments low. Ask your chiropractor if they offer such a plan and how they see it working with your treatment schedule.
- We Only Treat Adults
Some people think that chiropractic adjustments should not be used on children because they are too forceful. What they don’t know is that adjustments are customized, based on the person’s size and issues. Spinal issues can begin at birth or they can develop as your child become more and more active. Chiropractic treatments can help correct misalignments that could lead to problems later in life.
Now that we’re debunked the myths, we’d like to invite you to seek out your own truth — to ask as many question as you want, and seek out the solution that works best for you.
About the Author
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.