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1. Adjustments will hurt.
In fact, proper adjustment won’t cause any pain, and
most chiropractic patients actually feel a sense of
relief as endorphins are released and the body is
once again allowed to operate naturally. The focus
of chiropractic treatment is unlocking parts of the
spine and joints and that’s done through natural
movements and adjustments. While there may be slight
soreness or discomfort at first as your nervous
system adjusts, it’s been described as a similar
sensation after a good exercise session at the gym
or someone pressing on a bruise. Even though
chiropractic care is acknowledged in the medical
field as one of the safest forms of healthcare, if
something feels uncomfortable, simply communicating
that to your chiropractor means he or she can adjust
techniques or treatment methods.
2. That cracking noise can’t be good for you!
A common fear among the public is that the
“cracking” noise one sometimes hears during
adjustment or care is actually bone on bone, or some
other adverse reaction that can’t possibly be good
for them. In fact, the “cracking noise” is actually
a release of CO2 or nitrous oxide gas from the spine
or other joint when it’s been forced past its normal
range of motion. But that’s not harmful by itself
and gas will be restored to the joint within 20
minutes or so. And if a patient is so uncomfortable
with the “pop” that it’s keeping them off your
table, make sure to let them know there are other
3. Once you visit a chiropractor, you have to keep
getting treatment for the rest of your life.
In fact, the average chiropractic patient comes in
for 5 sessions, and many patients choose to visit
their chiropractor every 1-3 months to maintain good
health. But how often you go to a chiropractor is
completely up to you. Many patients choose to come
on a regular basis because it works so well, not
because they have to! Once they experience the
health benefits – like an increase in energy, immune
function, sleep patterns and general well being –
they usually enjoy coming to get adjusted on a
regular basis. But a good portion of our patients
only come temporarily, to treat a specific injury
caused by something like a car accident. Of course
how often you come visit us – once a week or once a
year – is completely up to you.
4. Medical doctors, hospitals, and prescription
drugs are “better” than chiropractic.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, since
chiropractic isn’t at all in competition with
medical doctors and hospitals, as the public
sometimes perceives. Actually, the majority of the
medical community agrees that chiropractic is an
essential treatment option and a big part of
long-term patient health. The sad reality is that
many medical doctors are overprescribing painkillers
and prescription medications at an alarming rate, or
recommending dangerous and intense surgeries when
chiropractic should be the first option for care. In
fact, adverse reactions to prescription medications
are the third leading cause of death in America!
Meanwhile, a comprehensive medical study by Coulter
et al and TopClinChiro in 1996 revealed that 87% of
long term chiropractic patients described their
health as excellent, took fewer prescription
medications, and experienced less pain and chronic
conditions from aging.
5. Chiropractors aren’t real doctors.
You might be amazed to hear that chiropractic
doctors actually require more schooling than general
medical doctors! In fact, a degree in chiropractic
requires 4,485 hours of college classroom
instruction vs. 4,248 while a medical doctor
requires only 4,248 hours. Chiropractic specialists
receive their doctorate after 4 or 5 years of
medical schooling, which includes a minimum of 4,200
hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical
experience, and then they must pass State and
National board certifications to become licensed and
practice, as well as ongoing education.
6. Chiropractic care is for adults, not children.
People of all ages can improve their health and
enjoy the benefits of chiropractic treatment,
including children and even babies. In fact, studies
show that even one chiropractic treatment reduces
colic by 80-90%! And the OSHA estimates that a child
sustains 1,500 spinal–related traumas before the age
of 5 – treatable and correctable through
chiropractic. And although children tend to need our
treatments less just because they are more flexible
and heal better than adults, but it’s also highly
recommended children go for a chiropractic checkup
routinely as they grow and develop.
7. Chiropractic is only for back pain.
While 35 percent of patients do visit a chiropractor
because of back pain, chiropractic doctors
specialize in improving joint function in every part
of the body. A large percentage of issues do
originate or manifest in the spine, as well as the
20 percent of patients who are seeking care for neck
pain. Car accidents, slip-and-falls, and other
injuries usually cause extensive pain in the back
area as well but many people go see a chiropractor
to work out problems in their knees, ankles, hands,
and neck, too, such as professional athletes and
even pregnant mothers.
8. It’s expensive.
I love the saying, “If you think visiting the doctor
is expensive, try being sick.” The reality is that
chiropractic treatment usually costs less than other
doctor’s visits, with profound and immediate
results. Considering the alternatives – costly
specialists, surgery, potentially harmful
prescription medications, or just living in pain,
chiropractic care is the most cost effective
A recent study of 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield
patients found that over a 2-year period, people who
were treated for lower back pain by a chiropractic
doctor incurred costs 40% lower than if they went to
a medical doctor for the same condition! And
numerous studies show that chiropractic saves an
average of 45-55 percent in total costs compared to
treatment by a medical doctor or surgery.
The good news is that the vast majority of insurance
plans do cover chiropractic treatment, including
Medicare. Actually, the insurance companies prefer
you go visit a chiropractor to alleviate problems
instead of jumping to expensive drugs and involved
surgeries, because they understand the preventive
cost of chiropractic is exponentially less.
9. It’s dangerous.
If you noticed the cover of Time Magazine last
month, you’ll understand that the public is just
starting to be aware of the epidemic of
over-prescribed opiate painkillers – a huge danger
to any patient seeking care from a medical doctor or
hospital. Did you know that adverse reaction to
prescription drugs is the 3rd leading cause of death
in America? That’s exactly what we’re trying to
avoid by utilizing chiropractic – risky surgeries
and over prescribing potentially dangerous drugs.
The truth is that chiropractic is one of the safest
forms of medical treatment you could ever get. It’s
a safe, natural alternative and should always be a
first course of treatment before a patient takes on
further medical risk.
Chiropractic doctors pay less for malpractice
insurance than any other type of doctors. The
reason? Chiropractic doctors have far less lawsuits
claiming injuries or malpractice than other doctors!
And while there is a common misconception that
chiropractic can cause strokes, only 2 patients per
10 million have ever died from a stroke during
chiropractic treatment, while 60,000 patients per 10
million die from mistakes made in hospitals every
10. Chiropractic is just a new trend in alternative
Chiropractic is far from a trend and by no means
new. In fact, there are 75,000 practicing
chiropractors in the United States, treating more
than 20 million Americans every year to the tune of
$15 billion in revenue. While chiropractic has
become increasingly popular in recent decades
(because it works so well,) treatment of the spine
and joints is one of the oldest medical practice.
Chiropractic has been common in the United States
for at least one 100 years and it’s the largest form
of drug-free health care, and the third largest form
of any health care in North America!