Ever since chiropractic treatment was started, there have been a number of myths surrounding its existence. However, many of these myths are far from true and usually the result of people not understanding what this form of treatment is all about.
Myth 1: Chiropractors are Not Real Doctors
A chiropractor isn't any odd individual from the street who has undergone a few hours of training and received a certificate. Chiropractors are required to undergo years of study (4-5 years) at an undergraduate level. To receive a doctorate, they will also need to undergo many more years of study and will also be required to pass examinations at the state and national level to become licensed.
Myth 2: Chiropractic Care is Expensive
Many people have claimed that chiropractic care is just a ploy to get as much money as possible from patients. The facts, however, reveal something entirely different. Chiropractic care helps in long-term pain management and offers treatments that would otherwise require medication, surgery, or intense physiotherapy. These forms of care don't come cheap either and when the risks are factored in, they might be a lot more expensive in the long run.
Myth 3: Chiropractic Care Can Be Harmful
Unless you're receiving chiropractic care from an unlicensed and/or untrained individual, chiropractic care is, in fact, one of the safest forms of treatment you can receive. Many doctors will nowadays recommend chiropractic care to their patients before surgery in various cases since the latter carries more serious risks. Even painkillers that might be used for regular pain management can be riskier than chiropractic care due to the possibility of addiction and other physical complications.
Myth 4: You Have to Stay Under Chiropractic Care Once You Start
Just as it is with conventional medicine, how long you have to stay under chiropractic care is determined by your condition. However, there is no situation where patients will have to continuously come back for chiropractic treatment for the rest of their lives. There are patients who may opt to visit their chiropractors beyond the stipulated period for added benefits.
Myth 5: It's Only for Adults
There are practices that offer chiropractic care even to toddlers and there haven't been any complications as a result. Although chiropractic care has usually been considered as something reserved for the elderly, people across a wide range of age groups can benefit from this treatment. It can be a good way of exploring non-drug related pain management techniques from a young age.