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Common Misconceptions About Chiropractors

By Paul Rothbart

In the world of medical professionals, chiropractors are sort of the new kids on the block. They have been accepted as part of the medical community and there are thousands of patients who have found relief from many problems. However, there are still misconceptions believed by many that need to be cleared up. Here are some of the most common.

Myth: Chiropractors Are Not Doctors

One of the most commonly repeated misconceptions about chiropractors is that they are not doctors or not "real" doctors. Nothing could be further from the truth. The path to becoming a chiropractor is very similar to becoming an MD. Future chiropractors earn an undergraduate degree in a concentration related to medicine. They then attend chiropractic school for training specific to their chosen profession. Chiropractors must pass an exam to be licensed by the state in which they wish to practice. It's a long and challenging process that produces a true doctor in the end.

Myth: Chiropractors Only Treat People With Bad Backs

Although it is true that chiropractors are trained in spinal adjustments, and can fix subluxations and compressions in the vertebrae, that is only one of many treatments they are qualified to offer. Joints can also become subluxated and chiropractors are trained to make adjustments in any of the body's joints. Chiropractic care can also loosen tense muscles, restore full range of motion to joints, and help clients be more active. There are also patients who find they sleep better, have more energy, and manage stress better as a result of regular visits. Chiropractors treat the body as a whole and do so without invasive procedures or medication.

Myth: Chiropractic Care Is Dangerous

Some people believe that making adjustments to the spine and joints is dangerous and will result in damage, injury, and more pain. The manipulations performed by chiropractors are gentle and were developed over years. They are designed to fix compressed vertebrae and subluxations carefully, without damaging any part of the body. The goal is to repair. Serious injuries caused by chiropractic adjustments are rare, no more common than those caused by orthopedic treatments. 

Myth: The Medical Community Doesn't Accept Chiropractic Care

This is an easily provable falsehood. Conduct an internet search and you will find considerable information on the place chiropractic care holds in professional treatment. MDs will even sometimes suggest going to a chiropractor to a patient with problems that chiropractic care may help. Chiropractors stand shoulder to shoulder with other medical professionals.

Chiropractic care is misunderstood by a fair number of people. In truth, it is a viable medical option. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. Find out firsthand what a chiropractor can do for you.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Reno, Nev.

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