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The Many Myths of Chiropractic Treatment

There are lots of myths that surround the chiropractic field. I get it, for those who don’t know the information, the idea of getting your bones “cracked” seems like a potentially scary concept.

There are those who stay away from the treatment out of fear of getting injured, both physically and mentally. However, the truth is that chiropractic is a low risk, all natural way to to get many ailments under control. It does not involve the use of any potentially addicting medications and the treatments themselves are non-invasive.

Since it is such a safe form of care, it is considered a viable treatment option for practically any age group. Of course, it is necessary to get screened before receiving treatments, but most chiropractors consider the initial exam standard practice, which should also set your mind at ease. Below are a few myths about the chiropractic world, along with the facts concerning the truth.

Myth: Chiropractic Care Will Make You Feel Worse

Although the act of chiropractics is safe, it is still a relatively rough form of treatment. Chiropractors are manipulating your spine with force in order to realign them back to their proper place. This can cause the patient to feel sore, and sometimes even cause cold-like symptoms. This is just the normal adjustment period that the body goes through in response to the new flow of energy that is circulating throughout the nervous system. After a day or two you should feel like your old self again, only hopefully better.

Myth: 'Cracking' Your Bones Can Cause Arthritis

This old wives’ tale has been scaring people away from chiropractic care for years. There is no medical research that cracking your joints can lead to arthritis. In fact, there is actually evidence that suggests the very opposite. When joints are moved or “cracked,” this may be promoting movement that might help them function at a more optimal level.

Myth: Chiropractic Care Only Helps With Neck and Back Pain

Yes, many people do go to the chiropractor in order to help manage their chronic neck and back pain, however, these are not the only reasons to see your chiropractor. Chiropractic treatments may increase the functioning of all the bodily systems, especially the nervous system. This allows for chiropractic to help regulate many of the bodily functions, from bowel movements and digestion to chronic headaches and seizures. Chiropractic is a type of care that is all encompassing, not just treatments for chronic pain.

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