What is chiropractic?
Many people believe the term doctor refers only to a person who holds a medical doctor (M.D.) degree. This would require medical school, as well as completion of an internship, a residency, and a state license. Because chiropractors do not have an M.D. degree, they are not ‘medical doctors’. However they are doctors of chiropractic medicine – health professionals who care about helping people and dedicated to treating their patients with non-invasive, personalized care. Both are Medical and Chiropractic doctors are considered physicians. Although both MDs and DCs are wellness professionals, Chiropractors pursue chiropractic education through a specialised doctoral program which is different from traditional medical school.
At Harmony Clinic, our aim is to help patients distinguish between the truth and common misconceptions that frequently plague chiropractic care. Unfortunately, if a myth is prevalent, it can be accepted as fact, even if it’s lacking proof. Here is a glimpse at some of the top myths our doctors have encountered and the truth behind each of them.
MYTH #1: CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIANS RECEIVE LESS EDUCATION THAN OTHER “REAL” DOCTORS…
A common myth is that chiropractors don’t receive a substantial amount of training in their chiropractic education. Chiropractors generally gain an undergraduate degree in a pre-med major with classes in sciences, such as kinesiology, biology, chemistry, psychology, and physics. They then attend a chiropractic graduate program. Normally, these involve 4 years of education using a total of 4,485 educational hours course credits while medical students get around 4,248 hours. In reality, they generally finish about 8 years of higher education before they obtain a chiropractic degree are a state licensed chiropractor . Both medical physicians and Chiropractors have to successfully complete National Board Exams before obtaining a license. Continuing education is subsequently required to keep a high level of proficiency and to remain current on the latest research and methods from peer reviewed studies for both Doctorate degrees. Myth Busted!
MYTH #2: CHIROPRACTORS ONLY TREAT NECK AND BACK PAIN
Chiropractors are known for treating back pain, however, the origin of chiropractic care is a lot deeper than that. These practitioners treat various issues and conditions involving the: muscles, spine, tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage and nervous system. Chiropractic treatment is used to heal, resolve or manage various health conditions such as:
Acute and chronic pain
Lower back pain
Acute low back pain
Soft tissue conditions
Persistent gastrointestinal infections
MYTH #3: CHIROPRACTIC CARE IS ONLY FOR ADULTS
Some parents fear that chiropractic care is unsafe or unnecessary for children. However, chiropractic care can be quite valuable for both children and babies.
Childhood is your stage in life in which you develop, learn, research, and play, resulting in a great deal of stress on the musculoskeletal system. There is a quite a bit under a chiropractor’s scope. Chiropractic care can help children stay healthy and prevent many disorders that present throughout youth, such as:
MYTH #4: CHIROPRACTIC SPINAL ADJUSTMENTS ARE DANGEROUS
Among the most common sources of contention regarding chiropractic treatment is safety. Chiropractic adjustments otherwise known as spinal manipulation are safe when done by a Doctor of Chiropractic, but may be harmful if performed by a different healthcare professional that is trained in the area of expertise. Chiropractic adjustments are in reality one of the safest and most effective ways to treat back and neck pain. The result of trauma or a rare complication following chiropractic therapy is significantly less than 0.01% according to medical studies. This contrasts with a higher risk of invasive processes involving medications, injections, and surgeries. Spinal manipulative therapy is just one tool in the tool box for chiropractors that benefit their patients. Although chiropractic manipulation is great, other chiropractic methods include tools besides spinal adjustments like acupuncture, soft tissue work and massage to reduce pain among others. Usually the treatment that gets the patient out of discomfort the fastest is preferred.
MYTH #5: YOU WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
The preventative approach in health care has gained large support in the health care community as it has been shown to be cost and health-effective in the long term. Regular chiropractic check-ups are safe, convenient, rapid, and natural and can prevent health issues later on. Multiple treatments to get out of pain is normal at first, with regular follow-ups. The invaluable service of chiropractors are shown every day in patients reducing chronic pain from their unique treatment plan.
A dentist will most likely recommend regular check-ups to aid their patients stop cavities and gum disease. Just like a dentist, a chiropractor will promote preventative services to help patients avoid disease, pain, and disease.
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Dr. Lester Carrero is a Chiropractic Doctor and Medical Director at Harmony Clinic Medical & Chiropractic. He has helped hundreds of patients regain their life by becoming pain free using an integrative medical approach. Learn more about Dr. Lester and his mission.