10 Myths of Chiropractic

You’ve heard stories of chiropractors.  Some have been positive and changed one’s life, yet others may not be so encouraging.

You may now be skeptical due to an experience you had.  Or, you may want to share your wonderful healing experience with a friend to be told,    “I don’t believe in chiropractic”  In any case, our goals below are to share the myths of chiropractic care that we have heard for years and give you the REAL FACTS!

Myth #1 Chiropractors “Crack Your Bones”

FACT:  Spinal Manipulative therapy or an adjustment is a non-invasive, manual procedure done by a highly skilled medical practitioner to correct spinal and/or joint pain.  The primary goal is to restore range of motion, improve function and decrease pain and muscle tightness.  The “sound” that you may hear during a manipulative treatment is caused by a slight opening of the joint space and the release of gas within that space.  Other noise –free methods are available using a gentle handheld instrument. Not ALL treatments involve manipulation as some may include:  muscle stimulation modalities, soft tissue work, exercise and ergonomic advice as well as nutritional counseling.

Myth #2 Once you start care, you have to go forever!

FACT:  Chiropractors make evidence-based recommendations for you based on your specific diagnosis.  When your specific problem has resolved your treatment plan should end.  However, if your condition is long-standing, you may benefit from periodic care.   The choice is ALWAYS up to you depending on your health care goals. We promote at home lifestyle tools to aid in reducing future flare-ups of pain.

Myth #3 Chiropractic Adjustments are painful

FACT:  Most patients experience a feeling of relief, more relaxed, more energy and are out of discomfort after their treatment.  However, on occasion, you may experience some discomfort, similar to the sensation of sore muscles after exercising.  In time, as your body adapts and your nervous system integrates the effects of the treatments, you should feel a sense ease.

Myth #4 Chiropractors only treat back pain

FACT:  Chiropractors are expertly trained to improve joint function to ALL the joints of your body.  Therefore, imbalances of the joints of the feet can cause improper function up the kinetic chain and go as far as causing chronic headaches!  Our focus is on maintaining movement to the joints of the spine and the rest of the body. We offer relief for: neck and back pain, headaches, sciatica, auto, work and sports injuries as well as pain during pregnancy.

Myth #5 There is no scientific proof that it works

FACT:  Over the last number of years, there have been hundreds of studies describing the validity of chiropractic care.  Studies have shown the positive benefits of increased brain and immune function, as well as general wellbeing for millions of people all over the world!  Many of these studies can be found on the American Chiropractic website and the ICL (Index to Chiropractic Literature).

Myth #6 I can “crack” my back on my own

FACT:  When you attempt to adjust yourself, a joint that is capable of moving can achieve a “popping” type sound and you may feel less discomfort, initially.  However, this does not mean you have restored the proper movement to the right joint using the specific adjustments properly to restore joint motion, improve function and provide lasting relief.  You may cause more problems resulting in hypermobile joints or joints that move too much and become unstable. This can lead to more instability in years to come.

Myth #7 Chiropractic care is expensive

FACT:  What does QUALITY of life mean to you?  Those patients who follow the chiropractic lifestyle along with periodic care, recognize that chiropractic care doesn’t cost…IT PAYS OVER THE LONG HAUL!!!  Studies show that these patients generally take less medications, have less chronic conditions associated with aging and overall consider their health as excellent!!  Chiropractic is covered by many insurance companies or affordable cost savings are offered to you and your family so you can take care of your most important asset; your body.  Our office is in-network with most insurance plans.

Myth #8 Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous and painful

FACT:  Studies have shown that gentle chiropractic manipulative therapy is much safer than many common activities as washing your hair or break dancing.  When expertly performed by a skilled Doctor of Chiropractic, whom has extensive training, adjustments are among the safest and most effective ways to treat back and neck pain.  Spinal adjustments should be at the top of the list before considering surgical and more intensive interventions.

There is no scientific evidence of an increased risk of any serious event following spinal manipulation. According to medical studies, the result of injury following a chiropractic treatment is less than 0.01%.  Comparatively, there is a much higher risk with more invasive procedures as injections, surgeries and medications.  You have an increased chance of being struck by lightening, being killed on a bicycle and dying from taking aspirin then by being injured by gentle and precise spinal manipulative therapy.

Myth #9 Chiropractic only helps adults, not children

FACT:  Yes, it is known that children’s bodies are more flexible and heal quicker than an adult, however, children should still be checked after sports injuries, repetitive falls, complaints of pain syndromes, etc.  Keep in mind that childhood is a time when the musculoskeletal system is under continued stress due to rapid growth and development, continuous learning, exploring and playing.  OSHA estimates that a child can sustain about 1,500 spinal related traumas before the age of 5!!  Research has shown that children under the care of a knowledgeable chiropractor have less colds and infections and when they do get ill, they recover quickly.  Therefore, checking for spinal imbalances during these critical years is vital for overall nervous system development.

It has been the experience of Dr Iris Rosenfeld that introducing a child to a chiropractic and holistic lifestyle, diminishes their chances of doing recreational drugs as a teenager.  As parents, it’s up to us to help our children make better lifestyle choices through drugless, safe chiropractic care.

Myth #10 Chiropractors are not real Doctors

FACT:  Unfortunately, the perception of many of a Doctor is one who prescribes pills or removes organs.   However, a Medical Doctor (MD) and a chiropractor (DC) are two professions that each require a degree from a government accredited medical or chiropractic school and are licensed to practice.

Before attending a chiropractic institution, one must complete an undergraduate program with specific medical coursework.  The Doctor of Chiropractic curriculum takes 4 years to complete and includes at least 4200 hours of specialized clinical training. Chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their program studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients.  They must spend about 1 year in a clinical-based program caring for patients under professional supervision.  After completing the schooling which includes the study of: anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, toxicopharmacology, microbiology, neurology, radiology, laboratory, clinical diagnosis, etc chiropractors must pass a 4 part National Board exam to qualify for a license.

Doctors of Chiropractic and Doctors of Medicine take a similar class load of human health sciences, however the philosophy differs.  The difference is a chiropractor takes courses in Spinal Manipulation, Nutrition, Physiotherapy and Advanced Radiology, while a medical doctor takes courses in Pharmacology, Immunology and General Surgery.

To maintain their license, a chiropractor must complete 24 hours per year of continuing education courses to ensure updated knowledge and stay on the cutting edge of patient care.

Each profession looks at health and healing through a different set of glasses.  Medical doctors study disease, blood and rely on drugs and treat symptoms.  Chiropractors look at the whole person, improve the function of the nervous system, study the blood and promote function.

Both professions have their place:  while medical doctors focus on crisis care, chiropractors focus on health and healing.

So, going back to our original question..Is a chiropractor a real doctor? Absolutely, yes. Chiropractors are real doctors with a unique purpose. What we are able to offer to our community, no other doctor can!

As you can see from the above facts, there is nothing to “BELIEVE”.  Chiropractic care is quite scientific and looks at how the nervous system works, applying knowledge of the human frame and movement to find the underlying cause of the problem.

When you are considering adding a chiropractor to your health-care team, or need a second opinion, Dr Iris Rosenfeld would be happy to meet with you to see how your life could benefit from chiropractic care.  She can be reached at: 949-380-7215.

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"In April of 2008 I was struck by another car while driving and felt my neck snap and muscles in my upper body pull and tear. When I woke up the next day I had a migraine and was so stiff I could not walk. Dr. Iris saw me immediately and began working on me. I was really impressed with the advanced equipment and techniques she uses on accident victims. She eliminated my headache in the first visit and got me walking without pain quickly. I would never see or recommend another chiropractor as long as Dr. Iris is still practicing. She is such a wonderful person and talented professional."

- B. Davis

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