As with any health-related practice, Clermont Chiropractic has heard a lot of questions regarding the validity of chiropractic care. Patients are concerned that because they can’t necessarily see or feel the immediate benefits, the alignments and treatments they’re receiving aren’t doing their body any good.
In fact, chiropractic care isn’t just to relieve pain but is part of a complete healthy lifestyle preventative health care plan. A number of these common myths have been completely dispelled through research.
Myth #1: Adjustments are painful
Fact: The American Journal of Public Health reports that chiropractic patients were more satisfied with their care than those with regular medical appointments. This wouldn’t be the case if it was a painful process.
Patients should feel a sense of release from an adjustment as pressure is being relieved from joints. Those who are experiencing severe back or neck pain may experience some discomfort during the appointment, for the obvious reasons, but the majority of these patients recover from their injuries quickly.
Patients with medical appointments are prescribed medicine to alleviate pain, but their symptoms aren’t properly dealt with. When the slight discomfort of an alignment is weighed against long-lasting pain, it seems pretty obvious which is actually more painful in the long run.
Myth #2: You have to go for the rest of your life
Fact: Chiropractic care is recommended as part of a healthy lifestyle through regular adjustments to relieve tension and ensure proper maintenance of your neurological system. Just like brushing your teeth, eating healthy, and exercising, regular chiropractic alignments are recommended as part of a complete health plan.
The focus of chiropractic care is to prevent symptoms from occurring by reducing nervous system interference caused by “subluxations.” The Vertebral Subluxation Complex can cause communication between the brain and body to be broken, and stresses in the spine can then present physical, emotional, or chemical symptoms.
With regular alignments, you’re preventing the breakdown of this communication. Just like brushing your teeth prevents tooth and gum decay, chiropractic care prevents nervous system breakdowns.
Myth #3: Chiropractic Care is Only for Back Pain
Fact: Chiropractic care has been known to cure a number of other ailments. Headaches, soft-tissue damage (i.e. from whiplash), and hypertension are all specific symptoms that chiropractors can treat.
Chiropractors act as just one part of a total health treatment plan and can suggest self-care methods, healthy eating choices, and alternative care options that ensure that your body is performing at its absolute best.
Furthermore, Clermont Chiropractic treatments include massage therapy, acupuncture, exercise physiology, spinal decompression and cold laser technology. By utilizing multiple methods to treat and alleviate pain, chiropractors can ensure that they are providing a well-rounded level of care.
Myth #4: Chiropractic Alignments are Dangerous:
Fact: According to a study from the University of Calgary, a blind spot check while driving stretches the vertebral artery up to 80% more than a chiropractic adjustment.
Many people worry that overstretching the neck can have negative effects that could lead to stroke or death. Research has not substantiated the likelihood of this; the opposite has been proven.
According to a report based on a number of chiropractic and medical studies on the treatment of lower back pain, researchers concluded that,
“In the bulk of methodologically sound clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than many alternative treatments for lower back pain.”
“The evidence also shows that many traditional medical therapies for LBP have questionable efficacy, effectiveness & adequacy, sometimes resulting in severe iatrogenic complications for the patients.”
Furthermore, a clinical guideline issued jointly by the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommended spinal manipulation for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain.
Myth #5: Chiropractic Care is Expensive
Fact: A study released in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reviewed 85,000 Blue Shield Insurance claims of patients in Tennessee over a period of two years and concluded a cost savings of up to 40% for those receiving chiropractic care.
Unfortunately, our healthcare system is skewed to focus on crisis management with insurance companies only covering certain amounts, or certain symptomatic treatments. Because of this, the World Health Organization ranks the United States 38 out of 40 in terms of healthy industrialized nations.
Patients seeking out Chiropractic care for the treatment of acute or subacute back pain as prescribed by a doctor can usually expect to receive a reimbursement from their insurance company. One thing is for sure, though, those seeking out a Clermont Chiropractor can expect to see cost-savings on healthcare in the long run.
Myth #6: If it’s not broken, don’t fix it!
Fact: According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic patients who practiced long term preventative and wellness care showed a 43% reduction in hospital admission and a 51% reduction in pharmaceutical costs.
Chiropractic care isn’t just there for when you’re experiencing pain. The benefits of continual care are increased agility, a better communicating nervous system, lower blood pressure, and an overall positive impact on your health. Chiropractors can also offer lifestyle and dietary advice to ensure that you are taking care of yourself in the best-rounded way possible.
In aging adults, chiropractic care has been proven to make them more agile and prevent such ailments as osteoarthritis. By releasing tension in the joints as it accumulates, instead of waiting until symptoms present themselves, Clermont Chiropractic can prevent degenerative diseases from forming.
As with most myths and fears, they often tend not to be true. Luckily, the work of intelligent researchers can be counted on to dispel these myths in the proof that Chiropractic care is good for you. If you’ve been experiencing back or neck pain, have recently been in a car accident, or want to schedule an alignment, get in touch with us! The South Lake Wellness & Injury Center can help on your quest to an overall healthier body.