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Myths & facts about chiropractic

MYTH: Spinal bones can be moved too much during an adjustment.

FACT: Highly unlikely.  Unlike the gross twisting depicted in Hollywood action films, a chiropractic adjustment is special. It has just the right amount of energy, delivered to an exact spot, at a precise angle, at just the right time. The intent is to get a “stuck” spinal joint moving again, helping reduce nerve interference.

MYTH: Only adults get subluxations.

FACT: Starting with the trauma of the birth process, learning to walk, riding a bike or playing sports can cause subluxations that are passed off as “growing pains.” Ignored, these problems can worsen until they become the more difficult to correct problems we often see in adults. That’s why we recommend periodic chiropractic checkups for children of all ages.

MYTH: Chiropractic is the treatment of neck and back pain.

FACT: Our focus is on the spinal column simply because it is the most common source of nervous system compromise.  The moving bones of the spine are often involved in a variety of non-spinal health problems.  Reducing nervous system disturbances along the spine allows your entire body to work as it was designed and permits your body to heal from the inside out.

MYTH: You need a medical referral to see a Chiropractor.

FACT: Not true. You don’t need anyone’s approval to receive chiropractic care. Some insurance policies require a referral before they will reimburse for chiropractic services. But these days, coverage is often so skimpy that it hardly makes it worthwhile. Ultimately, you have to decide how much your health is worth. It’s better not to depend on the profit motives of an insurance carrier to dictate the care you receive!

MYTH: Once you go, you have to go for the rest of your life.

FACT: We’ve all heard the joke, “How many chiropractors does it take to change a light bulb? Only one but it takes 100 visits.” Haha! The fact is, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. Many folks choose to continue their chiropractic care on some periodic basis for the rest of their lives. Others choose to see us from time to time for episodes of neck or back pain. It’s your choice.

MYTH: Chiropractic care can cure anything.

FACT: Chiropractic doesn't cure anything, nor do doctors. Your body does the curing. The only thing that the best doctors can do is to remove any interferences that may be preventing your body from healing itself. That's why chiropractic doctors are interested in the nervous system. Your nervous system controls how your body works. Fighting off an infection involves your nervous system, as does digesting your food. Only the power that made you and sustains you, can heal you - if there isn't any interference!

MYTH: A good workout is as good as an adjustment.

FACT: A program of regular physical exercise can have a positive influence on your health.  But, it is not a substitute for chiropractic care.  Some incorrectly believe that they can solve their spinal problems with a good workout.  If that were true, bodybuilders and weight lifters would have perfect spines!  However, these and other athletes have found chiropractic care to be a valuable part of their training program.  There is no substitute for a regular chiropractic adjustment if you want to be your very best!

MYTH: All patients are adjusted the same way.

FACT: You may have noticed that your visits are similar from visit to visit, with each adjustment building on the ones before it.  However, every patient is adjusted differently because every patient is different.  With 24 moving bones in the spine (each of which can move in many different directions) we see a wide variety of spinal patterns and health problems.  Many patients notice that our adjusting approach changes as their spinal function improves and the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine resume their proper duties.

MYTH: I'm too old/young for chiropractic care.

FACT: You're never too old or too young for chiropractic care.  Many imagine that all spinal adjustments are the same.  But, each person's chiropractic care is unique.  We choose from a variety of adjusting techniques for infants, the elderly and even those who have had back surgery.  This helps assure results and patient satisfaction.

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