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3 top myths on chiropractic
Myth #1: Chiropractors Crack Backs
If you asked 100 people what Chiropractors do, the vast majority would say that “Chiropractors crack backs.” In reality, that is the equivalent of saying your primary care physician’s main role is to prescribe you medication- prescribing medication is simply one form of treatment, but that is not their goal. So what do Chiropractors do? A Chiropractor’s main job is to identify problems with your nervous system. Easily said, harder done. There are many different approaches that Chiropractors use in order to do this. Some use palpation (i.e. feeling for mis-alignments) some use energy readings and range of motion and still others use modern technology in order to evaluate the nervous system (like we do at the Specific). Just like a physician might prescribe different medication depending on whether the patient has data from bacteria culture versus an x-ray, so do different types of Chiropractors give different treatment depending on their method of diagnosis. Like all medical professions, the more data you can get on the diagnosis, the better off the treatment. Which bring us to the myth… Chiropractors might crack your back IF the diagnosis calls for a back-crack, but more often than not, your body is not calling for a rack-and-crack of the whole spine, but rather the adjustment of one SPECIFIC vertebrae that is stuck or out of place. Important note- your nerves start in your brain stem and down your spine, so the further up you can catch the mis-aligned vertebrae, the more effective the treatment. This is why at the Specific, we specialize in upper-cervical care (link).
Myth #2: Chiropractors Primarily Address Acute Issues
“I pulled my back while working out last week… I think I need to see a chiropractor.” We have all thought or heard dome variation of this at some point. While a chiropractor might be able to help with acute issues (oftentimes, a physical therapist who deals with muscular issues is the best call), Chiropractors can address chronic issues even more than acute issues. Here at the Specific, we see incredible results with chronic issues (link). Why is this? Well, chiropractors deal with the nervous system, which is typically the root of chronic diseases like ADHD, scoliosis, sleep disorders, sciatica pain, any loss of feeling due to stroke… the list goes on. Not only are these issues prevalent and growing, there are not many options for non-invasive treatment, which makes chiropractic a great option. (If you want to see more of the chronic issues we treat, click here. (link)
Myth #3: Chiropractors are Specialty Doctors, (aka, “Alternative” and not mainstream)
Your annual chiropractic visit is probably not covered by insurance, so it’s easy to conclude that chiropractic care is an “extra” specialty profession that is not essential to your long term health. This is simply a misconception. The reality is that chiropractic care should become a part of your annual health check-up, just like your PCP or dentist. Imagine if your teeth hadn’t been checked since you were born… your mouth would likely be in bad shape. You would probably need to go to the dentist a number of times in the first year in order to straighten and clean your teeth and get to the point where you just need an annual cleaning. That is exactly what we do here at The Specific. We use objective measurements (link) to check your nervous system and if it is functioning well. If your nervous system is malfunctioning, then we adjust your C1 and C2 vertebrae in order to correct the nervous system communication – the goal is always to get you off of a treatment plan and back to a wellness plan. Just like your PCP or dentist. A quick note on why chiropractic isn’t covered by insurance: back in the 80’s insurance covered chiropractic care and the insurance paid well. Unfortunately, this led to many chiropractors becoming involved in the profession for the wrong reasons- charging too much and not using objective methods of diagnosis or specific methods of treatment. Insurance companies saw this and pulled their support. Now there are less chiropractors coming into the profession and the one’s that are joining are top-notch because they need to compete in the medical world without the aid of insurance. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is!