According to Gerard Clum D.C., the Presidential Liaison for External Affairs and Director of the Octagon at Life University, there are several “myths” about chiropractic care that need to be discussed to increase awareness.
Here are the top myths that Dr. Clum addresses in a recent article The Urban Myths of Chiropractic Care:
Once you go to a chiropractor, you’ll always have to go:
The bottom line for Gerard Clum D.C. is that patients can choose when to begin chiropractic care and when to end it, it’s as simple as that. However, he points out that chiropractors approach their care from the same standpoint as a dentist. You go to the dentist for routine care and to get your maintenance work done. Once that is established, you will probably want to check back later and make sure those problems are still under control.
Chiropractic only helps with pain:
Gerard Clum D.C states, “We are fortunate because a great ‘side effect’, of getting your spine checked and removing interferences to the nerve system so it can express health fully, is that people feel better all around. This often includes relief from pain”. Chiropractic care is not just limited to pain relief, it is a part of a whole care system that works towards better well being.
Chiropractors aren’t real doctors:
The common feeling is that if “real doctors” are limited to “medical doctors,” then no, chiropractors are not medical doctors. Across the spectrum of health care there are all sorts people who are doctors for specific types of needs. “Clearly, chiropractors are not medical doctors and we don’t seek to be medical doctors. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a body of knowledge, that we don’t have a body of interest that qualifies us [for] a doctorate degree”.
Children don’t need chiropractic adjustments:
“There’s an old saying: ‘As the twig is bent, so grows the tree’. And that’s a very important concept to keep in mind with children. Very minimal attention in a person’s youth can have great returns in their mature years. “Chiropractic care as a child grows and goes through the tumbles, spills and traumas of childhood and adolescence, is a tremendous help to [maintaining] structural integrity, which yields neurological integrity, which yields overall health and well-being…”
Its safe and beneficial to perform self-adjustments:
“An adjustment is provided by a trained and skilled chiropractor applying a specific force, in a specific direction for a specific purpose. When done this way, it is extremely safe and beneficial. A person whacking their joints to produce a ‘pop’ can hardly be considered sage, beneficial or wise.”
Your Bones Grind Together During an Adjustment:
“The noise associated with an adjustment is [usually] the normal release of gases from [within the] joint space rather than the movement of bone on bone”.
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