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Chiropractic Myths & Facts

Myth: Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous.
Truth: In addition to being a safe form of treatment, spinal manipulation is incredibly effective, getting patients back on their feet faster than traditional medical care. A March 2004 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in those patients who have been experiencing the symptoms for one year or less. In addition, a study published in the July 15, 2003, edition of the journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications.


Myth: Prescription and non-prescription drugs are safe.
Truth: Adverse reactions to properly prescribed medications are the third leading cause of death in America. Chiropractic care offers a safe, drug-free alternative to many ailments. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like Ibuprofen.


Myth: Once you go to the Chiropractor, you’ll always have to go.
Truth: Regular adjustments are part of a healthy lifestyle. The choice to continue is yours.


Myth: Chiropractic care is not effective.
Truth: Millions of people have benefited from regular Chiropractic care, including: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Christie Brinkley, Emmit Smith, Joe Montana and many others.  “Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”

Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
In a randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measured showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
— Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal


Myth: Children don’t need Chiropractic adjustments.
Truth: Chiropractic care is safe for children of all ages, including babies.  Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care  is modified for the individual patient.  With children, chiropractic care is extremely gentle.


Myth: Childhood bumps and bruises are harmless.
Truth: OSHA estimates that a child sustains 1,500 spinal–related traumas before the age of 5. Regular chiropractic care can help minimize and correct those adverse affects.


Myth: Chiropractors aren’t real doctors.
Truth: Chiropractic students receive 4,485 hours of college classroom instruction vs. 4,248 hours for other medical students.


Myth: It’s safe and beneficial to perform self-adjustments.
Truth: While self adjustments can give temporary relief (and a false sense of correcting the problem) doing so may lead to arthritis, because one tends to move the hyper-mobile segment and not the stuck segment.


Myth: Your bones grind against each other during an adjustment.
Truth: The noise is the release of CO2 gas from the spine that creates the popping sound you hear after the adjustments. A noise-free method is now available.




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