Chiropractors only treat backs
Chiropractors are human movement experts. We have intense education and training in the muscle, bone, and nervous systems of the body. We assess and treat the body as a whole. Our aim is to discover the root of the problem, not just treat the symptoms. We have a specialized skill – manual adjustments; that is just one of the many tools in our tool box that help treat the person as needed.
We are most commonly known of/for treatment back pain, but we can also treat headaches, sprains/strains, shoulder injuries, ankle injuries, whiplash, chronic pain, and athletic injuries.
You need a referral to see a chiropractor
No! Chiropractic doctors are actually viewed as primary care physicians, so you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor.
Adjustments are painful and risky
False! Adjustment is defined as a “small alteration or movement”.
A chiropractic manipulation involves a high velocity, low amplitude force to a specific spinal segment or joint in the body to help improve range of motion, decrease pain, and nerve irritation.
The “popping” or “cracking” sound you hear is just a noise of gas being released which helps relieve joint pressure.
Sometime the popping/cracking sounds don’t even occur. And that is okay! The technique use still positively affects the joint, and still can help improve range of motion.
Chiropractors only “crack” your bones
Due to being muscle, bone, and nerve experts, chiropractors use various techniques to help individually treat every patient that walks through the door.
Techniques such as Graston, ART, and other soft tissue therapies, as well as provding exercises and stretches that aid in the recovery process. There is more to seeing a chiropractor than just an adjustment!
Once you start, you have to keep coming back
Usually, chiropractors will treat you until your issue is completely resolved. The timeline for that varies for every individual and injury. However, after experiencing the benefits of seeing a chiropractor many find ongoing treatments help them prevent injuries and improve their well-being. You take your car in for check ups, why do we not do the same for our body, which we live in 24/7?!