Chiropractic care offers a safe, effective way to treat pain and improve mobility, yet myths about this beneficial therapy continue to circulate. If you've been thinking about starting chiropractic care, you may have heard a few of these common myths.
Myth 1. Spinal Manipulation "Cracks" Your Bones
Your friends may have mentioned that their necks or backs were "cracked" during a visit to the chiropractor. Cracking certainly sounds alarming, but fortunately, that's not what actually happens.
The cracking sound occurs during spinal manipulation, a treatment that realigns the vertebrae in your spine. Injuries, poor posture, or repetitive movements can misalign the vertebrae and cause joint pain, tight muscles, muscle spasms, reduced range of motion, and other issues.
During spinal manipulation, your chiropractor uses quick, hands-on movements or a handheld activator to realign the vertebrae. The cracking or popping sound that often accompanies manipulation happens when air pockets around the joints are disrupted. Although spinal manipulation is a little noisy, it's a safe, painless way to reduce pain in joints and muscles and improve range of motion.
Myth 2. You'll Need to See the Chiropractor Forever
Initially, you may need to see the chiropractor a few times a week. As your pain improves, you'll schedule appointments less often. Depending on the severity of your issue, chiropractic treatment may last a few weeks or months.
When you recover, you can stop seeing the chiropractor if you want. If you're like many people, you'll probably want to schedule a few follow-up appointments to prevent new problems from occurring and maintain changes made.
Myth 3. There's No Point in Seeing a Chiropractor If You Don't Have Neck or Back Pain
Chiropractors treat many other conditions in addition to neck and back pain. They can help you reduce the frequency of tension or migraine headaches, and many people say they feel a whole wide range of other health benefits.
Myth 4. Chiropractic Treatment Isn't Effective
Several research studies have shown that chiropractic offers effective relief for many painful conditions. A study published in Clinical Rehabilitation in 2018 revealed that people who had mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome reported improvements in pain and function, in addition to decreases in the severity of their pain.
Military personnel who received chiropractic treatment in addition to standard medical care for low back pain had less pain and better physical function compared to study participants who only received standard medical care, according to a study that appeared in the April 15, 2013 issue of Spine.
In 2017, The American College of Physicians included chiropractic treatment in its list of recommended treatments for low back pain.
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