Common Misconceptions

If I go once, I'll have to keep going.

No, you are in charge of your own health and ultimately it is your decision on the frequency of visits. More than likely you'll become more tuned in to your body and will sense when it is time for an adjustment. It is up to you to listen to it. Otherwise, if you feel that an adjustment isn't holding, remember that muscles have memory. Each time you do that action that cause the subluxation, the muscles tend to want to stay there, due to the adaptation that has already occurred. It takes time to undo the years of accumulation, so be patient and do your part to aid in this healing process.

I can adjust myself.

You may think you can manipulate yourself, but you may be doing more harm than good. You are more than likely introducing more motion into joints that are already mobile, that are above and below the fixed segment. Have you noticed that you have to do it more frequently with shorter durations of "relief", which is actually an endorphin release?

I don't have any pain, so I don't have any reason to see a chiropractor.

As stated before, you don't have to have symptoms to have underlying problems. Think about it: people who are diagnosed with cancer didn't know they had cancer the moment it occurred; it took time to manifest.

Chiropractors and massage therapists do the same thing.

No, Chiropractic and Massage Therapy work well together, but they are not the same. Chiropractors work with the nervous system and massage therapists work with the muscles and soft tissues. Chiropractors don't typically give massages, unless it is needed to aid in their attempt to adjust. They also may attempt to stretch soft tissues and work on trigger points and adhesions.

Chiropractic isn't safe.

It is very safe and is among one of the safest in the health care field. It is non-invasive, so there is very little risk. The cost of malpractice insurance is very low for this reason.

Chiropractors and medical doctors don't get along.

This is false. They differ in their methods of healing, but both work for the health of the patient. In the best situation, your M.D. will work with the doctors to give you the best care possible. In the past there has been animosity between the two professions, but most of that has passed and a new era of alternative health care has emerged: chiropractic is here to stay. In fact, it is the number-one form of alternative health care.

Chiropractors are quacks, bone doctors and back-crackers.

These are negative terms for chiropractors that are still used today by those who are misinformed and unwilling to learn the facts. Chiropractors are doctors of the nervous system and use the bones to relieve nervous system interferences.

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