7 Common Myths About Chiropractic Care

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Written by Dr. Derek Larsen DC

Last Updated on February 15, 2024

If you are suffering from any condition, alternative health care methods can be great options to consider. Whether you are looking for your first adjustment or you have been seeing a chiropractor for a long time you may have heard some of the myths surrounding chiropractic care. Knowing the facts can help you make informed decisions about your body and feel more comfortable visiting a chiropractor in Juneau.

Let’s look at some common myths about chiropractic care.

Myth #1- Chiropractic Adjustments are painful

Reality: The adjustment should never hurt, that is the goal. Gentle adjustments to the spine to correct the position of a vertebrae should be just that, gentle. Sometimes there is some slight discomfort after the adjustment that comes from muscle soreness but that typically goes away in the days following the adjustment, there is more info on that subject in this article. Occasionally an adjustment might cause a slight bit of discomfort immediately following. This is typically caused by a slight bit of excess force during the adjustment from the chiropractor. Our doctors always say that he can attempt an adjustment a second time and add force then if necessary but he cannot take force away once it has been delivered in an adjustment. His goal is to adjust the spine with as little force as necessary even if it takes him a second adjustment attempt with a slight bit of added force. The actual adjustment is rarely painful.

Myth #2- Chiropractic Approach is not for Children

Reality: Chiropractic is a natural therapy used by people of all ages, from infants to grandmas and grandpas. We specialize in chiropractic care for children. Children’s bodies are changing rapidly as they grow and keeping them well adjusted and aligned is exactly what they need to thrive. Consider getting your little ones checked and check out this article that explains more about pediatric chiropractic.  

Myth #3- Alternative Health Care Methods are Expensive

Reality: When compared to medical practices, going to a chiropractor is relatively inexpensive. Many private insurance companies also give support for many alternative health care methods, including chiropractic because the insurance companies know the benefits of chiropractic care. Health is the most important thing we have and it is worth investing in. 

Myth #4- Chiropractic Methods are Only for Relieving Back Pains

Reality: Chiropractic is known for reducing back, neck, as well as joint pain. However, it has many other advantages, such as improving mobility and promoting wellness. Chiropractic care focuses on the nervous system which controls the whole body. Chiropractic is a holistic approach to wellness. 

Myth #5- Chiropractors Are Not Really Doctors

Reality: “You’re not a real doctor” I hear that all the time and this myth has propagated simply from lack of information on the subject. The word doctor is derived from the Latin verb “docere,” meaning to teach, or a scholar. Doctors are teachers and that is largely what we do in the office. We teach people how to be healthy. The other part of the myth is that we are not educated as much as medical doctors and therefore we are not “real doctors”. The truth is we have the same education as a medical doctor except in pharmacology which falls outside our scope. So our education is the same and we are both teachers of health so we are in fact doctors we are just doctors of chiropractic, not medical doctors. We also need to maintain their licenses through continual education the same way medical doctors do. 

Myth #6- Chiropractic Care is Not Effective

Reality: Many people think that chiropractic care is not effective because it does not involve any medicines and is non-surgical. In contrast to the belief, the chiropractic approach tries to find the root cause of the patient’s ailment and remove it permanently over a few sessions through manipulations and adjustments. 

Myth #7- Manipulations are Risky

Reality: Spinal manipulations should always be done by a licensed, well-trained, and experienced practitioner. They are recognized as safe options. As with everything in life, there are risks involved, but they are relatively low. The most commonly reported side effect of chiropractic care is slight muscle soreness in the days following an adjustment. 

About Happy Family Chiropractic-

Choose alternative health care methods for a better life with our renowned and trusted chiropractor clinic in Juneau. Do visit us at Happy Family Chiropractic for services like chiropractic re-adjustments, physical examinations, and re-evaluation exams by our trained, expert professionals. Get your free consultation or book your appointment now! Call us on (907) 531-7604 or email us for more details.


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