Myth: Chiropractors are not real doctors.
Fact: Although chiropractors are not traditional physicians, their training is no less rigorous. In fact, they actually are required to complete more classroom hours than a general practioner. Chiropractors must pass rigorous national board exams as well as state licensing requirements for healthcare practitioners. The main point that differentiates between a medical doctor and a doctor of chiropractic is their preferred way to treat patients. Rather than using drugs and surgical interventions, chiropractors take a natural approach that focuses on strengthening the body to activate its power to heal itself.
Myth: Once you start chiropractic treatment you will have to go for the rest of your life.
Fact: Similar to seeing a dentist each year, regular chiropractic adjustments can help keep your body in balance to prevent problems. The wear and tear on your joints from daily life gradually causes changes to occur in your spine and other joints. Once you have been healed of the initial problem that led you to seek chiropractic care, it is entirely up to you if you would like to continue with maintenance visits throughout the year or not. Having chiropractic treatment once does not mean that you will be at risk for more problems later on. The only thing that changes is that patients realize the relief and sense of wellness that chiropractic care brings and notice the absence of it once they stop coming.
Myth: Insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic treatment.
Fact: The insurance industry has taken notice of the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments and a price tag that is significantly lower than comparable medical care. Because of this, most providers as well as Medicare and workman’s compensation agencies do offer chiropractic care as a policy benefit to their customers.
Myth: Chiropractor care doesn’t work.
Fact: Many studies have proven that chiropractor care is effective and sometimes even superior to the medical care used for certain conditions. Many professional athletes trust chiropractic care to relieve them of discomfort and aid in the recovery of injuries. Some notable ones include Tiger Woods, Emmitt Smith and Arnold Schwarzenegger.