Relief has been denied to many people suffering from painful conditions who bought into myths about chiropractic care services. A myth is defined as a false idea or belief that is widely held. A great example is that the world was believed to be flat until the myth was debunked. In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and German-born Martin Behaim made the earliest globe that has survived through time. Read the following common chiropractor myths to discover what you may have been missing out on.

Myth #1: A chiropractor isn’t a real doctor.

Truth: Licensed chiropractors spend many years earning a doctorate, and they are real doctors.

Chiropractors are not quacks! After a required three years of undergraduate courses, they are specially trained during a professional program that averages four years in length. Chiropractors earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and continuing education is required to maintain their licensing. When you make an appointment to see a chiropractor, the individual you see is a bona fide doctor, complete with “Dr.” at the beginning of their name.

Myth #2: Chiropractic adjustments aren’t safe.

Truth: Medical interventions and procedures always have some risks, but the risks associated with chiropractic care are extremely low. Soreness is typically the only side effect caused by chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic care services are safe and have minimal side effects. Examples of alternate care are surgery, pain medication, and steroids, all of which have far more risks than chiropractic services. Due to high safety and low-risk factors, malpractice insurance premiums are far lower for chiropractors than they are for medical doctors. The cost savings are often passed on to customers by offering more affordable rates.

Myth #3: Chiropractic care services are for adults only.

Truth: From infancy through the senior years, chiropractic care is safe and helpful for individuals of every age.

Many chiropractors pursue additional training in providing pediatric care, and they are qualified to provide gentle treatments to the smallest among us. Yes, babies, children, and teens can benefit from chiropractic adjustments. Some of the benefits of chiropractic services for infants include adjusting misaligned vertebra, easing colic symptoms, and treating and preventing ear infections. When children and teens receive chiropractic care, benefits include immune system support, a better quality of sleep, stress relief, and improved concentration.

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Myth #4: Chiropractic care only helps with back pain. 

Truth: Chiropractic care provides numerous benefits for a range of ailments.

If you need relief from any of the following conditions, chiropractic care could be of great benefit:

  • Knee pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Foot pain, including foot cramps
  • Leg pain, including paresthesia aka “pins and needles”

Myth #5: Chiropractic adjustments hurt.

Truth: The purpose of chiropractic care services is to relieve or eliminate pain.

Chiropractic patients receive treatments designed to reduce or eliminate pain. Although patients sometimes feel minor discomfort, many patients feel better when they leave than they did upon arrival. Various treatments are available. Gentler treatments can be provided, and they may include heat treatments, electrical stimulation, cryotherapy, acupuncture, or laser therapy.

Precision Chiropractic for Chiropractic Care Services

Dr. Elizabeth Bagley at Precision Chiropractic provides the benefits of chiropractic care services for patients in St. Louis MO and the surrounding area. Be a myth debunker like Christopher Columbus and enjoy the great health benefits of chiropractic adjustments. Make an appointment by calling Precision Chiropractic today at (314) 596-4070.