In everyday practice I’m often faced with the same common questions from those considering whether Chiropractic care is right for them. They may have heard from their Aunty that children shouldn’t see a Chiropractor or their friend has told them that they love “getting their back cracked” but aren’t quite sure what that means exactly.
I thought it would be useful to ‘bust’ some of these myths so you can understand Chiropractic a bit better and to help you feel confident choosing Chiropractic care for you and your family.
Myth #1: Chiropractors Crack Your Bones
Chiropractors adjust the spine. To adjust the spine a high velocity, low amplitude movement is performed. At times there is a “popping sound” which is a release of an air bubble from the joint rather than the bone being physically cracked. With each adjustment restoration of the joint space occurs to allow adequate movement and improved neural function.
Myth #2: Chiropractic Is Not Good For Children
Like adults, children have a spine and therefore can also suffer from spinal misalignments. As they are still growing and maturing their spine and musculoskeletal system is even more susceptible to injury and damage as they have not yet established the motor control or muscle memory to protect them from trauma. To help prevent small acute injuries from becoming chronic and detrimental to your child’s health, have your child’s spine assessed by a Chiropractor.
Myth #3: Chiropractic Care Is Expensive
Long term Chiropractic patients understand how their body should feel and how much more energetic and productive they are after an adjustment. When the body adapts and starts to position itself correctly, Chiropractic intervention is not frequent. We all service our cars after a period of time, why wouldn’t you service one of the most important parts of your body – your spine!
Myth #4: Adjustments Are Painful
If you do experience pain during a Chiropractic consult is most commonly felt at the beginning, when the Chiropractor is palpating or scanning over the spine feeling for misalignment or subluxations. The pain is a response to the increased pressure on the spinal nerve indicating the need to be adjusted. The adjustment itself does not produce pain, rather it encourages movement at that particular spinal level to reduce the occurrence of pain at the site.
Myth #5: Neck Adjustments Cause Stroke
The truth is, there is no scientific evidence that there is an increased risk of any serious event following a Chiropractic adjustment. Current research suggests that the chance of having a stroke from a Chiropractic adjustment is about 1 in 8,000,000. Research into the safety of Chiropractic care has demonstrated that there is no evidence of excess risk of stroke associated with Chiropractic care compared to other forms of health care, so rest assured that you are in great hands!
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