Chiropractic Myths vs. Facts
Whether or not you are one of the 4.5 million Canadians who visit a chiropractor each year, you may have questions and misconceptions about chiropractic. In today’s blog, we’re addressing the 5 most common myths we encounter in our offices:
Myth: Chiropractors only treat spinal pain
Fact: Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat any musculoskeletal disorder, which includes neck and back, as well as any joint in the body! This includes your jaw, wrist, elbows, knees, ankles, and hips. Headaches and migraines are other conditions that are commonly managed with chiropractic care.
The human body is complex. For example, sometimes pain in the arm or leg is in fact due to a spinal issue. This is why your chiropractor will do a comprehensive assessment to give you an accurate diagnosis of your condition before laying out a care plan.
Myth: When it comes to chiropractors, bigger is better
Fact: Excellent chiropractors come in all shapes and sizes! In chiropractic college, students are taught how to optimize their biomechanics to both protect themselves from injury and to provide effective adjustments. The average chiropractor gets 1000 hours of hands-on instruction in chiropractic adjusting techniques in school alone, and many choose to continue to perfect their craft through additional training and seminars. Many chiropractic colleges also incorporate Force-Sensing Technology into the curriculum to help trainees finesse their technique and modulate their force.
Myth: Once you start going to a chiropractor you can’t stop
Fact: Most people don’t know how good they can feel! Many accept pain, stiffness, and discomfort as a normal way of life. Experiencing relief can be life-changing, so many patients choose to incorporate chiropractic into their prevention strategy after undergoing an initial course of care. You can rest assured that your chiropractor will give you all the tools necessary to make an informed decision about your care, and empower you with the knowledge to make lifestyle changes and exercises to keep you feeling well. When you move and function optimally, the pleasant side effects are numerous!
Myth: I need a referral from my family physician to see a chiropractor
Fact: Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact healthcare professionals in every province in Canada. The latest research recommends conservative, non-pharmacological care (manual therapy such as chiropractic) as a first-line approach for musculoskeletal pain. If your chiropractor determines you are not a good candidate for chiropractic care at that time, they will make sure you get the right care, at the right time, in the right place by making the appropriate referral. Many chiropractors actively engage other healthcare professionals in order to provide the best outcome for patients. Read more about our collaborative care model at CURAVITA.
The majority of insurance companies do not require a recommendation from your medical doctor to provide extended health coverage, however, please check with your insurance company to confirm.
Myth: You only need to go to the chiropractor when you’re in pain or injured
Fact: Pain is only one symptom. The absence of pain does not mean there are no issues that need to be addressed. Chiropractors will assess your function, looking for areas of imbalances and asymmetry. Poor function, even if it’s not uncomfortable or painful, can cause you to overcompensate in neighbouring joints in your body, leading to wear and tear. It’s always easier to engage your chiropractor with preventative care. Be proactive about your health!