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7 Common Misconceptions about Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to health and wellness that has grown in popularity over the past few decades. It focuses on realigning the spine and other joints to help restore balance throughout the body.

While many people are familiar with chiropractic treatments, there are still many misconceptions about it. In this article, we’ll address 7 of the most common misconceptions about chiropractic care and explain the truth behind them.

Spinal manipulations and adjustments are dangerous

A chiropractic care plan includes spinal adjustments and manipulations. When performed by licensed and properly trained chiropractors, adjustments are completely safe. Do not become alarmed if you hear cracking noises during an adjustment. This is perfectly normal and is caused by the release of trapped air.

Chiropractic care is often considered safer than surgery or pain medications and is also more effective than medications such as oral steroids and antidepressants, which may only mask the symptoms of health conditions rather than address the underlying cause.

No wonder many healthcare professionals recommend consulting a chiropractor before opting for surgical intervention.

Chiropractic care is expensive

Many studies have shown the opposite to be true. A 2009 research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that for patients with low back pain, care initiated by a chiropractor was 20% more cost-effective than when started by an orthopedic doctor, a general physician, or a physical therapist. Many insurers cover chiropractic care. Depending on the state, Medicare and Medicaid may also cover chiropractic care.

Once you see a chiropractor, you will have to continue care for the rest of your life

One of the most common misconceptions about chiropractic care is that once a person visits a chiropractor, they must keep coming back for adjustments.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Many individuals experience relief after a single session. Yet, they continue to see their chiropractor regularly to maintain the benefits of chiropractic care.

Don’t wait to see a chiropractor only when you’re struggling with pain. Instead, opt for regular chiropractic care. It is a proactive approach to care and promotes mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Adjustments are painful

Typically, spinal adjustments are painless. In fact, many patients often feel relief during spinal adjustments. Depending on the severity of the condition and intensity of the subluxations, along with other factors including inflammation, muscle tension, swelling, and the period since the last adjustment, one might experience some discomfort during and after an adjustment. Any discomfort after a spinal adjustment is normal and usually short-lived.

It is effective only for back pain

Chiropractic care has been found effective in relieving acute as well as chronic pain all over the body. From neck pain and back pain to sinus problems and fibromyalgia. Chiropractors may offer different areas of expertise such as a migraine specialist chiropractor or a Seatec chiropractor Speak with an expert chiropractic doctor today to learn the different ways that chiropractic care can help you.

Chiropractic care isn’t effective

People from different walks of life have greatly benefited from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care reduces pain naturally without relying on medications or surgical interventions.

Individuals have reported numerous health benefits of chiropractic care, including relief from back pain, headaches, ear infections, neck discomfort, arthritis and joint pain. Research suggests that chiropractic care can support a healthy pregnancy, regulate blood pressure, and reduce stress and anxiety.

You can adjust your neck or back yourself

A chiropractor is trained to safely and effectively perform adjustments. When an amateur tries to adjust their neck or back, they may make a mistake that can cause serious damage to a joint. We therefore advise against self-adjusting your neck or back.

How long does it take before chiropractic care starts working?

Many individuals begin to experience relief after their initial visits, if not the first visit. How long it takes before chiropractic care starts working in your case depends on a number of factors including the severity and nature of the health problem you are grappling with and your lifestyle.

We at Ascent Chiropractic use tried and tested methods to strengthen and stabilize the body so our patients can continue to enjoy their favorite activities without worrying about getting injured. We use a whole-body approach to care which involves considering the body as one interconnected self-sustaining unit. To learn more, call 206-241-3836.


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Achieving Ascent Chiropractic does not happen overnight. However, through regular chiropractic adjustments and lifestyle changes your body can be stronger, more active, and pain-free. Work with us to correct the cause of your body’s dysfunction.

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