I’m a very social person and am happy to meet new people when I get out and about in the city. When people learn I’m a chiropractic student, they often think it’s really cool, but they have questions. I’m not quite a doctor of chiropractic yet, but as a student and an experienced chiropractic patient, I’ve gained some insight into the world of chiropractic. Here are some common misconceptions or questions that come to me from friends, family, and new acquaintances:
1. If I start going to a doctor of chiropractic, will I have to go the rest of my life?
Some chiropractors may put you on a plan to take care of your primary problem and then shift you to a wellness plan, which would have you coming in about once a month. Other chiropractors may focus on your primary problem and then leave it up to you to return when you want. Do you need a tune-up? Do you want to go in before you feel like you need a tune-up? Are you feeling great and aligned and will do just fine without going to see the chiropractor?
I would say find a chiropractor that aligns with what you want out of treatment. The difference in wellness care and frequency of visits represents the differing philosophies of chiropractors in the field, just like MD’s, DO’s, DDS’s, and PT’s have differing philosophies in their respective fields.
2. I’m afraid the doctor will snap my neck.
Actors and actresses make it look really easy to snap someone’s neck on screen. U.S. Marines or some other special forces might get training on how to do it efficiently. Chiropractic students are only taught how to adjust a joint to create motion within anatomical limits. We don’t know how to break a neck. In very rare cases, a patient may experience a mild sprain from a cervical adjustment, but we certainly won’t break your neck.
3. Why should I ever go to a chiropractor? I don’t believe in them.
Chiropractic isn’t something to believe, but something to know. There is a growing amount of evidence-based research in support of chiropractic care and its benefits. Also, doctor of chiropractic students study nearly the same curriculum as MD’s and DO’s in regard to anatomy, physiology, pathology, and diagnosis of all systems of the body – more than 4,200 hours.
The main difference in the end is that we focus more on structures where they focus more on the chemical workings of the body. Furthermore, if you have, let’s say, elbow pain, and you go to a chiropractor’s office, there’s a very good chance the doctor will be able to help decrease your pain level and restore some motion to the elbow if it was limited before. That treatment affected your pain level and functionality. These all indicate a science and a method to improving health that is beyond something to simply believe in.
4. Chiropractors just want my money.
Every profession has people that are just out for people’s money. Chiropractors are not immune to this. Not every chiropractor is the same, though, and many of them deeply care about their patients’ health and general well being. Find one that’s right for you.
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