Debunking Myths About Chiropractic Work in Santa Fe, NM

Myth #1: "Chiropractic hurts"
Fact: Many of our patients feel relief immediately after having a treatment. They usually look forward to their next adjustment. In cases of severe trauma or injury, some discomfort is to be expected before relief can be found. Relief can typically be found after a few treatments.
Myth #2: "Spinal Adjustments are dangerous"
Fact: When performed by a licensed chiropractor, spinal adjustments are extremely safe. Adjustments that are done by anyone who is not a qualified doctor of chiropractic medicine are potentially harmful and will be less effective.
Myth #3: "Chiropractic Doctors lack education compared with medical doctors"
Fact: Chiropractors require 5 years of undergraduate study, 4-5 years of graduate school (a doctorate), and up to 300 clinical hours of patient management and spinal manipulation in a clinical setting.
Myth #4: "Chiropractic is not scientific"
Fact: Evidence proves the success of spinal manipulations. This could be why other medical professionals have been trying to perform spinal manipulations in their own practices. However, this is unsafe.
Myth #5: "Chiropractic care is expensive"
Fact: Chiropractic is proven to be more cost effective in a number of studies done by the government and worker's compensation board. Additionally, there are minimal impacts on the costs of health insurance.
Myth #6: "You'll have to continue chiropractic for the rest of your life"
Fact: Returning for spinal care is no different than returning to your dentist to prevent cavities or gum disease.
Myth #7: "Chiropractors only treat back pain"
Fact: While Chiropractors provide treatment for back and neck pain, they also provide treatment for soft tissue disorders; this includes joint pain; such as ankles, knees, and shoulders.
Myth #8: "If you crack your knuckles or back too much, you'll get arthritis"
This is completely false. Research shows that knuckle cracking can actually cause a delay in the development of osteoarthritis. That does not mean that you should crack your knuckles ever chance you get. This research also shows that there were injuries sustained by individuals applying too much force and causing sprains.
Myth #9: "Chiropractic "cracks" your bones"
Fact: Some techniques involve a manipulation of the spine or joints (the point of connection between two bones). The adjustment is the movement of a target joint in your body, which affects the joint's position and movement. The sound that you can hear sometimes is created by opening the joint space.
Myth #10: "Chiropractic is addictive"
Fact: Chiropractic is only addictive in the same way as exercise. While you get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed, pain free, and more energetic you may see the benefit of continuing chiropractic care.
Myth #11: "Chiropractors are not real doctors"
Fact: A chiropractic college grants a D.C. or Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. Chiropractors are licensed health care providers. As part of their education, chiropractic students complete a residency working with patients in a clinical setting, supervised by licensed doctors of chiropractic. Once chiropractic students graduate, they have to pass national board exams as well as state board exams.
Fact: Just like conventional medical doctors, chiropractors are professionals that are subject to the same type of testing procedures, licensing and monitoring by state and national peer reviewed boards.
Fact: The biggest difference between Chiropractors and medical doctors lies not in their level of education, but in their preferred method of caring for people. Medical doctors are trained in the use of medicines (chemicals that affect your internal biochemistry) and surgery, while chiropractors provide physical solutions to help the body heal naturally.
Myth #12: "Medical doctors don't like Chiropractors"
Fact: Many medical doctors have changed their mind about chiropractic over the years. Several major studies have shown how helpful chiropractic is in helping people with many different conditions. This allowed medical doctors to develop a better understanding about what we do. Many of our patients have told their medical doctors about the great results they experienced at our office.