There are a lot of conflicting opinions on chiropractors and there’s no sense in most cases. Here are the top ten most common Chiropractor myths:
- There is no scientific evidence to show that chiropractic treatment works Chiropractic has a multitude of scientific evidence to prove the treatment works. One of the biggest and most recent parts is a systematic review by Gert Bronfort et al of chiropractical care for a number of conditions. Along with many others it shows that in the treatment of lower back pain, neck pain and even cervicogenic dizziness there is positive evidence. For more detail click Health 1st Chiropractic and Rehabilitation.
- You just need to do a weekend course to be a chiropractor This is totally wrong. You have to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) to call yourself a Chiropractor in the UK.
- Chiropractic is not a specialty recognised by the General Chiropractic Council. Chiropractors are regulated by the Government. It is the world’s most widely used, and fastest growing complementary medicine. There are currently North East London trials on the NHS involving chiropractic, which have been very positive so far.
- Chiropractic care is one of the best medical treatments Chiropractic care has been shown to be risky. The most common concern is that stroke is caused by changes to the arm. A recent Cassidy et al study showed that if you see your GP as you are if you see your chiropractor, you are just as likely to have a stroke. How can you blame the neck adjustment? Unfortunately chiropractors and GPs are seeing people who will have a stroke, which is undetectable in many cases until it happens.
- Chiropractors are not “true doctors” Chiropractors are not licensed physicians. Because they go through similar training hours as mentioned above, they are awarded a D.C. Title after completion, which means Chiropractic Nurse. So even though they’re not a Medical Doctor, they’re a Chiropractic Doctor.
- Chiropractors X-Ray teach each person who is a Chiropractor to read and take X-rays. Because of this it is important for chiropractors to follow strict guidelines (IRMER) to whom they can and can not x-ray. There must always be justification of x-ray and that is present in the vast majority of cases.
- Chiropractors are bones that just break. That can’t be wholesome!
Chiropractors don’t break bones. We inject a particular impulse into a joint to extend the receptors with a view to returning the joint to normal function. This is required in cases where the spine does not function properly and is proven to be a safe method of doing so.
- Even chiropractors deal with spine problems Chiropractors are trained to deal with all problems that affect the joints, muscles, and nerves. It varies from issues in the knee to ankle problems to problems in the back. Chiropractors often know about other pathologies outside of what they treat so they can identify if something more severe is happening and so they can change their style of treatment to suit the individual.
- Chiropractors claim to fix all problems by changing the spine This is incorrect. This was the philosophy first discovered in the 1800s as chiropractic. Since that time, chiropractic has made great strides just like medicine, and now operates mainly off current medical science. Many chiropractors continue to follow the original theory, and it is important to find a suitable chiropractor.
- Chiropractors are just after your money Because chiropractic care isn’t free people assume chiropractors are just after your money. If you were to ask a group of students in the first year why they chose to be a chiropractor, it would be helping people, not trying to earn money. If somebody is not improving the way they should, chiropractors often give free treatments or reduced rates. It is a situation of several affecting many, a few uninformed chiropractors have given many chiropractors a bad name.