Common Myths about Chiropractic Care

Common Myths about Chiropractic Care

There are a number of myths commonly believed by the public at large when it comes to chiropractic care. These myths about chiropractic care are not only untrue, but may also discourage those who could benefit from chiropractic treatment the most from following through with a treatment regimen. Self-Treatment Versus Professional Visits A number of people believe that they can adjust their back or other joints in their body by themselves or enlist the help of a friend or loved one. Not only can this mentality cause little relief to the underlying problems, but it may also promote further injuries or long-term pain due to improper adjustment procedure. Chiropractic is Only for the Treatment of Back Pain Although most people tend to relate to back issues when mentioning chiropractic care, all joints in the body can benefit from the treatment. Fingers, wrists, ankles, elbows and knees are all involved in the practice of chiropractic. In fact, many patients who are commonly on their feet choose to follow through with a professional since improper alignment in this area can carry up the kinetic chain to cause further problems and may also lead to chronic headaches. Eating Properly and Exercising Regularly Ensures Optimal Health without Chiropractic Care Many people believe that if they eat healthy foods and exercise on a regular basis that optimal health is achievable. Although it may be true that these habits while drastically increase the quality of your health, a harmonic balance is essential for an optimized health portfolio. According to the Chiropractic for the World Foundation, “Proper balance, healthy spinal motion and a resulting healthy nervous system are all integral to health. Very often, the missing piece of the puzzle in the picture of health is a healthy spine and nervous system. During exercise, it is important to have your spine moving properly and your body to be balanced. If your spine is imbalanced, the physical impacts of exercise will actually wear it out faster”. Image courtesy of Stockimages /...

read more

Chiropractic Myth: Making Joints Crack and Pop is Unhealthy

Chiropractic Myth: Making Joints Crack and Pop is Unhealthy

There are some people in this world that firmly believe the only “snap, crackle and pop” noises that are good for our bodies comes from a bowl of cereal. Their beliefs may stem from an old myth about chiropractic care being bad for the joints, and that’s a belief that definitely couldn’t be any further from the truth. The noises that our bodies make during chiropractic adjustments are absolutely normal. They are caused by our synovial fluid, musculoskeletal movement, changes in pressure and a natural process known as cavitation. Synovial fluid exists naturally in a human’s joints. Made up of plasma dialysate, hyaluronic acid and joint tissue byproducts, this fluid does two major things for our joints. It helps our cartilage remain healthy and it reduces friction when our joints are in use. For the most part, the fluid remains in our joints throughout our life. However, there are ways that it may be lost. The list of things that may cause people to lose synovial fluid includes disease, injury, surgery, infection and the normal aging process. When our joints are in use, cavitation takes place. During cavitation, our synovial fluid expands in volume and releases gas vapor, which subsequently leads to a decrease in internal joint pressure and bubble formation. When our joint’s internal components move again, the bubbles burst and a noise is emitted. Therefore, the cracking and popping noises heard during chiropractic care are no more harmful than the ones sometimes heard when you move your joints on your own. Where the element of danger actually comes in is how the joint is manipulated. A Indianapolis chiropractor knows how to manipulate joints in a way that puts the body back into alignment. You and a well-meaning friend or relative may not have that in-depth knowledge. As a result, any non-professional attempts to “crack” your joints may actually cause misalignment and damage to the joint’s cartilage, tendons and ligaments to occur. Image courtesy of stockimages /...

read more

Common Myths About Chiropractic Care Revealed

Common Myths About Chiropractic Care Revealed

You’re in pain. Perhaps it’s a catch in your neck that keeps you from turning it to one side, a wonderful affliction to have when trying to drive a car full of screaming kids in rush hour traffic to soccer practice. Or maybe you “pulled your back out” doing one of those gymnastic maneuvers that should never be done outside of high school gym class just to prove that you still have the old touch. Whatever the cause of your pain, you just want it stopped and want it stopped now. What about trying chiropractic care? Of course, you do have that one, slightly pessimistic, friend (who doesn’t?) that tries to dissuade you with a list of claims that make chiropractors out to be like old B movie villains. So, just what is the truth? Let’s take a look at some of the most common myths about chiropractic care in Indianapolis, IN. Myth: Chiropractors aren’t real doctors Probably one of the most common myths, yet also the easiest to dispel, is that chiropractors are undereducated and less qualified than medical doctors. The truth is really in the numbers. Chiropractic students undergo 4,485 hours of classroom instruction as compared with a whopping 237 hours less by other medical doctors. In fact, after 4 years of undergraduate school, chiropractors then go on to earn their doctorate after another 4 to 5 years of intensive study. Additionally, State and National board certifications must be passed to become officially licensed. Myth: Once you go, you’ll always have to go The truth is that many people with acute problems experience relief after just a few chiropractic visits. If you’re looking for a quick fix over the best solution, then, yes, you should probably stay away. Conversely, you may find that regular chiropractic adjustments contribute to increased vitality, improved well-being, and are actually an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to continue is entirely yours. Myth: It’s expensive Chiropractic care is actually less expensive, when compared with most doctor’s office visits. The savings are even more significant when considering long-term treatment plans that may include medication and even surgery. Receiving a natural, healthy treatment option makes this a real bargain. Even the government is on board with this line of reasoning, as evidenced by the fact that Medicare, along with many insurance companies, cover chiropractic adjustments. Myth: It’s only for adults Okay, so maybe one of those soccer players we mentioned earlier are screaming because they are in pain and could benefit from an adjustment. Is it really safe for kids as well? The truth is that many children do benefit from chiropractic treatment. In fact, if that screaming kid is actually an infant, it might help to know that some studies have shown an 80-90% reduction in colic after just one chiropractic treatment. After helping to reveal the truth about the most common myths about chiropractic care, you may very well be able to convert your slightly pessimistic friend. Your Indianapolis chiropractor will be more than happy to answer any other questions that you may have. An informed patient is a healthy patient. Priority 1 Medical is located in Indianapolis, IN. We provide safe, effective chiropractic care for the entire family. Our professional staff is proud to...

read more
Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Google PlusVisit Us On Twitter