Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Truth Behind Chiropractic

Since beginning in 1895, chiropractic has grown into a reputable and well-respected form of healthcare. Yet, over the years quite a few “myths” have developed about chiropractic care. Below are five of the biggest myths and truths behind them. 

Chiropractors aren't "Real" doctors
Truth - Chiropractors are licensed Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) who have earned degrees from nationally accredited colleges and universities. Chiropractors receive as many or more hours of college instruction, especially in anatomy and physiology, than medical doctors and the average chiropractic student is in college for 9 years. Chiropractic students must also pass up to five different parts of the national board exam before obtaining a state license to practice chiropractic. 

Chiropractic is not a "legitimate" form of healthcare
Truth - Chiropractic is recognized by the National Institutes of Health and licensed in all 50 states as an effective form of healthcare. Researchers worldwide have published studies and reports on the numerous positive effects of chiropractic. It has helped provide relief for millions of people suffering from chronic and debilitating pain and dysfunction including celebrities, professional athletes, and military veterans. 

Chiropractic adjustments are "Dangerous"
Truth - Hundreds of clinical studies have proven chiropractic adjustments to be a safe and effective treatment for people of all ages. Chiropractic is an all-natural, holistic healthcare practice, which can help people avoid surgery and drugs. A chiropractic adjustment should only be provided by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and it is not safe for a lay person to try to provide a spinal adjustment. Proper adjustment techniques require the training and experience of a chiropractor. 

Chiropractic isn't covered by insurance
Truth - Chiropractic care is very affordable and much less costly than surgery and medications. Medicare and most insurance companies cover chiropractic visits because research has shown chiropractic to be an effective preventative and rehabilitative therapy in addition to very cost effective. Further, chiropractic can help many people avoid costly and invasive surgeries. 

Chiropractic only helps back pain
Truth - Chiropractors are trained to address the biomechanics of the spine and how it effects the nervous system of the body as a whole.  Although they regularly also treat patients for leg, back, hip, neck, and shoulder pain. Other conditions that respond well to chiropractic include headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis, digestive disorders, fertility and many other ailments. In addition, chiropractors are advocates for healthy lifestyles and injury prevention. Thus, chiropractors regularly treat patients for general health and fitness to prevent injury before it occurs. Many athletes, both amateur and professional, see a chiropractor as part of their training regimen.

Chiropractic is an all-natural healthcare practice backed by scientific research and millions of personal testimonials. Our office provides initial consultations free of charge to determine if chiropractic can help your problem or condition and a chiropractic examination can help determine if there are any problems with your body's alignment, symmetry, range of motion, or mobility. The health benefits received from chiropractic care can lead to a greatly improved quality of life.  Call our office today, at (303) 463-0722, to set up an appointment to see if chiropractic can help you!

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