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Addressing Common Fears About Chiropractic

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According to the American Chiropractic Association, it’s estimated that chiropractors treat more than 35 million Americans (adults and children) annually! This popular alternative medicine focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, with a particular emphasis on the spine. Despite its growing popularity, there are several common fears and misconceptions surrounding chiropractic that often deter people from seeking this form of natural care.

Is it Safe?

One of the most common fears surrounding chiropractic care is its safety. However, the risk is minimal when seeking treatment from a certified and board-certified chiropractor. “Taking an ibuprofen is statistically much riskier than getting manipulation to the neck,” said Dr. Bannon. Additionally, comparing malpractice premiums paid by chiropractors to those of general practitioners reveals that chiropractic care carries significantly lower risks. This information should put patients at ease, knowing that chiropractic care is a safe and viable option for managing musculoskeletal conditions.

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Do I Have to Go Forever?

Another concern often voiced by individuals considering chiropractic care is whether they must continue treatment indefinitely. The notion that once you start seeing a chiropractor, you have to go forever is a misconception. While chiropractic care can provide significant relief and improve overall function, the frequency and duration of treatment vary depending on the individual’s condition. Many patients experience long-lasting benefits from chiropractic adjustments and may only require periodic visits for maintenance or preventive care. Education and understanding how they feel after an adjustment compared to periods without treatment can help patients make informed decisions about follow-up care.

Does It Hurt?

Pain is another fear associated with chiropractic care, particularly regarding neck adjustments and the popping sounds that often accompany them. However, chiropractic adjustments do not have to be painful. Most patients do not experience pain during an adjustment. Some individuals may feel a slight soreness following their first few sessions, but this is relatively rare.

It’s important to note that chiropractors are vested in their patients’ well-being and would not have repeat visits if the treatment was consistently painful. Understanding this can help alleviate fears and encourage individuals to explore the benefits of chiropractic care.

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