Have you ever heard someone say,
“ohhh I go to the chiropractor, but I don’t let him/her touch my neck.”
Or, “I would never go to a chiropractor, they crack bones!”
Well let me “crack” it open for you and dispel any myths about chiropractic that you may have heard.
First off, let’s define what an adjustment is and what the benefit is to the body.
A chiropractic adjustment is the manual manipulation of the vertebrae of the spine to correct structural alignment and improve the body’s physical function. When the bones of the spine are not in proper alignment (also called a subluxation), pressure on the nervous system can result, leading to health problems, pain, and diminished information flow from the brain to the rest of the body.
Now that we understand what a subluxation is, let’s examine four of the most common myths of chiropractic.
Myth 1: An adjustment to the neck causes stroke
Based on current data, the chances of having a stroke after having a chiropractic adjustment to the neck is 1 in 8 million. However, the benefit of removing subluxations in the neck region is to provide a clear path for the brain to be able to communicate with the rest of the body via the spinal cord. As blockages occur over time, the messages from the brain are not able to travel as efficiently to the rest of the body, so removing these blockages is crucial to maintaining health.
Myth 2: Getting an adjustment hurts.
The most common response of a chiropractic patient is relief and relaxation. Taking the pressure off of the nervous system allows the body to function better and that leads to a feeling of comfort. Occasionally, a patient will report muscle tenderness after an adjustment that can be likened to muscle soreness after a workout.
Myth 3: Once you go to the chiropractor, you will have to be a patient for life.
Once you truly understand the benefits of chiropractic care, you will want to be a patient for life! Most people begin seeing a chiropractor because they are experiencing a particular complaint (ex. back pain, headaches, frequent illness). Once that complaint is under control, it is up to the patient to decide how they want to proceed with their care. It is important to understand that continuing on a maintenance plan will help to diminish the effects of a stressful lifestyle, repetitive movements at work, and can help to boost the immune system, energy levels and overall level of health, while preventing illness and problems in the future.
Myth 4: Chiropractors Crack Your Bones
Yes, the sound that is made during a chiropractic adjustment does make a cracking noise. But the reality is that your bones are not being cracked, but rather as the joints of the spine are moved back into proper alignment, the fluid around the joints releases a gas, which makes a popping sound. Remember, eggs get cracked, your bones get adjusted!
If you have further questions about chiropractic care, feel free to discuss your questions and concerns with your chiropractor, they are experts in their field.