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Dispelling the myths surrounding Chiropractic

Over the years, a number of inaccurate and unfounded myths and reports have arisen about the practice of chiropractic care. Usually, these stories come from those whose health philosophies and practices conflict with those of chiropractic. 

It is important to understand the facts, based on solid research and peer-reviewed findings. Here, we’ll go through some of the most common misunderstanding associated with the chiropractic profession and set the rumours straight. 

Spinal adjustments hurt 

Chiropractic adjustments are scientific techniques, practiced to provide relief and pain management for a wide variety of problems. For some people, this relief can even be immediate. Only in acute cases of pain and degenerative problems can there be some short-term discomfort. Some patients report feeling discomfort following their initial treatment, however we take this to be a sign of the body adjusting and adapting to find it natural equilibrium once more. These cases are rare and with continued care will ease and improve.

Spinal adjustments are dangerous

Unless performed by a person not qualified or without tertiary qualifications in the field, manual adjustments are completely safe. Just as doctors are required to be registered by the commonwealth government in order to practice, so too are Chiropractors. If you have been adjusted by anyone other than a qualified chiropractor, osteopath or naturopath in the last ten days it is vital that you consult with a health professional as this is the only situation in which spinal adjustments can pose a threat to your wellbeing. 

Chiropractors lack education compared to Medical Doctors

In today’s education system, students of chiropractic spend as much time in clinical practice and the classroom as medical students. Furthermore, with the improvements in technology, resources and educational standards, the practices of Chiropractic care have also improved.  

The methods of chiropractic care are not scientifically proven

As a profession that has been prominent in the world since 1895, chiropractic has always endeavoured to provide the utmost in care and support for its patients. Especially in the last 20 years, chiropractors have established an array of scientific research programs to further improve, develop and hone the techniques used to treat and heal patients. The Australian Spinal Research Foundation provides research funding for Australian chiropractors to continually build the knowledge base of chiropractic in the scientific research journals. 

Chiropractors only treat back pain

A central focus of chiropractic care is the spine, as it is critical to proper function of the nervous system and a healthy functioning body. However, chiropractic techniques can also help to treat a wide range of sports induced injuries, age-related degenerative disorders and pain in any part of the body caused by injury or accidents. 

If you have any concerns or questions, please rest assured that at Walkerville Chiropractic you are in capable hands. If you do have any concerns or feel uncomfortable at any time during your adjustment or treatment it is important that you let the doctor know. We believe in creating a friendly, satisfied and supportive environment for all of our patients and your wellness and care is our top priority.

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