You may have noticed our #MythMonday on our social media pages. Well here is a summary of the many Chiropractic Myths we have been busting.
Myth #1 – Chiropractor are not real doctors
Chiropractors spend no less than 5 years studying the neuromuscular skeletal system. The Ashgrove Spinal Centre’s, Dr Bailey, has completed a Bachelor of Science degree, Masters Degree in Chiropractic and Science Honours Degree, along with several other post graduate qualifications. So as you can see, Dr Bailey is a fully qualified and registered health professional who is highly trained to diagnose and/or treat conditions of the neuromuscular skeletal system.
Myth #2 – I can crack my back on my own
Proper positioning is crucial for a chiropractic adjustment. When someone attempts to adjust their own back, any joint capable of moving can make a sound. However, just because you have heard a “pop” does not mean you have restored the proper movement to the right joint. This is why it is important to have a qualified health professional, like Dr Robert Bailey, who is trained to treat conditions of the neuromuscular skeletal system.
Myth #3 – Chiropractor crack your bones
“Chiropractors crack your bones” is in fact, a myth! An adjustment is the most common form of treatment used by a chiropractor. An adjustment is a non-invasive, manual procedure that is delivered by our skilled and qualified Chiropractor, Dr Bailey. The sound sometimes heard during an adjustment is not bones being cracked. What you are hearing is caused by the slight opening of the joint space and the release of gas within that space, both safe and healthy for your body.
Myth #4 – Chiropractic care only helps with back pain
This is one of the most common myths we hear at TASC! Chiropractors are actually trained to care for all of the joints in your body. Back pain is the most common reason for visiting a chiropractor, but closely following it is neck pain and headaches. For a list of common conditions that bring patient’s in to see Dr Bailey click here http://tasc.net.au/commonconditions/
Myth #5 – Chiropractic care is not good for children
Actually, regular chiropractic care for kids can train their bones, joints, nerves and muscles to function to their best ability. Chiropractic care for children can help their body to heal itself from activity, sports, injuries, illness and other stresses their body endures throughout their youth and adulthood.
Myth #6 –Adjustments are painful
Actually, typically spinal adjustments do not hurt at all. In fact, most of Dr Bailey’s patients feel great relief after receiving an adjustment at TASC. On occasion, such as an acute injury, it may feel uncomfortable, but an adjustment should never hurt! Overtime, most people feel a continuing sense of ease during and after an adjustment. This is one reason why many people make Chiropractic care an important part of their healthy lifestyle!
Myth #7 – Chiropractic care is expensive
Obviously the person who came up with this myth had not had proper chiropractic care. Patients who have experienced long-term care know it improves your quality of life and is worth every penny. Chiropractic care is affordable and often covered by your health fund.
Myth #8 – Chiropractic neck adjustments cause strokes
There is no scientific evidence that there is an increased risk of any serious injury even following a chiropractic adjustment. Research into the safety of chiropractic care has demonstrated that there is no evidence of excess risk of stroke associated with chiropractic care compared to other forms of health care.
Myth #9 – There is no scientific proof chiropractic care works
Studies completed over the last few years have actually proven the positive benefits of chiropractic care. This includes reduced pain, increased immune function, general wellbeing and increased brain function. Chiropractic care has demonstrated favourable results over pharmaceutical management when dealing with neck and back pain.
Myth #10 – Children don’t have pain like adults do. They don’t need chiropractic care.
Scientific reports show that low back pain often begins in childhood. 20% to 51% of school children have one or more episodes of low back pain. Pain from joints and muscle problems in kids younger than 6 years old is hard to study, but at times problems developing in infants can result in common difficulty such as infantile torticollis, scoliosis, breastfeeding difficulty, delay of motor development and skull asymmetry.