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Chiropractic Myths and Misconceptions

One of the major hurdles that chiropractic has had to overcome since it's inception in 1895 is that of a misunderstanding of what it is that we do, and what it is that we don't.  Hopefully I can shed light on some of those facts and myths today.  

Myth #1:  "Chiropractic adjustments are painful."  In many cases that is the furthest thing from the truth. In fact, it can be a very relieving experience for many.  There are many different adjusting techniques available depending on the needs of the patient, many of which are also extremely light force.  Infants for example, receive an adjustment that rivals the pressure used to check the ripeness of a tomato.  

Myth #2:  That brings me to my next myth which is that "children do not need regular spinal check-ups like adults do."  Not true.  The birth process, whether a traditional birth or a c-section, is the number one cause of spinal problems in infants.  80-100 lbs of pressure is used on a newborn's head during a traditional birth, which in many cases causes severe trauma to the upper portion of their neck.  This is a lead contributor to many early childhood problems such as colic, ear infections, asthma, difficulty sleeping, and many more.  Getting your newborn checked by a chiropractor soon after birth is extremely important.

Myth #3"Chiropractic is about back and neck pain."  Yes, but it is so much more.  Chiropractic is truly about optimizing the function of your nervous system regardless of the presence or absence of outward symptoms.  

Myth #4:  "Once you start going to the chiropractor, you will HAVE TO go for the rest of your life."  This one makes me laugh every time I hear it.  In life we may come across things that help us live a better life that we will want to continue forever.  This doesn't mean that you HAVE TO do it for the rest of your life, but rather will WANT TO.  Getting your spine checked on a regular basis is advised whether you are 1 day old, or 100 years old.