I’m sure there are a lot more myths than these about seeing a chiropractor, but since I’ve been in Montreal, these are the ones I’m hearing most often:
1. Once you start seeing a chiropractor, you have to keep going forever.
It’s always your choice. Getting adjustments isn’t addictive and if you’re coming in for help with a certain condition, you can stop when it resolves. Some patients come for periodic checkups to prevent a recurrence. Some come for relief of back pain and stop coming when the pain goes. Others see chiropractors for preventative care to maintain a healthy spine and prevent osteoarthritis from developing or worsening. I’ll admit it, I’m biased – I think we should all try to improve our spinal health. To me it’s like saying, “Once you start exercising, you have to keep doing it,” or, “Once you start eating healthy foods, you have to keep doing it to stay healthy.” But remember, it’s always your choice. In my practice, there’s no hard sell. I ask you what your health goals are and we do our best to get you there as quickly as possible.
2. Seeing a chiropractor is dangerous.
In the short time that I’ve been in Montreal, I’ve heard this a lot. But, if you look at the statistics, chiropractic is remarkably safe. Just consider the fact that taking one aspirin is much more dangerous than any chiropractic adjustment.
Also, consider the fact that the world’s best athletes and professional sports teams regularly use a chiropractor.
Would Hollywood celebrities routinely use chiropractors, or have chiropractors on set, if it was in fact so dangerous? Not a chance.
If the world’s highest paid sports athletes and celebrities visit a chiropractor to maximize their health and well-being, that should be a good indication as to how safe chiropractic is.
Closer to home, Montrealer Georges St-Pierre visits a chiropractor to boost his performance and here’s a quote from the Montreal Canadiens Michael Cammalleri:
“Regular sports chiropractic treatment has helped me to better understand by body. It has for me, taken the concept of injury rehabilitation to that of injury prevention and performance enhancement.”
3. The Chiropractor cracks your bones.
I’m serious, I hear this one all the time. Pretty sure, if I’m “cracking bones,” I’m in a lot of trouble. During a manual adjustment, often times you’ll hear a “pop.” That’s carbon dioxide bubbles forming when the joint surfaces gap. Essentially, you’re creating a vacuum and CO2 bubbles form. That being said, not everyone likes manual adjustments. I also use a wide range of low/no force techniques from Activator to Network Spinal Analysis to accommodate everyone as best I can. You have to find what works for you and what you’re most comfortable with. An adjustment should be a pleasant experience, you definitely don’t want to be afraid of the adjustment. If you’re anxious of manual adjustments, we’ll find a solution for you.
4. Seeing a chiropractor will give you arthritis.
In a word, no. I’ve been hearing this one from patients quite a bit lately. I guess some people worry that if they feel so good after an adjustment that it must have some detrimental effects. I have no idea where this one comes from, but let’s look at it. We get arthritis/wear and tear/decay/ osteoarthritis/spondylosis – whatever you want to call it, when joints aren’t moving properly. If joints aren’t moving enough, they’re going to wear and become arthritic. The chiropractic adjustment restores motion to joints that aren’t moving enough. So in fact, the exact opposite is the case. Restoring motion to the spinal joints will prevent arthritis. Take a look at people who have been doing yoga or getting adjustments preventatively for a relatively long period of time. They have better posture, they stand more comfortably, they move better, they have less pain, they have better health. Then take a look at their X-rays, typically you’ll find less arthritis. Like we’ve said before – “If you rest, you rust.” Keep your spinal joints healthy with chiropractic adjustments and experience better health and less arthritis.
As always, if you have any questions, or concerns, please contact me.