You’ve probably heard a lot of fables about chiropractic.
In fact, you’ve probably heard a lot of crazy stuff about everything in life.
- The earth is flat.
- The planets and sun revolve around earth.
- We’re the center of the universe.
We all know those things aren’t true.
The same can be said about what you might think is true about chiropractic care.
Here are a few things you thought were true:
- Chiropractic can make you feel worse.
Actually, here’s the kicker:
You may have heard from a friend, acquaintance, or coworker that their visit to the chiropractor left them feeling worse than they did before.
In some cases, when first beginning chiropractic care, patients may feel temporarily worse before they feel better.
A good analogy to consider when attempting to understand this process, would be the pain and weakness experienced at the beginning of a new exercise program.
Misalignments in your spine may have been present for years before beginning chiropractic care.
When a chiropractor realigns your vertebrae, it may take some time for your muscles, joints, and ligaments to adapt to their improved positioning.
This may cause brief discomfort, but continued care will leave you feeling better and stronger!
- Chiropractors actually walk on your back.
Not quite certain if anyone actually believes this anymore – but no, Chiropractors do not walk on your back.
Chiropractic care focuses on the overall health of the body, particularly the spine and nervous system. This silly myth likely originated from the sensations associated with spinal manipulation.
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques when doing this, and rely on their in depth knowledge of human anatomy to understand which parts of your spine are poorly aligned.
- Chiropractic focuses only on pain management.
They do more:
If you feel fine, then why would you need to visit a chiropractor?
Chiropractic care focuses on improving your overall health, as opposed to only relieving symptoms. In this, chiropractic differs greatly from the traditional medical approach to health.
There is something very important you must understand about health:
Your health is not how you feel, but how well your body is functioning.
While it may seem apparent that these two things are linked, oftentimes-physical diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease can be manifesting within your body for 10-25 years before you experience symptoms.
What does this have to do with chiropractic care you might ask?
Chiropractors can assess the overall function your nervous system and identify areas of interference in the connection between your brain and body.
The nervous system heals, regulates, and coordinates the function of the entire body, and therefore it is extremely important that it is functioning properly.
- Chiropractic care will only be beneficial to the health of your spine.
Here’s the deal:
While Chiropractic care often focuses on the health of the spine, the spine itself, and nervous system to which it is intimately linked, are central to an individual’s overall health.
Misaligned vertebrae can disrupt the function of your nervous system, and contribute to the development of a variety of health issues.
Conditions that impede the function of the nervous system can inhibit the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself.
Chiropractors can identify and correct issues with the function of the nervous system, allowing the body to function properly and for better overall health.
- Chiropractic won’t help you recover from illness or cure a disease.
What’s the bottom line?
Chiropractors do not claim to cure anything.
The focus of chiropractic care is help restore the proper function of the nervous system.
By restoring homeostasis (proper function) to the nervous system, chiropractic care can help relieve a variety of ailments including: Headaches, Allergies, Fatigue, High Blood Pressure, Depression, Asthma, a Weak Immune System, and many more.
While this is not a “cure” in the sense of symptom relief, Chiropractic care improves the function of the nervous system, and in turn, the body’s ability to heal itself.