Updated: May 3, 2020
Myth #1: Chiropractors are not real doctors.
Chiropractors complete a 3-4 year graduate program where they receive a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. Most chiropractic school terms are divided into trimesters or quarters rather than semesters which require chiropractic students to attend school year round, thus allowing students to graduate in less than 4 years. Recent comparisons show that chiropractic students log more classroom hours than medical students overall, as well as in several important areas of study, including anatomy, diagnosis, neurology, orthopedics and radiology.
Myth #2: Chiropractors only treat back pain.
It is true that chiropractors most often treat back pain; however, we are very capable of treating so much more! Here at Stark Chiropractic and Sports, we practice not only spinal care, but sports medicine as well. We are trained to treat extremity injuries such as shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle, as well as a multitude of soft tissue problems like muscle strains and ligament sprains. We offer state of the art technology to aid in treating injuries in and away from the spine.
Myth #3: Chiropractic is too expensive.
Studies show that chiropractic is more cost-effective when compared to medical care. Chiropractic care focuses on conservative treatment such as adjustments and soft tissue treatments, whereas medical care focuses on more invasive treatment options such as injections, medication and surgery. While medical doctors focus on your illness…Chiropractors will focus on your wellness!
Myth #4: Chiropractic adjustments hurt.
The chiropractic adjustment itself rarely hurts, in fact, it brings relief to patients. However, if the patient tenses or does not relax during the adjustment, muscle soreness can follow. An adjustment will correct any misalignments in the spine thus relieving pressure on the spinal nerves and ease pain due to the pressure.
Myth #5: Chiropractic care won’t work for me.
Everyone, from babies to elderly, can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments remove interference between the nervous system and the body, thus promoting proper movement and function. There are many facets to chiropractic care including spinal adjustments, soft tissue work to relieve muscle tension and trigger points, therapeutic exercises and nutritional counseling, among other things.
Dr. Stark is a board certified chiropractor and the author of this blog post.To learn more about Dr. Stark and the many benefits of chiropractic care, please visit our website: www.starkchiroandsports.com.