De-Bunking Old Myths: The Truth About Chiropractic
Thursday, December 5, 2013
"Chiropractors are Quacks”, "They’re not real doctors”, "It’s
dangerous for your body to be moved like that”, "They do nothing but
crack your back”. If you’re a Chiropractor, you’ve probably heard most
of this before. Whether it’s via traditional medical doctors, friends,
family, or on TV, there are plenty of myths that surround the
Chiropractic profession. We all know none of this is true. But changing
public opinion can be an uphill battle sometimes, especially when
there’s so much erroneous information out there. The fact is,
Chiropractic has been a proven, natural way of improving health and
healing the body for over 100 years. In many cases, it’s more effective
than traditional medicine, and has far fewer negative health
consequences. But how do we break down these negative stereotypes and
The easiest way to convince someone that Chiropractic is safe and
effective is to treat them, and show them the direct results. But that
can be tough, as their fears and prejudices may keep them from even
stepping foot in your office. So in lieu of that, it’s our job to
educate them with the facts. The first step is to convince them that
it’s safe. Manipulating the human body with your hands is something not
everyone can do, and requires a lot of practice and study. But working
with the body’s natural shape and energy poses very little threat to a
person’s health or well-being. Conventional medicine, on the other hand,
almost always has proven side effects that can be dangerous, or even
deadly. Unlike conventional medicine, Chiropractic care doesn’t offer a
quick fix heal, but rather offers a way for your body to heal itself.
You’d trust your body over a chemical, wouldn’t you?
Another myth that needs to be de-bunked is that Chiropractors are not
"real doctors”, but rather amateur healers looking to make a quick buck
by offering a quick fix. This couldn’t be further from the truth, yet
it’s one of the biggest criticisms of the profession. While
Chiropractors don’t study for a traditional MD degree, they spend
thousands of hours studying, practicing, and testing in order to be able
to practice their trade. Much like an MD, a Chiropractor must study
human anatomy, nutrition, bone and muscle composition, and body energy.
By the time they have their own practice, a Chiropractor will have spent
years studying from books and classes, as well as having years of
practical experience under the tutelage of other DCs. Also, a
Chiropractor’s main purpose is to heal the human body and reduce
suffering, which by definition is one of the tenets of being a doctor.
Lastly, it’s vital to explain to people that a Chiropractor does a
whole lot more than "cracking backs”. This myth is probably the most
common, and the easiest to understand due to the sound your body makes
while getting adjusted. While we all know that’s not a "crack”, and
actually the movement and release of gases, they don’t. Many skeptics
also don’t know that Chiropractors work with your entire body, not just
your back. It’s important to explain that an alignment is a way to open
up your body to better natural energy. When your body is aligned
correctly, it can positively affect many aspects of your health, as well
as preventing injury and illness.
Breaking down negative stereotypes and myths isn’t easy, but it’s an
important part of our profession, and a great way to expand its cultural
acceptance. Educating people on health is one of the pillars of
Chiropractic. The more you can help teach people about their body, the
more inclined they will be to allow you to work with them.
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