Top 10 Chiropractic Myths.

1. Chiropractors are not really doctors.

Chiropractors are issued Doctorate of Chiropractic degrees or DC degrees.  A chiropractor has to go through an intensive graduate program including four national boards and clinical hours working on  patients to hone their skills.   While chiropractors focus on drugless non surgical treatment of musculo-skeletal and neurological conditions it is an important distinction from MDs who often utilize drugs and surgery for treatment and tend to focus less on manual therapy.

Class Hours
Subject Medical
Class Hours
520 Anatomy-Embryology 508
440 Physiology 326
360 Pathology-Geriatrics-Pediatrics 401
165 Chemistry 325
120 Microbiology 114
130 Diagnosis 114
630 Diagnosis, Dermatology, eyes-ears-nose-throat 324
320 Neurology 112
360 Radiology 148
60 Psychology 144
60 Obstetrics-Gynecology 148
225 Orthopedics 156
1,598 Specialty Courses 1,492
Total Class Hours

NOTE:   Adapted from: Chapman-Smith, D. The Chiropractic Profession. NCMIC Group Inc. 2000.

2. Chiropractic is dangerous

Several studies have shown chiropractic to be extremely safe. The American Chiropractic Association has compiled information about risk of death from spine surgery, neck surgery, and taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin, all of which have a much higher risk of serious side effects and death.

3. Chiropractic is for adults only

OSHA estimates that a child sustains 1,500 spinal–related traumas before the age of 5.  Chiropractic can help alleviate these traumas by assuring proper alignment and spinal motion fallowing these traumas.  It is much easier to raise a healthy spine than it is to correct and fix a damaged spine.

4. Chiropractic is expensive

Here in the United States chiropractic care is covered by the vast majority of insurances including major medical, auto insurance in the case of an accident, and medicare.  Even without insurance coverage paying out of pocket is still very affordable especially when considering the alternatives.   A study conducted in 2010, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, showed that when care was initiated by a doctor of chiropractic, for patients experiencing low back pain it was 20% cheaper than when initiated by a medical doctor.


5.Once you start going to a chiropractor you have to go for the rest of your life

While those who choose to utilize chiropractic on a regular basis have better spinal health and experience less spinal pain it is by no means a requirement.  Many patients choose to you chiropractic care only when they are in pain while others choose to use chiropractic to enhance their lifestyle and performance.  It is comparable to using a gym and exercising, those who continue to exercise tend to see better results.  It is a personal decision of each individual when to utilize chiropractic care and when not to utilize.   As a doctors’ of chiropractic we are happy to give suggestions based on each individuals goals and expectations of care.

6.Chiropractic is just for back pain.

A Chiropractor’s primary goal is to improve spinal function and therefore improve the function of the nervous system.   By doing this many “side effects” are achieved they include decreased pain such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, sciatica and so on.  By increasing the function of the nervous system many organ systems can improve their function many patients have reported improvement in bowel function, decreased heart burn, more energy, decreased sickness, less allergies, improved posture and many more!

7.Chiropractic doesn’t work

Chiropractic has been utilized by millions of individuals since its inception in the late 1800s.  Some of the most vocal advocates include Tiger Woods, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lance Armstrong, Emmit Smith, Jerry Rice and many others.   Here are some testimonials of our patients who have experienced phenomenal results through chiropractic.

8. During an adjustment your bones grind against each other.

The sound heard during an adjustment is called a cavitation and it is just gas being released from a joint.  When a chiropractor makes an adjustment to a joint gas being released out of the joint capsul makes the sound similar to a “pop” or a “crack”.   It is very similar to the sound made when opening a soda can.

9. Chiropractic adjustments hurt.

The vast majority of patients report relief from an adjustment.  A very few may report some soreness fallowing an adjustment but skilled chiropractors have many different options in performing an adjustment that vary in speed and force and can cater to the needs of the individual patient.

10. Medical Doctors don’t like chiropractors and vice versa.

Many years ago there was some truth in this myth as the American Medical Association tried to discourage referrals and deface the chiropractic profession.  You can read about that here in the court case Wilk v. AMA .   Today the vast majority of enlightened chiropractors and enlightened medical doctors realize that there is a need and a place for both professions.  The beauty of the relationship is where medical doctors lack in training and experience of working manually with patients chiropractors are specifically trained in that specialty.  On the other side where chiropractors experience is lacking medical doctors have their most training and expertise.   At our clinic we take pride in being experts in what we know and referring out for conditions that are out of our scope of practice.  We are happy to refer to great primary care physicians, neurosurgeons, pain specialist, and many other providers that can improve the patients outcomes.

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