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Are Chiropractors Doctors? 7 Myths About Chiropractic Care Debunked

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Myth 1: Chiropractic physicians aren’t “real” doctors


While chiropractors do not prescribe medication, it does not mean they aren’t doctors. They are not ‘medical doctors,’ but rather doctors in chiropractic care. A modern chiropractic curriculum contains 110 credits of pre-med courses, including biology, organic chemistry, and physics. Just like medical school, a bachelor's degree is required to begin Chiropractic School.


Chiropractors complete three and a half years of Chiropractic School in order to obtain their Doctors of Chiropractic Degree. They also require a license to practice, as any other doctor. Licensing in all states requires four National Boards and one state Jurisprudence.


In other words, your chiropractor is indeed a doctor!



Myth 2: You need a medical doctor referral to see a chiropractor


No, you do not need a referral from a medical doctor if you want to receive chiropractic care. Legally, chiropractors are considered primary care physicians, so you can see one whenever you experience pain!


Some insurance policies, however, may require a medical doctor’s referral to reimburse your payment for care. With that said, it can be beneficial to involve your doctor in health care decisions. The choice is completely up to you.



Myth 3: Chiropractors only treat back pain


It’s true that spinal manipulation helps relieve pain and improve function in people with acute low-back pain and neck pain, but that’s not all. Chiropractic adjustments have many benefits. They can help manage:


  • Arthritis

  • Frequent headaches

  • Healing after an accident or whiplash

  • Joint pain and dysfunction

  • Mobility

  • Sciatica

  • Stiff muscles or muscle aches



Myth 4: Chiropractic care is only for aging adults


Some clients are surprised to learn that children can benefit from regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic Care can help children with posture, especially if they are carrying heavy backpacks or using handheld devices.


It is important to help children start good posture habits early while using handheld devices and gaming devices. A visit with your Chiropractor can help achieve these habits early.



female chiropractor assisting child with stretch exercise

Myth 5: You must continually see a chiropractor


This is false. Chiropractic care can definitely help you heal after an injury, but it’s completely optional. Many people choose to continually see their chiropractor to support a healthy and active lifestyle.


Our bodies suffer the physical effects of aging, prolonged sitting, and low mobility. Chiropractic Care and assisted stretch sessions are natural ways to help slow the process of degeneration and maintain proper alignment!



Myth 6: Spinal adjustments are painful


Spinal adjustments should not be painful when applied correctly. Patients must take into consideration how long a misalignment has occurred, which requires more force to correct the subluxation (joint dislocation).


A muscle spasm could be another reason a patient may experience pain. Here at Aviva Family Chiropractic, we often combine Assisted Stretch with our chiropractic sessions to ease into an adjustment and provide a more pleasant experience.



Myth 7: There is no supporting evidence to chiropractic treatment


False! There are plenty of medical research and peer review studies with supporting evidence on the benefits of chiropractic care, especially in the areas of low back pain, neck pain and pediatric chiropractic care.


That is to say, it doesn’t hurt to do your own research beforehand! You can check online for reviews about the chiropractor or facility where you plan to receive treatment. It’s also helpful to ask coworkers, relatives, and friends about their experience with chiropractic care and for recommendations.





Are you looking for a San Juan Chiropractor near you?


If you’re looking for natural ways to regain mobility and live a pain-free, active lifestyle, make an appointment to meet with Dr. Tomey, San Juan Chiropractor. Dr. Tomey has experience serving a wide range of patients in need of chiropractic care. Find a natural way to regain your mobility and experience pain relief so you can get back to the things you enjoy!



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