Chiropractic was discovered in the late 1800s. At the time, medicines could be quite toxic. They often contained alcohol, mercury or arsenic. Or worse.
Then along comes chiropractic. Which turned the prevailing germ theory on its head. It advanced an entirely different model of health and healing.
Even after more than a century of results, myths still abound. Here are some of the more common. Plus, the truth that millions of chiropractic patients can confirm:
Myth #1: Chiropractic treats pain.
The purpose of chiropractic is to reduce nervous system interference. Usually along the spine. This helps restore your innate ability to self-heal.
Chiropractors assess the spinal column. They locate areas of misaligned vertebrae affecting the nerves they are supposed to protect.
Chiropractors use their hands or a hand instrument. They apply a precise amount of energy at the right time and place. This helps nudge wayward spinal bones into a healthier position. These chiropractic adjustments are precise and specific. And thankfully, feel great.
Adjustments restore function, not treat pain. If your body is working as it should, it has little need to express pain.
Myth #2: Chiropractors think they can cure anything.
Chiropractic doesn’t cure anything! If there’s going to be any curing, your body will do it. If there isn’t any interference.
Chiropractors don’t add drugs. And chiropractors don’t surgically remove tissues. Instead, they reduce nerve interference. A clear nerve supply allows the body to best express its healing capacity.
That’s why chiropractors are interested in the nervous system. With a revived nerve supply, your self-healing abilities are released. And then, anything is possible.
Myth #3: Chiropractic isn’t scientific.
Your nervous system controls and regulates every cell, tissue and organ. Research confirms nerve compromise can alter the way the body functions. Nerve interferences are most common due to the moving bones of the spine. Objective tests help locate these “vertebral subluxations.” Chiropractic adjustments are designed to help correct or reduce them.
Myths #4: Chiropractors receive an inferior education.
Perhaps that was true decades ago. Times have changed. These days chiropractic and medical curricula are quite similar.
Granted, medical doctors receive training in drugs and surgery. Chiropractors focus on physiology and spinal adjusting. Then, they must pass board examinations and strict licensing requirements. All doctors attend ongoing education programs for license renewal.
Myths #5: Chiropractors only address spinal conditions.
Chiropractic methods used with the spine can be adapted to other joints.
Chiropractors routinely aid shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips and ankles among others.
The more you learn about chiropractic, the more you’ll understand that it’s a simple idea that has stood the test of time.