Chiropractors sometimes get a bad rap. People tell terrifying tales of chiropractors cranking necks around and potentially making people sick or injured worse than when they came in. But is it really true? Here's what you should know about the reality of seeing a chiropractor.
If It Were True..
Think about it for a second. If people were actually horrendously injured by chiropractors on a regular basis, you would have heard about it. The news would be covering it, and malpractice lawsuits would be getting levied from everywhere against chiropractors. Chiropractors would have to shut their doors and go out of business, and the whole trade would likely go away. But that's not the case at all. Most people who go to chiropractors experience immediate relief and feel so much better after coming.
It's important to remember here that your chiropractor isn't just a masseuse or an untrained person. They're a medical professional. Most chiropractors have to go to college first in order to get their medical degrees. This allows them to study the full anatomy of the body and to understand how everything works together. On top of that, they then go to chiropractor school, which adds several more years of training on top of their general medical training.
For this reason, you should feel as safe in their hands as you would when you visit your general physician.
But what about the tales of people getting their necks cracked manually by hand? Well, this is actually true of many chiropractors. Some chiropractors use their own bodies to implement the treatment, like using their hands and arms to help correct misaligned spines and necks and to adjust tight muscles that are attached to them. But that's not true of all of them.
If you're nervous about the idea, you can always ask your chiropractor if they use specific tools. For example, the activator tool is a small, targeted tool used to move the vertebrae back into position. This means you always get the same amount of pressure every time, and it's less nerve-wracking for those who are new to chiropractic care.
Chiropractors would have long gone out of business if they couldn't be trusted and were actually injuring people. Most of these stories are urban legends and have no basis in reality. If you're tired of the pain that you're in, it's a good idea to seek out help from a chiropractor.
To learn more, contact a chiropractor.