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Chiropractors have been stereotyped for years simply because the American Medical Association has never fully understood chiropractic care. However, studies have proven the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment, and injury rates remain exceptionally low. In fact, chiropractors pay some of the lowest malpractice premiums in the medical field for a good reason—their clients are rarely injured. Below, we disprove some of the common myths about chiropractic care.
While spinal misalignment can cause a plethora of back complications, manipulation of the spine can reduce pain in other areas of the body. If you are suffering from migraine headaches or sciatica, for example, spinal alignment can help relieve your pain. Chiropractic care extends much further than simply the back. Adjustments in the ankles, feet, hips, shoulders, neck, and other body parts are common practice for our Chattanooga chiropractors.
Chiropractic adjustments are rarely ever painful, and most patients actually feel a sense of relief and relaxation during and after treatment. The popping noise that occurs when you crack a knuckle or have your back adjusted is simply pressurized gas being released. This is referred to as cavitation and is a completely normal and natural part of chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractors often spend the same number of years of training as other physicians. Typical undergraduate degrees that chiropractors have to include biology, chemistry, or other health sciences. Many have certifications in physical therapy and nutrition, as well. A chiropractic degree takes between three and six years of education, which is followed by clinical internships during which the newly-graduated student is mentored by a more senior chiropractor.
Chiropractic care has actually been around since the fourth century A.D., despite not going mainstream until about 30 years ago. DD Palmer, the first “modern-day” chiropractor, began treating patients in 1895, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Chiropractic care has been around for a long time, and the techniques used by our doctors have been refined over many years to only include the safest and most success-proven methods.
Once upon a time, chiropractic care was considered “alternative medicine.” Those days are long gone. Many private and employer-sponsored health plans include chiropractic care as preventative care as well as drug-free pain treatment. In fact, according to the ACA, up to 87% of insured workers may have access to chiropractic care through their health insurance.
As someone who is new to chiropractic adjustments, it is entirely understandable if you have further questions. Here at Atlas Total Health Chiropractic, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have about the treatment options that we provide. Do not hesitate to call one of our experienced Chattanooga chiropractors to set up an appointment at (866) 668-0108 today.