Myths and Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care
What makes the sound during the adjustment?
Spinal joints are like other joints of the body which have a fluid filled sack surrounding them. This keeps them lubricated so that they can easily move. Occasionally when the gas and fluid in the joint shift, a sound is heard.
How effective is chiropractic care for children?
In a 1989 study comparing 200 children under the care of pediatricians and 200 under the care of chiropractors. The study shows that the health of the chiropractic children was markedly superior to the health of the standard medical care.The chiropractic care children had fewer ear infections, fewer cases of tonsillitis, and fewer allergy cases. This also includes less antibiotic treatment and medications including the immunization.
As successful as chiropractic has become, there are many myths to the general public. Many people still do not understand what chiropractors do. Below are a few of the common myths about chiropractic care.
Myth: Once you start going to a chiropractor you have to go for the rest of your life.
This statement comes up frequently when the topic of chiropractic is discussed. It is only partially true. You only have to continue going to the chiropractor as long as you wish to maintain the health of your spinal system. Seeing a chiropractor is much like going to the dentist, exercising at a gym, or eating a healthy diet: As long as you keep it up, you continue to enjoy the benefits.
Although you may only see a chiropractor for pain relief, you should first understand what chiropractors do, and why they ask to see you on a monthly basis. Chiropractic focuses on correcting joint mobility and function without the use of drugs or surgery. Since you use your joints on a daily basis, you are constantly jamming and grinding the joints in your body. Since chiropractors are able to correct these joint problems, and because joint problems left untreated may lead to severe pain in the future, chiropractors recommend regular checkups to protect you from developing a serious problem. By staying on top of your joint health, back pain, neck pain, and headache symptoms can be eliminated.
Chiropractors, like other health care providers, recommend regular checkups. However, under no circumstances is chiropractic "addictive." If you decided to, you can discontinue care at any time.
Myth: Having your bones cracked to often wears on your joints.
Firstly, bones don't crack, either singly or against each one another. All bones in the body are separated by cartilage and never touch each other directly. The noise you hear comes from tiny gas bubbles which form in the joint fluid as pressure is lowered and then pop as the joint settles. Secondly, not only do adjustments not wear out the joints, but leaving the bones misaligned or partially jammed DOES wear on joints. This is because the disc depends on the liquid for its nourishment and lubrication in order to work its normal range of motion.