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Although chiropractic care got its start back in the late 19th century, the practice is still relatively new on the medical scene. It’s not quite as prevalent as the many general practitioners and hospitals that have sprung up in cities across the country, but it is gaining traction and recognition. Naturally, this somewhat limited exposure can lead to the spread of misconceptions regarding chiropractic philosophy and technique. We’re here to help set the record straight! If you’re curious to learn more about chiropractic, read on as we dispel some of the myths that still surround the practice today.

Myth #1: Chiropractors don’t have the same level of education as real doctors.

This statement actually contains two misconceptions in one. First, an individual requires a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and licensure in order to practice, so they may be considered a “real” doctor in every sense. Second, their education is fairly comparable, as many chiropractic schools actually require more classroom hours than medical schools.

Myth #2: There’s an age limit when it comes to chiropractic care.

Many people come into our office with the preconceived notion that chiropractic is only for adults. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! We encourage people of all ages to seek chiropractic care, including children and infants.

Myth #3: Chiropractic care is only effective in treating back pain.

While back pain may be one of the most common symptoms that drive people to seek chiropractic care, it’s far from the only benefit of our practice. Chiropractic actually seeks to correct and optimize your nervous system through spinal manipulation. This can have fairly widespread effects, helping with things like migraines, arthritis, insomnia, and even immunity.

Myth #4: Chiropractors are at odds with traditional medical doctors.

Despite what you may have heard, chiropractors and medical doctors can actually have very beneficial collaborative relationships. This integration allows a patient to receive more comprehensive care in all aspects of their personal health and wellness.

Myth #5: You have to commit to a lifetime of treatment.

Your decision to begin chiropractic care does not have to be a binding commitment. Many people come in seeking treatment for acute symptoms, which requires a more rigorous schedule. But it’s perfectly normal for treatment to taper off or even end completely. Once in a while, you might consider scheduling an appointment if you see your symptoms return.

Learn More With Wirth Chiropractic & Active Living Center

We’d be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding our practice or details of the treatment itself. Visit the About page on our website to see what we have to offer, or connect with us directly today!