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This week I want to talk about some of the misconceptions that we hear about the world of chiropractic care. We get a lot of questions that deal with what we do and what our training was like, so here are some of the most common ones that occur often. It is important for any doctor to be open with their patients and it is something we always strive to do.
1. Are Chiropractors Actual Doctors? Yes, chiropractors are licensed doctors. Many people think that chiropractors don’t have medical training, but that isn’t true. In fact, chiropractors go to medical school just like any other practicing doctor and then go through additional training and schooling to specialize in chiropractic care.
2. Isn’t Chiropractic Care Just Cracking Joints? Not technically, no. While chiropractic care does have a focus in aligning your joints, it isn’t “just cracking joints”. In fact, cracking any joints yourself can be rather dangerous. While almost everyone cracks their fingers and toes and is normally okay, other joints such as those in your neck and back are much most sensitive if something goes wrong. It is important to always visit a chiropractor if you feel like something in those delicate areas need to pop.
3. Isn’t It Just Quack Medicine? Definitely not. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and drug free way of treating pain and related disorders. While it won’t solve every issue that a person may have, it has been shown over centuries to help millions of people who couldn’t find relief any other way. Just because it doesn’t use many of the more conventional (and expensive) methods of treatment doesn’t mean it isn’t safe and effective.
4. Do You Only Crack Necks And Backs? No, we can help align basically anything in your body. While back and neck alignments are what chiropractors are best known for, they can do anything that other doctors can do. They also tend to treat injuries like those from car accidents, sports, and other traumas in all parts of the body, including legs, arms, hands, and feet.
While there are dozens more questions that we could give you answers to, these are four of the most common. If you have additional questions, feel free to come in and ask them so that we can help put your concerns to bed. After all, you never know how much better you’ll feel until you are treated here at Wirth!

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