1. Chiropractors just treat backs – Yes, chiropractic treatment is particularly effective for relieving back pain, but it is also effective for other problems. The definition of a chiropractor is a neuromusculoskeletal specialist. This means that if you have a nerve, muscle, or joint problem, your best chance of help is a chiropractic clinic.
2. Chiropractic treatment hurts – This simply isn’t the case. Treatment is designed to make you better, not worse. Sometimes after examination a patient may feel soreness and aggravation of their complaint, but this is due to the provocative nature of testing for mechanical disorders. Treatment itself will only cause pain if done incorrectly, making it important patients only seek treatment from an accredited and GCC registered chiropractor.
3. Chiropractic treatment is dangerous – There have been suggestions that chiropractic treatment of the neck can lead to stroke by means of vertebral artery dissection. The chiropractic profession takes this very seriously indeed. Initially, a risk factor of approximately 1 in 1.4 million was placed on stroke following chiropractic adjustment of the neck. Fortunately, subsequent research has shown that there is no causal link between chiropractic adjustments and stroke. Lab studies show that the force involved in an adjustment is far too low to disrupt the vertebral artery, and epidemiological studies have shown occurrence of vertebral artery dissection to be the same between patient visits to general practitioners and chiropractors. The conclusion following 20 years of research is that patients who suffer stroke had presented with the initial signs of a stroke before treatment.
4. Chiropractic treatment is expensive – Chiropractic within the UK is, by enlarge, only available as private healthcare. This, however, does not mean it has to cost the Earth. A recent Sure Health Chiropractic audit showed an average patient spend of less than £120. Also, the cost of treatment is spread over several weeks. How much value you place on lasting pain relief depends on the severity of your pain and the extent to which it impacts on your life, something only a patient can judge.
5. Chiropractors can cure disease – No, no, and no. Some chiropractors claim to cure diseases from cancer to depression. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest this. There are strict GCC rules against claiming to treat such conditions, and any chiropractors claiming to should be reported immediately.