Are you one of the millions of Americans who have experienced meaningful pain relief and wellness benefits from professional chiropractic care? If so, you don’t need any more convincing as to the value of this practice. But there are a lot of people out there who have never visited a chiropractor, even if they have physical problems that chiropractics could solve.
There are many different reasons why someone might choose not to explore chiropractic care, but here are three very common ones:
1. They think it’s not a real medical practice
Doctors of chiropractic have to complete their own curriculum in order to finish their training; but this training is highly standardized, and it takes approximately the same amount of time (7 or 8 years total, including undergraduate work) as becoming a Medical Doctor. New studies in medical journals are constantly appearing in favor of the benefits of chiropractic treatment, and countless patients can attest for the benefits of seeing a skilled chiropractor for chronic pain and other ailments. Is chiropractic care the same thing as medical care? Absolutely not. It is, however, a drug-free and surgery-free way to address a long list of medical problems – and as many current and past patients will tell you, it really does work!
2. They think it’s a scam
There’s a tired (yet persistent) narrative floating around out there about chiropractors: It’s the idea that they only want to make you feel “a little” better, so that you’ll book more sessions and keep coming back! The reality is that no reputable chiropractor has this type of mindset. Chiropractic care is a serious field that requires long years of dedication and study. It also requires an incredibly detailed knowledge of human biology and anatomy, in addition to a long period of hands-on field work before a practitioner can handle patients on his or her own. This level of rigor and meticulousness would simply not be present if chiropractics had no substance. And that’s before we talk about the countless individuals who have found lasting, significant relief through chiropractic care.
3. They’re afraid of making their injuries or health problems worse
The spine is a delicate part of the body, and it’s perfectly logical to be apprehensive about receiving spinal adjustments. That’s why it helps to know something about the long and rigorous training require to be a chiropractor. The adjustments can be firm, but are always gentle, and the patient is never in danger of injury. It’s also worth mentioning that the spine isn’t the only part of the body a chiropractor can treat. Wrists, knees, ankles, necks, and any other joint in the body can be treated with chiropractic care. If you’re feeling uncomfortable or apprehensive during a treatment session, it’s important to communicate openly with your chiropractor and be honest about your comfort levels. The vast majority of patients find the treatments pleasant, experience little if any discomfort during the adjustments themselves.
If you’ve never tried chiropractic care before, and think it might benefit you, the most important thing is to put some time and effort into choosing the right chiropractor in your area. Like any other kind of wellness or medical professional, there are different individuals out there with different styles of practice. The highly rated chiropractors who have established strong reputations in their local communities are the first place you should look.