Chiropractic care is offered at many practices across the nation, and many chiropractors even practice in hospitals or use outpatient facilities. And yet chiropractic care is sometimes regarded with suspicion, often caused by simple misunderstandings. Here are answers to five of the most common questions people ask about the basis of chiropractic care and whether it is a safe treatment option:
- What Is the Root of the Controversy?
Chiropractic care is sometimes seen as controversial because some chiropractors make claims that are not supported by evidence. There is ample support for chiropractors being back pain specialists and treating other conditions associated with poor alignment or pinched nerves in the spine. But some chiropractors purport that they can improve organ health, eliminate allergies or cure chronic conditions, and those claims simply have not been proven.
- Why Choose Chiropractic Care?
The reason to choose chiropractic care, instead of another treatment route, is that chiropractors can alleviate pain associated with the musculoskeletal system without drugs, and most often without side effects or even discomfort. For people debating whether a massage or chiropractor could help more, the question often comes down to whether the pain is merely muscle soreness, or if there is more at play.
- What Makes That Popping Noise?
The popping sound that sometimes occurs when a joint is manipulated does not indicate a break of any kind. It is the result of a gas bubble between joints being released and causing a pressure change in the joint.
- Is Pediatric Treatment Safe?
Children can benefit from chiropractic care, but it should be very gentle. It’s a good idea to seek out a specialized pediatric chiropractor to assess the needs of children or adolescents.
- Is a Chiropractor a Doctor?
For many people wanting to try chiropractic care but concerned about safety, it all comes down to one question: Is a chiropractor a doctor? The answer is yes, chiropractors must have doctoral degrees, as well as additional in-field training and licenses. Chiropractors are not physicians (who typically hold M.D. or D.O. degrees), but they are highly qualified in the area of musculoskeletal health.
Do you have any other questions or concerns about chiropractic care? For what conditions would you consider seeking out a local chiropractor? Share your thoughts in the comments.