Top Myths About Chiropractic
Some people hesitate to see a doctor of chiropractic because they've heard incorrect information. Here are some of the most common myths I hear:
Myth 1: Once you go you have to keep going for the rest of your life
You are in control of what you want to do! We typically see patients for acute care to begin with due to pain or injury. I usually see patients one to three times per week for the first month to reduce pain and restore function. I usually expect a significant change in symptoms in the first two weeks if things aren't improving as expected, we can change visit frequency, change technique or add in additional therapies or modalities, add imaging , or refer to other providers for additional therapies.
Myth 2: Chiropractors aren't real doctors
Chiropractors in Wisconsin are required to have a bachelor's degree and a doctorate. Our training for general education is very similar to medical doctors training and much of our education is on neurology. Medical doctors have more training in pharmacology, we have more training in chiropractic and soft tissue technique, nutrition, and exercise.
Myth 3: Getting adjusted is painful
There are more than 200 chiropractic techniques. Some use light force instruments or the table and some use hands on techniques, where it is a high velocity low amplitude thrust. Some manual techniques use short lever adjusting, which makes the adjustment very comfortable, but still very effective. Your chiropractor will use techniques that they feel are most safe and beneficial for you along with discussing techniques you prefer to help you get the best results.
Myth 4: I'm worried about getting my bones "cracked"
The audible noise or cavitation is gasses being released in the joint. It isn't your bones!
Myth 5: I'm worried about my baby being "cracked"
Babies typically don't have an audible noise when they are adjusted. Pediatric chiropractors have additional training beyond chiropractic school and use gentle techniques specific to the age and the child him or herself. Pediatric chiropractors use pressure that is about the same as checking the ripeness of fruit.
Myth 6: Chiropractic care is too expensive
We offer many different options to help make chiropractic affordable for your family. We accept most insurance plans. Many have flat co-pays that are due at each visit and some have a deductible that must be met before your insurance begins paying toward your care. We also offer discounts with payment at the service and prepay and family package options as well.