Chiropractic care, despite being around for many many years, is often still met with scepticism from people who don’t know enough about it, or don’t understand the benefits. There are over 3,000 registered chiropractors in the UK, which shows evidence that this field of care is effective and popular amongst the British public.
But if you’re still feeling a little sceptical about chiropractic care, we thought we would address some of the common misconceptions people often have.
Misconception #1 – It’s bad for your eye health
A recent medical study found that high-velocity neck manipulation (like the kind some people may experience during their chiropractic sessions) has sometimes been associated with eye pain. A case emerged in the USA which led the American Heart Association to issue a warning statement in 2014.
In short, the rapid movements of neck manipulation has been shown to result in stress on the eye and lead to spotty vision. However, this is only in rare circumstances and because of the focus on the neck, shouldn’t be a problem if your treatments are focussed on your back, lower back or legs. The risk is rare, extremely uncommon, but it’s something you should discuss with your practitioner if you’re worried.
Misconception #2 – You have to be referred by a doctor
This is untrue. Because chiropractors work independently and are classed as ‘independent practitioners’ you don’t need to be referred by any medical facility. If you feel like a chiropractor could help any ailments you’re experiencing, you can contact them independently. Many people choose to do this if they don’t want to wait for a referral (which can often take months).
Misconception #3 – They’re not as qualified as doctors
You are right, chiropractors are not trained as doctors, and it’s important to remember this. They can’t technically diagnose you with anything, however they are trained specialists in their field, and so they know your back and spine very well. Many chiropractors will have years of training in their field, as well as many years treating the back and spine – and various different problems and conditions – they are truly experts in their field.
Misconception #4 – It’s painful
Many people who haven’t experienced chiropractic care believe that it is almost like a ‘rough’ massage, with tossing, clicking and manipulating of the body in extreme movements. This isn’t the case, and actually, adjustments to your spine and joints generally shouldn’t hurt. Chiropractors and chiropractic care can actually be a very gentle treatment, and many people find it quite relaxing.
Misconception #5 – You have to have repeat appointments
You’ll be under no obligation to have repeat appointments with your chiropractor, and many people can experience vast improvements to their discomfort or pain after just one session. You chiropractor will likely recommend a number of sessions to you, judged from the time they think will be needed.