Chiropractic Myths

If you live in Garden Grove or the surrounding Orange County area, you may have considered seeing a Garden Grove chiropractor once or twice but were hesitant to go through with it. There are many myths about chiropractic in general and although the profession has aimed to counter these myths, there are still those who believe chiropractic simply does not work. On the contrary though, many studies have shown the beneficial outcomes of chiropractic care. Numerous research studies have shown the positive benefits of chiropractic including better immune function, increased brain function, and a general positive effect on health.

Perhaps the most common myth is that if you go to a chiropractor once, you have to go for the rest of your life. Quite simply, this is untrue. There are people that prefer to go regularly to maintain a healthy spine and body. Much like a person should go to a dentist every six months for routine teeth cleaning, some patients prefer chiropractic care on a regular schedule as part of their wellness lifestyle. Others though, only go for a few sessions to correct an existing injury or condition. For example, if you ran a marathon and incurred some muscle pain or tenderness, you might go to a chiropractor for one or two sessions to work the kinks out. It is ultimately up to the patient how many times he or she wants to go to a chiropractor.

Another myth about chiropractic is that it is too expensive. However, most insurance companies cover a certain number of chiropractic visits per year with a reasonable co-pay. Some chiropractors offer cash discounts for those who don’t have insurance and depending on the chiropractor, you may be able to negotiate a payment plan. Americans spend millions of dollars each year on prescription drugs that most of the time just mask the symptoms and do not address the root cause of the problem. Good chiropractic care can treat the injury or condition at its root so that patients can live a pain-free and drug-free lifestyle.

Some people believe that chiropractic adjustments are painful but this is not the case at all. After an adjustment, many patients experience a sensation of relief. Spinal adjustments are meant to properly align your spine so that your body can function at its best. The popping noise that is heard during an adjustment is a release of gas and is perfectly normal. While soreness may be experienced for a day or two after a chiropractic visit, the ultimate long-term benefits of chiropractic care and going to a Garden Grove chiropractor cannot be underestimated.

If you are still unsure about seeing a Garden Grove chiropractor, contact Dr. Cris Barkmeier to have any of your questions answered.