Since its inception, chiropractic has been the subject of many myths. Even now, the profession is often misunderstood by the general public.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that chiropractic schools don’t deliver the same level of education as medical schools. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Below are five common myths about chiropractic education—and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: Chiropractors aren’t real doctors.

Just like other licensed doctors, chiropractors are legitimate medical professionals. Chiropractic schools grant a doctorate of chiropractic (D.C.), which qualifies graduates to serve as health care providers in every U.S. state as well as dozens of countries around the world. Chiropractors are also governed by a licensing board, which gives them the right to legally practice chiropractic techniques.

Myth #2: Chiropractors only know about the spine.

Chiropractors are trained to do many things besides give spinal adjustments. They’re also trained in clinical examination and diagnosis of the entire human body. Chiropractors can diagnose problems unrelated to the spine as well as offer nutritional advice and prescribe therapeutic exercises.

A doctor of chiropractic can even branch out into specialty areas such as:

Pediatrics
Physical and therapeutic rehabilitation
Diagnosis and internal disorders
Diagnostic imaging
Neurology
Nutrition
Occupational health
Sports physician
Orthopedics
Geriatrics

Myth #3: Getting an adjustment hurts.

While some people call chiropractors “bonecrushers”, this is just a myth. Many people experience great relief after receiving an adjustment.

Children and some adults are sometimes nervous when it comes to receiving an adjustment, but there is nothing to be concerned about.

A chiropractor understands the skeletal and muscular system in a way that allows them to find the source of problems and make adjustments to correct and alleviate a pain center.

Myth #4: Once I start, I’ll be going forever.

This isn’t true. In fact, many patients with an acute issue come in for a few visits and obtain the relief they needed. Others find that ongoing care increases their vitality and well-being and choose to continue chiropractic adjustments. At Accident Care Chiropractic you will be examined and receive a treatment plan after your first visit so that you know exactly what care is planned for your recovery.

Myth #5: It is only for adults.

Many children, including infants and toddlers can benefit greatly from chiropractic care. Some studies reveal a 80-90% reduction in colic with 1 treatment.

Myth #6: It is dangerous.

When it comes to your back or neck, chiropractic care is far safer than surgery or pain killers. Many doctors recommend seeing a chiropractor before deciding on an extensive surgical procedure.