There are many different views on chiropractors. In most cases, there is no merit. These are the top ten most commonly held beliefs about chiropractors.

1. Chiropractic treatment is not supported by scientific evidence.

There is a lot of scientific evidence that chiropractic works. Gert Bronfort and colleagues have done a systematic review of chiropractic treatment for various conditions. This is one of the most important pieces. It also shows positive evidence for the treatment of lower back and neck pains, as well as cervicogenic dizziness.

2. To become a chiropractor, you only need to take a weekend course

This is false. To be able to call yourself a UK chiropractor, you must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council. You must have a degree from an accredited university to be eligible for the GCC. There are currently three universities in the UK. A Master of Chiropractic degree of 4+1 year or 5+1 year is the current degree. One common comparison is between the hours a chiropractor spends at university and that of a doctor. On average, chiropractors spend 4822 hours on their degree while medics work an average of 4667 hours.

3. Chiropractic is not recognized as a profession.

The General Chiropractic Council regulates chiropractors. It is the most widely used and fastest-growing complementary medicine in the globe. Current trials are underway in North East London for chiropractic on the NHS. These have proven to be very successful.

4. Chiropractic care can be dangerous

Chiropractic care has been proven to be one of the safest medical treatments. Most people worry that neck adjustments can cause strokes. Cassidy et. al. recently found that strokes are as common if you visit your GP as if your chiropractor. How could neck adjustments be to blame? Unfortunately, chiropractors and GPs often see stroke victims before they are diagnosed.

5. Chiropractors don’t “really” have the right to prescribe.

Although chiropractors are not medical doctors, they do practice as such. Although they go through the same training, they are awarded a D.C. title upon completion. This is a Doctor of Chiropractic. They are Doctors of Chiropractic, even though they aren’t Medical Doctors.

6. Every person is X-rayed by Chiropractors

The x-ray reading and taking skills of chiropractors are well-trained. To be able to x-ray, chiropractors must follow strict guidelines (IRMER). In most cases, there is a reason for x-rays.

7. Chiropractors don’t do much more than crack bones. This is not healthy!

Chiropractors don’t break bones. Chiropractors deliver a specific impulse to a joint to loosen the receptors and restore normal function. This is necessary for situations where the spine isn’t functioning properly and has been proven safe.

8. Problems in the spine are what chiropractors only treat

Chiropractors can treat any problem affecting the joints, muscles, or nerves. These problems can range from neck problems to ankle issues to shoulder problems. The chiropractors also learn about any other conditions that may be present so they can determine if the patient needs a more severe treatment.

9. Chiropractic adjustments can be used to treat all kinds of problems.

This is false. This was the original philosophy of chiropractic in the 1800s. Chiropractic has advanced a lot since then, much like medicine. It now relies primarily on current medical research. While some chiropractors continue to follow the original philosophy, it is important that you find the right chiropractor for you.

10. Chiropractors don’t care about your money.

People assume that chiropractors will only take your money because chiropractic care isn’t free. Asking first-year students to explain why they want to become a chiropractor would reveal that they are not looking to make a living. If someone isn’t making progress, chiropractors often offer free or reduced rates. This is not a case of one chiropractor affecting all, and a few poorly-informed chiropractors have been a problem for many Cornelius Chiropractors.

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