Myth vs Fact: Going to the Chiropractor

Have you ever gotten caught up watching viral videos of chiropractors on social media? Maybe it got you curious about what going to the chiropractor is really like. Chiropractic care is so much more than dramatic spinal adjustments, but many people don’t know the facts behind this musculoskeletal treatment.

To give a little background, chiropractic care is a hands-on healing technique that uses stretching and strengthening exercises and patient education along with the manipulation of the musculoskeletal system to reduce pain and restore function. It can be used to address a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Many people who benefit from chiropractic care appreciate the holistic approach that minimizes the need for medications and unnecessary surgeries.

At Premise, chiropractic care is one of the many options we offer to treat musculoskeletal pain, so we know the real value behind this sometimes-mysterious medical practice. Keep reading to learn more about this holistic treatment option and find out the truth behind some popular myths.

Myth #1: Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous.

Fact: Chiropractic adjustments are a safe musculoskeletal treatment that has the added benefit of being less invasive than other treatments for musculoskeletal conditions. Licensed chiropractors are trained to recognize key signs and symptoms early to actually help patients avoid injuries before they happen. Spinal manipulation might sound scary, but you can rest assured that chiropractors are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs with rigorous curriculums.

Myth #2: Chiropractic treatments only help back pain.

Fact: While it is an effective treatment for back pain, chiropractors can treat a variety of common issues like muscle strain, neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel, and sciatica. They also engage people with their health through education on ergonomics, exercise, lifestyle medicine, and more. Thanks to chiropractic care, individuals with many types of musculoskeletal discomfort can reduce their need for expensive surgeries or risky prescriptions.

Myth #3: Chiropractic care is unconventional or radical.

Fact: Although it has roots in alternative medicine, chiropractic care is now a widely accepted and respected musculoskeletal treatment. It’s a highly complementary treatment that can easily be paired with more traditional medical care like physical therapy. With over 35 million Americans having seen a chiropractor in the past year, it’s safe to say this chiropractic treatment has firmly entered the mainstream. 

Myth #4: Chiropractors only crack your back.

Fact: While loud spinal adjustments might get the most attention on social media, chiropractors do so much more. Stretching and strengthening exercises, ongoing treatment plans, and patient education are just a few activities chiropractors do in addition to adjustments. They can even provide some of these services virtually, helping people treat and prevent musculoskeletal discomfort no matter where they’re located.

At Premise, our chiropractors integrate with the larger care team to provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care to our members. Our focus on addressing and preventing injuries not only gets your people back to normal faster, but also helps reduce healthcare spend.

In fact, compared to providers in the community, our chiropractors resolve member musculoskeletal symptoms in three fewer visits. That means three less work interruptions and three less visits to pay for, a win-win all around.

Ready to introduce a corporate chiropractic program to your organization? We’re here to help bring onsite chiropractic care to your people, contact us today.

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