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If you’ve heard conflicting information about chiropractic services, you’re not alone. Many people are confused about the services and benefits that chiropractic treatment offers. Even worse, there’s a lot of misinformation and myths out there too. In this post, we’ll debunk those myths and give you the real facts about chiropractic care.

Myth #1: Chiropractors aren’t really doctors

Fact: Chiropractic is recognized as a legitimate complementary or alternative branch of healthcare in virtually every modern medical circle. Similar to medical doctors, most chiropractors must complete a four-year chiropractic program beyond their bachelor’s along with a residency or internship, for which they are awarded a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. Chiropractors seeking specialty certifications attend school even longer. In most U.S. states, chiropractors are deemed licensed physicians and must meet the same continuing education and ethics requirements of medical doctors. 

Myth #2: Chiropractic is pseudoscience

Fact: Even though the first official chiropractic adjustment wasn’t done until 1895, spinal manipulation as a healthcare technique goes back thousands of years. There are verifiable academic studies and anecdotal evidence that chiropractic is an effective way to reduce pain, restore function, and improve quality of life, even for conditions and injuries that are difficult for medical doctors to manage. Even with all this proof, many people still believe that chiropractic is pseudoscience or quackery. However, with prominent figures voicing their support for chiropractic, such as celebrities, athletes, and influencers, more and more people are starting to open their eyes to the life-changing benefits chiropractic can bring.

Myth #3: Chiropractic adjustments aren’t safe

Fact: Not only is chiropractic safe, it’s actually so much safer than many traditional medical techniques. According to the NCMIC, the largest provider of malpractice insurance for chiropractors, chiropractors typically pay almost 80% less than medical doctors for malpractice insurance premiums. Injuries from chiropractic care are extremely rare, and since chiropractic is completely non-invasive and drug-free, you don’t have to worry about the risk of infection or adverse drug reactions.

Myth #4: If you visit a chiropractor one time, you have to keep going forever

Fact: All chiropractic treatment plans differ, as no two patients or their needs are alike. While the chiropractor will recommend a visit frequency to best treat your condition or injury, ultimately, the patient decides how often they will visit. Once a patient’s treatment plan is complete, they will likely only need maintenance adjustments once or twice per year.

Quality Chiropractic Care in Tampa Bay

Now that you have the facts, don’t wait any longer to start reaping the benefits of high-quality chiropractic care. Whether it be for illness, injury, or just to make sure you’re in the best health possible, chiropractic care should be a tool in everyone’s health and wellness arsenal. If you live in Tampa Bay, contact Dr. Hancock and his chiropractic associates at Florida Injury & Wellness Center at (813) 638-0830 or book an appointment online and start your journey towards optimal health today!