Some of us have questions about what it is that Chiropractors do and their advantages to our health. Today we will be going through 5 common myths about chiropractic treatment.
- Chiropractors are not “real” doctors
This is false. Chiropractors are regulated in all provinces of Canada and can use the title “doctor” after they finish the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program. For one to be recognized to use the title “doctor” they must be experts in their field of expertise with an extensive amount of training.
- You must be referred to a chiropractor
Chiropractors can be accessed directly, without a referral. As diagnosticians, chiropractors will perform a very thorough assessment in order to determine a possible diagnosis for your concern. Depending on the result you may be treated by the chiropractor or referred to another healthcare professional.
- There is no evidence supporting the effectiveness of chiropractic care
Chiropractic care is drug-free. Chiropractic care is safe and natural. Chiropractic care is backed by research. Most importantly, chiropractors enjoy the highest level of patient satisfaction in health care. Chiropractic is the leading profession in caring for our friends and families through natural and effective treatments. A great example of its effectiveness would be the study of manual therapies on MSK conditions. Spinal and joint manipulation has been illustrated to be quite effective for acute and chronic MSK conditions like lower back pain. Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is recommended to treat back pain as per the following clinical practice guidelines: Bone and Joint Decade Task Force1, the American College of Physicians and American Pain Society2 as well as Britain’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence3.
1Haldeman, S., Carroll, L., Cassidy, J., Schubert, J., & Nygren, A. (2008). The bone and joint decade 2000–2010 task force on neck pain and its associated disorders: Executive summary. Spine, 33(4S), S5-S7.
2Chou, E., Qaseem, A., Snow, V., Casey, D., Cross, T., Shekelle, P., & Owens, D. (2007). Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain: A joint clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. Annals of Internal Medicine, 147(7), 478-491.
3National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. (2009). Low back pain early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. Londres, Angleterre.