#1 Chiropractors are not real doctors.
Chiropractors are in fact real doctors. Upon graduation from an accredited College of Chiropractic, they are granted a D.C. or Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. They are licensed healthcare providers in the U.S. and many other countries worldwide. The curricula are rigorous and virtually identical to medical school. Chiropractors actually have more hours of classroom education than medical doctors- completing a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. Chiropractors also complete a residency working with real patients in clinical settings. They have to pass 4 sets of national board exams as well as state board exams for the state in which they choose to practice. Chiropractors are also commissioned as officers in the Military.
Medical doctors are trained in the use of medicines (chemicals that affect your internal biochemistry) and surgery, to treat a symptom or series of symptoms. Chiropractors provide a physical solution to correct a physical problem- through adjustments, exercises, stretches, and muscular therapy. Chiropractors offer a holistic approach and can help healthy people stay healthy, so no symptoms have to occur.
#2 Medical doctors don’t like Chiropractors.
The American Medical Association’s opposition to Chiropractors that did exist was at its strongest in the 1940’s; it was lead by a man named Morris Fishbein. Fishbein portrayed Chiropractors as members of an unscientific cult who cared about nothing more than taking patient’s hard-earned money. In the 1980’s the Supreme Court of Illinois found the American Medical Association guilty of conspiracy to destroy the Chiropractic profession, and they were ordered to pay restitution to the Chiropractic profession.
In the 30 years since, many opinions have changed. Chiropractors and Medical doctors often work together on cases. Many Chiropractors have Medical doctors on their staff, and vice-versa. Now that Medical doctors better understand what Chiropractors do and their philosophy on health and wellness, they are more widely understood.
#3 Once you start going to a Chiropractor, you have to go for the rest of your life.
This statement is only partially true. You only have to go to the Chiropractor as long as you wish to maintain the health of your neuromuscular system. As long as you maintain it, you will continue to enjoy the benefits.
Just like your teeth, your spine experiences normal wear and tear as you walk, drive, sit, stand, sleep, & bend. Chiropractic does however teach exercises that are meant to make our muscles work together properly so our spine has the ability to maintain proper alignment for a longer period of time. Over time, adjustments will be needed less and less… If you do the exercises given to strengthen and stabilize your spine.