Monday, November 11, 2013
Most people have a stereotypical image of doctors—blue scrubs, a white lab coat and a stethoscope draped around the neck. On the other hand, alternative medical treatments like chiropractic are gaining popularity in Canada. While countless people will attest to the health benefits a chiropractor can give, others might hold out due to misconceptions about them. Below are two of the most popular chiropractic myths and the truth behind them:
CHIROPRACTORS ARE NOT DOCTORS
Chiropractors must earn their degree from a reputable chiropractic school in the same way that doctors must study medicine first before being granted their M.D.s. In fact, chiropractors are one of the five professions legally entitled to append “doctor” to their names. Additionally, they must pass national and provincial licensure exams before they can practice.
When people think about chiropractic treatments, the first thing they think about—or rather hear—are the cracking sounds. Naturally, they associate those sounds with pain. In reality though, the body's joints are lubricated with a substance called synovial fluid, which contains dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. When a chiropractor does adjustments to the spine, the pent up gases are released, thus causing the sound.
Chiropractors are trustworthy health professionals who want nothing but their patients' well-being. Don't let misconceptions refrain you from taking advantage of the pain relief and other treatments they can give you.