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Common Misconceptions about Chiropractors…and the Care They Provide

stockvault-nosurface99985With as mainstream as chiropractors – and chiropractic care – have become as of late, it’s not hard to believe that there’s anyone out there who hasn’t either been to a chiropractor themselves, or has heard of their virtues from a multitude of different sources. However, as with pretty much everything else in this world, skepticism exists in regards to both the “realness” and efficacy of chiropractic care. Therefore, we thought we’d take a few minutes to debunk some of the biggest myths out there.

Are you ready? OK!

Myth #1 – A Chiropractor Isn’t a Real Doctor
You’ve heard this one before, right? We know that we sure have! However, it’s just not true. Here’s the facts: a chiropractor attends a special school, or chiropractic college, to obtain his/her education, and upon graduation receives a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. When it comes to the actual education component, the curriculum of a chiropractic school is nearly identical – and just as demanding and rigorous – as that of a medical school. Chiropractors complete a residency just like medical students and, upon graduation, must pass national board exams – as well as board exams in the state they wish to practice – just like other medical professionals. Chiropractors are licensed health care professionals and are subjected to the same standards as others in the medical profession.

The biggest difference between chiropractic care and “traditional medicine” is that chiropractors provide physical remedies (adjustments, muscle therapy, stretching, etc) to help your body heal from problems that are physical in origin. We don’t just treat the symptom, we treat YOU – from head to toe, inside and out.

Myth #2 – The Treatment Never Ends
Here’s another one we hear a LOT – once you start going to a chiropractor, you have to go forever. However, like pretty much everything else in life…that depends. Some people seek chiropractic care for acute issues only. Others, though, treat going to their chiropractor the same way they treat going to the dentist – maintaining your healthy teeth by making routine visits to the dentist is pretty much a given, especially in today’s society. In that sense, chiropractic care really isn’t any different. By keeping chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you’ll obtain lifelong benefits.

Myth #3 – Chiropractic Care Hurts
There are many, MANY people out there who fear chiropractic treatment because they’ve heard horror stories about pain from adjustments and what not. However, there’s absolutely no need to fear treatment from a licensed, experienced chiropractor. Occasionally certain maneuvers can result in a bit of discomfort, but not excruciating pain. And, just like going to the dentist or physical therapist (or, for that matter, a masseuse) – sometimes mild discomfort may be briefly experienced. If you every have any questions or concerns, never hesitate to ask…our job is to help you feel better, not worse!

Myth #4 – Chiropractic Care is Dangerous and/or Has Dangerous Side Effects
This one has certain been around the block a time or two, hasn’t it? However, just like with anything else, education is certainly the key to debunking this common misconception. There are still many people who don’t know that chiropractors are licensed healthcare providers.  A tremendous amount of schooling is required, as well as thousands of hours spent in residency and training. In fact, chiropractic care is quickly becoming recognized as one of the safest forms of medical treatment available today.

Myth #5 – Performing an Adjustment Isn’t “Rocket Science” – I Can Do It Myself
No. No, no, no!!! While it’s true that you could, in fact, attempt to perform maneuvers at home and/or on a friend or loved one, why on earth would you want to??? Without the knowledge and training that chiropractors possess – of the musculoskeletal system in particular, and of the human body as a whole – going with a DIY approach provides ample risk for worsening the condition(s) at hand. Chiropractors are trained to perform these critical adjustments in a manner that’s helpful, as opposed to hurtful…end of discussion.

As you can see (and as you’ve probably heard) there are LOTS of myths and misconceptions out there regarding chiropractic care. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the services we provide, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! You can rest assured that the doctors here at Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebraska have undergone years of rigorous training to ensure that when you’re in our hands, you’re in the best hands!

Do You Have TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorder?

JawTemporomandibular joint disorder – commonly referred to as TMJ – is an often painful affliction of the jaw joint. TMJ is often experienced as pain upon yawning or chewing; soreness in and around the temples, teeth, ear, cheek, and jaw muscles: “clicking” or “popping” sounds made by your jaw that are loud enough for you (and, often times, others) to hear; difficulty with opening your mouth wide; and, occasionally, your jaw getting stuck/locked upon opening.

For the majority of individuals, pain and discomfort in the jaw muscles and joints tends to be temporary and often abates upon rest. However, for people who suffer from TMJ disorder, the symptoms can become chronic and, seemingly, unending. TMJ disorder tends to get missed in some due to the fact that they’re not experiencing the “classic” symptoms. Instead, TMJ may present as pain that radiates down through the neck and shoulders, headaches, earaches, hearing problems, dizziness, and difficulty swallowing.

Fortunately, your chiropractor can  help determine if the pain you’re experiencing is related to TMJ disorder or another cause, and provide treatment as well.
Surprisingly, TMJ disorder can be due to both physical and emotional stress. Obviously, emotional stress in and of itself doesn’t cause TMJ, but it can be the way in which the body manifests the symptoms. For instance, when some individuals are stressed or angry, they clench their teeth or jaw. And, it’s been noted that women experience TMJ disorder at four times that of men.

If, after an examination, your chiropractor arrives at a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, know that there are several methods of treating the ailment. For instance, your doctor may recommend chiropractic manipulation, massage, heat and/or ice therapy, as well as special exercises.  Additionally, your chiropractor will educate you on things not to do (such as biting into hard candy) and can even show you how to perform exercises (stretching and strengthing of the jaw muscles) that are specific to TMJ disorder. Once treatment has begun, your chiropractor may also refer you to a dentist that specializes in the treatment of TMJ disorder to see if a mouth-guard or bite guard would be beneficial for your particular circumstance.

There’s no doubt about the fact that temporomandibular joint disorder can be extremely painful and, to some, almost debilitating. However, there is hope! If you feel as though you may be experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder – or if you’ve been diagnosed with it in the past and are still suffering – please don’t hesitate to give us a call! The doctors here at Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebraska are well versed in the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder and look forward to helping you live pain free!

source: acatoday.org


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