Chiropractors often get a bad rap, but these key facts will set the record straight.

Chiropractors Are Real Doctors

First thing’s first—chiropractors are real doctors, and they even have degrees to prove it. All 77,000 of the Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) in the U.S. were required to pass national board exams and receive licenses to practice. Chiropractors are educated in four-year doctoral graduate programs that are equivalent to any MD program. And over 27 million Americans seek their treatment in a given year. The chiropractic practice is also a natural, whole-body and cost-effective approach, while still equally as effective in treating your needs as costlier forms of medicine.

What Does Chiropractic Care Really Mean?

Chiropractic practice centers around disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and how these disorders impact your general health. These conditions include arthritis, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, headaches, epilepsy, dizziness, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s. Chiropractors most often treat like back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and headaches.

Best of all, the chiropractic practice is completely drug-free. Chiropractors use diagnostic skills and recommend therapeutic and/or rehab exercises, and offer nutritional, dietary and lifestyle coaching when necessary. This holistic approach doesn’t discount the traditional practices of the medical field. DCs also assess patients via traditional clinical examination, imaging, lab testing, and other diagnostic methods in order to determine the appropriateness of chiropractic treatment for each patient. That means if you see a chiropractor, you get the additional benefits of traditional medical practice in additional to their chiropractic specialty.

What Do Chiropractors Do?

A chiropractor’s most frequently performed skill is the spinal manipulation, otherwise known as a “chiropractic adjustment.” The goal of this practice is to restore joints to full mobility when they have become restricted in their movement as a result of tissue injury. Before you get too worried about the rise of a tissue injury epidemic, let me debunk that for you. Tissue is a broad term for many different cells in your body performing a specific function. One type of tissue is muscle, which enables your body to function. You can issue your tissue form any single traumatic event, from heavy lifting or repeatedly sitting with poor posture for an extended period of time. But with a chiropractic adjustment, DCs can set you on the road to improvement. Manipulation of the affected tissue will restore mobility and alleviate pain and tightness of the muscles, allowing you to be back at full functionality shortly after. Don’t trust me? Well, there are about a million adjustments performed every day, and an incredibly high safety record to go with them!

P.S. Don’t walk away thinking that a chiropractor can just be your “back doctor.” While they are spinal gurus, chiropractors are also great resources for work-place safety, stress management, injury prevention and postural correction.

Now What?

Don’t wait for a problem to arise—take advantage of preventative practices and see a chiropractor to take care of yourself. Trust me, you’ll reap tremendous medical benefits. Need helping finding a reliable chiropractor in your area at the time that works best for you? Let us take care of that.

Thanks to the following sources for informing the content of this article:

American Chiropractic Association
International Chiropractors’ Association