Chiropractors Don’t Really Do That, Right?

While there are many strange rumors and questions about chiropractic care, some of them are actually true.  For example, the rumor that chiropractors all adjust (the gentle impulse that resets the nerve and the joint) the same. This is false.  Chiropractic has a variety of techniques used to adjust patients. This can depend on which college the chiropractor graduated from among other factors. If you received an adjustment that was different than what you were expecting, feel free to ask about a different technique or you can call other offices to find what you’re looking for. If you think you have chiropractic all figured out, read below and test your knowledge.


True or False: Chiropractors want you dependent on them so you have to keep coming back. After all, once you go to a chiropractor you always have to go, right?  False.  At our office we give you the playbook on how to keep your spine healthy when you have healed up. Whether or not you follow the recommendations to keep your spine healthy is up to you. Like your dentist tells you to brush and floss your teeth.  Its similar with your spine-corrective exercises, and stretching will go a long way in keeping your spine healthy, if you do them.

True or False: Every time you have back pain, it is a chiropractic issue.  False. Chiropractic adjustments are highly effective when the problem comes from the spine. While doing an exam, x-rays or scans a chiropractor can pick up signs of cancer, fractures or infections. Cancer, infections, or fractures are not chiropractic issues, and you would be referred to another provider for co-management.  Exams not only tell your chiropractor about spine and nerve issues, they also tell whether or not chiropractic is safe for you.

Did you know that like medical doctors, chiropractors can vary in specialty? Veterinary Chiropractic, Pediatric Chiropractic, and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD, or jaw clicking, locking or pain conditions) are just a few examples of specialties within the chiropractic field.

True or False: Recent back pain can be caused by events years earlier. True.  Many times chiropractors will see a patient for back pain that started several days ago.  However on their x-ray we see evidence of severe degeneration or old compression fractures, which tell the chiropractor this has been present for years. In some cases, especially in toddlers, difficulty walking, vision, or hearing problems (ear infections) can be predisposed from birth trauma. Even a so-called normal delivery can cause trauma. It is estimated that 80% of children born in hospitals have abnormal shifts in the spine from delivery.


True or False: Arthritis is caused by old age and doesn’t cause issues in 20 year olds.  False.  Did you know that after a joint stops moving correctly, markers of arthritis can be measured in 7-10 days? This is common in athletes as well as people who sit most of the day.  Keep your spine moving correctly if you want to slow down arthritis formation.

Would you believe that chiropractors are actually not bone doctors? It’s true; a chiropractor’s primary focus is restoring normal nerve function. Subtle changes in alignment cause problems for nerves communicating with the brain.

True or False: The way you move says a lot about you.  True. How a patient sits, walks, and get out a chair tell the chiropractor quite a bit of information about the patient’s spine.  Are your shoulders even?  Do you lean forward when you walk?  Does you head drift forward past your shoulders when you sit?  These are things chiropractors notice right away and help correct.

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