Mythbusters: Do you know the truth?

I cannot have Chiropractic care if I've had back surgery.

Not True. Areas of your spine that have been surgically modified can be avoided or handled more delicately. However, surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These "reactions" could be the focus of your chiropractic care.

I cannot have Chiropractic care if I am elderly and have osteoporosis.

Not True. Regardless of your age, size or condition, chiropractic care can be helpful. The specific needs of each patient are considered. If yours is not a chiropractic case, we'll refer you to the appropriate specialist.

My insurance will not pay for chiropractic care.

Not True. Call your insurance provider for more information or ask your doctor if someone in their office can call for you. Most insurance coverage does include coverage for chiropractic care.

It takes too long to feel better and have relief of this pain using chiropractic care.

It depends. Patient results vary depending upon many factors. How long have you had your problem? Do you keep you appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise, and nutrition? Are you in otherwise good health? Within a short period of time most patients sense enough progress to justify completing our recommendations.

I will need chiropractic care every week of my life once I start to go.

It depends. Some people have such relief that they chose the long term benefits of weekly, monthly or quarterly visits to their chiropractor to keep them "in shape". These chiropractic "check-ups" can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. How long you want to receive chiropractic care is up to you.

I still have to pay for visits to the doctor even though it doesn't hurt anymore.

Not true. Following the doctor's care plan until the misalignments that have caused the pain are corrected will keep the condition from returning. The goal is to annihilate the problem that caused you to be so uncomfortable. Talk to your doctor about the lessening of your pain and decide together on a new schedule and plan.

Chiropractic adjustments will hurt.

False. After the brief thrust, many patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Others feel improved mobility. Inflammation or muscle spasms may delay these positive effects. Chiropractic doctors excel at making adjustments comfortable and effective.

Adjustments are not safe.

Not true. A New Zealand government study concluded that chiropractic adjustments are "remarkably safe". Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever is about 100 times more risky.

Adjustments make your spine loose.

Not true. Only the spinal joints that are "locked up" receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.

Adjustments are not safe for children or babies.

False. Chiropractors work on people of all ages, including young infants. Talk to your doctor about the different methods used on babies and young children versus adults. There are many benefits to working on babies and children including relief from colic, constipation, bed wetting and much more.