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Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions about Chiropractic Care

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Chiropractic care plays an important role in improving the spinal health of over 300,000 Australians who visit chiropractors every week. A holistic approach to managing musculoskeletal—and many other—conditions, it also promotes overall health and wellness for the individuals and families who choose this form of care. But along with this rise in popularity, several myths and misconceptions have emerged.  In this blog, we debunk some of the most common myths surrounding Chiropractic care in Australia

Myth 1: Chiropractors are not real doctors

One prevalent misconception in Australia is that Chiropractors are not legitimate healthcare professionals.  

In reality, Chiropractors undergo a minimum of five years of extensive training and education at accredited Chiropractic colleges. In Australia, Chiropractors are registered primary care health care practitioners and are regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Just like medical practitioners and other healthcare professionals, they are required to adhere to strict standards of education, training, professional conduct, and professional development and learning.

Myth 2:  Chiropractic adjustments are not evidence-based

Contrary to popular belief, substantial scientific evidence supports the effectiveness of Chiropractic care for various conditions including back pain, neck pain, and headaches.  

Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of chiropractic adjustments for reducing pain, improving function, and enhancing quality of life. Organisations such as the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA), the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) and the Australian Spinal Research Foundation (ASRF) actively promote research and evidence-based practice within the profession. 

Chiropractic care is increasingly recognised as a valuable component of integrative healthcare, with many medical practitioners referring patients to Connect Chiropractic through Medicare’s Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC).  

Myth 3: Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous

Some people believe that Chiropractic adjustments are risky and can cause harm. While, like any medical or healthcare intervention, there are potential risks associated with Chiropractic care, serious complications are extremely rare.   

Research has shown that most patients experience improved mobility and relief from pain. Chiropractors are extensively trained to perform safe and effective adjustments, and they take precautions, such as modifying techniques, to minimise the risk of adverse events.   

Before providing treatment, a Chiropractor must conduct a thorough health assessment to ensure it is safe and appropriate to treat your condition. 

Myth 4: Chiropractic care is only for back pain

While Chiropractors are well-known for their expertise in treating back pain, their scope of practice extends well beyond this.   

Chiropractic care can benefit individuals with a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, including, but not limited to: 

  • neck pain  
  • shoulder pain  
  • joint disorders  
  • sports injuries  
  • postural issues  

Chiropractors use a variety of techniques—not only spinal adjustments—to address these conditions and promote overall health and wellness.   

Additionally, chiropractors often provide lifestyle counselling, exercise recommendations, and nutritional advice as part of their patient care. 

Myth 5: Chiropractors just crack people’s backs

The myth that Chiropractors only “crack people’s backs or necks” stems from a misunderstanding of the profession.   

While spinal adjustments or “cracking” (termed cavitations by Chiropractors) are a common occurrence with a particular adjustment technique, there is a wide range of techniques Chiropractors can use as part of their patient’s care. 

Many Chiropractic techniques do not involve “cracking” and all techniques are able to be modified for the patient. Chiropractors determine the best practice for the individual and will listen to your preference if you do not wish to experience cavitations with your adjustments. 

Myth 6: Chiropractic care is not covered by Health Insurance

Contrary to popular belief, most health insurance plans in Australia will cover a level of Chiropractic care.

Coverage may vary depending on the individual’s insurance provider and policy. So it is essential to check your insurance plan, or consult with your chiropractor, to determine your coverage options and be aware of any out-of-pocket expenses.

Myth 7: Once you start Chiropractic care, you have to keep going forever

Some people believe that once you begin chiropractic treatment, you are committed to lifelong care. 

Although some patients choose to incorporate regular “ongoing maintenance” Chiropractic adjustments as part of their health and wellness routine, it’s not a requirement. The frequency and duration of Chiropractic consultations depends on your condition, goals, and response to treatment. Our chiropractors will work with you to develop a personalised treatment plan that meets your individual needs. 

Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, patient-centred, and evidence-based holistic approach that naturally assists people with musculoskeletal and many other health conditions, and promotes overall health and wellness. By dispelling these common myths, we hope you can better understand the valuable role that Chiropractors play in Australia’s healthcare system. 

Considering Chiropractic care? Consult with one of our Chiropractors to discuss your options and develop a personalised care plan tailored to your needs. Book online or call (03) 9512 5822

Dr Nicole Hudson

Principal Chiropractor | Connect Chiropractic

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