7 Common Chiropractic Myths Debunked
Are You Afraid of the Chiropractor?
Does the thought of someone cracking your back send shivers down your spine? You’re not
alone. It’s natural to feel apprehensive, especially if it’s your first time seeing a chiropractor.
Many Canadians fear the chiropractor, and chiropractic myths—like that chiropractors aren’t
real doctors—are common. Chiropractors are highly trained musculoskeletal experts, providing
assessment, diagnosis, treatment and preventative care of conditions originating from the
muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractic care can provide life-transforming relief
for many painful conditions. If you think seeing a chiropractor might be right for you, but are
worried about some of the things that you have heard, consider these common chiropractic
7 Common Chiropractic Myths:
1. It’s going to hurt. Our aim is to alleviate your pain—not make it worse! Your
practitioner will use treatment and touch that is safe and comfortable for your age and
condition. In fact, many patients feel an immediate sense of relief after an adjustment.
The cracking sound that can sometimes accompany adjustments is nothing to be
worried about either. It is caused by the release of air or bubbles that are in the fluid
surrounding the joints.
2. Once you see a chiropractor you have to keep going back. This is not true. At Quarry
Medical Chiropractic, we make a conscientious effort never to give patients more
treatment than they need.
3. Chiropractors aren’t real doctors. In all 10 provinces and the Yukon chiropractors are
regulated. They have the legislated right to use the title doctor, just like other medical
doctors, dentists, psychologists, or optometrists.
4. A medical doctor must refer you to a chiropractor. In all Canadian provinces,
chiropractors are primary care providers, which means that you don’t need a referral to
5. There is no evidence that chiropractic treatment is effective. Many studies have
demonstrated the effectiveness of chiropractic care. A study done in 1996 (Coulter et al,
TopClinChiro) showed 87% of long-time chiropractic patients considered their health as
excellent, took less medications, and experienced less chronic conditions associated
6. Chiropractors only treat back pain. Chiropractors are trained in assessing, diagnosing
and treating conditions that impact the entire musculoskeletal and neurological system.
They can also provide counselling about nutrition, fitness and ergonomics. Additionally,
at Quarry Medical Chiropractic, we offer advanced technology, like laser therapy, to
treat conditions such as shingles, peripheral neuropathy, tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.
7. It’s going to be expensive. Chiropractic care is covered under most health plans. For
many, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Chiropractic treatment now can
help prevent greater costs, such as missed work, associated with more serious
conditions in the future.
These common chiropractic myths are unfounded and shouldn’t stop you from seeing a
chiropractor. If you want more information about chiropractic myths, or chiropractic care in
general, we are always happy to answer any questions that you might have. [Call now.]