Continuing our post on common chiropractic myths, here are is a look at more and the facts that can help dispel them.

Myth:     The cracking sound during an adjustment means something is being damaged.
FACT:     The sound is the release of air in the joint space – it is identical to the sound you hear when you crack your knuckles or your ankles and research has proven this is not harmful.

Myth:     You shouldn’t let a chiropractor touch your neck.
FACT:     There is an abundance of current and valid scientific evidence to support the safety and efficacy of chiropractic neck adjustments.

We all know there are risks with any health care treatment, but because chiropractic is non-invasive, the risk of a serious adverse event is extremely low. Current medical and chiropractic research clearly demonstrates the efficacy and safety of chiropractic for neck pain and associated conditions.

Myth:     Chiropractors won’t tell you about the risks related to their treatment.
FACT:     Chiropractors must inform each patient about the risks, costs and any alternative to treatment as part of their Standards of Practice. 

All health care practitioners including chiropractors are required to discuss their diagnosis, proposed treatment, any risks, all costs and where applicable options for treatment with each patient. As well, chiropractic Standards of Practice also require chiropractors to record that they have had this conversation with each patient by having the patient sign an informed consent form stating they have been informed of all details of their treatment.

Myth:     Your medical doctor will not approve of you seeing a chiropractor.
FACT:     Many chiropractors and medical doctors work together.

Chiropractors work with medical doctors in health clinics and hospitals around the country and many have excellent referral structures to support collaborative patient care. In the past the medical community has been unfamiliar with how to incorporate the benefits of chiropractic in patient care, but this is changing.

You can always ask your chiropractor to forward your diagnosis and treatment plan to your MD to start the conversation if you are concerned. Chiropractors are committed to working collaboratively within the world of health care in the best interest of their patients.

Since more than half of Albertans have seen a chiropractor for treatment, the facts around chiropractic are beginning to become more well known that the myths.

If you have any questions about how chiropractic can help you, or to discuss any of these facts, please consult a chiropractor.