Top 10 Chiropractic Myths

1. "Chiropractors aren't REAL doctors; they're just quacks."

To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, one is required to complete 4 years of college education and 4 years of post gradulate studies, including over 4,500 classroom hours of health-specific sciences (more than the average medical school curriculum).

Doctors of Chiropractic are the most educated general physicians in the areas of anatomy, physiology nutrition, and neurology. Upon graduation they, like other doctors, must pass rigorous National Board Examinations and demanding state testing before being granted the privilege to practice. In addition, our doctors attend postgraduate seminars to stay current on the latest scientific research and to learn new methods of treatment.

2. "It HURTS."

Like lifting a heavy rock off your toe, most patients report their chiropractic adjustments actually feel good! Although our Dr. Cohen utilize the most gentle, modern techniques available, any time there is inflammation there may also be slight tenderness. Be reassured that we do everything possible to minimize any patient discomfort.

3. "My insurance doesn't cover chiropractic" or "It costs too much."

Over 200 insurance companies that cover chiropractic care are currently in our computer. Please call the office to discuss specific details such as type of coverage, deductibles, and limitations.

For those with no insurance, flexible payments (as well as major credit cards & personal checks) make our reasonable fees even more affordable.

4. "Once you start you have to go for the rest of your life."

The GOOD NEWS is that in our office, you will come in for the FEWEST visits necessary to correct the problem. We use sophisticated techniques so your body tells us how much care you need and how often.

Some confuse maintenance care with the care that is required in correcting a problem. The treatment seems similar, however, maintenance care is optional and usually not covered by insurance.

Our patients are always given the options and consequences to make their own decision on what care they desire.

Once patients experience the value of chiropractic, many choose to continue.

5. "You have to take your clothes off for the doctor."

Any examination we perform is done with the patient fully clothed. AT NO TIME will you have to disrobe for the doctor. If x-rays are necessary, we provide comfortable cotton gowns to wear.

6. "I'm too old (or young) for Chiropractic to help."

Significant spinal trauma can occur at ANY age, and especially during the birth process. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified for the specific person's condition and age. Chiropractic has been shown to be helpful with most 'normal' childhood health problems including scoliosis, and is effective in reducing many causes of arthritis!

7. "The doctor might break my neck or hurt something!"

Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers, and even aspirin. In addition, only the most advanced techniques are used in our clinic to ensure the fastest healing in the safest manner. Incidentally, you won't get to hear any 'cracking' or 'popping' noises with our treatments.

8. "Chiropractors are for bad backs."

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is self-healing. All body functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord and the nerves of your body. If the cause of your condition is due to an irritation or pressure on a nerve, chiropractors are the ONLY doctors trained to remove this pressure.

Since the problem commonly occurs in the spine, chiropractic physicians have often been mistaken as 'back doctors'.

9. "My friend had this bad experience with a chiropractor. . ."

There is no denying that every profession has bad apples. For this reason we offer consultations for you to interview the doctor and evaluate your condition AT THE DOCTOR'S EXPENSE. If the doctor does find he or she may be able to help, we promise you will be absolutely delighted with our outstanding level of service to you?NO EXCEPTIONS.

10. "It takes weeks to get appointment then, like any doctor's  office, you wait for hours to see the doctor."

We recognize that emergencies are never planned, so we reserve time for new patients and emergency care every day. In addition, we provide 24 hour emergency phone numbers so you can contact our doctors any time, day or night.

With our "No Wait" policy, if you have a scheduled appointment, you may never find out what great health magazines & games our reception room has to offer.

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