Over the years a number of myths pertaining to chiropractic care have popped up. While the majority of the myths have no basis, they do exist and cause some confusion to individuals unfamiliar with chiropractic care (and sometimes even those who are familiar!).

The following are some of the common questions we receive about about chiropractic care at Lewis Family Chiropractic and Wellness, P.A.

What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a health care profession based on interactions of the spine and nervous system and the body. It’s drug-free and emphasis is on helping the body to better heal itself and be healthy.

Are chiropractors doctors?
Yes. Doctors of Chiropractic (also known as chiropractors) are not medical doctors, but go through a similar education process to become licensed in the field of chiropractic care. In fact, educational requirements for chiropractors are among the most stringent of any health care profession and chiropractors actually have more hours of training than medical doctors in some areas.

What do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors are known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, and headaches. But we also treat sports injuries and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments and joints. The benefits of chiropractic care go beyond this and extend into general health as our core body structure affects our overall function and health.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific, controlled force in a precise direction that is applied to a spinal joint not moving properly or “locked up.” The purpose of this natural and safe procedure is to correct structural alignment and eliminate interference in the nervous system. For the patient, this means improved spinal function, reduction in pain, and an overall improvement in health and wellness. It is painless, and in fact adjustments often immediately reduce pain.

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of most back and neck problems. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor. Chiropractors’ malpractice insurance rates are among the lowest of all health care professionals, which is the best indicator of one’s risk when receiving healthcare.

Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?
The noises you hear resembling popping sounds are your joints releasing tiny pockets of air. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of a joint; it affects the connective tissue that holds the joint together.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?
Each patient’s care is unique and therefore customized to meet their specific condition and needs. We will modify adjustments based on your size, weight, age and health condition.

Is back pain common?
More than 80% of people experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, it’s one of the most reported reasons people miss work and is the second most frequent reason patients visit the doctor.

Does chiropractic work?
Numerous studies around the world have demonstrated that chiropractic is more effective and more cost effective than over common treatments for back pain.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about your treatment at Lewis Family Chiropractic & Wellness, or questions about chiropractic care in general, don’t hesitate to speak with us during your next appointment.