“The Well For You” with Dr. Garst
Often times, chiropractic care can be slightly misunderstood. The truth is chiropractic care, along with other healthy lifestyle programs, promotes wellness, relieves suffering, and can help to restore optimal health swiftly and safely without drug or surgery, from infancy through adulthood. Here are some misconceptions about chiropractic care and their related truths.
“I went to a Chiropractor once, and he/she made things worse. I will never go back to one.”
While we do hear this from time-to-time, the truth is that you did not have the proper chiropractic care/education. Adjustments from a qualified, caring chiropractic doctor should never do harm; they should only help. There should never be roughness or bruising or anything of the kind involved in your spinal alignment treatments. A good chiropractic doctor will not even provide you with an adjustment on your first visit. The first visit should involve a one-to-one sit-down consultation with the doctor, including a discussion of your health history, analysis, and X-rays. Also, chiropractic care is not about “back-cracking.”
“If I go to a Chiropractor, I will have to go every week for the rest of my life.”
For an optimal healthy and high-mobility lifestyle, chiropractic care should be a consideration. However, weekly visits are not a hard requirement. With a thoughtful, strategic chiropractic care program, adjustments also get “adjusted,” if you will. If you are in pain, the first phase of treatment is focused on that, and you may be seen up to 2-3 times a week for a few weeks or so. Afterwards, adjustments begin to phase out into more of a “healthy maintenance program,” typically resulting in a monthly visit. While pain may be gone and you are feeling much better, your spine is always on the move. With a monthly check-in, you can keep your spine from reverting back to the position it was at the onset of treatment.
“I don’t need a Chiropractor, I have a Massage Therapist.”
Another misconception that sometimes comes up is that chiropractic care and massage therapy are alternatives, when in reality, they support two very different treatment methodologies. Massage therapy is an amazing complement to chiropractic care, manipulating muscles and soft tissues of the body. Chiropractic care manipulates the spine. When your spine is aligned properly, all of your nerve endings are able to communicate at their highest potential, helping the body to heal itself, and also helping the body with lifetime mobility. The combination of both practices is ideal–if at all possible, have both!
At The Well Chiropractic Clinic, we believe in our motto–Live Well, Be Well, Age Well. Chiropractic care is a valid and viable care program for the long-term health of both you and your family. We can help!