3 Common Myths about Chiropractic Care

Common Myths about Chiropractors Explained

Many Canadians wonder what kind of benefits are associated with receiving chiropractic care on a regular basis.

After becoming a doctor of chiropractic, every practitioner may specialize in certain areas or treatment methods, which is why you’ll have to ask your local chiropractor just exactly what it is that they can do for you.

But regardless of the differences between practitioners, there are some myths out there that apply to all chiropractors in Canada.

Here are the three most common ones we’ve heard about from people in and outside Revelation Health Centre:

Myth #1 – Chiropractors are not ‘real’ doctors

chiropractor calgary northwest kensington hillhurst sunnyside adjustment graphic

Canadian professionals are required to adhere to some of the strictest rules and regulations through their respective associations.

Chiropractic is one of these professions; chiropractors are regulated in every Canadian province and allowed to use the title of “doctor” only after they complete the degree program required to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.

There’s a reason why optometrists, physicians, dentists and chiropractors all are legally permissed to use the title “doctor”. They have extensive training in their respective area that allows them to diagnose and treat people using methods within their expertise.

Education of a Chiropractor

  • At least 7 years of post-secondary education & training
  • 4,500 hours of clinical education
  • A 12-month clinical internship


braintap technology nw calgary chiropractic clinic

Chiropractors have the option to pursue specialization at one of Canada’s three chiropractic colleges. For example, the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto – where Dr. Battershill completed his D.C. – offers graduate studies in clinical studies, rehabilitation sciences, sport sciences and radiology.

Many chiropractors continue their education past graduation and learn how to use new medical technologies that will benefit their patient base.

A few examples:

Myth #2 – Chiropractic adjustments are painful

nw calgary chiropractic clinic chiropractor myths explained

Most often chiropractic adjustments will not hurt whatsoever. As a matter of fact, many patients in Canada report immediate relief from pain and other symptoms after an adjustment.

Sometimes patients are nervous about the ‘cracking’ and / or popping sounds they hear that may occur during treatment. This sound is believed to happen due to the release of tiny gas bubbles from the joint after an adjustment takes place.

There can be side effects of receiving an adjustment such as soreness and pain, although these are rare. If an adjustment is painful, the chiropractor will re-assess his technique to accomplish what he has set out to do without making the patient uncomfortable.

Myth #3 – You must return for more than one visit

preventative treatments chiropractor myths explained health cross

This is not true. Chiropractors perform an initial in-depth assessment of a patients’ extremities, spine, nervous system, muscles and soft tissues to determine what is causing their dysfunction and symptoms.

After this information has been collected, they will make a diagnosis along with a customized treatment plan in accordance with the patients’ wants and needs from a health perspective to get them back on track towards healthy living.

Chiropractors will recommend visiting a certain amount of times for maybe a month or two or longer until he / she believes that the patient will have overcome what they are seeking treatment for. This, of course, largely depends on what the patients’ condition is and its severity.

Preventative maintenance is something that chiropractors do believe in as it can prevent patients’ from re-visiting unwanted symptoms and health conditions.

Book Your Chiropractic Appointment Today

nw calgary chiropractor call us today laser therapy chiropractic care concussions brain treatments

Call us anytime at 403-284-2082 or send a message below and we will get back to you shortly. See RHC’s Office Hours, Location and Contact information here.

We are looking forward to helping you accomplish your personal health goals!