Top 6 Myths About Chiropractic care

May 20, 2024


Misconceptions surrounding chiropractic care often stem from fear of the unknown and misinformation on the internet. While acknowledging that no profession is without both positives and negatives, it’s important to emphasise the predominantly positive impact of chiropractic care.

Chiropractic has evolved significantly over the years, adapting to the demands of the modern world. Today, the profession is more medically grounded than ever, with a wealth of research supporting the effectiveness of our treatments. As chiropractors, we continuously refine our practices, integrating evidence-based techniques to ensure the highest standard of care for our patients.

What is Chiropractic? 

The chiropractic profession is an established and accredited healthcare discipline that provides non-invasive treatments for a wide range of conditions. Our primary focus is on diagnosing, treating, and preventing disorders of the musculoskeletal system. In addition to our core role, chiropractors are trained to recognize signs of underlying health issues, enabling us to effectively triage patients and refer them to the most appropriate healthcare provider for their individual needs. 

The most known technique of chiropractic care is spinal manipulation which is learnt over many years of study and involves applying controlled force to joints of the spine or other parts of the body to reduce pain, and improve function. In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractors may employ a variety of other techniques, including soft tissue therapy, therapeutic exercises, and lifestyle advice. 

Chiropractic care often emphasises a holistic approach to health, focusing not only on alleviating symptoms but also on promoting overall wellness and preventing future issues. Chiropractors commonly treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and joint pain, and they may work in conjunction with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care for their patients.

  1. Chiropractic is not safe 

Chiropractic care is considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor. Chiropractors undergo rigorous training, completing a Masters of Chiropractic degree, which includes extensive study of anatomy, physiology, neurology, and diagnostic techniques. After this degree we go on to do yearly continuing professional development to keep up to date with the latest research and expand our skill set.

Additionally, chiropractic adjustments are non-invasive procedures that involve gentle manipulation of the spine or joints to restore proper function. While there are risks associated with any form of medical treatment, serious complications from chiropractic adjustments are rare. 

Chiropractors are thoroughly trained to identify potential risk factors and contraindications before performing adjustments, ensuring the safety of their patients. Furthermore, chiropractic care often involves a patient centred approach, with treatment plans tailored to individual needs and preferences, minimising the risk of adverse events.

  1. Chiropractic care is only for back pain 

Chiropractors are trained to address a wide range of musculoskeletal issues beyond just the back. While they are often associated with spinal care, chiropractors also treat other areas of the body, including the neck, shoulders, hips, and extremities like the arms and legs. They employ various techniques, and therapeutic exercises to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance overall function. 

Chiropractors may also provide care for conditions like headaches, migraines, repetitive strain injuries and nerve problems. As we move out of education we can immerse ourselves into various interests including pregnancy, rehabilitation, paediatrics and so much more.

  1. There is no evidence to support Chiropractic care 

There exists a substantial body of evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of chiropractic care for various musculoskeletal conditions. Over the years, numerous studies have been conducted, demonstrating the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments, for a wide range of conditions. 

Research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can lead to significant improvements in pain relief, function, and quality of life for many patients. Additionally, systematic reviews and meta-analyses have consistently found chiropractic care to be a viable option for managing musculoskeletal disorders, with outcomes comparable to or even superior to conventional treatments. This robust evidence base continues to grow, further solidifying chiropractic care as a valuable and evidence-based approach to healthcare.

  1. Chiropractors only ‘crack’ bones 

While there are some clinics out there that only offer adjustments; our chiropractors and many others in the profession employ a diverse range of techniques to address musculoskeletal issues and promote overall wellness. 

These techniques can include soft tissue therapies such as massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy. Additionally we can provide dry needling, rehabilitation plans, lifestyle advice and education about your condition, treatment options to provide you with the best possible care. 

Modalities like ultrasound and shockwave therapy may also be incorporated to further enhance treatment outcomes. By employing a comprehensive approach tailored to each individual’s needs, chiropractors aim to optimise musculoskeletal health and promote overall well-being. 

  1. If I’m not in pain I should not go

We all love a bit of self care right? Regular visits to a chiropractor, even when not experiencing pain, can offer numerous benefits for overall health and well-being. Chiropractic care focuses on optimising the function of the musculoskeletal system, which plays a crucial role in supporting the body’s movement and stability. We like to use prevention by addressing minor restrictions and imbalances before they escalate into painful conditions. 

Additionally, chiropractic adjustments can enhance nervous system function, which may contribute to better overall health. Regular chiropractic care is also known to promote better sleep quality, reduce stress levels, and enhance energy levels, leading to a higher quality of life.



  1. Chiropractors only want to pressure you into lifelong treatment 

Chiropractors operate under a patient centred approach, where the individual’s needs, preferences, and goals are prioritised. Contrary to common misconceptions, chiropractors do not pressure patients into lifelong care. Instead, they work collaboratively with patients to develop personalised treatment plans based on their specific condition, lifestyle, and health objectives.

While some patients may choose ongoing maintenance care to prevent future issues or manage chronic conditions, the decision to continue chiropractic treatment is always left to the patient. Chiropractors focus on empowering patients to make informed choices about their health and well-being, ensuring that care is provided in a transparent and respectful manner. Ultimately, it is the patient’s autonomy and choice that guide the course of chiropractic treatment. 

If you feel like chiropractic treatment could benefit you whether you have pain or just want to look after your body don’t hesitate to book in with one of the Chiropractors here at The Lansdown Clinic by either phoning reception on 01453 755799 or book online with us today through this link: The Lansdown Clinic Online Bookings