5 Reasons Why Some People Are Afraid of Chiropractors

Chiropractic is an alternative medicine that became quite popular in the past few decades. By many, it is considered to be one of the most effective ways of “fixing” or adjusting the spine, neck, or joint problems. With the right amount of pressure and movements, certain mechanical problems can be fixed. But, since this involves a lot of pulling and sounds of cracking, it seemed like many people are afraid of this kind of medicine. But, if chiropractic can actually help, why are some people so afraid of chiropractors?

The answer to that question is not straightforward. There are probably quite a few reasons why people think that and I do not think I can cover all of them. Although, after I did a bit of research, I managed to find several common reasons why people avoid going to a chiropractor.

Of course, all of those people are allowed to have their own opinion, but I am writing this article to try and change some of those misconceptions. So, here are some of the reasons why people are afraid of chiropractic and why they should not be.

It is painful


If you have never visited a chiropractor and if you have seen videos of this alternative medicine, you probably have seen or heard how certain joints and bones can pop or crack. Usually, these types of sounds can be easily related to pain, making this alternative medicine seem painful.

I think that this is a reasonable explanation of the situation, but in reality, these adjustments are almost never painful. Most of the time, patients go to these types of treatments to alleviate chronic pain in the back or neck. Why would they go for treatment that would cause even more pain? Well, they would not.

Of course, if the patient is in a lot of pain because of a certain medical condition, they might experience instantaneous and slight pain. After a few seconds, the patient will not feel any kind of pain.

The adjustments are risky


Whenever this topic comes up in a conversation, I always hear people claiming that the adjustments made by such doctors are not safe. They claim that one wrong move could paralyze someone or hurt them even further.

However, that is far from the truth. Even though these adjustments can look very scary because the movements are sudden and the cracks are very loud, this does not make them dangerous.

Tons of studies have been performed to see whether there are any side effects of chiropractic. But, the results showed that there are no obvious side effects and that the risk is minimal. Only one in 6 million people tend to get minimally injured from this kind of treatment.

The only side effect that you might experience after adjustments is soreness in your muscles. The same kind of soreness that you can experience after an exhausting exercise. But, that soreness will alleviate only after a few hours, you do not have to wait for a few days.

In reality, this kind of mechanical/manual medicine is probably much better and safer than other alternatives such as surgery or drugs as suggested by

Becoming too dependent on chiropractors


If you have ever done a session with a chiropractor, you probably have a good idea of how satisfying it can feel. Even a couple of days after the session you will feel amazing. Unfortunately, people start to lose that feeling after a couple of days, meaning they have to visit the doctor again for another treatment.

This seems like a problem to some people. Afraid of becoming too dependent on chiropractors to feel good.

However, this varies from person to person. If you decide to change all of your habits to prevent the problems from coming back, there will be no need for adjustments. But, if you decide to stick with your old habits, you will definitely have to go back and get an adjustment, leaving you dependent on the doctor.

It is expensive


I think that this is one of the more legitimate reasons why anyone would be afraid of using chiropractic services. Not everyone has the money to pay for this kind of treatment and that is completely understandable. But, when it comes to the health of the most important part of the body, the spine, I believe that no amount of money is too expensive.

But, I do not think that people know how much these services actually cost. They assume that it is very expensive, so they avoid it.

In fact, chiropractor services are quite affordable considering the benefits that you could get.

Before you start avoiding these kinds of services, my advice would be to check out your local chiropractor and see what kind of fees they have.

Too intimate with a stranger


Most chiropractors will ask you to remove your layers of clothing to ensure that the treatment is done properly. Getting half-naked in front of a stranger is not exactly an appealing idea.

For many, this could pose a problem, especially when they consider that they are going to be touched and held by a stranger. This is an understandable issue, but I think people need to realize that they will be doing their treatment with a professional. A doctor that has years and years of experience with this kind of treatment.

Although, if you do not feel comfortable and if it is too intimate for you to take off your clothes, I am sure that the doctor will be more than willing to do the treatment with your clothes on. If you do start to feel more comfortable, you can then go to the next level.

Chiropractors understand this kind of fear and will always respect your boundaries. There really is no need to be afraid of them.

As you can see, there are quite a couple of reasons why people are afraid of chiropractors, but I hope that with enough factual information, we could put an end to this unnecessary fear.

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