So, you’re telling a loved one about chiropractic—how much it’s helped you, how much you love it—and they’re just not getting it. Frustrating, but honestly, it happens a lot; our healthcare system has trained folks to think a certain way about conservative care, however, it’s important that we learn to overcome that bias, person to person. Here are some common objections and the information you need to talk them through.
“Why go to a chiropractor? I can crack my own back.”
We absolutely don’t recommend this! A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint. It is impossible to adjust yourself safely, correctly and accurately.
“It’s way too expensive.”
Today, as many as 87 percent of all insured American workers have coverage for chiropractic included in their health plans. At Chiro One Wellness Centers, we aim to make quality care available for everyone, and our offices work hard to meet a patient where they’re at in order to give them the treatment they need.
“Once you start care, you never stop.”
Each patient’s life experiences and health needs are different! At Chiro One, we divide a wellness journey into three stages of care: therapeutic, for pain relief; corrective, for structural abnormalities like scoliosis or forward head posture; and wellness, for maintenance. Of course we recommend continuing your chiropractic care to prevent injury and disease, but the truth is, it’s all up to you. As our founder and CEO Dr. Stuart Bernsen says, “Some say, ‘If I start going to the chiropractor, I’m going to have to keep going back.’ That’s the myth. The truth is people choose to go back, because of the benefits and the results they’re getting in their life.”
“A chiropractor isn’t a real doctor.”
Most U.S. adults (about 85 percent of people) aren’t aware of the educational requirements needed for a person to become a chiropractor. Doctors of chiropractic attend around 400 more classroom hours than their MD peers, especially in areas like anatomy, physiology, rehab, nutrition and public health!
“Adjustments are dangerous and can hurt you.”
Chiropractic is a safe, drug-free, gentle therapy with an excellent safety record. Many patients feel immediate relief following an adjustment, although it’s not unusual that some experience soreness or aching, just like you would after a workout! In fact, some common treatments of musculoskeletal pain, like over-the-counter medications, anti-inflammatory drugs and prescription painkillers, offer a significantly greater risk than chiropractic care.
“I just don’t see how chiropractic could help my__________.”
Chiropractic isn’t just for back pain! Through the gentle chiropractic adjustment, chiropractors remove misalignments (subluxations) in the spine, allowing the brain and body to communicate more smoothly and efficiently. This improves nervous system function, which controls and regulates all body function and encourages the body to heal naturally.