In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the top myths out there when it comes to car accidents and chiropractic care services. Chiropractic care has become an extremely popular outlet for treatment of whiplash and other vehicle accident injuries, but such popularity has sadly also led to some major areas of misinformation within this realm.
At Peterson Chiropractic, our auto accident chiropractors are here to set the record straight on any misconceptions you may have heard regarding these services we’re happy to provide for numerous clients. Whether you’re experiencing whiplash or other accident injury symptoms, here are a few more common myths in this area debunked so you have the proper information moving forward.
No Damage? No Problem
This particular myth is particularly harmful and silly, and seems to have come from people who watch a few too many action movies. It’s the idea that if your vehicle hasn’t sustained any major damage, how could you have?
This is silly for several relatively apparent reasons, the first of which is simply that cars and humans are not built in the same ways. Vehicles are made from thousands of pounds of heavy metal and steel – they can absorb certain kinds of damage we, as humans, definitely cannot. Whiplash is possible in the human spine when moving as slowly as 10 miles per hour, a speed that often won’t result in any damage whatsoever to either vehicle. Your car’s situation should play zero role here; if you feel symptoms, they should be addressed.
Chiropractors Aren’t Real Doctors
At some point, a myth developed that chiropractors are not real doctors, and rather practice some form of alternative medicine that has no basis in actual science. This couldn’t be further from the truth: Chiropractors are legitimate medical professionals just like any other doctor, with training requirements including a doctorate of chiropractic.
Chiropractors are also governed by a central licensing board. This board monitors all chiropractors and allows them the right to practice their services.
Chiropractors Only Handle the Spine
While chiropractors do focus on the spine and neck in many situations, these areas are not the limit of their services by any means. Chiropractors are also trained in basic clinical examination and how to diagnose issues throughout the body – both those that trace back to the spine (more than you’d think) and those that don’t. They also can offer nutritional advice, prescribe exercises and other therapeutic methods, and perform many other duties to assist those suffering from pain or other concerns in non-spinal areas.
For more on debunking myths surrounding car accidents and chiropractic care, or to learn about any of our whiplash therapy or related services, speak to the staff at Peterson Chiropractic today.