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Chiropractic Myth Buster

Do I have to go to the Chiropractor for the rest of my life?

Posted: December 1, 2011
By: Dr Derek Friedman

If I Go To A Chiropractor, Do I Have
To Keep Going For The Rest Of My Life?

        That's a common question you hear over and over, and it keeps a lot of people from experiencing all of the wonderful benefits Chiropractic care has to offer.

        The answer, of course, is ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

        Going to a Chiropractor is a lot like going to the Dentist.  You will have less dental problems if you brush and floss your teeth and go for check-ups and cleanings than if you didn't go.

        If you wait until your tooth hurts, you most likely need more dental work than if you didn't wait so long.  Once you get the toothache fixed, you can choose to brush, floss and get routine check-ups...or not.

        Most Chiropractic patients start care because they have a symptom...usually pain.  Some get a handful of treatments, feel better...and don't come back until they have pain again.  Others get out of pain and come for maintenance visits in an effort to keep the pain from coming back.

        The bottom line is:  It's all up to you.  At our practice, you are free to choose whatever type of care you want, without lecturing or questioning from us.

        You can come for one visit then call us in two years and we will be happy to see you again.  It's your body and you are 100% in charge.

        We will give you what we feel are the best possible recommendations, but we will not get upset if you choose another path.  That's why we don't insist anyone committing to long-term care plans.  We want you to give us a try and see if you like it, and if you do... take it from there.

        So please, spread the word to all your family and friends who think that if you go to a Chiropractor once, you have to keep going for the rest of your life.  If you know someone who has been locked into a long-term care plan they didn't like, please tell them we are different.

        Or don't... that's up to you, too.

        Call us if you need anything, we are always here to help.


        Dr. Derek Friedman

Chiropractic Myth Buster

Posted: October 5, 2011
By: Dr Derek Friedman

Chiropractic Myth Buster!

Why You Should NOT Believe In Chiropractic


            Chiropractors say they can help relieve back pain.  They also say they can help neck pain and headaches… and, of course that their treatments are safe an effective.


            Well, should you believe them?


            The answer is NO!  Here's why…


            Have you ever seen the popular television show Mythbusters?  If you have, you know the show is designed to take common myths and test them scientifically to determine if they are fact of fiction.


            Many times, the things we are told as children and believe growing up turn out to be nothing more than urban legends or old wives tails.  


            For example, just about everyone struggles with weight at one time or another in their lives.  Very few people have “perfect” physiques – and the ones who do usually eat like birds and workout 7 days a week!


            The worst part about maintaining weight is this:  It is much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it.


            Right?  Everyone know that.


            Well, “Everyone” is wrong!


Here are the facts about

weight gain and weight loss:


It is mathematically easier to lose than to gain.

For example, if you eat 3,500 calories more than you burn, you will gain 0.3 pounds (0.14 kg), but if you burn 3,500 calories more than you eat, you will lose 1 pound (0.45 kg).

Also, if you want to lose weight, you can expose yourself to significant changes in temperature which speeds up your metabolism. Finally, the above information is based on a pure fat diet – variations to the math occur when you introduce other types of food.

Now, it may be more difficult to eat right than to eat bad – but that is a different story. 

Please Turn Over…

You see, we only “believe” when we do not have proof.  That’s what faith is all about.  But, if we have solid evidence, we don’t have to “believe.”

That’s why you should not “believe” in Chiropractic.

Why do you think Chiropractic has been accepted into mainstream medicine?  Modern physicians don’t believe in Chiropractic… they know it works.

 Chiropractic has not been a “belief” for quite a while.  Check out what these experts had to say… and look at the dates…

“There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that Chiropractic management of low back pain is more cost-effective than medical management… Chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management of low back pain.  Chiropractic management is greatly superior to medical management in terms of scientific validity, safety, cost-effectiveness and patient satisfaction.”

Pran Manga, PhD.  

The Effectiveness And Cost Effectiveness Of Chiropractic Management Of Low Back Pain.  University Of Ottowa, 1993

“There are more than 30 randomized controlled clinical trials studying the effectiveness of spinal manipulation in the relief of spinal pain, the majority of which have looked at acute low back pain.  Manipulation has been compared to most non-surgical treatment modalities including placebo, ultrasound, traction, exercise, bed rest, analgesics and corsets.  The meta-analyses performed by Anderson et al led to the conclusion that the average patient receiving spinal manipulation is better off than 54 to 85% of the patients receiving the comparison treatment.”

Dr. Scott Halderman, M.D., D.C., PhD., FRCP(C), Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine.  Presented at the Alternative And Complementary Medicine And The Orthopedic Surgeon, February, 28, 2001

Clearly, Chiropractic is not a belief system.  New research comes out every year and Chiropractic is part of many mainstream and progressive medical practices and hospitals.


Sure, there are some people (and even Doctors) who still believe in old urban legends and wives tails simply because, “that’s the way it’s always been.”


Then, there are the open-minded people who have the ability to change their mind when the facts are presented to them.  Many of these people usually find a solution for their back pain in a Chiropractic office.