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Unlike standard medical doctors whom you visit when you have a symptom to be treated, chiropractors offer adjustments to improve spinal alignment and overall well-being before symptoms develop.

As successful as chiropractic has become, there are a lot of myths circulating among the general public. Times have definitely changed for the better, but the fact is that many people still do not understand what chiropractors do. Let's talk about a few of the more common myths about chiropractic.

Myth #1 - Chiropractors are not real doctors

A chiropractic college grants a D.C. or Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. Chiropractors are licensed as health care providers in every U.S. state and dozens of countries around the world. While the competition for acceptance in chiropractic school is not as fierce as medical school, the chiropractic and medical school curricula are extremely rigorous and virtually identical. In fact, chiropractors have more hours of classroom education than their medical counterparts. As part of their education, chiropractic students also complete a residency working with real patients in a clinical setting, supervised by licensed doctors of chiropractic. Once chiropractic students graduate, they have to pass four sets of national board exams as well as state board exams in the states where they want to practice.

Just like medical doctors, chiropractors are professionals that are subject to the same type of testing procedures, licensing and monitoring by state and national peer-reviewed boards. Federal and state programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers' Compensations programs cover chiropractic care, and all federal agencies accept sick-leave certificates signed by doctors of chiropractic. Chiropractors are also commissioned as officers in the military.

The biggest difference between chiropractors and medical doctors lies not in their level of education, but in their preferred method of caring for people. Medical doctors are trained in the use of medicines (chemicals that affect your internal biochemistry) and surgery. Consequently, if you have a chemical problem, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, or an infection, medical doctors can be very helpful. However, if your problem is that your spine is mis-aligned or you have soft tissue damage causing pain, there is no chemical in existence that can fix it. You need a physical solution to correct a physical problem. That is where chiropractic really shines. Chiropractors provide physical solutions -- adjustments, exercises, stretches, muscle therapy -- to help the body heal from conditions that are physical in origin, such as back pain, muscle spasms, headaches, and poor posture. Another distinction is the fact that it is completely appropriate to receive chiropractic care even if you do not have symptoms. Unlike standard medical doctors, whom you visit when you have a symptom to be treated, chiropractors offer adjustments to improve spinal alignment and overall well-being before symptoms develop.

Myth #2 - Medical doctors don't like chiropractors

This might have been true years ago but not so much anymore. The American Medical Association's opposition to chiropractic was at its strongest in the 1940s and 1950s. They tried to portray chiropractors as members of an unscientific cult who cared about nothing but taking their patients' money. Up to the early 1980s, the AMA  purposely conspired to try to destroy the profession of chiropractic. In fact, a landmark lawsuit in the US Supreme Court of Illinois in the 1980s found that the American Medical Association was guilty of conspiracy against the chiropractic profession.

In the 35 years since, the opinion of most medical doctors and chiropractors have changed: several major studies have shown the superiority of chiropractic in helping people with a host of conditions. Many people have returned to their medical doctors and told them about the great results they experienced at their chiropractors office. Hospitals across the country now have chiropractors on staff, and many chiropractic offices have medical doctors on staff. Chiropractors and medical doctors are now much more comfortable working together in cases where medical care is necessary as an adjunct to chiropractic care.

Millar Chiropractic Clinics is a living testament to this change. The University of Alabama Birmingham, UAB, Dept of Neurosurgery under Dr Mark Hadley MD, embraced chiropractors and chiropractic care. UAB held training for chiropractors to teach and explore similarities and differences in training. As a result UAB decided to practice with Dr Greg Millar DC CCEP. From 2002 until 2012 at the Millar Chiropractic clinic in Decatur Alabama. Weekly neurosurgeons from UAB would rotate through Millar Chiropractic Clinics seeing patients side by side with Dr Millar.   

Myth #3 - Once you start going to a chiropractor, you have to keep going for the rest of your life

This statement comes up frequently when the topic of chiropractic is discussed. It is only partially true. You only have to continue going to the chiropractor as long as you wish to maintain the health of your neuromusculoskeletal system. Going to a chiropractor is much like going to the dentist, exercising at a gym, or eating a healthy diet: As long as you keep it up, you continue to enjoy the benefits.

Many years ago, dentists convinced everyone that the best time to go to the dentist is before your teeth hurt, that routine dental care will help your teeth remain healthy for a long time. The same is true of chiropractic care for your spine. It is important to remember that, just like your teeth, your spine experiences normal wear and tear as you walk, drive, sit, lift, sleep, and bend. Routine chiropractic care can help you feel better, move with more freedom, and stay healthier throughout your lifetime. Although you can enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care even if you receive care for a short time, the real benefits come into play when you make chiropractic care a part of your wellness lifestyle.

Myth #4 - Will I will be asked to purchase a 1 year treatment plan

Many chiropractors ask new patients to sign up for a long term treatment plan. Millar Chiropractic Clinics is a proud member of ChiroTrust and proudly displays the ChiroTrust badge. ChiroTrust is a group of over 5000 member Doctors of Chiropractic worldwide who are dedicated to providing conservative, mainstream chiropractic care without sales pressure, long term contacts, and unnecessary treatments or therapies, or excessive cost for the patient. We accept and encourage referrals from medical doctors and pledge to work with your medical team.  

We don't believe in selling you year long or even 6 month long treatment plans that you don't need. We don't sell cookie cutter packages where everyone gets the same number of visits. We have take the ChiroTrust pledge to recommend what YOU need as an individual for your specific problem.  So, if you need 2 visits or 20 visits, that's what you need and that's what you'll get at Millar Chiropractic Clinics.

Myth #5 - You have to come for Life

We believe that your care has a start date and an end date. At Millar Chiropractic Clinics we will not ask you to come for life.  Some problems take longer than others to treat.  Some chronic problems may even require long term support so you don't get worse again. But those are few and far between.  Most cases have a start date and an end date for that problem. Our hope is that you will remember what a great job we did when you have your next problem.