The Top 7 Most Common Chiropractic Myths Busted in De Pere WI

The Top 7 Most Common Chiropractic Myths Busted in De Pere WI

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Chiropractic as an integrative medicine practice has been around for over 100 years, and with thousands of studies completed that prove the science and efficacy of chiropractic care across a spectrum of health issues, it's a settled science.

But while chiropractic care in De Pere WI has been gaining popularity over the years, many people still don't understand what it is and may have certain opinions about it based on commonly perpetuated myths. In this post, we'll bust some common chiropractic myths so you can make an informed decision about whether it's right for you!‍

Myth 1: Chiropractors in De Pere WI aren't real doctors

Many people believe chiropractors don't count as "real" doctors because they don't hold an M.D. (although many chiropractors do hold a medical doctor degree). But chiropractors hold a specific medical degree known as a D.C. or Doctor of Chiropractic (see the word "doctor" in there?).

A Doctor of Chiropractic degree is earned through rigorous education from a Higher Learning Commission accredited school, the same organization that oversees accreditation from medical schools. Chiropractors working towards their D.C. must complete more than 4,500 training hours, including classes, labs, and in-person clinical experience.

Chiropractors also take many classes that overlap with the course load you might see for an M.D. - anatomy & physiology, chemistry, microbiology, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, orthopedics, medical ethics, public health, and more. Chiropractors are also regulated by law and licensed by the government, which means they meet the same standards as medical doctors.

After finishing chiropractor school, a chiropractor-in-training must pass their National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Exam before they are issued their Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Many chiropractors also continue education throughout their careers, getting advanced certifications to treat special populations or administer specific treatments.

Myth 2: The medical community doesn't trust chiropractors

Many people out there think the world of chiropractors never overlaps with the larger medical world because of some perceived distrust between the two. In reality, chiropractors are often consulted by medical doctors, and healthcare providers regularly refer patients to chiropractors for care.

Myth 3: Chiropractors are just for back pain

Most people think chiropractors only treat back pain. We get it - chiropractors have specialized knowledge about the musculoskeletal system and, even more specifically, the spine, so it makes sense that they just treat the back, right? This couldn't actually be farther from the truth!

While it's true that chiropractic care can help with back pain, chiropractic uses manipulations of the spine, joints, and muscles to treat a patient's whole body. Chiropractic care is a type of integrative medicine, which is evidence-based treatment of the patient based on the underlying causes of their illness or pain.

Some of the other common issues a chiropractor can help with are:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Sciatica (pain running down the leg)
  • Shoulder injuries and tension
  • Knee problems like patellofemoral syndrome (runner's knee) and IT band syndrome (pain along the outside of your thigh)
  • TMJ and other jaw problems
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Arthritis
  • Pain or disability after an accident
  • Ear infections

Myth 4: Getting adjusted hurts

Many patients are concerned that getting adjusted will hurt. The good news is chiropractic adjustments are painless and safe and they can help you feel better. After an adjustment, patients often report feeling refreshed and alert after their appointment. The adjustment does not cause any discomfort at all and can even be quite enjoyable.

Myth 5: Chiropractors only treat adults

Chiropractors can help patients of all ages with a wide range of health issues, and many chiropractors have special training to treat children and babies. While chiropractic is most commonly associated with treating adults, it's also extremely effective at treating common problems in children and babies. It's important to note that chiropractic care is safe for both children and adults - in fact, it's often recommended by pediatricians if your child experiences chronic ear infections or digestive problems.

Myth 6: If you see a chiropractor, it's for life

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment timeline for every person. Some patients need chiropractic adjustments regularly, and others only need a single visit! It all depends on your specific issues. A chiropractor will be able to assess your needs individually and give you a recommended course of treatment.

Myth 7: Chiropractic isn't affordable

This is one myth we really hate because it couldn't be further from the truth and it prevents people from visiting a chiropractor for care that could improve their lives. Chiropractic care is usually quite affordable, and many insurance companies cover chiropractic services. In addition, many workplace wellness programs offer chiropractic care as a benefit, and chiropractic care is included in Medicaid and in many workers' compensation benefits.

Additionally, many chiropractors offer sliding scale pricing, introductory offers, and payment plans for their patients.


Chiropractors are just like most other medical professionals - we want to use our advanced training to help and care for people. We hope that we can get more people pain-free and living their best lives by dispelling some of these common chiropractic myths.

If you're still skeptical, we encourage you to talk with Dr. Dyrdahl here at Integrity Health & Wellness and ask him any questions you may have. He can answer your questions, address any concerns, and discuss how you can benefit from chiropractic care.

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3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:00am - 12:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:00am - 12:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:00am - 12:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:00am - 12:00pm

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Integrity Health And Wellness

1680 Mid Valley Dr Ste C
De Pere, WI 54115

(920) 658-5040