5 Common Chiropractic Myths


The question remains, Are chiropractors real doctors or just spine whisperers? You must have thought about it before and why wouldn’t you since these guys are known for their neck-cracking signature moves, which may make them seem more like a magician than a medical professional?

To quickly put the debate to rest, chiropractors are indeed real doctors, and they play a crucial role beyond their Steven Seagal tendencies and no, they can’t pull a rabbit out of a hat (or your spine, for that matter.

Chiropractic treatment is a non-invasive, drug-free alternative to traditional medical care and part of the reason for their popularity in recent years goes beyond just treating your back and neck pain, they also provide treatment for both bone and soft tissue conditions. However, like with many misconceptions, there seems to be a lot of misinformation out there about this profession and it has prevented people from seeking it out.

In this article, We will debunk five common chiropractic myths and help you understand the truth about this form of treatment. 

Let’s get right to it and burst some of those cracking myths that have questioned the chiropractic profession. 


Crack into the Chiropractic Myths sections

  • Chiropractors are not real doctors
  • Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous
  • Chiropractic care is only for back pain
  • Chiropractors only crack bones
  • Chiropractic care is expensive and not covered by insurance
  • Does chiropractic care work?

Press down on any of the outlines that interest you or stretch through the full details of the article to get all 5 Common myths. Let’s get right to it.

5 Common Myths About Chiropractic

Myth #1: Chiropractors are not real doctors 

Contrary to popular belief, chiropractors are indeed real doctors, and just like the ones some see as “authentic” doctors, chiropractors are also required to complete rigorous academic and clinical training, just like medical doctors.

Chiropractors must earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and pass a national board exam to obtain their license. We are talking about a rigorous 4 years of undergraduate education that comes with intensive training in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, psychology, and physiology. 

It’s quite a lot and there is still training on musculoskeletal conditions that allow them to diagnose and treat a wide range of health issues. 

Myth #2: Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous 

Yes, we have heard the cracks, the bend overs, and the squeeze and one could be misguided to think the worst of the practice but in the real sense, chiropractic adjustments are not dangerous when performed by a licensed and trained chiropractor. 

Like any medical treatment, there are risks involved, but the chances of experiencing a serious injury during a chiropractic adjustment are extremely low. In fact, chiropractic care is generally considered safe and effective for treating conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and more. 

Myth #3: Chiropractic care is only for back pain 

While chiropractic care is commonly associated with back pain, it can actually be used to treat a variety of health issues due to its holistic approach to care that focuses on restoring the body’s natural healing abilities. This means that chiropractic care can help with conditions such as migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, digestive problems, and even infertility. 

Myth #4: Chiropractors only crack bones 

Chiropractors do perform adjustments, which involve applying pressure to specific joints to restore proper alignment and function but that’s not all there is to it.  

Chiropractors also use soft tissue therapies, such as massage and stretching, to relieve muscle tension and promote healing as well as recommending exercises and lifestyle changes to help you achieve optimal health.

Myth #5: Chiropractic care is not covered by insurance 

Many insurance plans do cover chiropractic care, especially if it is deemed medically necessary. It’s always a good idea to check with your insurance provider to see what types of chiropractic services are covered under your plan. Some plans may require a referral from your primary care physician or a pre-authorization before you can receive treatment. 

Does Chiropractic Care Work? 

Chiropractic care remains one of the most effective correctional practices for acute and chronic pain including the popular neck and back pain as well as certain types of headaches and this has been backed in a study. 

Chiropractic care can also function alongside standard medical care which includes physical therapy and other forms including pharmacology. 

While it is very effective, it’s not tailored to all forms of injuries and that’s why every appointment demands that the need of a person is fitted appropriately by a licensed chiropractor that is well-trained to perform the needed procedure.


Chiropractic care remains a safe and effective form of treatment that can help alleviate a variety of health issues. By debunking these common myths, we hope to encourage more people to seek out chiropractic care and experience the benefits for themselves. 

Remember to always choose a licensed and trained chiropractor for your care, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about your treatment plan cause we at All Star Chiropractic Care in Northern Kentucky would be glad to answer every question you have including the one that bothers on if we are ‘real’ doctors. 

We are Certified in non-surgical spinal decompression treatments for unresolved neck or back pain, failed surgeries, and other spinal conditions that haven’t responded to traditional approaches. Schedule a call today and let’s get that part of your body springing again.