Learn what to expect from chiropractors
Q. Are chiropractors real doctors?
A. Doctors of Chiropractic and Doctors of Medicine take the same class load with a few exceptions that you can see in the table to the right. Residencies are required by both degrees prior to graduation. These entail the student successfully completing several hundred clinical hours of “real” patient management in a clinical setting under professional supervision. Most Chiropractic colleges offer students to partake in a clinical externship program which places them in actual chiropractic offices, which allows them to enhance their knowledge on clinical skills, as well as, how to run an office from all aspects. Both Doctors have to successfully complete National Board Exams prior to obtaining a license. Continuing education is then required to maintain a high level of competency and to stay up to date on the latest research and techniques for both Doctorate degrees.
Q. Do chiropractors crack your bones?
A. No, the cracking you hear during adjustments is simply Oxygen, Nitrogen and CO2 being released.
Q. How popular is chiropractic care?
A. As the 3rd largest primary health care profession in the western world, it is extremely popular.
Q. Do spinal adjustments hurt?
A. In most cases, no. A patient experiencing a high level of pain may hurt a little during the adjustment, but they will usually feel instant relief after the adjustment.
Q. Are spinal adjustments safe?
A. When performed by a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, chiropractic adjustments are completely safe.
Q. Do you have to have chiropractic care for life?
A. Although it is not required, it's recommended that you see a chiropractor for regular checkups to prevent future problems. Dr. Kobler recommends for most people a monthly visit and wants you to know that people do not keep coming back because they have to, they come back because chiropractic care makes them FEEL and live better.