28 Secrets Chiropractors Won’t Tell You for Free

For starters, stop looking down at your phone to read this!

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You don't have to pay for pricey new X-rays every time


"Bring in any prior X-rays, notes, blood tests, MRI reports or other testing you've had done to your first appointment with a new practitioner. That can save you a lot of time and money." —Robert Silverman, DC, 2015 ACASC Sports Chiropractor of the Year and author of Inside-Out Health

Just because you're feeling better doesn't mean you are better


"When patients feel that they are 'over the hump' due to substantially decreased pain or no more pain, they discontinue treatment themselves. This puts them at serious risk of re-injury." —Robert Silverman. (Here's what else pain doctors won't tell you.)

Your back pain may not be about your back


"I care far more about your system than your symptoms. Chiropractors are whole-body doctors treating not just the musculoskeletal system but also things like metabolic syndrome or diabetes—without the use of drugs that traditional doctors use. You may come in because of back pain but we're looking for the sources of your back pain that go beyond just your back." —Robert Silverman

Referrals are our bread and butter

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"Most of my patients come to me as referrals from other patients or practitioners. This makes me extra motivated to give you the best care so that you'll feel comfortable sending your family and friends to me." —Pamela Abramson-Levine, DC, family practice non-force chiropractor in Santa Monica, California (Here's good advice for finding doctors you really trust.)

If you don't follow instructions well, the treatment won't work well


"When patients do not follow all my at-home care prescriptions, it hinders my ability to help them. I can adjust you and get your body aligned properly, but if you are not doing the therapeutic exercises I prescribe, or if you are continuing to eat a highly inflammatory diet, you are not going to see the best results. Optimal results occur when the entire program prescribed is followed properly." —Pamela Abramson-Levine (Here are 16 foods that fight inflammation and pain.)

You don't have to snap, crackle, pop to get results


"There are many different techniques within the chiropractic profession. Some of them are low force, like Directional Non-Force Technique (DNFT). With this technique, there are no forceful manipulations, so you won't hear the usual cracking or popping. It's a very gentle and effective approach to getting the body back into proper alignment." —Pamela Abramson-Levine

Do you love to crack or pop your neck? Stop it


"Self-adjusting by turning or cranking your own neck to make it 'pop' may give temporary relief, but in most cases it is exacerbating a problem. Without proper touch and contact on the stuck joint, you're likely doing damage to surrounding joints." —Kris Birkeland, DC, president of Joint Ventures, LLC, operator of 28 The Joint Chiropractic Clinics (These exercises can help relieve neck pain at your desk.)

Your phone addiction is keeping me in business

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"One of the worst things a patient can do is have bad posture, and a lot of that stems from our bad habit of sitting down all day with smart phones, iPads, and laptops. Maintaining good posture helps keep our bones and joints in correct alignment so that the muscles are used correctly. This helps prevent abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that otherwise result in pain and degenerative arthritis." —Nathan Leavitt, D.C., owner of West Knoxville Chiropractic. (Here's how doctors avoid getting arthritis themselves.)

Want to run a marathon? You need me


"Chiropractic treatment enhances athletic and personal performance. Athletes like Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice, and Joe Montana are under regular chiropractic care. Chiropractors are used by NFL team to help with the conditioning, functionality, and endurance of professional football players." —Nathan Leavitt

Your house is your worst enemy


"Too many people live in an environment that doesn't support good posture. For example, your desk chair needs to be at a good height for your legs to touch the floor; your computer monitor should be high enough so you don't have to look down to see it; and you should have supportive pillows on the couch you use to watch TV." —Jane Leavell, DC

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