Don’t Believe in Chiropractic?

“I don’t believe in Chiropractic” is what this guy said when I was at a local health festival sharing the good news about our clinic and our services.  It is something I have heard many times over my 12 years in practice – and the reality is that the person speaking these words either had a bad experience or has only heard stories from other people/sources.  In the case of the first scenario – if you had a bad experience with a plumber in the past, who will you call when your pipes are leaking?  A plumber, of course!  Maybe a different one.  In the case where the guy heard something bad, I feel sorry for this individual as they will never know how great a Chiropractic Adjustment feels when done by an experienced and skilled Doctor of Chiropractic – just because they heard something negative.

While chiropractic is unique and different, it certainly is not something that you have to “believe in”.  Chiropractic, like gravity, works whether you believe in it or not.  Chiropractic produces results because it acknowledges scientifically confirmed facts:

The nervous system controls everything in your body.  Nerve impulses flow from the brain, down the spinal cord where nerves branch off to every organ and tissue.  Impulses sent back to the brain confirm that the body is functioning normally.

The bones of the spine can mis-align and interfere with this exchange of communication by irritating the corresponding nerves.  Dysfunction and ill health will result from a compromised nervous system.  Chiropractic care removes the interference and helps restore the integrity of the nervous system thereby promoting health and healing.

“If you start, do you have to go for the rest of your life?”

You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.  However, if you are like most people, spinal health is new to you.  Your spine, just like your teeth, need ongoing care at some level or problems and decay will inevitably begin again.  Would you go to the dentist to get your cavities filled and not maintain some level of care?  Health in our whole body is an ongoing process.

“Chiropractic results are “All in your head”?

This is a convenient claim made by critics who have chosen to overlook convincing proof to the contrary.  Being “all in your head” implies the power of suggestion.  Yet, chiropractic results have been experienced by newborns, infants, pets and others for whom the power of suggestion isn’t possible!  The power of suggestion can’t begin to explain the millions of patients who have been helped with chiropractic care.

My medical doctor told me “Don’t let the chiropractor adjust your neck because it will cause a stroke.”

Those in the medical profession who make this statement either have unknowingly been misinformed or they choose to spread misleading and inaccurate information.  When anyone makes a negative comment they need to back it up with fact (research), if not, it is all hearsay.

The research produced to date has the occurrence of stroke with neck adjusting at 1 in 5,850,000 million adjustments.  The published statistics for women taking a birth control pill is that 1 in 25,000 will die from the pill.  If you are afraid of having your neck adjusted, you must be much more scared of the birth control pill.


“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (

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