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6 Common Chiropractic Myths

Apr 25, 2018 05:57PM ● Published by Rick Jacobsen

6 Common Chiropractic Myths


Dr. Lindsey Wienckowski and Dr. Brandon Polaskey are co-owners and chiropractic physicians at Impact Sports Rehab and Chiropractic. Our goals are to get you out of pain quickly and back to doing what you love! In our eyes, everyone is an athlete whether that’s the weekend warrior, the high school athlete, or the grandparent that just wants to play with their grandkids.


We often hear some common myths out there about chiropractors, so we want to address those and you how we are different. At our office, you are treated as an individual and receive one-on-one time with the doctor for the entirety of your appointment. We focus on short-term treatment plans and try to educate our patients on how to stay pain-free. As much as we wish we could predict the future we can’t. Many chiropractors will try to sell you long-term plans of care with a hefty price tag. We pride ourselves on making your care as efficient and cost-effective as possible.


1.    Chiropractors aren’t real doctors.

We are Chiropractic Physicians in Illinois. We are required to have a 4-year undergraduate degree, and we then obtained a doctorate in 3.5 years. The Illinois Medical Practice Act of 1987 states Chiropractic Physicians are licensed to treat human ailments without the use of drugs or surgery.


2. If you come in once you have to come back forever.

NO! Some chiropractic offices might lead you to believe this, No! Our goal at Impact Sports Rehab and Chiropractic is to get you out of pain, return you to function, and then teach you how to stay healthy. We want to get you back to doing what you love as quickly as possible. We pride ourselves in getting you better quickly or referring you to the specialist you need.


3. We only adjust patients.

We do perform adjustments (crack your back), but that is only one of the treatments we provide. We also perform manual therapy such as instrument-assisted soft tissue (commonly known as Graston), cupping, and hands-on manual therapy. Our goal is to teach our patients functional rehabilitation exercises so that our patients can become an active part of their care. Functional Rehabilitation consists of a variety of corrective and performance exercises with the goal of improving your movement and function in everyday living. Exercises are custom-tailored based on the findings of your movement screen. We use kinesiology taping and also perform baseline concussion testing. Dr. Lindsey provides acupuncture and dry needling as well!


4. Chiropractors only can help your back.

In addition to helping your back, we are able to effectively treat any area of your body for musculoskeletal complaints. Some common conditions are

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder/arm pain
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle/foot problems
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, hand/wrist problems
  • Hip Pain
  • Rehabilitation after a serious injury
  • Jaw pain/TMJ disorder


5. Everybody gets the same treatment.

Each patient receives their own individualized treatment plan based on the findings from the exam, and how they respond. We use current research, patient’s goals, and our experience with patients to use our tools to get them better quickly. Our goal is to work together with the patient to not only recover but return them to their sport or activity in a better condition than they came to us in.


6. We don’t believe in modern medicine.

In our office, we use all of our options to benefit our patients. We love that we can use a conservative approach to improve many of our patients’ symptoms, but for those that do not respond well, we have a plethora of providers that we refer to. We have neurologists, orthopedists, podiatrists, primary care providers, and internal medicine providers that we refer to regularly. By doing this we are able to collaborate with other providers to get our patients better.


Still have questions about what we do? Give us a call, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have! 331-215-7761

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