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WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, Chiropractic medicine “focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms and legs, and headaches.”

WHAT DO CHIROPRACTORS DO?

Chiropractors apply their extensive, broad clinical education to diagnosis, examine, and treat patients in a hands on way that excludes drugs or invasive treatment approaches. A chiropractors education is quite rigorous. The website for the American Chiropractic Association sums it up like this: “Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.

Doctors of chiropractic — who are licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in many nations around the world — undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, and rehabilitation, they receive more intensive education than most medical doctors or physical therapists.