By: James Moreno

What is a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.


What does it take to become a chiropractor?

If you plan on becoming a chiropractor, you must earn your Doctor of Chiropractic degree from a chiropractic college. Some chiropractic colleges have the 4 year degree program. The students usually take courses that involve anatomy an chemistry, along with chiropractic philosophy and diagosis.


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What daily activities do chiropractors perform?

  • Taking detailed medical histories, including information on previous injuries, surgery, general health and lifestyle;
  • Conducting physical examinations of patients, focusing on the spine and posture, and noting the range of movement;
  • Taking and interpreting x-rays, as appropriate;
  • Checking blood pressure and performing other medical tests;
  • Establishing an appropriate treatment or management plan for the patient;
  • Performing adjustments of the joints of the spine and extremities using hands or specialist equipment;
  • Performing soft tissue therapies, such as massage;
  • Educating and advising patients on rehabilitation exercises to aid long-term recovery and techniques to ensure health is maintained;
  • Keeping clinical records;
  • collaborating with other healthcare practitioners and referring patients requiring other medical attention.


What education is needed to become a chiropractor?

Usually to apply for a chiropractic college you need to have at least 4 years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology


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What is the starting and potential wage a chiropractor can make?

The beginning wage of a chiropractor is an average wage of $31,120 per year. The potential wage a chiropractor makes after working a while is on average $142,570, even though this seems like a lot, many chiropractors only charge by the season rather than per hour.


What skills are necessary to be successful in the chiropractic world?

• Passion for their craft. The most successful people in their career are those who passionate about their work and their practice.

•Be humble. There will be times where you cannot provide the services your patient needs.

• Great hand and eye coordination. You will need to be skilled with your hands in order to be successful. A gentle but firm touch will help you to manipulate the joints and spine to give patients the comfort they are seeking.

• Communication skills. You must be able to communicate with your patients and tell them your thoughts or convey exactly what is wrong with them.

• Interpersonal skills. You need to develop professional relationships with your patients if you want them to come for repeat visits and build your reputation. B

• Empathy. The chiropractor needs to understand what the patients are going through.

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Fun Facts

Chiropractic Fact #1

-Chiropractors are the third largest group of medical practitioner. Nearly one out of ten

Americans goes to a chiropractor each year.

Chiropractic Fact #2

-Chiropractic treatments are a cost-effective alternative for treating wide range of conditions.

Chiropractic Fact #3

-Studies show athletes benefit from regular chiropractic care. Chiropractors can help athletes improve their range of motion which may prevent future injuries.

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