Chiropractors are medicine specialists that focus their treatments specifically on the skeleton, joint, and tissue alignment of the body. They differ from allopathic physicians becase they do not urge healing via surgery or medication. In general, chiropractors have an approach that is more “holistic” (placing a greater importance on overall well-being via homeostasis and the bodies’ ability to self heal).
With this in mind, chiropractors will generally assist patients with spine and joint alignement in their practice. They will suggest proper techniques to ensure correction of misalignment. This means that patient education is a large part of their work. They need to ensure that when their patient leaves their office, they are well equipped to continue proper techniques at home.
Chiropractors typically finish school and begin working in their own private practice, a chiropractic firm, or a partnership with an already established chiropractor. The various options presented to new graduates are great because not every newly graduate can finance an office. Having the option to work with another chiropractor can also be a great opportunity to learn some real life techniques you perhaps didn’t get a chance to establish in school.
How much do chiropractors make? Well just like any career, there is always a range and various variables that make the spectrum kind of wide. Consider that back in 2009, the average salary of chiropractors in the U.S was $94,000. After seeing such a nice average salary, the next question we need to answer is inevitable.
How do you become a chiropractor? Well, it’s similar in some ways to becoming a medical doctor. You need to first complete your bachelors degree, choosing a major that in relevant such as biology or chemistry. You then need to apply to a chiropractic medical school where you will spend the next four years preparing for your 1 year required internship. Afterwards, you can then practice chiropractic medicine in the state of your schooling.
Take a peek at American Chiropractic Association for more information.