The Truth About Chiropractors

Aug 15, 2019 | Patients

by Amber White • 

ChiroHealthUSA Social Media Specialist

What does it take to become a chiropractor? Are they considered real doctors? Can they really treat my condition? Many individuals who are considering adding chiropractic into their wellness routines wonder about the qualifications a chiropractor possesses.

According to Medical News Today, chiropractors attend graduate-level health colleges to treat disorders of the bones, nerves, muscles, and ligaments. They graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree, but they are not medical doctors. While chiropractors are widely known for treating back and neck pain, they also treat bone and soft tissue conditions.

It’s a common myth that chiropractors don’t have extensive training. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The typical chiropractor completes at least 8 years of higher education before receiving licensure.  Most complete undergraduate programs in pre-med studying such subjects as biology, chemistry, physics, etc. Then, they attend a chiropractic graduate program where they spend the next 4 years earning over 4,200 hours of instructional credits.

And, Chiropractors do more than just adjust your spine. Although chiropractic care is centered around spinal manipulation, practitioners study how the spine relates to the body’s function as a whole. While most of a chiropractor’s work involves treating lower back and neck pain, they can treat and help relieve pain in many other parts of the body. Chiropractors use hands-on, drug-free techniques to improve posture, promote nutrition and enable patients to become more active. 

So, when it comes to the truth about chiropractors, they are more than qualified to provide you with the relief and care you need to be at your best.