Doctors of Chiropractic are health care providers who specialize in care of the spine and spine related health conditions. Chiropractic means the branch of the healing arts that is concerned with the restoration and maintenance of health through adjustment by hand, or the use of devices directly related to the adjustment of the articulations of the human body and that is involved primarily with the relationship of the spinal column to the nervous system. It requires a minimum of 7 years training to become a chiropractor.
What are the current educational requirements to be a doctor of chiropractic?
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, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, they receive more intensive education than their MD counterparts.
Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has been the case for more than 25 years.
This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.
Our bodies are stressed 24 hours a day. Stress encompasses all aspects of our existence. Posture, gravity, employment, sleep positions and emotional tension all accumulate to make our bodies constantly compensate.
What is a spine? The spine consists of 24 movable bones called vertebrae (bones that make up the spine). Discs act like shock absorbers in a car to cushion the impact that the spine must endure with day to day living. The brain controls and coordinates all of the bodies activities by sending impulses along the 31 pairs of spinal nerve roots that emerge between the vertebrae to every part of the body.
The stresses result in one or more of the vertebrae losing their normal motion. The resulting abnormal motion is referred to as “Subluxation”. The aberrant motion causes pressure which irritates the nerves leaving the spinal column. The pressure on the nerve alters the nerve supply going to all tissues, past the point of interference.
Everyday stresses result in one or more of the vertebrae (bones that make up the spine) losing their normal motion. The resulting abnormal motion is referred to as subluxation.This abberrant motion causes pressure which irritates the nerves leaving the spinal column. The pressure on the nerves alters the nerve supply going to all tissues.
“Adjustment” refers to the delivery of a specific manoeuvre that restores the vertebrae’s normal motion. This improved motion removes irritation to the nerve, allowing it to function properly. Your chiropractor spends a minimum of 4 years learning how to deliver an adjustment. For that reason, only he/she should be performing manipulation.
Chiropractic is a lot more than an adjustment. Your chiropractor will also outline a program tailored to you for stretching, strengthening, cardiovascular health, and changes in lifestyle for you to consider, if you so desire.
The muscle spasm is a symptom of a traumatized joint. Chiropractors, therefore, treat the joint problem which is the cause of the spasming muscle, often in conjunction with practitioners of other fields of health care.
Pain is a signal that some vital body circuitry is malfunctioning. Pain is not, however, the only sign that something is going wrong. Periodic spinal checkups can often detect a problem before the pain begins.
Absolutely! The extra weight and pressure, combined with the hormonal changes, increases the stress placed on the spine’s holding elements. It is not surprising that the low back pain suffered by so many mothers-to-be is alleviated by chiropractic care.
Most definitely! For years chiropractors have been working with sports organizations. Proper rehabilitation from a sporting injury involves more than simply knowing where to apply heat verses ice. Dr. McDiarmid has an additional 3 years post-graduate training in chiropractic sports medicine having attained Fellowship accreditation in the Chiropractic College of Sports Sciences.
One adjustment cannot reverse a lifetime of compensating for day-to-day stresses. Your chiropractor will often prescribe a treatment schedule that spans a specific period of time. Because each person is an individual, so is each treatment schedule.
X-rays can be an essential part of the chiropractic diagnosis. Your British Columbia Medical Services Plan does not cover X-rays taken by chiropractors. Your chiropractor only recommends taking X-rays when absolutely necessary.
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