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What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic first started in 1895 when D.D. Palmer adjusted a man's misaligned vertebrae to restore the hearing of a man who had been deaf for 17years. Chiropractic has now expanded to preventative health measures to relief of chronic pain. Chiropractic was recognized by the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Reasearch, in 1994, when they reommended that chiropractic manipulation was an effective treatment for acute back pain. Chiropractic is now recommended first instead of invasive procedures such as drugs and surgery.
Chiropractic is based on the thought that manipulating the neuromusculoskeletal system maintains overall health. Chiropractors believe the pinnacle of someone's health is in their spine. Health problems are caused by spinal dysfunction interefering with the nervous system called subluxations. In treating these misaligments, chiropractors will do a spinal adjustment by putting pressure on the spine in hopes of alleviating the symptoms of the patient. These sympotoms include but are not limited to chronic pain, whiplash, headaches and migraines, ear infection, and chronic fatigue. Spinal manipulation retores the bodies mobility and allows it to heal.
Chiropractors asses their patients through a variety ways. They can do a traditional clinical examination, laboratory testing, or diagnositc imaging. The chiropractor will then determine the most suitible treatment plan and techniques.
Upon entering a chiropractic program a student must have a bachelor's degree or 90 semester hours in classes like life sciences and humanities. The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) requires a chiropractor to have a minimum of 4,200 hours of laboratory, classroom, and clincal experience to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. In order to graduate students must have successfully completed five years of school and passed four national board exams. They then have the option to continue schooling to be certified in a specialty areas. These areas include:
- Chiropractic Diagnositc Imaging
- Chiropractic Rehabilitation
- Chiropractic Clinical Nutrition
- Chiropractic Diagnosis and Management of Internal Disorders
- Chiropractic Orthopedics
- Chiropractic Clinical Neurology
- Chiropractic Sports Pysician
Other areas that Chiropractors can specialize in are:
- Pain Management
In order for a chiropractor to maintian their license each state requires a certain number of continuing education classes.
Each state has their own association that the chiropractors are required to belong to.