Chiropractors diagnose and treat patients with health problems related to the body's muscular, nervous, and skeletal system, particularly the spine. They view their patients as an integrated being and do not use drugs or surgery. The chiropractic theory states that there are many factors that affect our health, including heredity, type of exercise, environmental surroundings, dietary habits and rest.
Common tasks for a chiropractor include patient examination, analysis of posture and spine position, spinal and joint adjustments, application of heat and ice treatments, and patient lifestyle couseling. Some chiropractors use acupuncture, massage therapy, and ultrasound if they have received such training.
Please review the Pre-Chiropractic Fact Sheet (PDF) for information about suggested undergraduate courses to prepare for chiropractic school, career outlook for chiropractors, and options for your major.
A suggested timeline is also available to help you plan preparatory activities throughout your four years in college.
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