Most chiropractors set up private practices. Others form group practices in private clinics or hospital settings. Some chiropractors occasionally provide treatment at patients’ homes. Many employ nurses, chiropractic assistants or chiropractic technicians to assist them. Chiropractors or doctors of chiropractic medicine are concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments, including spinal manipulation.The chiropractic profession emphasizes the natural power of the body to heal itself (homeostasis) and therefore chiropractic practice does not include the use of drugs or surgery. Patients requiring these interventions are referred for medical care. Chiropractors use natural or non-invasive treatment approaches including manual treatments, physical therapy modalities, exercise programs, nutritional advice, orthotics, lifestyle modification and other patient education.
• use physical, X-ray and laboratory tests to analyze a patient’s condition.
• adjust the spine using hand and finger manipulation.
• advise patients on treatment.
• recommend diets and sleep habits.
• refer patients who require drugs or surgery to other health care specialists.
• take action to prevent skeletal deformation.
• specialize in athletic injuries, diseases, and disorders of children, women, the aged or mental and nervous disorders.
Average Salary Range
$45,000 – $150,000
Students wishing to pursue a career as a chiropractor should take challenging high school courses in science, math and
English.The icensed chiropractors must be at least 18 years of age, graduate from a college recognized by the Virginia State Board of Medicine and pass an examination. The general education requirement is a 10-semester degree from a chiropractic college after a minimum of two years of college (many pre-chiropractic students select majors in biology, chemistry or physics). Pre-professional chiropractic programs provide opportunities to gain knowledge and
skills required for admission to chiropractic colleges.
American Chiropractic Association
1701 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209