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Certified chiropractors diagnose and treat patients who are having troubles which are a result of their skeletal system. The effects of these problems can affect the nervous system and spinal cord, as well as the patient’s general health. The treatments that chiropractors utilize in order to correct these problems deal with the spine and the manipulation of the spine. The chiropractic treatments are based on the belief that misalignments which can happen to the spine affect the nervous system and result in a lower tolerance for disease and an overall decrease in the patient’s health will result.
Although chiropractic care affects primarily bones and the spine, certified chiropractors are concerned with every facet of a patient’s health and look at the complete picture when diagnosing a problem and deciding upon an appropriate treatment. These doctors provide a patient with drug-free, natural, and non-invasive procedures which rely on the body’s natural ability to recuperate and heal itself. They believe that a healthy diet and exercise are essential to maintaining a healthy body and stress this by recommending certain lifestyle changes that they believe will increase the patient’s overall health. Chiropractors follow a standard routine when diagnosing and treating patients by looking at their complete medical history, conducting examinations, and even taking laboratory tests and X-rays if they find it necessary.
Certified chiropractors may be general practice, or may cater to different groups of individuals for symptoms such as orthopedics, sports injuries, nutrition, pediatrics, neurology, and internal disorders. They may be solo practitioners or may work with a group of doctors who each specializes in a different area. They work in clean, comfortable offices the same as other medical doctors and may be on their feet for long periods of time. They work an average 40 hour week, but will be required to work longer hours should circumstances require it.
Certified chiropractors must complete two to four years of undergraduate school, followed by a complete four years of chiropractic study which requires passing scores on both national and state examinations. All states regulate the practice and are responsible for granting licenses to chiropractors who have passed their examinations in a satisfactory manner. Some chiropractors may only operate in states in which they have received their certification; it depends on the specific law of each state. Every state board for chiropractic care certification requires at least two years of undergraduate study. More states however, are requiring chiropractors to finish a four-year bachelor’s degree before being able to sit for the examinations.