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Chiropractors, also known as Doctors of Chiropractic, diagnose and treat patients who suffer from problems of the muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems. They base their system of health care on the principle that the nervous system controls the overall health of the body. By using drugless, non-surgical treatments, such as manipulation and adjustment of the spine, chiropractors try to alleviate any stresses that may be affecting the nervous system. They may also use other forms of non-invasive therapy such as heat, water, light, exercise, and massage, as well as counseling patients on proper diet and stress management. Some of their daily activities include analyzing a patient’s condition by performing a variety of tests, advising the patient on various treatments, recommending nutritionally sound diets along with good sleeping habits, and keeping accurate case history records for all patients. Chiropractors may also consult with and refer patients to other health care professionals when drugs or surgery are required.

Chiropractors may specialize in certain areas such as neurology, sports injuries, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, internal disorders, occupational health, specific age groups, or nutrition. They usually work with other health professionals such as nurses and chiropractic assistants and technicians. Individuals interested in this holistic approach to health care should have good people skills, have excellent manual dexterity, and be able to realize limitations.

 
Work Environment:

Most chiropractors set up their own practices or work in a group practice. Others may be employed by hospitals, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), or chiropractic colleges. Some chiropractors may provide treatment in a patient’s home.  

High School Preparation:

Students interested in chiropractic health care should take high school courses in algebra, biology, chemistry, physics, trigonometry, health occupations/medical professions education, physical education, psychology, and computer skills.


College Requirements:

Individuals interested in becoming a doctor of chiropractic must complete at least two years of undergraduate study, although some obtain a bachelor’s degree. Students must then complete a 4-year chiropractic college program accredited by the Council of Chiropractic Education. Upon graduation from an accredited program, students must obtain a license by passing a three-part examination given by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. To maintain licensure, individuals must complete a certain number of continuing education hours each year.

Students interested in chiropractic care should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
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Career Outlook:

Employment opportunities for doctors of chiropractic are expected to be excellent over the next decade. There is a projected increase of 21%-35% in the number of positions that will become available through the year 2012. This growth rate is largely due to the increasing demand for alternative healthcare. Because they do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery and they advocate the importance of a healthy lifestyle, many health-conscious Americans are drawn to chiropractic care. Another reason for this rate of growth is the increasing number of insurance companies that cover chiropractic services.
 

 

Salary:

 

Average Annual Salary

$70,600

 

Salary Range

$55,500-$89,100

 

Professional Organizations:

 

American Chiropractic Association

1701 Clarendon Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22209

Phone: (800) 986-4636

Fax: (703) 243-2593

www.amerchiro.org

 

International Chiropractors Association

1110 North Glebe Rd., Suite 1000

Arlington, VA 22201

Phone: (703) 528-5000

www.chiropractic.org

 

Council of Chiropractic Education

8049 North 85th Way

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Phone: (480) 443-8877

Fax: (480) 483-7333
www.cce-usa.org

 

Mississippi Chiropractic Association
134 Marion Ave.
McComb, MS 39648
Phone: (601) 276-3336

www.misschiro.com

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