What is a chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a licensed doctor who has spent four to five years earning a Doctorate degree in Chiropractic from an accredited Chiropractic school. Training in the field demands a minimum of 4,200 hours of class, laboratory and clinical study, with many hundreds of those hours devoted to therapeutic spinal adjustment techniques.

Chiropractors are specialists in treating and preventing neuromusculoskeletal disease, meaning they concentrate on correcting and maintaining the health and function of the spine, nervous system, muscles, tendons, ligaments and other tissues. For many people, chiropractors serve as their primary care physicians, since their focus is the same as any physician's: to help establish and maintain every patient's optimal health. A superior chiropractor is skilled in performing and reading diagnostic tests to determine the source of injury, disease and other pain-causing maladies. And if needed, your chiropractor will work with your medical doctor, physical therapist or other specialist to create an overall and complete pain relief and health maintenance schedule that you can use throughout recovery and over the course of your life to preserve optimum performance.

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