I’m sure with all our recently posted articles about how chiropractic treatment can benefit you, you’ve already at least visited a chiropractor for consult or questions. For those who had actual treatment done, how was your chiropractic experience? Is the nagging back pain gone? Is your headache not that bad anymore? If you’re happy, you should really tell your friends about this alternative form of medicine. It’s minimally invasive, effective, and innovative.
Makes you think though, what training did chiropractors had to go through? What form of education did they have to finish? This is just nice-to-know type of information but it is important to be aware of their training right? After, all, they’re manipulating your joints or something! Or maybe you’re interested in becoming a chiropractor yourself too and don’t know where to start? Here then we discuss chiropractor education and training for you to know and maybe to verify your chiropractor’s credibility too.
Doctors of Chiropractic are not only trained in problems dealing with the spine, but they are also extensively educated in the examination and diagnosis of the entire human body. Doctors of Chiropractic also have training comparable to medical or osteopathic doctors. This is all thanks to their extensive education and training which now we discuss.
Chiropractic college programs are rigorous and thorough. The education itself requires four years of professional study and includes a four year college prerequisite in most states too. Of the four years of training, two years are spent studying the basic sciences which includes anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, and bacteriology. It is then followed by the need for a successful completion of National Boards, Part 1. The next two years of chiropractic training include the actual clinical sciences (pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, radiology, cardiology, nutrition, acupuncture, physiotherapy, and even infectious diseases) after which National Boards, Part two is required. Part three of the National Boards chiropractic training that is necessary if the chiropractor plans to use physiological therapeutics in practice. Part 4 then tests three practical skill areas, including imaging, technique, and case management. An internship of 1 year at a college clinic is also required for those training to become a licensed chiropractor.
For post-graduate chiropractors, the state of Wisconsin requires additional 40 hours of approved course work credits every two years, and this is also similar in other states. They can then consider residency training with the aim of gaining board certification thereafter.
So now do you think your chiropractor is competent enough?