Chiropractic medicine is a relatively new technique in health care, which is involved in diagnosing and treating disorders in the mechanical set up of the skeletal system of the body. Such disorders are believed to have direct consequence on the overall health condition of a person thus affecting the full functioning of his systems, especially the nervous system. Known as an alternative medicine, chiropractic medicine employs physical therapy such as realignment of the spine, bones and joints and even working on soft muscles and tissues through massages.
A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree is needed before you can practice in this profession.
In previous times, one only needed to finish two years in college to be eligible for application as a chiropractor. Now however, you need to have at least a bachelor's degree in college. A major in the fields of Biology, Chemistry or Physics is most preferred.
Similar to attaining a degree in Medicine, you will be required to finish another four years in school, the fourth and last year being devoted to supervised practice or what is called an internship. You may want to visit the CCE (Council on Chiropractic Education) website to seek more information on how to become a chiropractor.
After fulfilling the aforementioned steps, the next move is to take the licensing examination for chiropractors in order to be recognized by the CCE. You should know that each state has its own licensing laws, therefore you may be required to undergo more tests when you move to another state. Be reminded too that you need to attend continuing education classes as a requisite for annual license renewal, subject to the laws of the state where you are based. And if you opt to specialize in certain areas such as neurology or orthopedics to step up your chiropractic profession, you should take up further training in accredited schools.
When deciding on what state is the best location for your practice, consult any available chiropractic directory to find which place offers good opportunities for this profession. The salary range of chiropractors usually depends on their specialization and years of experience. The good news for aspiring chiropractors is that employment in this field is expected to rise in 2006 to 2016, which indicates a big edge on other occupations in the United States.
Yet much as chiropractic medicine commands good demand as an alternative medicine, bear in mind that it lacks the same credibility as other professions in the healthcare department. Doctors, nurses, midwives and other medicine-related occupations are considered more prestigious. As such, chiropractic medicine falls as one of the lowest health care jobs in terms of perceived honesty and ethical standard. Nonetheless, chiropractic medicine continues to attract people in the United States, Canada, Australia and Asian countries to try their hand in this field.
The boom in chiropractic medicine could be attributed to the fact that people are now looking for alternative treatments for illnesses. Chiropractic medicine is more inclined to offering manual therapy with the least possible intervention of pharmaceutical drugs, and many people today are looking into natural means of treatment or prevention of diseases.