Chiropractors diagnose and treat patients with health problems related to the muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems, with a special emphasis on the spine. The goal of treatment is to improve bodily function, increase immunity to disease, and relieve pain. Chiropractors are holistic healers - they treat the body as a whole system, counseling on health, nutrition, and exercise. They provide drugless, non-surgical treatment.
Chiropractors are extensively trained and must pass tough national and state exams to gain and retain licensing. Chiropractors licensed in one state cannot automatically practice in another unless the states have an agreement on license equivalency.
Many chiropractors provide general care, but some specialize in fields such as:
- Sports injuries
- Pediatric care
- Internal medicine
- Diagnostic imaging/X-rays
Most chiropractors start their own independent practice. Other places to work include:
- Group practice
- Hospitals and clinics
- Chiropractic assistant
The field is expected to grow, as more patients seek out natural therapies. More insurance companies are recognizing chiropractic care and this also increases demand, since more people can afford to go. The aging population, too, will fuel demand.