Chiropractors are a specific group of specialists who attend to patients with joints and muscle pain. Many health issues are caused by problems related to the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Through chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor will focus on both joint and tissue healing and mechanics and how it relates to your nervous system overall.
Chiropractors can also create a personalized exercise program so you can continue your healing and self-care journey after your chiropractic adjustments.
What you need to become a chiropractor
There are several requirements you will have to complete to become a chiropractor. These requirements determine how long you will take to become a chiropractor – which is about eight years. Below are the steps to starting your career.
Attain a college degree
Obtaining a college degree is the number one step of your journey to becoming a chiropractor. You will have to complete a 4-year bachelor’s degree in chiropractic studies like kinesiology and biology. Chiropractors are required to have a vast knowledge of human anatomy and clinical training.
Enroll in a Chiropractic school
Those who enroll in these studies tend to take three to four years to attain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. During this stage, you will undergo intensive classroom and clinical training.
Chiropractic training will help individuals expand their knowledge of human anatomy and how it functions at a microscopic level. With this knowledge, you will be able to practice your expertise on actual patients with an experienced chiropractor by your side to guide you.
Secure a license
It is required of chiropractors to be licensed for them to be able to practice. To obtain a license, you will need to pass a four-part exam set by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NCBE). A good part of this is that you can do the exams during your studying period; it helps cut down the time one takes to begin their career.
The four-part exams are categorized and can be done as follows;
- Part I – You can do this exam amidst your second year of chiropractic school. The exam has questions covering chemistry, general anatomy, microbiology, and other related topics.
- Part II – The second part of the four-part exam is done during the third year of schooling. The exam covers topics like neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis, a general diagnostic, and practices.
- Part III and Part IV – You can do these two exams six to nine months after graduating from school. They cover case management, techniques, and advanced case management.
Various specialties, such as sports and human performance, clinical nutrition, geriatrics, forensics, and more, are available. Some specialties may require one to go for an additional 300 to 400 hours of training, and others may fit in with the school’s curriculum so that no additional training is needed.
Vida Integrated Health
With our range of available chiropractic treatments, we’ll work on increasing a limited range of motion, correcting misalignments, and treating muscles and tendons to promote faster tissue healing.
Vida Integrated Health is all about teamwork and creating solutions for patients. Contact them today.