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How to become a Chiropractor

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What does a Chiropractor do?

Chiropractic is a hands-on therapy used to adjust misalignments of bones – concentrating particularly on the spine. The treatment does not use drugs or surgery; it uses specific adjustments to improve the efficiency of the nervous system.

In the first session with a client, a chiropractor discusses their symptoms and health problems in depth. They make their diagnosis examining the client, using x-ray and blood sample results and taking into account any previous diagnoses that have already been made by conventional doctors. They then check that the condition is suitable for treatment by a chiropractic (some conditions are not). The treatment is tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient.

Chiropractors may also supplement their treatment by advising patients about lifestyle, diet and exercise.

If they find an underlying condition that needs other treatment, they refer the patient to a GP or specialist.

What's the working environment like working as a Chiropractor?

There are no set working hours. Chiropractors may need to work unsocial hours, to fit in with their clients. As they are usually self-employed, part-time and flexible hours are possible.

Chiropractors usually work in a private clinic. Some may treat patients in their own homes, so being able to drive is useful.

The majority of the time is spent standing and bending.

What does it take to become a Chiropractor?

As a chiropractor you will need:

  • a genuine desire to help people
  • the ability to develop empathy with patients
  • good listening skills so that you can use relevant information to arrive at the best treatment
  • to be logical in working through and solving a problem, and observing the situation in a detached way
  • to have good co-ordination and be good with your hands
  • to be interested in anatomy and physiology
  • to know when to refer clients to a qualified medical doctor
  • commercial skills to help you run a business.

Chiropractor Career Opportunities

This area of work is expanding rapidly. There are more than 2,000 chiropractors currently working in the UK, almost all are in private practice. However, it is possible to provide services through the NHS.

Many chiropractors are self-employed and often need to build up their professional reputation and client list. They may work alone, in a clinic with other chiropractors, or alongside other complementary therapists such as osteopaths and acupuncturists.

Some chiropractors work for more than one clinic and may do some locum work.

It is possible to work abroad as the recognised qualifications meet international standards.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Chiropractor that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
44 Wicklow St
London
WC1X 9HL
Tel: 020 7713 5155
www.gcc-uk.org

British Register of Complementary Practitioners
Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM)
PO Box 194
London
SE16 7QZ
Tel: 020 7237 5165
www.i-c-m.org.uk

British Chiropractic Association
www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk

United Chiropractic Association
www.united-chiropractic.org

McTimoney Chiropractic Association
www.mctimoney-chiropractic.org

Scottish Chiropractic Association
www.sca-chiropractic.org

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