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.
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.
As a chiropractor you will need:
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.
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