When dealing with other professionals, and even with our own patients,  are often  surprised by how much we know about health care in general beyond our specialty in Chiropractic health care.

That is because the Basic Sciences chiropractors learn include all those subjects that any Medical Doctor would learn.

Yes, our education is different when it comes to treating patients without drugs or surgery. But everything else is the same. We just specialize in moving stuck joints and removing muscle trigger points. Also using the right exercises and proper nutrition to bring our patients back to health. We learn the full basic sciences that any health care professional should know. This way we can recognize when a patient may have other problems besides their back pain, neck pain or knee pain.

Here is some information from the American Chiropractic Association:

Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are the only health care professionals in the United States extensively trained in manipulation techniques. This makes them the true masters in performing the art of spinal manipulation—a form of treatment performed 94 percent of the time in this country by chiropractors. This  according to the Rand Corporation.

As wholistic chiropractors we practice a drug-free, nonsurgical approach to health care. In addition to spinal manipulation, we also frequently recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. And chiropractors may provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic (DC) are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-professional undergraduate college education. Undergraduate education must include courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Courses similar to pre-med. Once accepted into a chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding. Four to five academic years of professional study are standard.

In total, the DC curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. This extensive education prepares chiropractors to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems or refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.

Following graduation, chiropractors must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed. Additionally, a large number of doctors continue their education and specialize in areas such as internal disorders, neurology, nutrition, occupational health, orthopedics, radiology, pediatrics and sports injuries.

To learn more about chiropractic education and the safety of chiropractic treatments, please go to www.masschiro.org.

Or go to the ACA web site at https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Why-Choose-Chiropractic/What-is-Chiropractic