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A chiropractor is one who is taught on the theory that disease is the result of a disruption of nerve function. This is thought to stem from displaced vertebrae, which chiropractors massage and manipulate manually in order to relieve the pressure on nerves.

The nervous system plays a significant role in maintaining health. Small internal misalignments interfere with proper functioning of the nervous system, therefore, with the body’s ability to maintain good health.

In 1996, there were 16 colleges of chiropractic in the United States. These colleges are monitored by the Council on Chiropractic Education, they set the standards for the curriculum, faculty and staff, facilities, patient care, and research.

The chiropractic program consist of 4 years of professional education. They must study anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry,microbiology, and public health. After that they will go on to study in clinical education, chiropractic clinical sciences and the remaining are spent in clinical clerkships. These include lectures, laboratories, and clinics.

They will not only learn the above, but must learn about adjustive techniques/spinal analysis, principles/practices of chiropractic, physiologic therapeutics and biomechanics. Also, they have 3 areas within the clinical sciences, such as, techniques/spinal analysis, hysical/clinical/laboratory diagnosis, and diagnostic imaging.

There are specialty training in family practice,nutrition, rehabilitation, and industrial consulting. They also specialize in Rehabilitaion which can include radiology, orthopedics, family practice and clinical sciences. They must also participate in a continuing education, requiring from 3 to 25 in some states, to maintain or renew a license to practice.

Chiropractors bring the body back into alignment through manual manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. By doing this, it is believed this will allow the nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems to function smoothly once again.

Chiropractors are known for spinal manipulation, in which sudden force is used to stretch a joint beyond its passive range of motion.

Chiropractors can treat the following:
Some back and neck pains.
Tightness and loss of mobility of spinal joints.
Tension headaches.
Basic advice about nutrition, weight loss, exercise, physical work habits.
Relaxation techniques, massage, homer care and other self-help measures.

They can make referrals to specialist, if they can find that the problem lies outside their expertise. Proper diagnosis should precede any treatment of any type. Not every patient will benefit from chiropractic treatment.There are different types of manipulation for spinal problems, such as: Neck manipulation might be done while the patient sits on a stool. Upper-back manipulation might be done while the patient lies face down. Lower-back manipulation might be done while the patient lies on one side.
These are just some exampl es of position, your chiropractor will always instruct you as to what position is the best for the type of manipulation he/she will perform. There are even tables that are specially designed with cushions that are use to support patients in different positions. Neck manipulation should never be done immediately after an injury that has cause acute neck pain! See you Family Doctor, before seeking help from you chiropractor. If after 2 to 4 weeks of chiropractic care, the condition has not improved, consult a
specialist for a second opinion. It is rarely necessary to continue any form of chiropractic office treatment month after month.