A chiropractor is a health care professional who treats back pain and other musculoskeletal and nerve conditions without surgery. Chiropractic is a holistic discipline that relies on your body’s own ability to heal once your chiropractor restores balance and alignment through manual (hands on) techniques or through the use of medical technology designed to gently correct painful conditions.
The loss of your body’s natural alignment can have multiple causes, including:
- Accident or injury
- Poor posture
- Repetitive motion
- Sedentary lifestyle
A chiropractor treats these and other conditions caused by using our bodies in a way that causes pain or limits function and enjoyment in some way. Chiropractic is often considered an alternative medicine, but its benefits are widely acknowledged. Most health insurance plans cover visits to a chiropractor.
Educational requirements for a chiropractor
Doctors of chiropractic are required to perform many years of study and clinical work. Entrance into a chiropractic college accredited by the American Chiropractic Association typically requires a bachelor’s degree with a major or emphasis on pre-medical education, including biology, chemistry, physics and accompanying lab work.
Chiropractic degrees (Doctor of Chiropractic) require four years of additional study, averaging 4,820 class room and clinical study hours by graduation. State licensure is required to practice chiropractic, for which the doctor of chiropractic must pass national board examinations. This extensive education and training prepares chiropractors to help people with a multitude of health problems, and to recognize other conditions and refer patients to an appropriate specialist.
Wellness Solutions Chiropractic in Plano, Texas offers holistic care from our certified doctors of chiropractic and our entire wellness team. Call (214) 862-5581 for a consultation today or request an appointment online.