Chiropractor Job Profile and Description
Chiropractors are not medical doctors but are also known as doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians. They diagnose and treat patients suffering from musculoskeletal system disorders which affect the nervous system and general health. Relying on the body’s self healing abilities, Chiropractors practice natural, drugless and non-surgical treatments. They manipulate the spine on the principle that spinal misalignments interfere with the nervous system to result in lower disease resistance and triggering diminished health conditions.
Chiropractor Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Recommend lifestyle changes that affect diet, exercise and rest for patients whose ailments are caused by unhealthy lifestyles.
- Refer patients to or consult with other medical practitioners when suspecting deeper causes of complained ailment.
- Take patient’s health history; conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations; and may order laboratory tests.
- X rays and other diagnostic images are important tools because of the chiropractor’s emphasis on the spine and its proper function.
- Analyze patient’s posture and spine using specialized technique of manually adjusting the spinal column.
- Harness additional therapeutic procedures using massage, heat, light, water, ultrasound, electric currents and acupuncture.
Chiropractor Job Skills and Specifications
- Must have knowledge in the use of high technology devices and tools in diagnosing and treating skin disorders.
- Must have excellent communication skills
- Must have excellent interpersonal and people management skills
Chiropractor Job Education and Qualifications
- A 4-year chiropractic course in school accredited by the Council of Chiropractic Education
- Must pass state board exams like those from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Chiropractor Job Salary
The mean annual salary for Chiropractors was $94,454 according to a survey conducted by Chiropractic Economics magazine in 2009. Just like in many professions, state and geographic location as well as the qualifications of the practitioner influence earnings.
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