Chiropractic is a natural and conservative method of care focused on the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine, how spine health affects the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and how the proper function of these systems affects and restores one’s general health. Chiropractic philosophy is predicated on the human body’s ability to heal itself with far less dependence on surgery and medication than is often the norm in conventional medicine.
In the last several decades, chiropractic has developed a robust scientific research infrastructure that continues to identify additional conditions that may be successfully treated by Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs).
Doctors of Chiropractic must complete four to five years of study at an accredited chiropractic college, and the full curriculum requires a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. This includes training in the basic medical sciences, anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry as well as differential diagnosis, radiology, and therapeutic techniques. Unlike other non-physician-status health care providers such as physical therapists, a doctor of chiropractic is licensed to both diagnose and treat patients. DCs are considered physicians under Medicare and are licensed in the overwhelming majority of states.