What is a chiropractor?
• Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative
medicine health care profession and an approach
to healing concerned with the diagnosis, treatment
and prevention of disorders of the
neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of
these disorders on general health.
Becoming a chiropractor typically requires 7 to 8 years
of post–high school study: 3 to 4 years of
undergraduate education, followed by a 4-year
Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree program.
Chiropractors also must be licensed by their state.
How long does it take to
be a Chiropractor?
• Chiropractic school lasts for about four years.
However, if a person counts the time it takes to
study for a undergraduate or graduate degree
before enrolling in a chiropractic school, then study
time will take anywhere from six to eight years.
• Average Salary: $30,000-$100,000. The median
annual wage of chiropractors was $67,200 in May
When was it founded?
Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by magnetic
healer, D.D. Palmer, in Davenport, Iowa. Chiropractic
theory on spinal joint dysfunction and its putative role
in non-musculoskeletal disease has been a source of
controversy since its inception in 1895.
• There are many techniques if you go to a
chiropractor. Spinal manipulation, which
chiropractors call "spinal adjustment" or
"chiropractic adjustment", is the most common
treatment used in chiropractic care.
• Most chiropractors work in a solo or group
chiropractic practice. A large number are
self-employed. Most chiropractors
establish a private practice and some
provide home treatments. Others form
group partnerships in clinics or
• Chiropractors manipulate their patients’
spinal columns for treatment. They may
prescribe specific diets or exercises, but not
drugs. Chiropractors cannot perform
Best chiropractic colleges
in the United States
• University of Western States
• Texas Chiropractic College
• National University of Health
• Life University