As a qualified chiropractor, you’ll use physical manipulation, massage and rehabilitative exercises to treat patients with a range of conditions. These may include:
- back pain
- shoulder pain
- neck pain
- arthritic pain
- joint stiffness and discomfort
- muscular aches
- sports injuries
You’ll take a holistic approach to treating patients; evaluating the underlying causes of their condition and not just the symptoms. Chiropractic treatment is designed to encourage the body’s natural healing process and chiropractors are most well known for the hands-on technique they use to adjust imbalances in the skeletal system.
So let’s look at the concept of chiropractic treatment in a little more detail. (After all, you’ll need to know this if you’re thinking of training to become a chiropractor!).
In short, chiropractic is a health care discipline that emphasises the body’s inherent power to heal itself. Focusing on the relationship between the body’s structure (mainly the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) chiropractic care deals with how that relationship affects the preservation of health.
As a chiropractor, you will be able to diagnose and aim to treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body’s muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. Chiropractors believe that problems or interference with these systems can negatively impact normal functioning, create pain and reduce resistance to disease. Chiropractors recognise that many factors – including exercise, diet and mental well-being – affect overall health and wellness.
What can you expect as a chiropractor?
There are few careers more rewarding than one in healthcare, but you should also be aware of what may be expected of you as a chiropractor. You may work alone, for example, or you may even begin your career by working from home. If you end up working at several practices (as many chiropractors do!), you may need to be prepared to travel regularly and work with different members of staff. Being a chiropractor is mentally and physically demanding too, so maintaining your own health and well-being is vitally important.
Here at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic, we enjoy nothing more than using our skills to help people restore their health. Will you be the next to follow in our footsteps?