Chiropractors often work in offices. They can stand for extended periods of time when examining and treating patients. Chiropractors can work in a variety of settings, mainly because patients will seek their care in a variety of settings. The chiropractor's daily tasks involve evaluating the patient's condition through physical examinations and reviewing their medical history.
They analyze the patient's posture and spine, sometimes using x-rays. They provide chiropractic therapy, such as back manipulation, and additional treatments, such as hot or cold compresses. The chiropractor's tasks include advice for self-care with exercise and a better diet and, if necessary, referring patients to another doctor. Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who use techniques to alleviate problems in the neuromusculoskeletal system of their patients.
They perform spinal adjustments, use massage therapy, and even techniques such as ultrasound to reduce the pain or tension their patients experience. Many chiropractors work in private chiropractic offices, but some specialize in particular areas, sports, for example, which requires them to work as part of a larger team of medical and healthcare professionals for a particular team or company. Chiropractors must complete a doctorate in chiropractic, which is usually a 4-year graduate program. They must also obtain a license to practice in their state.
Because they work with patients, chiropractors must have good communication and interpersonal skills. They need to help their patients feel comfortable, even when they feel pain or discomfort and undergo unknown procedures. Chiropractors must also have excellent time management skills to ensure that they can provide appropriate treatment to each patient while respecting appointment times. Chiropractors become certified after education and training in a specialty, such as radiology or occupational health, and then pass the exam (s) administered by a specialized chiropractic board.
Chiropractors are independent health professionals who treat many conditions related to the spine, emphasizing the dependence of health on the proper functioning of the central nervous system.