Education & Clinical Training
Chiropractic doctors attend four years of graduate level education, which includes training in conventional medicine along with a strong emphasis in spinal and extremity manipulative therapy. Chiropractic training has a strong focus in neuromusculoskeletal (nerve, muscle-fascia, bone) conditions and also emphasizes clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, exercise, rehabilitation, and physiotherapy. Chiropractors must pass comprehensive state board exams in order to obtain licensure as a chiropractic doctor. In some states, such as Oregon, a chiropractor may hold the status as a primary care physician. Chiropractic doctors may further their training in the sub-specialties of clinical nutrition, internal medicine, homeopathy, orthopedics, sports medicine, radiology, proctology, obstetrics, and minor surgery.
Chiropractic medicine is a system of manual therapy based in the science of spinal and extremity adjusting or manipulation. The joints or articulations of the body can become restricted due to muscle imbalance or nervous system dysfunction. This occurrence results in limited mobility and function, which causes or is the result of disruption in the nervous system. The chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is an approach to health care that honors the innate healing capacity within the human body.
Chiropractic medicine is focused on the relationship between the anatomical spine and the physiological function of the nervous system of the body. The nervous system is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and the many nerves supplying the body’s organs, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Regulation of the correct function of every tissue and organ is the primary responsibility of the nervous system. Chiropractic care assists the body in restoring adequate function by removing nervous system interference. Ultimately, enabling your body to restore and maintain optimal health.
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