Chiropractor Speaks with Patient

Chiropractors, or doctors of chiropractic, are health care professionals who focus on musculoskeletal health problems. Through manipulation of the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, they treat patient ailments, such as back or neck pain. Spinal adjustment can relieve acute back pain, widen a patient's range of motion, and improve function. These professionals emphasize health maintenance and disease prevention through exercise, maintaining posture, stress management, proper nutrition, and care of the spine and the nervous system. Approximately 28,850 chiropractors practice in the United States. Most work in solo practice; other work settings include group practices, health care clinics, and teaching institutions.

Chiropractic emphasizes health maintenance, the whole person, and natural healing and is considered an alternative health care approach. At the same time, chiropractic has more of the advantages enjoyed by the medical profession than does any other alternative health care field: Chiropractic has licensure requirements, accredited training institutions, a growing scientific research base, and insurance reimbursement.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Doctors of Chiropractic
Duties Provide musculoskeletal therapy, including spine manipulation; assess a patient's medical condition; review a patient's medical history and perform a physical exam; conduct additional tests; advise patients on lifestyle issues (diet, exercise, etc.); take care of administrative duties of running an office
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major urban areas and towns
Minimum Education Level
  • Doctorate
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Clinical experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chiropractor
  • Associate Chiropractor
  • Chiropractic Assistant