Soap-Box with the ChiroLady: are we doctors?

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Are chiropractors doctors? Well, the short answer is ... yes. We are not medical doctors, but we are doctors of chiropractic medicine. 

Chiropractic medicine has been studied and researched since 1895 when Dr. DD Palmer (father of chiropractic) performed his first adjustment on a Harvey Lillard. Long story short, the profession after that followed Dr. BJ Palmer (the son), developing different branches and different concentrations and finallly gaining licensure. 

Every since then, chiropractic medicine has taken off. It has had its ups and downs in convincing law makers and the allopatic world, but it has only made us stronger and better at what we do. The medical community has now realized the amazing corrective properties chiropractic care can provide to help aid the body's natural ability to heal. 

What schooling is required for chiropractors?

In order to become a chiropractor, a person needs to acquire a bachelor's degree in an accredited college or university followed by 4 years of intesive training at an accredited chiropractic institution. In my example, I graduated with a BS in biology from University of North Carolina at Charlotte followed by 4 years at National University of Health Scinces in Illinois. In the doctorate program, I took multiple classes in basic sciences, worked with cadavers, had four semesters (2 years) of anatomy, numerous classes of adjustments and one year of internship working on real patients. If you think about it, like medical doctors, I have been in school 8 years AFTER finishing high school!

In the medical world and by law, we are recognized as physicians. So, yes ... we are doctors.

Chiropractic is a unified profession, but chiropractors can develop special interests and can concentrate on different health issues and methods of healing based on those interests. In other words, not all chiropractors are the SAME. 

Shop around! You are the patient. You are in control of your health. The best way to find a great chiropractor is to ask around: friends, family and coworkers.

You can also check google reviews. Great way to find anything these days. 

Hope that helps, my friends!!


Dr. Katya AKA ChiroLady I am a very straight-forward person that enjoys debates and discussions. I am a license Chiropractor that loves to teach and explain how the body works, how it heals, and what is best for health. I graduated from UNCC with a BS in Biology and from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL with my doctorate degree in Chiropractic medicine.

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