Chiropractors are doctors who treat a range of different health conditions involving the musculoskeletal system via chiropractic adjustments and manipulations; the profession is well regarded for caring for patients with headaches and back and neck pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association, or ACA. Chiropractic care is based on core principles that the body has the ability to heal itself, the body's structures and capacity for health are intertwined and treatment can balance the body's functions and structures.
Doctors of chiropractic care typically receive 4 years of pre-medical training in an undergraduate program before being accepted into a chiropractic college. There they take up to 5 years of professional studies in chiropractic care, neurology, orthopedics, anatomy and other courses. An extensive amount of clinical training is given in mastering manipulative procedures and adjustment techniques, according to the ACA. At the end of training, chiropractors have spent at least 4,200 hours in the classroom, clinical settings and laboratories.
Treatment with chiropractic care is one of the most non-invasive, drug free and safest types of treatments for various neuromusculoloskeletal ailments for both children and adults.
Chiropractors can practice in hospitals as well as outpatient clinics and private practices. Most insurance plans now cover the cost of chiropractic care, according to the ACA.