A Chiropractor's Education
Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasises the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. In addition, Doctors of Chiropractic recognise the value and responsibility of working in cooperation with other health care practitioners when in the best interest of the patient.
Australian Chiropractors study at university for a minimum of five years, full time. They graduate with either a double Bachelor's Degree in Chiropractic Science and Clinical Science, or a Master's Degree, depending on their university.
Their training includes anatomy, physiology and diagnostic sciences, as well as radiology and are commonly licensed in skeletal radiography.
This comprehensive knowledge means they are experts in knowing when a person will benefit from specialised Chiropractic care, and when referral to another health provider is required.
Chiropractors are fully licensed health professionals who are required to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.