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Chiropractors, also referred to as chiropractic doctors, believe that many health problems are linked directly to problems of the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. By using manipulations concentrated on the spinal column and vertebras, chiropractors try to alleviate any stresses that may be affecting the nervous system.

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Orthopedics – specializing in problems with skeletal system, muscles, joints and ligaments. Neurology – specializing in disorders of nervous system. Sports injuries – specializing in treatment of sports related injuries. Occupational Health – practicing or teaching in business or industry environment. Nutrition – specializing in nutrition. Radiology – specializing in using radiologic technology. Thermography – specializing in using infrared technology to measure temperature variations on the surface of the body which produces images of abnormal tissue growths.

Work Activities/Environment
Chiropractors work in private practice, hospitals, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), and chiropractic colleges. They are trained to understand problems of the musculoskeletal system which includes the muscles, ligaments, bones, nerves and spine. Chiropractors take a holistic approach when treating their patients. Holistic medicine is based on the principle of focusing on all aspects of a person’s health including diet, exercise, stress level, heredity, and environment. Chiropractors perform diagnostic procedures and use natural, non-surgical treatments and they do not prescribe or recommend medications. They also analyze and perform alignments and adjustments to improve or correct problems with posture and the spinal column. When needed, chiropractors may consult with and refer patients to other health practitioners. Chiropractors typically work between 40-45 hours a week, although some may set their own hours and may work evenings or weekends. They are often assisted by a chiropractor assistant or technician.

Academic/Special Requirements
Students must complete at least 2 years of undergraduate study (although some states, such as Wisconsin, require 4-year degrees). To become a licensed, students must also complete a 4-year chiropractic college course. Licenses are administered upon the successful completion of a test administered by National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. State exams may supplement national board tests. To maintain their license, chiropractors must complete continuing education each year. Programs are also available to receive specialty certification called "diplomate" certification (see specialization listing).

Educational Institutions
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Palmer College of Chiropractic

Pre-Professional Programs
Cardinal Stritch
Mount Mary College
Ripon College
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Stout
University of Wisconsin - Superior
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Viterbo College

Average $104,870

Professional Organizations
American Chiropractic Association
1701 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA, 22209

Council on Chiropractic Education
8049 N. 85th Way
Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321
480/443-8877 or 888/443-3506

Dynamic Chiropractic
PO Box 28990
Santa Ana, CA, 92799

Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
5401 W. 10th St., Suite 101
Greeley, CO, 80634-4400

International Chiropractors Association
6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 800
Falls Church, VA, 22042
703/528-5000 or 800/423-4690

Wisconsin Chiropractic Association
521 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI, 53703

World Chiropractic Alliance
2950 North Dobson Road, Suite 1
Chandler, AZ, 85224

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