A minimum of eight years of college study (the same legal requirement as for medical doctors) not including internships in USA in Oz 5 years at University.
Licensed chiropractors are entitled by law to use the title, “Doctor of chiropractic.” They may also add the degree’s initials “Dr.” to their name. Chiropractors have used the title since 1895. There former name was called bone setters where they studied at University of Notre Dame 400 years before medicine went to university. In the first cohort according to Stephenson’s studies of chiropractic (1922) 1/3 of students were medical doctors. At that time chiropractic was a six month course and Medicine was 18 months and both could go straight into private practice, both professions got on well.
In Australia student chiropractors graduate some get Bachelors degrees some get Masters degrees l
No. As with all professions, chiropractors have a large number of various methods to evaluate and take care of patients. In our office, we use numerous gentle and effective techniques such as Thomson, Gonstead, Activator, Impulse, SOT, Toggle and Diversified techniques.
Chiropractic is the art, science and philosophy of restoring function in the nervous system (nerves).
The human body is controlled by nerves. Everything (circulation, breathing, elimination, etc.) is under the direction of this unbelievably complicated system. If the impulses of this network are transmitted normally to and from the brain without interference, the body will be at its optimum and able to ward off disease to the best of its ability. If these impulses are stopped or interfered with, the area dependent upon them will malfunction and/or become less functional. When their is pressure on a muscle, blood vessel nerve or tissue it can cause nerve interference which we interpret as pain, pins and needles or even numbness.
Chiropractic is the profession that utilizes gentle techniques to free pinched nerves so that the body can relieve itself. Chiropractors focus on the spine and the origin of the nervous system, however they vary in their management of symptoms due to their further education so some help with such a variety of health concerns they can make you feel good
Nerves can be pinched, irritated, stretched or compressed so each technique has a history of particular problems; this can be influenced by mechanical alignment of bones relative to nerves, organs relative to nerves, muscles where nerves pass through, connective tissue, scar tissue and other stuff that irritates nerves.
Scientists have also found postural distortion, bad habits, trauma, concussion, whiplash affect nerve quality, plus they have found emotional stress, mental stress, chemical toxicity, poisoning, spiritual stress can overwhelm nerves into producing symptoms. Our big issue is with the things that persist and upset our function and our health.
This is where the chiropractor comes in. The doctor applies a gentle force to the spine or other part of the body that unlocks the areas of nerves being irritated, pinched or in pain, and where necessary may change the alignment of the body as well. Once the flow is improved of nerve impulses, the body can restore and improve nerve function.
Your doctor of chiropractic has gone through four academic years of chiropractic training, after undergraduate college, and 5 years of university training in Oz to learn human anatomy, physiology, and radiology in depth. All for the sole purpose of learning how, when ,why ,and where to apply that gentle force called Chiropractic, and to help you, the patient, prevent your symptoms from recurring.
Everyone can benefit from modern, safe, effective, and painless chiropractic care. In our office, we use chiropractic techniques which are extremely effective for everyone including the elderly and infants.