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Many people with aches, pains and other health complaints depend on chiropractors to help them cope. Also called Doctors of Chiropractic, or chiropractic physicians, they diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body’s muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems, especially the spine. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, but they are thoroughly trained through two to four years of pre-professional college education, with a bachelor’s degree recommended. They then spend four years at an approved College of Chiropractic Medicine. This results in a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Then they must pass board certification tests, and fulfill a continuing education requirement to maintain their license to practice in a particular state. After obtaining a license, you can set up a new practice, purchase or join an established practice, or take a salaried position with a group practice or health care facility. This is a field of medicine that is expected to expand, with growing national interest in holistic, preventive medicine, and increased coverage by insurance and managed care programs. With their field’s emphasis on overall health and wellness, chiropractors often advise patients about exercise and nutrition. This is a profession that requires a combination of physical skill, scientific knowledge, and empathy for patients: understanding how they’re feeling is part of the process of helping them feel better.

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