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Chiropractors, or Doctors of Chiropractic (DC), treat patients with manipulation of the spinal column and other articulations of the body to correct abnormalities believed to be caused by interference with the nervous system. Chiropractors may utilize supplementary measures, such as exercise, rest, water, light, heat, and nutritional therapy.
Chiropractors work in private practice or may join other health care professionals to form a group practice, sometimes in affiliation with a private clinic or a hospital. Some chiropractors provide in-home care.
Employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. People across all age groups are increasingly becoming interested in integrative or complementary healthcare as a way to treat pain and to improve overall wellness. Chiropractic care is appealing to patients because chiropractors use nonsurgical methods of treatment and do not prescribe drugs.
Most chiropractic colleges require at least two years of undergraduate education, and an increasing number require a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Boards require completion of a 4-year chiropractic college course at an accredited program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: Connecticut requires two years (60 semester hours) of pre-professional college education; approved Chiropractic school; National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Parts I, II, III, IV and physiotherapy.
American Chiropractic Association
1701 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22209
International Chiropractors Association
6400 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 800
Falls Church, VA 22042