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Athletes. Dancers. Office workers who sit for long hours each day. Movers who lift and carry heavy furniture. These are just some of the people who suffer from back- and spine-related injuries. Some consult with medical doctors, but others prefer the expertise of chiropractors because of their overall approach to health.

Chiropractors evaluate and treat a patient’s muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems. They also explore how diet, exercise, environment, and heredity contribute to a patient's pain and injuries.

Chiropractors assess the total health of their patients and use nonsurgical, drug-free treatment methods that include manipulating the spinal column.

Did You Know?

Some chiropractors specialize in areas such as sports injuries, pediatrics, or nutrition.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Treat patients with therapeutic techniques, including water, electricity, heat, massage, and ultrasound
  • Encourage patients to adopt better eating, exercise, and stress-management practices
  • Take classes throughout your career to keep up with advances in the field
  • Work long hours, sometimes in the evenings and on weekends

It Helps To Be...

A compassionate, careful, and thoughtful observer as well as a good detective. You’ll need to read between the lines and ask the right questions to understand a patient’s overall health.

Make High School Count

  • Take plenty of math and science classes including AP® courses in biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Sign up for psychology to study human nature and learn about the mind-body relationship.
  • Enhance your communication skills through English composition, drama, and speech classes.
  • Volunteer at a health clinic, hospital, rehabilitation center, or chiropractic office.

Did You Know?

Many chiropractors who own their own practice or are part of a group practice take on some of the administrative tasks of running a business.