Chiropractors are not real doctors…

A few days ago, I had a new patient walk in with his wife, and in the middle of our consultation, he laughs and says, “I heard that Chiropractors aren’t real doctors.”

Well, I guess it depends on your definition of doctor.  I’ll let you decide.

Webster defines it like this:

a : an eminent theologian declared a sound expounder of doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church —called also doctor of the church

b : a learned or authoritative teacher

c : a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (as a PhD) conferred by a university

d : a person awarded an honorary doctorate (as an LLD or Litt D) by a college or university

a : a person skilled or specializing in healing arts; especially : one (as a physician, dentist, or veterinarian) who holds an advanced degree and is licensed to practice

b : medicine man

a : material added (as to food) to produce a desired effect

b : a blade (as of metal) for spreading a coating or scraping a surface

: a person who restores, repairs, or fine-tunes things
While I’m not hung up on the title doctor, it is important to understand that YOU are your own best doctor.  That doesn’t mean I suggest you adjust yourself, attempting to adjust your own alignment is not only ineffective, but it can also be quite dangerous. If you’re not familiar with the different muscles and nerves in your spine, you can end up seriously injuring yourself.
I personally like the definition from Thomas Edison:

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ ”

Can anyone really argue with this?  Our frame is our spine.  We have to keep it moving properly. And for my family, we stay away from processed foods.  We prefer real food.

So, Is a Chiropractic education more than an internet degree?  Yes.

The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and biochemistry. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.

Doctors of chiropractic undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, and rehabilitation, they receive more intensive education than most medical doctors or physical therapists.

Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has been the case for more than 25 years.

Before they are allowed to practice, doctors of chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed. Chiropractic colleges also offer post-graduate continuing education programs in specialty fields ranging from sports injuries and occupational health to orthopedics and neurology. These programs allow chiropractors to specialize in a healthcare discipline or meet state re-licensure requirements.

This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.

Chiropractors attend schools which are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

 Chiropractic is FAR LESS EXPENSIVE…

When compared with Western medical care, Chiropractic is far less expensive. Your health is going to cost you.  You can choose to pay for it pro-actively and maintain it or re-actively and all at once.  I suggest taking better care of YOU than you do of your car.  A car can be replaced!

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-Dr. Andrew Lobacz