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What is Chiropractic?

Origins of Chiropractic?

What kind of training do

Chiropractors have?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, "Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling."

The roots of chiropractic care can be traced back to the beginning of recorded time. Writings from China and Greece written in 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., also published texts detailing the importance of chiropractic care. In one of his writings he declares, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases". In the United States, the practice of spinal manipulation began gaining momentum in the late nineteenth century. In 1895, Daniel David Palmer founded the Chiropractic profession in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer was well read in medical journals of his time and had great knowledge of the developments that were occurring throughout the world regarding anatomy and physiology. In 1897, Daniel David Palmer went on to begin the Palmer School of Chiropractic. Doctors of chiropractic have become pioneers in the field of non-invasive

care promoting science-based approaches to a variety of ailments.


For any other questions please contact Clayton Chiropractic Clinic

at (801)621-1668.

Before one can be accepted into a chiropractic college they must undergo 4 academic years of pre-medical undergraduate college.  Undergraduate study must include the following courses: general biology, anatomy, physiology, zoology, general or inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and statistics.

Once accepted into Chiropractic College the requirements become even more demanding.  Four to five academic years of professional study is the standard.  Chiropractors are also required to take 5 different national board exams throughout their education in order to be licensed.

Once a chiropractor passes the 5 national board exams ( and graduates they need to become licensed in the state they choose to practice.  Most states have another board exam that must be passed as well a lengthy screening process.  Once you are licensed as a chiropractic physician you must complete around 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

For any other questions please contact Clayton Chiropractic Clinic at (801)621-1668.