What is a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a healthcare specialist that is dedicated to the study of the human nervous system. The chiropractic profession is recognized in 70 countries worldwide. In the United States, it is the third largest sanitary profession.
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A chiropractor completes between 5-7 years of graduate studies depending on the country.

The objective of the chiropractor is for the nervous system to function at 100% of its capability all the time! A healthy nervous system means the body can heal more easily from illnesses and adapt better to daily stresses, thus increasing the overall quality of health of an individual.

The chiropractor uses manual adjustments which are non-painful but very specific, high velocity/low amplitude thrust on the misaligned joints in order to reestablish the proper communication and function between the body and the brain. The adjustments are normally applied to the vertebrae of the spine, the cranium and the pelvis which protect the nervous system.

Professional regulation
University Studies
Duration of studies in Spain
Chiropractic5 years
Physiotherapy3 years
OsteopatíaXXVariable
ChiromassageXXVariable
ChiropraxicXXVariable

The Spanish Chiropractic Association, La Asociación Española de Quiropráctica (AEQ) acts as the governing board for the profession, ensuring that all members have the proper requirements and formation dictated by the World Health Organization.

The following table shows a comparison of required hours of study for both Chiropractic and Medicine in the United States where both careers are of 7 ½ years duration.

In addition to obtaining the doctorate degree, the chiropractor must complete annual postgraduate training courses to keep updated within the field of continuing education; thus maintain their qualification at a current level of proficiency.

Click and see the comparative table between the hours of chiropractic and medicine in USA

*Source: (1) Faculty of Medicine, Madrid. Teaching Organization of the Academic Course 1997 (2) Cleveland Chiropractic Catalog 1997

Subject
Chiropractic*2
Medicine *1
Anatomy
450h390h
Embryology, Histology, Cytology
195h120h
Biochemistry
180h240h
Microbiology
135h80h
Physiology, Pathology, Neurology,Diagnosis
1380h1260h
Radiology
225h120h
Genetics
15h80h
Pediatrics, Geriatrics
90h220h
Gynecology
75h180h
Psychiatry
90h160h
Dermatology
45h70h
Toxicology
45h40h
Investigation
45h140h
TOTAL HOURS
2970h3100h
Other specific subjects to the two careers
ChiropracticPharmacology
NutritionClinic
ClinicElective subjects
Elective subjects
TOTAL HOURS2330h2300h
TOTAL ACCUMULATIVE HOURS5300h5540h
*Source: (1) Faculty of Medicine, Madrid. Teaching Organization of the Academic Course 1997 (2) Cleveland Chiropractic Catalog 1997

 

See references

· WHO guidelines on basic training and safety in chiropractic [Internet]. Who.int. 2018 [cited 7 January 2018]. Available from: http://www.who.int/medicines/areas/traditional/Chiro-Guidelines.pdf

· Word Federation Of Chiropractic [Internet]. 2018 [cited 12 January 2018]. Available from: https://www.wfc.org/website/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=110&Itemid=107&lang=en

· Spanish Chiropractic Association [Internet]. 2018 [cited 12 January 2018]. Available from: http://www.quiropractica-aeq.com/

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