What is a Chiropractor?
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.
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
|Other specific subjects to the two careers|
|TOTAL ACCUMULATIVE HOURS||5300h||5540h|
|*Source: (1) Faculty of Medicine, Madrid. Teaching Organization of the Academic Course 1997 (2) Cleveland Chiropractic Catalog 1997|
· 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/