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
Chiropractic 5 years
Physiotherapy 3 years
Osteopatía X X Variable
Chiromassage X X Variable
Chiropraxic X X Variable

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.

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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

Medicine *1
450h 390h
Embryology, Histology, Cytology
195h 120h
180h 240h
135h 80h
Physiology, Pathology, Neurology,Diagnosis
1380h 1260h
225h 120h
15h 80h
Pediatrics, Geriatrics
90h 220h
75h 180h
90h 160h
45h 70h
45h 40h
45h 140h
2970h 3100h
Other specific subjects to the two careers
Chiropractic Pharmacology
Nutrition Clinic
Clinic Elective subjects
Elective subjects
TOTAL HOURS 2330h 2300h
*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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