Chiropractic Doctors are sometimes called back doctors, while it is true that chiropractic care is fantastic for treating symptoms relating to the neck, midback, lower-back, and hips (what most of us *think about when we say, “the back”), that is just a small part of what chiropractors do.  Remember that every single nerve in your body goes through your spine (your back) before going to any other part of your body.  For example, the nerves that control your arms and hands actually begin in the neck and exit the bones of the neck and travel down into the arms and hands.  The nerves that control your heart exit your upper back and connect to the heart. When there is a misalignment in the bones of your back, it can impact much more than just back and neck pain, many other symptoms and conditions can become involved as well. Chiropractic treatment has a tremendous impact on the function of the nervous system which controls all of the functions of your body.  Our doctors will plan to do a detailed evaluation with you to determine the cause of your health concern.   How much education does your chiropractor have? Chiropractors are doctors, most have completed a 4-year degree prior to entering chiropractic college.  Once there, the education of a chiropractor and a medical doctor is extremely similar.  Chiropractors have a total of 4,620 formal education hours.  Both chiropractors and medical doctors are trained in the following areas: anatomy, chemistry, diagnosis, microbiology, neurology, obstetrics, pathology, orthopedics, physiology, psychiatry, and radiology. A chiropractor will have more concentration in neurology than a medical doctor, whereas the medical doctor will spend more time on pathology.  The training between a chiropractor and a medical doctor differ the most in the following areas:  a medical doctor takes pharmacology and general surgery, whereas a chiropractor will learn more about spinal adjusting, nutrition, and advanced imaging. One other difference is the base philosophy of instruction.  Chiropractic colleges teach the material emphasizing the body’s innate ability to heal.  For example, if you get a cut on your arm, you don’t have to concentrate on it, “make a scab, make a scab”, your body knows what to do.  During the course of education, chiropractors will focus on ways to work with the body’s own ability to heal, rather than utilizing a drug or surgical option for healing.

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