Chiropractors do so much more than just ‘cracking backs’

Most people are very surprised to learn about the number of years it takes to study to be a Chiropractor, the in depth knowledge required and variety of subjects that Chiropractors have to study.  Many of the subjects studied are identical to Doctors such that in some teaching institutions in the world Chiropractic and Medical students study the subjects common to both professions along side each other.  As you would expect, there are differences in the amount of time each profession spends studying each subject,  but putting these differences aside you can see below that the total number of hours a Chiropractor and Doctor studies is virtually identical*.

Chiropractors have to be trained in many of the same medical subjects as your doctor.  Why?  Simply because you can come in and see them without referral with anything causing your symptoms.  It’s up to the Chiropractor to decide if you have a mechanical, Neurological, Orthopaedic or a medical problem and then decide what is the best course of action for you.  So you can be assured after all their years in training you are in very safe hands.  If you have a problem that is unsuitable for Chiropractic treatment or you need more tests e.g. MRI/blood tests we will either refer you back to the GP for more investigations or request these tests privately.  The choice is always up to you.

Chiropractic training

Medical training

Total hours 4822 4667
Radiography (Taking images e.g. X-rays)
Radiology (Diagnosis of images e.g. X-rays/MRI)
General medicine
Internship/clinic rounds
Years to get their degree 5 years full time 5 years full time
Post graduate year training
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Reference: * The Chiropractic Profession. By David Chapman-Smith LLB (HONS) PCE , FICC (HON) Secretary-General, World Federation of Chiropractic. Chapter 4, pages 45-56.