When you are in the process of applying for a position as a Chiropractor, you will need to make sure that your resume is not only comprehensive, but also includes the basic skills necessary to become a qualified, and effective, Chiropractor. Although there is no national certification requirement for entry-level chiropractors, the following skills can help you achieve the level of education and experience needed to become a licensed chiropractor.
Physical therapy includes treatment of the skeletal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular and cardiac systems. As part of their education, Physical Therapists must complete a course in chiropractic anatomy and physiology as well as an internship in the field of chiropractic, in addition to taking a final exam, which evaluates their ability to diagnose, treat and manage patients who have spinal problems. As part of the curriculum, Physical Therapists should be familiar with and understand how to use diagnostic imaging techniques such as x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, computerized tomography (CT) scan machines, ultrasound, and electrodiagnostic procedures.
Chiropractics are not regulated by the state, so a doctor who practices chiropractic medicine must take a national certification exam before being able to practice as a chiropractic physician. When it comes to these important skills needed to become a chiropractor, many resumes listed on job search websites included massages therapy, while many listed massage therapy and physical therapy as the second and third most common skills desired. There are many different types of massages and therapeutic exercises, but not all of these types are considered “chiropractive” in nature.
Massage therapy, while not directly related to chiropractic medicine, is very similar to the body’s nervous system and its ability to respond to stimuli. Massages are often referred to as “muscle therapy.” Massages provide immediate relief from pain and are often applied to the muscular tissues associated with a variety of conditions such as muscle spasms, tendonitis, and herniated discs.
The chiropractic philosophy of prevention is the basis of the majority of chiropractic procedures. These procedures include prevention through education and research of the various causes of problems; modification of behavior, diet and lifestyle patterns of a person; and exercise and rehabilitation of the body. In addition, chiropractors often provide services that address neurological disorders and pain, such as acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation.
The training required to become a chiropractic medicine specialist is extensive. A chiropractor must complete four years of undergraduate study at an accredited university, two years at a community college, and one year at a vocational school specializing in chiropractic medicine, and at least five years of post-graduate study in chiropractic medicine. During this time the student must learn basic principles of anatomy and physiology as well as methods of diagnosis, as well as the various chiropractic modalities used in treating and modifying health through manipulation of the patient’s musculoskeletal and neurological systems. After completing a four year program, the student should have enough knowledge to enroll in a two year program at a chiropractic school and earn his or her associate degree.
To obtain the chiropractic license, a student must pass both a written and clinical examination administered by the Board of Chiropractor Examiners of Maryland (BCCE). At completion of the exam, students must pass an entrance exam to become licensed. with a grade average of at least 75%, and at least three clinical months of experience under the supervision of a licensed chiropractor. before they can begin practicing.
It may not be easy to become a chiropractic physician, but it is well worth the effort because of the rewarding job opportunities available to someone with a degree in this field of science. There is also a good chance that you may end up starting your own practice because there are many qualified patients who will visit your clinic for care. After all, the purpose of a chiropractor is to treat and rehabilitate patients.