Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who use techniques to alleviate problems in their patients' neuromusculoskeletal systems. They perform spinal adjustments, use massage therapy, and even techniques such as ultrasound to reduce the pain or tension that their patients experience. Many chiropractors work in private chiropractic practices but some specialize in particular areas, sports, for instance, which requires them to work as part of a larger team of medical and healthcare professionals for a particular team or company.
Chiropractors must completed a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree, which is typically a 4-year post-graduate program. They must also obtain a license to practice in their state. Because they work with patients, chiropractors should have good communication skills and interpersonal skills. They need to help their patients feel at ease, even when they are in pain or discomfort and undergoing unfamiliar procedures. Chiropractors should also have excellent time management skills in order to ensure they can provide adequate treatment to each patient while respecting appointment times.
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