A question we often hear is “Are Chiropractors doctors?” and the answer is YES! A Chiropractor is a doctor who keeps your natural health and healing as top priority. In an effort to clarify this, we put together a few things you might not know about Chiropractors and their training.
A Chiropractor is a doctor in the same way that other healthcare professionals are. Just like dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, and psychologists, a Chiropractor is a doctor as well.
Chiropractors receive a Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC) degree that requires an average of 8 years of schooling. A Doctor of Chiropractic is not considered a medical doctor because they cannot prescribe medication, perform surgery, or perform certain treatment techniques outside their field of study. Medical doctors are organized by the American Medical Association (AMA). Doctors of Chiropractic are organized by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).
Though Chiropractors are not medical doctors, they are similar in many ways. Like a medical doctor, a Chiropractor completes various internships as part of his or her training. A DC also must pass several rounds of board examinations on state and national levels. Doctors of Chiropractic often specialize in certain areas, like orthopedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, radiology, neurology, nutrition, and more.
As mentioned above, one important difference is that a medical doctor is trained to heal with medication while a Chiropractor is trained to heal with your body’s natural abilities. A Chiropractor’s goal is to stimulate your body’s nervous system as well as its nervous system to help your body function at its optimal level.
At Hammer & Forge Chiropractic, our goal is to get you feeling your best by harnessing your body’s natural ability to heal!
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