Chiropractor performing an adjustment

Chiropractic Profession

Chiropractors change lives

The chiropractic profession was founded in 1895 by D.D. Palmer. In 1897, the Palmer School of Chiropractic, which would later become Palmer College of Chiropractic, was started.

Chiropractic Is a health care profession that focuses on the spine and other joints of the body, their connection to the nervous system, and overall patient health. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary care doctors who specialize in spinal health and well-being, maximizing patient function through conservative care.

In addition to adjustments, chiropractors also provide soft-tissue therapies, lifestyle recommendations, fitness coaching and nutritional advice.

An estimated 50 million Americans see a chiropractor each year, according to a Gallup study. As a chiropractor, you’ll help patients of all ages and abilities live their greatest health potential.

Career Options

As a chiropractor, you’ll have many career options available to you, including:

  • Private practice: Be your own boss with your own practice, or work for another doctor of chiropractic. In private practice, you’ll work with people of a wide variety of ages, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Multidisciplinary setting: More and more, chiropractors are part of the health-care team at hospitals and in integrative-care settings.
  • Sports chiropractor: Work with athletes of all levels. Our alumni have gone on to be team chiropractors for professional sports teams and Olympic teams!
  • Corporate chiropractor: With growing recognition of the benefits of chiropractic, some companies offer their employees an on-site chiropractic care.


The average salary for a chiropractor varies based on geography, years of experience and position. For example, solo practitioners typically experience a higher income than associates. Salary data can be found at or the Bureau of Labor Statistics.