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.

A chiropractor is a primary care doctor who specializes in spinal health and well-being. Chiropractors help their patients reduce pain, increase movement, improve performance, and enhance their quality of life, without the use of drugs or surgery. They focus on prevention, diagnosis and 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 recent 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.

Salary

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 Salary.com or the Bureau of Labor Statistics.