Want to help people ease their pain without using drugs?

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Why not become a chiropractor?

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What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor is a medical practitioner who's an expert on the spine, muscles, and the nervous system. They help patients to relieve their pain safely and effectively without surgery or medication!

Job Responsibilities

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The chiropractor uses different forms of treatment including:

  • manual hands on adjustment techniques

  • soft tissue therapy

  • physical therapy modalities

  • counselling on lifestyle, diet and nutritional modifications

A chiropractor works with a patient to:

  • diagnose causes of pain

  • relieve pain by using a hands on, non-invasive, and drugless approach

  • treat pain and injuries including neck pain, back pain, arthritis, and certain types of headaches

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Quiz

Which of these procedures can a chiropractor perform?

Lifestyle modification counselling

Back surgery

Manual therapy for arthritis

Treat migraine without medication

Where Do Chiropractors Work?

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Private clinics: working independently as a private practitioner.

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Large corporations: onsite support for employees of an organization.

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Hospitals: collaborating with other medical professionals as part of a healthcare team.

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Educational institutions: working in academia.

Interested In Becoming A Chiropractor?

Just like a medical professional, to become a chiropractor, you'll have to go through six to seven years of post-secondary education.

There are several steps to becoming a professional chiropractor:

  • 3 years of undergraduate study at a university or college

  • graduate from a 4-year chiropractic program from an accredited institution

  • obtain a license to practice in the state or province

Once you've completed your certification, you can join a professional chiropractic association to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

You'd Love It if...

  • You love helping people

  • You believe in the body's ability to heal naturally

  • You're interested in wellness and a holistic health approach

  • You're compassionate and a good listener

  • You enjoy bodywork therapy

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Look For Another Career If

  • You don't have confidence in natural healing

  • You prefer to take medication for illnesses and pains

  • You don't enjoy meeting people and listening to them

  • You think standing on your feet and adjusting people's spines is tiresome

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How Much Will I Earn?

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The average chiropractor salary in Canada is CAD $74,652

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The average chiropractor salary in the US is USD $70,340

Pick The Future Chiropractor

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  • loves the outdoors, rock climbing, and running along the beach during sunrise

  • prefers to be alone when she does her work

  • likes researching and spending long hours on her computer

Man with brown hair wearing a red tie and a blue shirtLars

  • loves being around people and entertaining them with song and dance

  • enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes

  • shops for food at the farmers' market

Avatar of a man with black hair wearing a black jacket and a blue tieJebat

  • loves talking to and listening to people

  • enjoys reading about wellness and natural therapies

  • likes standing on his feet while working

  • prefers natural remedies to medications when he feels sick

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  • loves spending time in the library reading books about life science

  • enjoys making arts and crafts as a hobby

  • listens to classical music

  • likes to read aloud to children

Quiz

Who do you think is most likely to become a chiropractor?

Lars

Ximena

Jebat

Pammy

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