How much education do you think chiropractors have?
Chiropractors come from varied backgrounds, such as kinesiology, health policy and biology, to name just a few. Something leads undergraduates into the next phase of their education and training, whether it’s the drive to help people, or a deep and abiding fascination with human anatomy.
A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree takes another four to five years (depending on the school) with an average of 4,200 hours of training in everything from anatomy, biochemistry and orthopedics to nutrition, women’s healthcare and diagnosis. Once chiropractors enter practice, to maintain their licenses, they are required to complete 20-40 hours per year in regulator-approved continuing education.
That’s a quick portrait of your average front-line spinal healthcare provider.
And then there are the DC-PhD clinician/scientists. An intrigue with the workings of the spine on the deepest level drives a small portion of our front-line spinal healthcare providers to search for answers to the questions about musculoskeletal health that have puzzled us for so long.
The many of years completing and defending a PhD takes sacrifice, but the returns are great. This knowledge is being put to work in many university programs across Canada, in departments of medicine, schools of physiotherapy and rehabilitation science, kinesiology and health policy. Some notable and award-winning Research Chairs are investigating things like the fundamental cellular and molecular biological approaches to understanding spinal disease.
In the drive to alleviate this worldwide epidemic, chiropractors are integrating with health teams in hospitals and clinics, and chiropractic researchers are adding to the existing knowledge bank around spinal disease. Stay up to date on current research projects with the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.