October always brings the promise of cooler weather, but it also signals the arrival of National Chiropractic Health Month. For more than 100,000 people throughout the world, the drive to become a chiropractor has allowed them to be on the front line of conservative, non-invasive approaches to health care.
Sponsored by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), National Chiropractic Health Month is an annual event that raises awareness about spinal disorders. The 2017 theme, “Your Back in Action,” promotes physical activity and improving posture as keys to maintaining spinal health and preventing spinal injuries.
Those with low-back pain or pain in the extremities know how debilitating such conditions can be. Because pain is often sharp and constant, it interrupts family and professional lives and can become a long-term, chronic pain problem. Some type of depression will affect 30% to 80% of people with chronic pain. Chiropractic care, though, has been shown as an effective treatment and dramatically less expensive than surgery or medical intervention.
Chiropractic care offers comfort, cost savings
Scientific evidence to date continues to demonstrate that chiropractic treatment is safe. It’s part of a trend towards holistic approaches to healing and away from medications, such as opioids, and procedures like fusion surgery and spinal steroid injections.
Findings from recent studies:
The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicinereported Medicare could save $83.5 million every year by replacing a visit to a doctor with a visit to a chiropractor for back pain.
Another study found that four out of 10 Americans suffering from lower back pain seek out a chiropractor before they do a medical doctor.
An ACA study found 94% of patients who underwent chiropractic treatment saw a 30% reduction in low-back pain after four weeks. For medical care recipients, only 56% of patients achieved that level of pain relief.
How to become a chiropractor
When you have a sincere desire to help people live a healthy life or recover from injury or chronic pain, a chiropractic career is a smart career choice. You want to interact with people daily and you also have success in scientific subjects.
Typically, acceptance into a Doctor of Chiropractic program requires a minimum of 90 semester hours of college-level coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. In addition to humanities and social science courses, this would include:
A D.C. program usually takes four years, although some programs use a year-round schedule. Laboratory training and clinical experience are also included. In most U.S. states, graduates of a D.C. program need to pass the National Board of Chiropractic exams to receive a license to become a chiropractor.
CUKC: better health, better program
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a nonprofit, private, health-focused university located in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City.
The CUKC chiropractic school, previously known as Cleveland Chiropractic College until receiving university status, has been a pioneer in the field since 1922. A Doctor of Chiropractic degree can be achieved in as little as 3.3 years (10 trimesters). Education includes hands-on labs, independent and group study projects, and research studies. Chiropractic students experience real patient care during clinical internships or at off-site treatment facilities.
Qualified applicants can enter the chiropractic degree program in September, January, or May.