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Chiropractor

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Chiropractor
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Last Updated: February, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Treats patients with neck, back and other joint problems without the use of medicine or surgery.


The Work header image

Chiropractors diagnose, prevent and offer treatment for mechanical disorders or problems in the body's muscular-skeletal system that can adversely affect the nervous system and general health. While they work mainly on the spine, they also assess the whole body and can treat a wide variety of conditions including backache, sports injuries and headaches.  
 
The treatment chiropractors give is called manipulation. Using their hands, the chiropractor feels the patient's joints to find where the bones or tissues are out of line. They then manipulate the joints to adjust them back to their normal position.  
 
There are three types of chiropractic practice: Chiropractic, McTimoney Chiropractic, and McTimoney-Corley Chiropractic. The main differences are in the overall approach and in the techniques taught.  
 
Chiropractic is more mainstream medical in approach, while McTimoney Chiropractic and McTimoney-Corley Chiropractic have a more holistic (whole person) approach. All three 'schools' of chiropractic are committed to achieving the same professional standards of care.  
 
At a first consultation, the chiropractor discusses the client's problem and takes case notes. Then the chiropractor examines the client, perhaps asking them to stand and move in certain ways so that their posture can be observed. If appropriate, the chiropractor will either take X-rays or refer the patient to have X-rays done (not all chiropractors take X-rays).  
 
Another part of the examination is done by the chiropractor feeling the joints of the patient's spine and/or other parts of the body. The purpose of the examination is to assess the problem and identify the part of the body that is causing it.  
 
Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, so the treatment is totally through the use of their own hands. Depending on the type of chiropractic used, the manipulation of the client's joints will be with a combination of large and small movements (Chiropractic) or almost wholly by small, swift 'flicks' of the hand against the joints (McTimoney and McTimoney-Corley Chiropractic).  
 
The work can be physically tiring, especially in making a lot of home visits. It may also be emotionally testing, as chiropractors need to listen carefully to patients and help to dispel their anxieties. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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Evaluate the functioning of the neuromuscularskeletal system and the spine using systems of chiropractic diagnosis.

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Diagnose health problems by reviewing patients' health and medical histories, questioning, observing, and examining patients and interpreting x-rays.

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Perform a series of manual adjustments to the spine or other articulations of the body to correct the musculoskeletal system.

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Obtain and record patients' medical histories.

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Maintain accurate case histories of patients.

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Advise patients about recommended courses of treatment.

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Analyze x-rays to locate the sources of patients' difficulties and to rule out fractures or diseases as sources of problems.

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Counsel patients about nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, or other matters.

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Consult with or refer patients to appropriate health practitioners when necessary.

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Recommend and arrange for diagnostic procedures, such as blood chemistry tests, saliva tests, x-rays, or other imaging procedures.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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You will need to enjoy learning about the science of the body and how it works. You'll also need a logical and analytical approach to your work, and good listening skills.  
 
You should enjoy working with people and have a caring personality. Tact and sensitivity are vital. Because the practice of chiropractic is based on the use of your hands, you will need a good sense of touch and flexible, accurate hand skills. Confidentiality and discretion are also very important in this career.  
 
If you are going to be self-employed, you will need sound business sense.


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Organisation: Chiropractic Association of Ireland
  Address: 10 Penrose Wharf, Cork
  Tel: (021) 485 7775
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Organisation: General Chiropractic Council
  Address: 44 Wicklow St, London, WC1X 9HL
  Tel: + 44 (0) 7713 5155
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