One common misconception about a chiropractor is there is no education involved in becoming one. In fact, just the opposite is true. Many that eventually earn a Doctor of Chiropractic first get an undergraduate degree in pre-medical studies. They then enter a college of Chiropractic Studies. They take several years of classes there and then complete a residency. Only at that point, do they earn their D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic). This education provides them with a solid background in anatomy and other areas that medical doctors study. When they enter a college of Chiropractic Studies, they then begin focusing their studies on spinal adjustments and other chiropractic techniques.
Another common misconception about being a chiropractor is that there are no legal requirements they need to meet. Again, the truth is just the opposite. In Ireland, all who practice chiropractic services must meet the requirements of The Chiropractic Association of Ireland. The Association screens all applicants for the appropriate education credentials. They also require applicants to meet requirements on mental and physical health as well as professional requirements. If the applicant passes this screening process, only then will the Association allow that person to register as a chiropractic specialist.
A third misconception about being a chiropractor is that the only people who visit them are those in desperate straits. Many see a visit to the chiro office as a measure of last resort. But, that is not true. Many find the services offered at the office help them get over a variety of medical conditions and keep the body working quite well over the long term. Mainstream medicine, for the most part, sees chiropractic treatments as good alternatives to mainstream medical practices. That is why many medical offices have chiropractors on staff. And many people choose to see a practitioner to keep their health going well into the future.
A final misconception about the role of a chiropractor is their work is too expensive for most people to afford. Actually, the opposite is true. The cost of chiropractic care is usually much less, than conventional medical approaches to a variety of medical conditions. These include lower back pain, pain management, sports injuries, slipped disc, trapped nerve, pregnancy related problems, scoliosis, carpal tunnel, and arthritis. And most chiropractic care has coverage by insurance. This means very little cost come out of the patient’s pocket. In order to see if this information is true, you should consider visiting a chiropractic office before you make a final decision.