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Alternative Careers in Chiropractic Care

10 FEB 2014
Career Path : Chiropractic

Chiropractors have the ability to profoundly improve the health and wellness of the patients they see, and it is an extremely rewarding and engaging career. However, you may not be aware that chiropractic training can also be the pathway to several diverse opportunities. With the right knowledge and experience, you may find that there is a much bigger, broader world of chiropractic specialties than you previously imagined. Following are just some of the exciting careers that you can pursue in chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Radiologist

A chiropractic radiologist uses imaging devices and other technologies to discover, diagnose and subsequently care for patients whose anatomy appears abnormal. Chiropractic radiologists have expert knowledge in how to analyze and interpret radiological images, and understand the links between abnormalities in the body and health implications. To become a chiropractic radiologist, you must become certified by the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR) after additional training in postgraduate seminars or full-time residencies.

Animal Chiropractor

Love animals? Well, chiropractic isn’t limited to just humans – animals can also benefit from excellent chiropractic care. Large animals, such as horses and other equines, frequently use chiropractic care – especially work or race horses. Being an animal chiropractor usually requires a lot of travel, as most of the time you’ll have to go meet the animal and the owner instead of them coming to you. You will need a license in either veterinary medicine or chiropractic to become an animal chiropractor, and you must become certified through a program that’s acknowledged by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and the College of Animal Chiropractors (COAC).

Chiropractic Neurology

Chiropractic neurology is a very advanced field, as it involves intricate and detailed knowledge of not only chiropractic care but also a deeper knowledge of the nervous system and general medical training as well. Globally, there are approximately 2,700 certified chiropractic neurologists working in the chiropractic field today. Joints and muscles are very intimately connected with your nervous system and its receptors. A chiropractic neurologist is able to analyze, evaluate and propose care options for patients’ musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Type of care provided can range from wellness care to trauma to ailments such as low oxygen intake. Chiropractic neurologists have been known to help patients with fibromyalgia, back pain and dizziness. In addition to completing chiropractic school requirements, to practice chiropractic neurology it is required that you complete an accredited chiropractic neurology program certified by the CCEB and the American Chiropractic Neurology Board – the only training recognized by the CCEB.

So while chiropractic itself is an incredibly rich and rewarding career, if you are interested in specializing in the chiropractic world, there are manyother lesser known but fulfilling career opportunities.

Visit Sherman College of Chiropractic for more information on a career in chiropractic.