Mueller College of Holistic Studies

Mueller College offers a wide range of holistic health subjects such as massage therapy, hypnotherapy, herbology, reflexology, Reiki, nutrition, and Eastern and Asian modalities.

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Overview of Chiropractic Study

The chiropractic philosophy of healing is holistic, providing conservative, drugless, nonsurgical treatments to help patients. Doctors of Chiropractic concentrate on the structure and function of the spine and the neurological system. They usually treat patients with neuromusculosketetal conditions such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, and back pain. They may also treat other health issues such as allergies, asthma, and digestive disorders. Chiropractors can adjust the alignment of the spinal column to relieve pain. They may also use heat or cold, massage, ultrasound and acupuncture to aid healing. Most chiropractors have their own practice or are part of a group practice.

History of Chiropractic Practices

The ancient civilizations of China and Greece show evidence of the use of spinal manipulation to help relieve back pain. The Greek physician, Hippocrates, wrote about the importance of chiropractic care in the 4th century B.C. Daniel David Palmer is credited as the founder of the chiropractic profession in the United States. He started the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, in 1897. During the 20th century, chiropractic practices grew in respect and became recognized as effective, non-invasive treatments for many health issues both in the United States and around the world.

Current/Future Situation

As consumer demand for alternative health is expected to continue growing, the job outlook for chiropractors is currently very good and is expected to remain so in the future. The aging population will also require more chiropractic care. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition, there are approximately 52,000 practicing chiropractors in the United States, and the job growth should be 14% through 2016.

Chiropractic Career Description/Places to Work

Most chiropractors work in their own office or in a group practice office. 52% are self-employed. Some specialize in sports injuries, orthopedics, pediatrics, or nutrition. Others work in hospitals or clinics.

Most chiropractors work a 40 hour week; some may work evenings or weekends to accommodate their patients’ schedules. The job is physically demanding, requiring many hours of standing.

The median annual salary for chiropractors is approximately $65,000. Those with years of experience and a large patient practice can earn more than $100,000 annually.

A Day in the Life Chiropractor

When a patient arrives for the initial appointment, a chiropractor asks for the patient’s medical history and chief complaint. Then he conducts an examination and may take x-rays in order to help diagnose the problem. Depending on his findings, he will determine the best plan of treatment for the patient. This may include manual adjustment of the spine, the application of cold or heat, massage, and ultrasound treatment. The course of treatment may take a period of weeks before the patient is healed. A chiropractor may also recommend changes in nutrition and exercise stressing the patient’s complete health and wellness. Each session with the patient lasts about one hour. A chiropractor usually treats several patients each day.

Graduate/Professional Chiropractor Quote

“Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” – Hippocrates.

Stat/Fact/Tip of the Day

Doctors of Chiropractic must be licensed in order to practice. Educational requirements include undergraduate courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and psychology. All state boards of licensing require the completion of a 4-year program at an accredited chiropractic college which grants the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

As in other health care fields, good communication skills and a desire to help others are necessary for success in chiropractic care. It is a very rewarding career.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition