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10 Things To Know About Chiropractic

1. DC stands for Doctor of Chiropractic.

2. Doctor of Chiropractic programs typically take 4 years to complete and require at least three years of undergraduate college educations for admission, a total of seven year post-high school education.

3. In many states, chiropractors can order advanced imaging studies such as MRI, CT and Ultrasound. More than half of DC's have their own radiology equipment.

4. Doctors of chiropractic focus on patients' overall health. DC's believe that malfunctioning spinal joints and other somatic tissues interfere with a person's neuro-musculoskeletal system and can result in poor health.

5. Doctors of chiropractic are not wannabe doctors. They choose the DC profession because they want to help the body heal itself and avoid pharmaceutical interventions.

6. The percentage of female DC's has more than doubled - form 13.3% in 1991 to 27.1% in 2014.

7. Over 40% of DC's are self-employed and own their own clinic.

8. In addition to operating a general chiropractic practice, some DC's specialize in areas such as sports neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics and nutrition.

9. The DC profession began at Palmer School and Cure (now Palmer College of Chiropractic) in Davenport, Iowa in 1897. By 1922 enrollment grew to more than 3,000 students.

10. Doctors of chiropractic practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and in many other countries, including Canada, central and south America, Australia, Asia and throughout Europe.