Chiropractor & Chiropractic
What differentiates them?
The profession of the chiropractor is, in Germany, virtually unknown. Often a chiropractor gets mistaken for the more widespread and commonly known “chiropractic.” The differences, however, are immense.
Chiropractor: University-schooled practitioner with a significant level of experience
Even though chiropractors are not known very well in Germany, they constitute the third largest medical occupational group worldwide after dentistry and human medicine. There are, at the moment, over 65,000 chiropractors in the United States, around 4,000 in the United Kingdom and about 150 in Germany.
Chiropractors have completed a five to seven year full-time degree
When you encounter a chiropractor, you can be sure that they have passed through and graduated from a five to seven year full-time degree at a university abroad. In Germany, this degree doesn’t exist, which is one of the main reasons for the low number of chiropractors in these parts of the world.
Most of the chiropractors who work in Europe have received their education in the United States, the United Kingdom or France. During their rigorous studies, they first focused for two to three years on building up a substantive and consolidated medical knowledge and understanding. Afterwards, they learned in-depth the chiropractic and manual-therapeutic techniques and refined them so that they could be appropriately tailored to a patient’s needs.
Thorough and holistic diagnostics at a medical intersection
A chiropractor also receives intensive insights into all relevant medical fields, like orthopedy, neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics and radiology. Over a course of four years, they learn how to thoroughly analyze and evaluate X-ray photographs and MRI scans so that their medical expertise can be combined with a holistic approach.
Upon completion of their studies, chiropractors are experts in the diagnosis of maladies, afflictions and conditions related to joints, muscles, nerves and fascia. They are able to create individual treatment plans and to carefully guide you, as a patient, through the process of recovery. Ideally, they function as a link and connector between orthopedy, neurology and inner medicine.
Chiropractic: A specialization for alternative practitioners
The training to become a chiropractic, on the other hand, happens within the context of an alternative practitioner schooling. As soon as one has gained the title of an alternative practitioner, it is possible to register for a chiropractic program. Such training usually happens over the course of several weekends, after which the participant is awarded the title of a “chiropractic.”