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Chiropractor

The role

A Chiropractor is someone who alleviates pain, prevents future injuries, and helps a body’s joints and muscles to function better through the manipulation of a patient’s body, often with a focus on the spine.  A Chiropractor manipulates bones, joints and soft tissue in order to do this. 

A patient may be suffering discomfort due to an accident, injury, or poor posture.

In treating a patient, a Chiropractor will discuss their history and symptoms, conduct tests, and then design and carry out a programme of treatment for them.

They may work in a health clinic, at sporting facilities, or travel to patient’s homes.

How to become a Chiropractor

In order to work as a Chiropractor, a candidate must be a member of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). In order to join the GCC, a candidate must have an accredited degree or postgraduate qualification in chiropractic treatment. The GCC has details of accredited courses. The entry requirements for these courses vary between institutions, and it is best to check with them, although A-Levels in sciences are often required.

A course, as well as covering the theory, will also include work placements.

Upon graduation, a candidate must work for a year under the supervision of a qualified Chiropractor before they are able to join the British Chiropractic Association.   

Once fully qualified, a candidate needs to carry out 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) a year to maintain registration with the GCC.

Skills and knowledge required

  • An interest in and understanding of biology
  • Good communication skills
  • Patience, sensitivity and empathy
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good observational skills
  • Excellent coordination
  • Organisational skills and business acumen

Income

Starting salaries are often around £20,000, rising to between £30,000 and £40,000 a year with experience. As a self-employed Chiropractor, a candidate will charge by the hour, and rates could be anywhere from £25 to £60 for an appointment.

The hours

Chiropractors are often self-employed, and so set their own hours, but these will often include some evenings and weekends to fit in with their patient’s needs.

Useful websites

www.gcc-uk.org  - General Chiropractic Council (GCC)

www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk - British Chiropractic Association

www.united-chiropractic.org – United Chiropractic Association

www.mctimoney-chiropractic.org – McTimoney Chiropractic Association

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