In 1927, R.W. Stephenson wrote The Chiropractic Text Book. This text included the entire learning program for chiropractic study. Considering what you know about chiropractic, how many times do  you think back pain would be found in the index? How about neck pain or headaches? Keep in mind, this is the complete chiropractic text at over 414 pages long. You may think 50 times, 100 times, possibly even over 500 times. Since back and neck pain are the two most common reasons people choose chiropractic, it could even be mentioned on every page.

You will not find back or neck pain listed even once in the index of The Chiropractic Text Book. It’s not mentioned in the entire book! The reason it’s not listed in the index is because chiropractic was originally founded principles of healing and well-being, not back or neck pain. Chiropractic was never intended to be a treatment of back or neck pain. It was intended to restore health and wellness.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, a DC curriculum takes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, lab and clinical experience. This typically equals out to about four years. The first two years are usually spent in the classroom and labs, while the final two years are devoted to clinical experiences.

A school of chiropractic should offer its graduates a strong foundation for their professional life. Preparing to set up and operate a successful chiropractic practice, or be a partner in one means knowing about business operations, funding options, good human resources practices, and meeting the expectations of the community you’re going to serve.


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