Yes, chiropractors are doctors, but the term “doctor” requires a further explanation for better understanding.
Typically, when someone thinks of a doctor, they think of a medical doctor, like your primary care physician, or a hospital doctor, or even perhaps a surgeon. Medical doctors are required to go through medical school, then internships, then residencies, and finally to becoming licensed. This is what distinguishes a medical doctor. Chiropractors do not undergo the same process as medical doctors, and as such are not medical doctors.
Fargo chiropractors are still doctors, however. Chiropractors still undergo a great amount of school and learning to provide quality and safe care to patients. Chiropractors have Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, granted by the Higher Learning Commission, which is the same institution that accredits medical schools. Chiropractors still attend undergraduate school, and move onto a chiropractic school, where they receive an additional 4,200 hours of schooling. This is nothing to scoff at, and it is truly reputable in their own right.
So, while not medical doctors, chiropractors are still doctors, but Doctors of Chiropractic.
It all starts with a man named Daniel David Palmer (D.D. Palmer), in 1895. While practicing magnetic healing (popular at the time), he encountered a janitor with a lump on his back and noticed a vertebra out of place. This inspired Palmer to research the manipulation of spinal adjustments further. Within two years, Palmer had started the first school dedicated to teaching the new practice further.
Chiropractors of that time faced off with a similar therapy practice, known as osteopathy. Being prosecuted as frauds, it wouldn’t be until 1913 that laws were finally passed, allowing chiropractors to be licensed professionals in the United States.
In 1963, chiropractors would once again face difficulty seeking legitimization, as the American Medical Association tried to play off chiropractic as a pseudo-therapy. They went so far as to ensure that insurance would turn away from chiropractic treatments, and that it not be recognized academically. Fortunately, chiropractic prevailed, and in 1980, it was able to freely associate with physicians and other therapy professionals.
Chiropractic has come a long way, always furthering the knowledge of how our joints and alignments affect our body and overall health and wellbeing.
Chiropractors serve to benefit a substantial number of people. Oftentimes, there are situations and conditions where one might find themselves experiencing pain and discomfort, which can affect your overall day or state of mind and peace. Through the evolution of the practice, chiropractic therapy has become readily accessible, affordable, and effective for reducing the pain people live with. Whether by exertion, external damage, or conditions beyond anyone’s control, joint pain and body irritation are as universal as the bodies carrying the burdens. To be alive is to boldly expect pain as inevitable, but likewise, ingenuity and resolve have brought about treatment that would reverse or reduce the pain caused to our joints, spines, necks, and ligaments.
Consider treating yourself to the possibilities available through chiropractic therapies as offered by Fargo Chiropractic Center. Your body will thank you!