The chiropractic therapy assistant aids the chiropractic doctor in carrying out therapy in order to help patients who face ailments and injuries to get better. The assistant may help the doctor prepare the patient for therapy by checking vital signs and carrying out electrical muscle stimulation.
It is also important to keep the office and treatment areas tidy and to carry out maintenance so that the area is always clean and hygienic. The chiropractic therapy assistant may also help carry out specific exercises related to stretching and alignment, under the supervision of the doctor. A caring and professional individual is ideal for this position, in order to create an environment that is comfortable for patients. This will ensure that they continue to return for future therapy. Strong communication skills are important, in order to work successfully on a chiropractic team and to help patients feel at ease. Communication skills are also important, as the assistant may be in charge of teaching patients how to carry out certain therapeutic exercises at home. In smaller practices, the chiropractic therapy assistant may also have receptionist and office management duties, such as keeping inventorying, answering phone calls, greeting customers, and scheduling appointments.
Experience is required in some positions, while others will accept entry-level applicants. Some positions require that the assistant has completed schooling related to physical therapy or chiropractic assisting. However, some jobs do not require this and will offer on the job training. Some jobs are full-time positions, while others are part-time or on-call.
Chiropractic Therapy Assistant Tasks
Supervise patient during procedures, informing doctor of any changes or issues.
Assist doctor performing chiropractic patient therapy and rehabilitation techniques.
Perform electrical stimulation, ultrasound and hot and cold pack applications.