Chiropractors are tasked with physically rehabilitating clients from injuries, aging, or particular health conditions. Chiropractors generally conduct consultations with patients and perform exams to diagnose problems; then, a treatment plan can be created and chiropractic procedures will be performed on the patient; this includes performing adjustments, physiotherapy, and Thompsons Drops, to name a few. All of the processes involved should be explained fully to clients, so strong communication and customer service skills are important in order to help them feel at ease and answer any questions they might have.
It is important for chiropractors to establish a professional but personal relationship with each client so that they will return for future care; in some positions, they are also offered bonuses based on productivity. Some may oversee a team of assistants who will administer care prior to the chiropractor performing duties, so it is important to communicate well with the staff and be able to direct them properly. In some cases, chiropractors also work with other medical personnel who administer care to clients so the most optimal care is provided.
Chiropractors must keep thorough records of what patient care has been administered so that it can be referred to other medical providers as instructed. For this job, it is essential to possess a doctor of chiropractic degree and have passed a state board examination, and current and valid state licensing is also required.
Analyze x-rays to locate the sources of patients' difficulties and to rule out fractures or diseases as sources of problems.
Obtain, record and maintain patients' medical histories.
Counsel and advise patients about nutrition, exercise, stress management, and recommended courses of treatment.
Evaluate, diagnose and perform a series of manual adjustments to the spine, or other articulations of the body, to correct the musculoskeletal system.
Consult with and refer patients to appropriate health practitioners when necessary.