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Why Chiropractic Education Sucks!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 16, 2010

It’s overpriced, overrated and fails to prepare practitioners for the reality of chiropractic practice.

Now, that’s gonna leave a mark!  I can hear it now from the chiropractic colleges, from the accrediting authority, the national associations and hundreds (maybe thousands) of chiropractors around the country.  Sadly, though, it’s true.

Don’t get me wrong.  chiropractic students learn ALOT in their three and a half years of professional school.  The problem is that much of it is simply the wrong stuff.  Granted,anyone whose profession deals with the human body should be well educated in the sciences and a significant understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body.  With that part of the program, I have no problem, whatsoever.

My beef with the education being foisted on fledgling chiropractors is that it is way too heavy in medical diagnosis and way too light on the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic.  I’d venture to say that the bulk of new chiropractors see themselves as “drugless medical doctors” specializing in the treatment of musculoskeletal ailments.  Very few chiropractic schools even teach the principles on which the profession was founded, specifically that vitalistic understanding that chiropractic is about what is RIGHT with a person’s health and how to restore HEALTH instead of fighting disease and ailments like our medical counterparts.

Further, through political prowess, monopoly power and intimidation, the profession’s sole accrediting authority has made chiropractic so expensive that few graduating chiropractors can achieve even moderate success.  Some chiropractors are now graduating with a debt load of almost a quarter of a million dollars.  Even worse is the fact that in most states, much of what chiropractors are taught in school is ILLEGAL for them to practice without a medical license.  So what often happens is that the chiropractor is forced to add all sorts of modalities to his/her practice rendering it so eclectic that no one knows what they heck they really do.  Many DCs find themselves chasing ambulances and personal injury attorneys or prostituting themselves to run up insurance bills again like some of our medical brethren.

Look, chiropractic in its purest form is very simple to practice but has very wide implications.  Practitioners could be properly trained in a year’s less time of professional school and without much of the burdensome prerequisites.  A thorough understanding of  the body; its  structure and function; the proper application of chiropractic analysis, technique and philosophy; and sound business practices and ethics would better equip the doctor of chiropractic to succeed in practice from the beginning.

Given the uncertain nature of the status quo in the American healthcare system, the doctor of chiropractic must be able to practice in a cash only, retail environment instead of dependent on third party reimbursement.  Tomorrow’s chiropractor must understand what chiropractic CAN DO and what the chiropractor should NOT do.  They should FULLY understand and respect the difference between the MD and DC.  Failure to properly prepare future chiropractors for the reality of practice AND economic realities of the market will cause student load default rates that could cause the closing of several chiropractic colleges AND affect the amount of student loan money available to chiropractic students.

One added benefit of a more narrow focus of chiropractic education would be a better, clearer branding of the profession so that the public knows EXACTLY what ANY chiropractor is trained to do.  Simply put, the chiropractor will understand that their role would be to help people restore their health and maintain it simply by removing a significant source of stress on their nervous system.

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9 Responses to “Why Chiropractic Education Sucks!”

  1. ANONYMOUS said

    Popping joints does not remove stress from the nervous system and may be no more effective at relieving pain or restoring health than a massage. I agree with much of what you say but I believe you still have a lot to learn. The chiropractic college that you attended has likely brainwashed you more than you suspect.

    • drtim said

      Dr. Davis. I’m a lifelong learner. there is indeed much I have to learn. Looks like you have alot to learn, as well. I’ve been around chiropractic for 20 years now and I’ve seen too many things happen to simply accept your assertion. I was educated BEFORE I went to chiropractic school and have been around the block TOO many times to be brainwashed. Looks like you could stand to rid yourself of some cynicism.

      I wish you luck in whatever you do and appreciate you taking time to read my blog. BTW I don’t “pop joints” and I don’t diagnose or treat conditions. Pain is also not the focus of my practice.

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  4. Mark said

    Im a doctor of chiropractic…the profession is a huge joke brought upon by chiropractors ……used car salesman have more ethics ….i hate you all you fooled me shame on you

    • Who fooled you, Mark?

      Actually, I agree to a point. The schools should tell new students what the reality and prospects are for their graduates. Schools should also teach the essence of what Chiropractic really is AND how to make a good living within that reality.

  5. Hi!

    Could you sign this petition: change.org/petitions/board-of-education-and-all-educational-facilities-and-municipalities-reform-education-so-that-it-s-fair-for-all-and-not-for-the-elite-few-or-the-dull-many-no-child-left-behind

  6. Dwayne said

    Uncle Tim,

    Come on down and visit. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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