Most Australians are unaware that today’s Chiropractors undergo an intense educational process that is similar to medical doctors over the first two years of schooling. Medical students and chiropractic students alike spend a tremendous amount of time studying anatomy, physiology, neurology, and other “basic sciences”. The main difference during the first two years is that medical students have an emphasis on pharmacology (study of prescription drugs) and chiropractic students emphasise nutrition and natural alternatives to drugs.
The programs take a different turn after the first two years. Medical students prepare for their “trade” by rotating each month to a different medical specialty such as pediatrics, orthopaedics and family medicine.
The second two years of education for chiropractic students focuses on learning the tools of their “trade”: manual and physical methods of treatment.
Both doctors of medicine and chiropractic are very well trained to treat their respective patients utilizing the skills of their profession. The most promising and encouraging changes in today’s treatment environment is that many healthcare clinics provide both chiropractic and medical care for their patients!
The Chiropractic model of health is centered on the philosophy that the human body, being knit together in a wonderful way, will heal itself given the right opportunity and circumstances.