Manual therapy, or healing methods using the hands, has been a part of healthcare at least since the beginning of recorded history. The term “chiropractic” was coined in 1895 when a healer named D.D. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa tried treating a patient by manipulating his spine. Impressed with the results, D.D. Palmer devoted himself to developing his skill at spinal manipulation. His son,B.J. Palmer, carried on his work and the profession of chiropractic was born.
Individuals wishing to enter chiropractic school must first take a minimum of 60 credit hours of courses focusing on the sciences. Many states require that licensed chiropractors have a bachelors’ degree in addition to a chiropractic degree. Chiropractic school is a four-year full-time program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. Courses include the basic sciences, clinical sciences such as physical examination and orthopedic/neurological examination, radiology, and a variety of chiropractic methods and techniques used to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal conditions. Graduating students must also pass a strenuous written and practical four part national board examination, and in some areas a state examination, in order to become licensed to practice chiropractic.