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NOVEMBER 2009: Doctors of Chiropractic Are Highly Trained and Licensed Health Care Professionals

A doctor of Chiropractic earns his or her degree through rigorous academic training and clinical internship at an accredited college of chiropractic. By law, in all 50 states, they are referred to as Doctors of Chiropractic.

After college graduation and acceptance into a chiropractic college, the student will earn more than 2,000 hours in biological and clinical sciences including anatomy, physiology, neurology, nutrition, public health, orthopedics, geriatrics, obstetrics, and gynocology. A student must also have 900 hours of clinical practice supervised by a licensed doctor of chiropractic. These hands-on hours encompass all aspects of patient care. Students learn to take patients' histories and do physical exams; diagnose physical problems and their underlying causes; refer a patient who requires emergency care; perform 800 hours of supervised training specifically for spinal manipulation (in addition to the 400 hours of spinal manipulation performed in the classroom); and, intern in clinical x-ray technology and interpretation.

After graduation from chiropractic college, the student must pass national board exams in addition to the individual state exam where he or she may practice.

The state of West Virginia requires its practicing chiropractors to have earned a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 128 hours from an accredited college or university. About half of these hours must be in basic sciences as mandated by the Council on Chiropractic Education.

Most doctors will continue their education well after practicing. Seminars, symposia and professional journals help keep them up with the latest research. West Virginia requires 18 hours of continuing education for yearly license renewal.

Dr. Kiser-Crouch has earned many hours in a variety of topics such as posture analysis, laser therapy, carpal tunnel treatment, exercises to increase mobility and re-educate muscles, and radiographic technology. Dr. Kiser-Crouch's main focus in continuing education has been the study and treatment of muscle and nerve entrapment. She is fully credentialed in the Active Release Techniques (ART) soft tissue management system. An ART provider is trained to palpate and treat more than 300 muscular and fascial (referring to the membranes covering, supporting and separating muscles) injuries, and more than 100 nerve entrapments which often cause numbness and tingling. This form of treatment is successful for professional and amateur athletes, people injured in automobile accidents or at work, and people who just work hard and hurt. Yearly seminars are required to maintain re-credentialing.

Chiropractic care is based on the simple premise of restoring normal function to nerves, joints and spine, and educating patients on healthy lifestyles.

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