Chiropractor | Selby College
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Chiropractors manipulate joints, bones and soft tissue to help clients control pain or prevent injuries from re-occurring.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £80,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 39 variable

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • use your hands to treat disorders of bones, muscles and joints
  • manipulate the spine
  • treat neck, back and shoulder pain
  • treat sciatica and leg problems
  • help clients with sports injuries, poor posture and joint and muscle pain
  • make sure your client's condition is suitable for treatment
  • discuss their symptoms and health problems in detail
  • carry out examinations, sometimes using x-rays or blood tests
  • design a programme of treatment for each individual client
  • give advice on lifestyle, diet and exercise to support recovery

You could work in a therapy clinic.

With experience you could set up your own practice.

You could also move into education, or specialise in sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurology or research.

You can find out more about becoming a chiropractor from the General Chiropractic Council and the British Chiropractic Association.

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