Chiropractor FAQ

Commonly asked chiropractic questions


How many years of training does it take to become a chiropractic doctor?

A chiropractor has a doctorate in chiropractic care, and most have a bachelor’s degree in a science such as biology, chemistry, or anatomy prior to entering a chiropractic college. Some chiropractic students have obtained a masters degree or Ph.D., and even a few M.D.’s have matriculated in a Chiropractic College. Chiropractic College accreditation is granted through the United States Department of Education – in accordance with federal law and regulations, CHEA (Council on Higher Education Accreditation) – adherence to established criteria, ASPA (Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors) – voluntary compliance with “Code of Good Practice” and Council of Chiropractic Education CCE-I – conformance with “Model Standards.” The chiropractic doctor must have past the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners test in order to sit for the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners test.

Additionally the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners has laid out a specific list of annual requirements to continue to practice Chiropractic. To summarize, after four (4) years of undergraduate college and four (4) academic years of Chiropractic College, for a minimum total of eight (8) years of higher learning after high school. Then there are specific requirements for continued education licensure renewal classes.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Some people can make their joints “pop,” but that’s not an adjustment! Adjustments are specific and take years to master.

How many adjustments will I need?

The number of adjustments varies with each patient and their individual health goals. If you want pain relief only a few adjustments usually head you in the right direction. If you want to be more active and have the pain re-occurrence stop or minimize, then a series of adjustments are necessary. If you want a chiropractic lifestyle changes and the results of the full benefit of chiropractic then after the acute care and the stabilization care programs are complete then you stay the course and continue with your adjustments. The decision is up to you! If you choose lifestyle chiropractic care, studies have shown you will use less medication, have fewer surgeries and you will have a higher level of activity. Ultimately you will save money. Whatever your health goals are, we will help you achieve them. If you suspend care for any reason, you will be welcomed back when you decide it is best for you.