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What conditions come with being a chiropractor? What does a typical schedule look like? How should i prepare myself before entering this career?

My name is Naysa, i am 18 years old. I used to be a student athletic trainer, that is where i felt like i belonged. Once my trainer started to show me how to adjust the spine or to manipulate the muscle and joints, i knew what i wanted to be.
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Many chiropractors are their own boss, so learning about how to run a business is a good idea in addition to chiropractic school.

Here's what I found at https://www.owlguru.com/career/chiropractors/job-description/#:~:text=A%20typical%20day%20for%20a,patients%20and%20interpreting%20x%2Drays.

On a daily basis, Chiropractors perform a series of manual adjustments to the spine or other articulations of the body to correct the musculoskeletal system. They evaluate the functioning of the neuromuscularskeletal system and the spine using systems of chiropractic diagnosis.

A typical day for a Chiropractor will also include:

Maintain accurate case histories of patients.
Advise patients about recommended courses of treatment.
Diagnose health problems by reviewing patients’ health and medical histories, questioning, observing, and examining patients and interpreting x-rays.
Obtain and record patients’ medical histories.
Counsel patients about nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, or other matters.
Thank you comment icon Thank you! I appreciate the response, it gave me an insight on how a schedule runs for chiropractors. Naysa
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As a recent graduate and practicing chiropractor, your hours will vary based upon how you choose to work. If you open your own business the first 5 years are going to be a lot of unpaid hours networking and marketing to build your practice. If you join a practice it’s harder to know for sure. Some practices will pay you salary and you just show up with set hours. Others will give you a base pay with bonuses based on patients seen. Others will pay strictly commission. The non-salary and bonus type offices you will end up working more to do marketing and networking.

As far as preparing yourself for school, having a pre-med undergraduate will help immensely. Taking any business classes will also help as you will not get any in chiropractic school.

I would strongly suggest that you shadow multiple chiropractors prior to starting school. I would also make sure you do so for multiple days and not just for a couple hours. I’ve linked a great group of chiropractors so you can hopefully find a couple local doctors that would allow you you shadow them. They have members all over the USA. https://www.forwardthinkingchiro.com/member-map
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