Looking for a chiropractic college? There are several to choose from, so it is important that you understand what they can offer.
Chiropractic colleges teach this increasingly popular form of treatment. With a history dating back to the 1890s, when it was founded by D.D. Palmer, it thus has a longer history than many forms of so called traditional western medicine.
Trained practitioners use their hands to adjust and realign the joints of the spine and limbs. This not only improves mobility and reduces pain, it is also believed to improve the efficiency of the nervous system, and increase the release of the body's natural healing chemicals.
Obviously, performing adjustment or manipulation of this kind requires very careful training. The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) accredits all training in the UK, and indeed all practitioners in this country also have to be registered with the GCC in order to legally practise in the UK.
The GCC sets strict standards for the education of practitioners. There are only four accredited institutions in the UK - two of these are independent colleges, while the other two are university-based courses.
Accredited courses must include a minimum standard of 3600 taught hours, and lead to a four-year BSc. This training provides an in depth coverage of areas such as:
- Life sciences
- Clinical medicine
- Differential diagnosis
Of course, in addition to the theoretical training, students must also undergo practical hands-on training in adjustment, and also undertake supervised clinical training.
For more information on courses and providers, contact the GCC.