Using their hands, chiropractors apply specific force to adjust patients' joints, with particular emphasis on the spine. Treatment can also include work on muscles. Chiropractors treat a range of both chronic and acute conditions. Most chiropractors work in private practice, some from home, but typically in a complementary health clinic or within an established private chiropractic clinic. Indeed, some practitioners may work out of more than one clinic.
With this form of therapy becoming increasingly popular, opportunities are growing. Since April 2005, GPs have been empowered to directly commission healthcare services, so working closely with a local GP may lead to referral for care for NHS patients. Some NHS trusts also contract work directly.
There are just over 2000 qualified practitioners in the UK with high demand for their services. This is one of the areas of clinical practice that is projected to have major growth. There are a number of professional bodies who carry information on employment opportunities. These include:
British Chiropractic Association (BCA)
Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC)
The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic
McTimoney College of Chiropractic
United Chiropractic Association (UCA)
This is a small profession in which networking and personal contacts are important. Indeed, given the demand for qualified practitioners, speculative applications can be an effective means of securing employment.
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