A chiropractor deals with the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, which comprise bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. A chiropractic doctor will work with patients of all ages, including infants and the elderly. He or she can also see pregnant women, but always check with your primary care physician first before receiving treatment.
Chiropractic doctors can also specialize in specific areas such as neurology, sports medicine, pediatrics, nutrition and rehabilitation. Chiropractic doctors receive extensive training, including up to eight years of schooling with at least four of those years be at a chiropractic college for specialized training. Chiropractors can work in their own office or with others as part of a group practice.
Many people confuse chiropractors with massage therapists. Whereas a chiropractor deals with the hard tissues in your spine and manipulates your skeletal structure, a massage therapist works with the soft tissues in your back to achieve pain relief.