Myth 7: “Chiropractors are not real doctors”

So, is a chiropractor a real doctor? Absolutely! A real doctor with a unique purpose. What your doctor of chiropractic can offer, no other doctor can.

The public has come to think of a doctor as someone who prescribes pills or removes organs. Sadly, many people also think this is the best, or only, method of viable health care. The current aggressive medical system is now a major cause of morbidity and mortality in itself (1-4). The public needs to understand that there is more to healthcare than just drugs and surgery – much more.

Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) graduate with an equally extensive education in basic human health sciences as any other doctor. How chiropractors differ is in their philosophy and application of the health sciences to help individuals maximise their health.

Chiropractors are the spinal health care experts in the health care system with a focus on a conservative, drug-free approach to health and performance. In most countries a chiropractor is one of five health professionals legally entitled to use the title doctor.

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