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Chiropractor

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Chiropractors diagnose, treat and prevent problems relating to the joints of the back, neck and limbs by moving and adjusting them in particular ways, to relieve pain and improve mobility. Back pain is the most common problem, but they also treat shoulder, neck, arm and leg problems. They also give advice about exercise, lifestyle and diet.

The Work

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Pay

Most chiropractors are self-employed or work on a freelance basis so their earnings will vary. They normally charge an hourly fee or sessional rate – often around £35 to £60 for the first session, and £30 to £40 for later sessions (usually up to half price for children). At the start, you might earn around £22,000 to £29,000, rising to £40,000 a year.

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Scotland


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Getting In

You would start as assistant to a practising chiropractor. You might find work in the National Health Service (NHS) but most chiropractors are self-employed.

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Training is then on the job, with short courses to keep you up to date. By law, chiropractors must register every year with the GCC. All chiropractors must undergo continuing professional development (CPD) courses (usually a minimum of 30 hours per year) before they can re-register.

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Anglo-European College of Chiropractic
Tel: 01202 436200
Website: http://www.aecc.ac.uk
Twitter: @TheAECC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AECCchiropracticcollege?ref=hl

British Chiropractic Association
Tel: 0118 950 5950
E-mail: enquiries@chiropractic-uk.co.uk
Website: http://www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk/

General Chiropractic Council
Tel: 020 7713 5155
E-mail: enquiries@gcc-uk.org
Website: http://www.gcc-uk.org/

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

University of South Wales
Tel: 03455 76 77 78
Website: http://www.southwales.ac.uk
Twitter: @UniSouthWales
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universityofsouthwales

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